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  Topic: String spacing
Ian Rae

Replies: 9
Views: 307

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 22 Feb 2018 10:16 am   Subject: String spacing
Most pedal steels have string spacing of 11/32" and you're probably used to 3/8" - only 1/32" but it feels like a foot.

I use two different trombone mouthpieces for different purpose ...
  Topic: Do you have to play with finger picks on pedal steel??
Ian Rae

Replies: 24
Views: 854

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 22 Feb 2018 10:10 am   Subject: Do you have to play with finger picks on pedal steel??
Going pickless can be an asset if you’re aiming for an ambient, atmospheric sound or mellow attack. Check out Daniel Lanois. But yes, almost all of the “classic” steel guitar sound is pick-driv ...
  Topic: Do you have to play with finger picks on pedal steel??
Ian Rae

Replies: 24
Views: 854

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 21 Feb 2018 11:55 pm   Subject: Do you have to play with finger picks on pedal steel??
I think of soup. If you really want to use just your fingers, go ahead.
  Topic: So you buy a $2500 amp
Ian Rae

Replies: 45
Views: 3750

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 21 Feb 2018 8:50 am   Subject: So you buy a $2500 amp
Vacuum tubes and their associated components usually have the decency to get sick before they die. Silicon not so considerate.
  Topic: George L Eon
Ian Rae

Replies: 3
Views: 314

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 20 Feb 2018 3:11 pm   Subject: George L Eon
I have an Eon in my 12 string uni. I chose it after listening to some comparison recordings which made it sound less wild than the E66. I'm happy with it - clear highs and adequate lows.
  Topic: Excel leg thread size
Ian Rae

Replies: 0
Views: 106

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 20 Feb 2018 2:17 pm   Subject: Excel leg thread size
This may be of interest to Excel owners. I shortened the legs on mine and when it was time to knock the spigots back in I looked around for a couple of nuts to protect the thread from the hammer. I ...
  Topic: Why IMO the B to Bb change does not belong on the vertical.
Ian Rae

Replies: 32
Views: 1627

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 18 Feb 2018 4:02 am   Subject: Why IMO the B to Bb change does not belong on the vertical.
No matter what change you have on a Vertical Lever, you have to be able to use it just as easily as any other pedal/lever.
I believe that too, otherwise you're stuck with a change you try to avoid, w ...
  Topic: Lowers on a Permanent.
Ian Rae

Replies: 7
Views: 485

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Feb 2018 2:48 pm   Subject: Lowers on a Permanent.
The problem with adding that change is that you need to leave some play in the A pedal raise to leave room for the lower. For most playing that would become very irritating, if not impossible.
  Topic: CITES regulations?
Ian Rae

Replies: 12
Views: 923

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 17 Feb 2018 5:45 am   Subject: CITES regulations?
Mend one thing and break another. The European Union banned lead in musical instruments. The purpose was to ensure lead-free solder in electronic keyboards. Then when it was too late someone pointed ...
  Topic: Loving my Telonics amp
Ian Rae

Replies: 23
Views: 1801

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 16 Feb 2018 11:20 pm   Subject: Loving my Telonics amp
True, the manuals are up to the same standard as the gear itself. And I can already see how most of the knobs are to set once and leave alone.
  Topic: Learning picks report
Ian Rae

Replies: 9
Views: 545

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 Feb 2018 11:15 pm   Subject: Learning picks report
Well said, Jeffrey. We live in a world of instant gratification where we risk losing the art of perseverance.
  Topic: Loving my Telonics amp
Ian Rae

Replies: 23
Views: 1801

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 16 Feb 2018 4:15 pm   Subject: Loving my Telonics amp
Yes, seems to be a complete workstation.
  Topic: Loving my Telonics amp
Ian Rae

Replies: 23
Views: 1801

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 16 Feb 2018 1:27 pm   Subject: Loving my Telonics amp
Ken, I just got my hands on a used rig same as yours. I'm knocked out by the quality. The built-in reverb is so good I haven't even tried the Lexicon yet! Many hours of fun to come...
  Topic: Vertical lever question
Ian Rae

Replies: 15
Views: 800

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 Feb 2018 11:31 am   Subject: Re: Vertical lever question
is it possible (mechanically and physically) to get a Bmaj7 with 10-8LKR-7-5LKV?
Kind of, but if you lower your Es on the right knee it becomes routine B6 playing.
  Topic: Tuning Systems
Ian Rae

Replies: 9
Views: 733

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Feb 2018 11:35 am   Subject: Tuning Systems
So much has been written about this that it's hard to know which way to point you.

The good news is that the PSG is a great instrument to experiment with. If you play the piano or the saxophone th ...
  Topic: Fender amps
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 1131

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Feb 2018 2:11 am   Subject: Fender amps
Thank you, gentlemen - I now have all the info I requested, plus the judgement that they are gargbage/not garbage depending on your expectations. Or more precisely that they're obsolete but useful fo ...
  Topic: Fender amps
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 1131

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 13 Feb 2018 12:44 pm   Subject: Fender amps
Not bad for $100!
Jim, I knew they were US made cos it says so on the back. I'm just one of those odd people who likes to know the origin of things so I have some spiel for when I sell them.

They ...
  Topic: Scale length
Ian Rae

Replies: 8
Views: 610

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:50 am   Subject: Scale length
I'm aware that most PSGs have a scale length in the range 24" - 25½", and the trade-off is between better tone and sustain v. giving the high strings an easier ride.

When I built my uni ...
  Topic: Fender amps
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 1131

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 12 Feb 2018 8:05 am   Subject: Fender amps
Their full title is Fender Deluxe 112 Plus. They're solid state, with a drive channel which I have no use for. (Apparently guitarists don't have much use for it either! Smile )

https://bb.steelguit ...
  Topic: The Decibel (dB) Scale & Audio Rules 101
Ian Rae

Replies: 13
Views: 655

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 11:01 am   Subject: The Decibel (dB) Scale & Audio Rules 101
Watts, the unit of power. Should be in capitals.
  Topic: 12 string pickups
Ian Rae

Replies: 15
Views: 639

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 6:56 am   Subject: 12 string pickups
Try it John - you might like it. When I was casting around for something to put in my homemade steel, I did what research I could and fastened on the EON. It's bright enough for E9, smooth enough fo ...
  Topic: united Kingdom pedal steel shops...where are they?
Ian Rae

Replies: 2
Views: 182

PostForum Section: Wanted To Buy   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 6:36 am   Subject: united Kingdom pedal steel shops...where are they?
The only one I know is in Morecambe - GFI dealer

https://www.promenademusic.co.uk/
  Topic: 12 string pickups
Ian Rae

Replies: 15
Views: 639

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 10 Feb 2018 3:44 pm   Subject: 12 string pickups
It depends on the guitar of course, but I have a George L EON in mine which gives a nice middle-of-the-road sound.
  Topic: Fender amps
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 1131

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 10 Feb 2018 3:39 pm   Subject: Fender amps
Bill's link is just what I need. The date info is in code on the back. One is 1992 and the other 1998 I think but they're a bit hemmed in with junk at the moment and I need to look again in better lig ...
  Topic: Pedal Width
Ian Rae

Replies: 6
Views: 609

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 9 Feb 2018 1:32 pm   Subject: Pedal Width
My home-built uni has detachable pedal pads so I can experiment. This is a Day setup, so the C pedal is on the extreme left. I found that the weird shape makes it easier to swivel on to, especially a ...
 
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