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Joe Kaufman

Lewiston, Idaho
Post Posted 7 Nov 2017 8:13 pm     Reply with quote

I purchased this little steel from Hawaii a couple years ago. At the time I had no idea what it was exactly. It works as a very compact S8 lap steel, but looking at the back made it obvious that it used to be attached to a stand of some kind.

I now think it is a Magnatone after stumbling across a picture of a very similar D8 console. Can anyone help me figure out the original model? I would like to build a new base to look like the old one. Did they make a Single neck in this model? Some pictures and dimensions of the original bases would be very helpful. Thanks!
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Doug Beaumier

Northampton, MA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2017 8:44 pm     Reply with quote

That looks like one neck of a multi-neck Magnatone, either a double or a triple. The Magnatone lap steels don't look anything like that. Someone took apart a multi-neck steel. That happened a lot back in the day.

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Nic Neufeld

Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 5:29 am     Reply with quote

Here's a picture I've found from the forum that shows the base of a double model.

A D-8 like that is definitely on my wishlist...
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