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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 10:37 am     Reply with quote

Back in the late 80s, I was at a steel convention in Armonk, NY where I was talking to Buddy. I asked him how many steel players did he think there were in the USA. His answer surprised me. My guess was a few hundred, and he said there were something like 15,000 just in the USA alone. Maybe because of the internet, it seems like that number nowadays is way underrated.

Is there any way to find out how many steelers there are in the USA? How about the entire world? By steel players, I mean everyone who owns a steel & includes students as well as pros.
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John De Maille


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Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 6:08 pm     Reply with quote

When you were in Armonk, back then, we had over 1,500 in the PSGA alone. Some of them were from overseas, mostly Europe and some from South Africa and the Far East.
And, we were only just a part of the steel world. There were many other clubs across the USA, too.
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b0b


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Northern California
Post Posted 19 Mar 2017 10:42 pm     Reply with quote

This forum has over 16,000 members. That's probably less than half of the steel players in the world.
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 11:42 am     Reply with quote

My guess: .000001% as many as the number of dj's (whatever it is that they allegedly do).
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Jason King


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Missouri, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 6:19 pm     Reply with quote

Another question. How many will there be in 30 years? That's the one we need to focus on.
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Graham


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Marmora, Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 5:11 am     Reply with quote

From an employment and economical perspective - Too Many! Very Happy

From a music perspective - Not Enough! Sad
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Rich Upright


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 2:10 pm     Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
From an employment and economical perspective - Too Many! Very Happy

From a music perspective - Not Enough! Sad


I agree 100%...I have been wanting to move to the Austin area for years, but there are way too many players there. Here at least I am one of the few, so I get a good share of the work. But, on the other hand, if I lived in Austin, there are so many great players I could go out to see on my off nights, which I'm sure would be plenty!

In Florida I am a whale in a bathtub. In Austin, I'd be a minnow in the Pacific!
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