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  Topic: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 1393

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 1 Aug 2020 2:44 pm   Subject: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
And in an amusing side note, I took one of the 3"x1" dowel pieces I'd made and sliced off about ⅓ of it lengthwise, and made a nice wrist rest (blu-tacked on)...keeps my wrist at the right ...
  Topic: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 1393

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 9 Jul 2020 2:10 pm   Subject: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
You don't want it to be heavy!!! The point is to have it light enough to vibrate on the string and NOT give clear tone. E.g.,the ceramic finger slide, even though hollow, was too heave and sounded j ...
  Topic: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 1393

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 28 Jun 2020 5:10 pm   Subject: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
And the winner is....no question...by a mile....the bullet-bar shaped 1" dowel.

I tried all of these...could get a banjo tone with most of them, but the effort required to make it consistent w ...
  Topic: Weissenborn tunings
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 15
Views: 889

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Jun 2020 9:09 pm   Subject: Weissenborn tunings
GBDGBD works fine...I just lower the 3rd to .026, and push the 5th to 5th to 6th, inserting a .038 for the 5th.. Nice even tension, and it sings. Heavier gauges not only might explode it, but they t ...
  Topic: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 1393

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 23 Jun 2020 2:00 pm   Subject: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Ken-
WOW - Thanks! the plastic comb works great! And I like the price point and portability!

Add a little treble and it is a Gibson Mastertone...well...not really...but plenty good for the bar ...
  Topic: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 1393

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 23 Jun 2020 1:54 pm   Subject: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Experimenting a bit I found that the sponge under the strings, almost touching, sounds pretty good...clearly a banjo vibe. I probably should devise some way to hold it in place, but it pretty much st ...
  Topic: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 1393

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 23 Jun 2020 12:22 pm   Subject: Banjo pedal for lap steel, or other technique?
Winner for me is the 1" dowel, shaped like a bullet bar...read on for the experiment....
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I've sold my banjos, callouses are gone...but still need a banjo sound for some tun ...
  Topic: Chrome Touch Ups?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 3
Views: 452

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 29 May 2020 1:25 pm   Subject: Chrome Touch Ups?
You can start by just polishing the rust off...National guitars recommends Flitz, and there also is Simichrome, which I've used on car bumpers...
  Topic: Silvertone 1311
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 8
Views: 986

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 May 2020 8:56 am   Subject: Silvertone 1311
Well, tunings are a question with as many answers as there are people...

Main thing is to pick one and really learn it.

A few points, but surely not the whole story:
D is great for solo tunes - ...
  Topic: Time to amplify my Asher electro hawaiian jr....
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 17
Views: 2068

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 24 May 2020 1:16 pm   Subject: Time to amplify my Asher electro hawaiian jr....
Milkman? Whatever you can afford...I found him long ago and have migrated through nearly every amp he's made, one after another. Pedal Steel Amp for Twin reverb level power with amazing tone, Pedal ...
  Topic: Silvertone 1311
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 8
Views: 986

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 24 May 2020 1:08 pm   Subject: Silvertone 1311
Congrats on the string-through...the lower output might just be magnets that have gotten weak and need re-magnetizing...my Oahu Diana string-through is pretty strong...

Or, are you using Phosphor B ...
  Topic: Pretty Sunburst Dillion 8-string lap
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 1
Views: 744

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 19 May 2020 5:50 pm   Subject: Pretty Sunburst Dillion 8-string lap
Found on Portland Craigslist, I have no connection, contact the ad person if interested....price seems quite good

Quilted Sunburst Dillion DLS-008 E/ACT Lap String guitar (original value $749), now ...
  Topic: More advices on Volume Pedal use, please
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 13
Views: 1794

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 May 2020 2:08 pm   Subject: More advices on Volume Pedal use, please
And in a band, of course, a vol pedal helps balance with the rest of the band, pump up for solos, push the amp into overdrive, etc. But a volume knob works fine for that also, of course.
  Topic: 12 inch or 15 inch speaker
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 11
Views: 1742

