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Jonathan Reynolds


From:
Virginia, USA
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 10:14 am     Reply with quote

I'm Jonathan Reynolds and I'm writing a piece that will be published about the history of Stadler Music Company and Marlen steel guitars. If you could give me any information about Leonard Stadler, Marlen, or any copies of and brochures, advertisements, or anything, that would be greatly appreciated, and if you would be kind enough to help, I will cite and mention you in the writing.



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Damir Besic


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Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 17 Feb 2017 11:17 am     Reply with quote

very interesting, great guitars... I would suggest tho, to move this to "pedal steel" section...you will get more responses there...
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Michael Lee Allen


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Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
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Michael Lee Allen


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Michael Lee Allen


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Jerry Hayes


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Virginia Beach, Va.
Post Posted 23 Feb 2017 4:31 pm     Reply with quote

Jonathan, here's some shots of my S-12 Marlen "keyless" guitar. It's the only one I've ever seen anywhere. I'm told that Leonard Stadler bought the keyless head from Kline guitars to make this baby.. Feel free to use the pix anyway you want.....JH in Va.





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Ned McIntosh


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New South Wales, Australia
Post Posted 23 Feb 2017 5:43 pm     Reply with quote

Somewhere on the forum I recall seeing a statement that Joe Kline also made the all-pull changer for the Marlen steels.

Emmons and Marlen shared some components early on which were made by Quality Castings of Greensboro. (Possibly keyhead castings and end-plates?)
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 24 Feb 2017 5:46 am     Reply with quote

Ned McIntosh wrote:
Somewhere on the forum I recall seeing a statement that Joe Kline also made the all-pull changer for the Marlen steels.

Emmons and Marlen shared some components early on which were made by Quality Castings of Greensboro. (Possibly keyhead castings and end-plates?)


Interesting. The keyless head definitely looks like the Kline I owned.
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frank rogers


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Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 9:21 pm     Reply with quote

I own the Blue Marlen pictured on the brochure. I played it on my "Blue Plate Special" CD in the early 2000's. I bought it from Leonard in either 1975 or early 1976. Luv it!!!!
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frank rogers


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Post Posted 26 Feb 2017 9:24 pm     Reply with quote

Very Happy

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Billy Carr


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Seminary, Mississippi USA
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 3:43 am     psg Reply with quote

Is Tony Arrowwood still playing his S-10 blue Marlen? Hadn't seen him lately.
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Bob Carlucci


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Candor, New York, USA
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 2:16 pm     Reply with quote

I find it VERY interesting that he priced Formica bodies the same as the lacquer bodies.. Nowadays its what, about a $1,000 or so option for lacquer?... bob
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Scott Duckworth


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Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 2:49 pm     Reply with quote

Here's the one I had... Serial # S-157791.





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Dan Robinson


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 9:47 pm     Marlen Pull-Release and All-Pull Reply with quote

Jonathan,

Can you tell us about your Marlen? Until you told me about your all-pull guitar I though every Marlen was pull-release. It was a surprise to learn that your's was among a small number of all-pull Marlen pedal steel guitars.

Pictures? Very Happy
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Clyde Mattocks


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Kinston, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 10:50 pm     Reply with quote

There were a lot of all pull Marlens. After he went to the Kline changer, they were very stable, great sounding steels. Like the MSAs, they were a little heavy, but still the best bang for the buck you can find today. Check out guys like Arnett Mills, Tony Arrowood and Joe Turner playing their Marlens.
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John H. McGlothlin


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Raton, New Mexico
Post Posted 28 Feb 2017 10:31 am     Reply with quote

Here is my Marlen SD 10 All Pull guitar with 3 floor pedals and 5 knee levers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy2uTzTAc4w
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Brian Adams


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Nevada, USA
Post Posted 2 Aug 2017 10:26 am     Reply with quote

There's a blue Marlen S-10 for sale on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/322628433489?ul_noapp=true

Any observations or comments about it would be appreciated.

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Storm Rosson


From:
Silver City, NM. USA
Post Posted 2 Aug 2017 2:35 pm     Reply with quote

It's a pull release changer for what it's worth.
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Brian Adams


From:
Nevada, USA
Post Posted 2 Aug 2017 2:53 pm     Reply with quote

Storm Rosson wrote:
It's a pull release changer for what it's worth.


Thanks. I asked the Ebay seller and he had no idea.
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Charley Hill


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South Carolina
Post Posted 2 Aug 2017 2:54 pm     Reply with quote

I went to the shop where they made Marlen. MAR-LEN for Marvin Hudson and Leonard Stadler. Met Leonard and had a great conversation with him. This was back in the early 90's.
After my visit, I received a very nice letter from him. The shop was in back of a drug store as well as well as I can remember.

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