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 15 May 2020 12:50 pm   Subject: 12 inch or 15 inch speaker
I have to admit, I've always been tempted (and, luckily, so far resisted) solving the "what size speaker" issue by re-creating John Cipollina's (Quicksilver Messenger Service) speaker stack. ...
  Topic: 12 inch or 15 inch speaker
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 11
Views: 1742

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 May 2020 2:24 pm   Subject: 12 inch or 15 inch speaker
Depends on the brand and model, doesn't it?
Dave Beaty at Telonics says his 12 and 15 are mostly identical over the range, but the 15 does have more of a low end, and he advises using it for C6.
I ...
  Topic: More advices on Volume Pedal use, please
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 13
Views: 1794

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 May 2020 2:16 pm   Subject: More advices on Volume Pedal use, please
Just me, I find that starting low and quickly bringing up partway just after picking, then increasing slowly to maintain volume, has a sort of compressor effect...cuts out the initial impulse respons ...
  Topic: Questions about Asher Electro Hawaiian Jr.....
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 30
Views: 2383

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 6 May 2020 7:08 pm   Subject: Questions about Asher Electro Hawaiian Jr.....
I've seen other people post on that issue with the ball ends - I seem to remember that they said you need to loosen the bridge a bit to free up the ball end and let it go into the hole...I think that ...
  Topic: Weissenborn versus Resonator Dilemma
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 11
Views: 1499

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 4 May 2020 6:55 pm   Subject: Weissenborn versus Resonator Dilemma
I avoid heavier than standard dobro strings on the Weissenborn - the Weiss is more fragile, and I'd wonder about long-term life with heavier strings.

Also, the Weiss seemed to ring out better wit ...
  Topic: Twin Reverb Tone Master
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 14
Views: 2635

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 28 Apr 2020 6:14 pm   Subject: Twin Reverb Tone Master
I have a formula - your amp should weigh no more than (100-your age)...at age 30, I had an original Twin (1966, bought new)...then gradually migrated through Milkman, from Pedal Steel Amp, to Pedal St ...
  Topic: Milkman 40 W mini too noisy
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 6
Views: 775

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 6 Apr 2020 12:38 pm   Subject: Milkman 40 W mini too noisy
Are you sure it isn't an AC hum? Maybe you have a ground loop, if your amp is plugged into a different source than other things?
  Topic: Milkman 40 watt Pedal Steel
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 19
Views: 2396

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 3 Apr 2020 2:51 pm   Subject: Milkman 40 watt Pedal Steel
On one of my Milkman amps, when I got it, the wire inside the reverb tank had come loose from the internal connector...one drop of solder and all was good. That wasn't a Milkman issue, of course - th ...
  Topic: Which vintage Supro (or similar) should I look for??
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 15
Views: 2046

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 2 Apr 2020 12:06 pm   Subject: Which vintage Supro (or similar) should I look for??
Oahu Diana is a treat...beautiful and tuneful. I love mine...not quite a rich as my Frypan with Horseshoe, but definitely in the same ballpark compared to others...

Some Dianas may not have string ...
  Topic: Describe your setup
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 16
Views: 1463

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 30 Mar 2020 1:10 pm   Subject: Describe your setup
Best advice I got came from Dave Grafe: "Pick like you mean it"
Often newbies will hold back...
  Topic: Boss Ge-7 - Comments
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 10
Views: 864

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 24 Mar 2020 2:27 pm   Subject: Boss Ge-7 - Comments
You can also just buy the Analogman modded version, noise is completely gone. Or you can send yours to him for mods
Note that noise in the unmodded one only appears if you boost, rather than cut, fr ...
  Topic: How much do power amps affect tone?
Steve Lipsey

Replies: 23
Views: 1494

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 21 Mar 2020 11:59 am   Subject: How much do power amps affect tone?
Uh....tubes!
Preamp tube response warms things up (like a Sarno Black Box) but final amp tube response is a treat...I learned that from standing in front of a Marshall stack - once the master volume ...
 
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