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Dylan Schorer

 

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Post  Posted 25 May 2021 11:33 am    
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I’ve been using one of Mark’s prototype Zirctone bars for several months and love the feel and tone of it. I know how much work he has put into polishing and fine tuning, and these things feel impossibly slick. It’s definitely improved my vibrato. I had been using black zirconia bar as my main bar for the past 10 years, but the Zirctone is much smoother and feels better in my hand. I don’t know if it’s a difference in the ceramic material or the attention to polishing. It’s also taken few falls on to a hard floor (sorry Mark), and it’s come through unscathed.
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Dan Kelly


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Boston, MA
Post  Posted 25 May 2021 12:25 pm    
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I have had the Zirctone bar for about a month now. This is my first foray into a bar that is not steel.

So... comparing it to my favorite steel bar, I found that the Zirctone bar slides over the strings more smoothly and with less bar noise. Also, there are sounds and a level of expression I have not gotten with my steel bar. Plus, there is a certain clarity that I have noticed, especially when recording. The Zirctone is the bar I reach for now.
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John McClung


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Olympia WA, USA
Post  Posted 25 May 2021 5:14 pm    
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M Horton Smith:

I'm pretty lousy with bar slants. The bars that work best for me have a considerable concave heel end so my thumb can securely grab the end of the bar for slants.

Any chance you will make a bar like that? I don't see much of a "dimple" in the current bar, at least from the one photo you posted.

Thanks!
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M Horton Smith


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Utah, USA
Post  Posted 26 May 2021 6:16 pm    
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John,

Thank you for your question. I have designed an offset feature in the back end of the bar just to get better leverage for slants. The feedback so far has been positive. Here's a photo that hopefully shows the detail of that feature a little better.

Mark

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Morton Kellas

 

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Post  Posted 3 Jun 2021 6:01 am    
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I'm supposed to be on the list for one of these great bars, I can't wait to get my hands on one.
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Stu Schulman


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Post  Posted 7 Jun 2021 11:19 am    
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I will be thrilled to have one of these bars!!
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M Horton Smith


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Utah, USA
Post  Posted 9 Jun 2021 1:24 pm    
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Just a quick update-

Morton and Stu, I have you on the growing standby list!

I'm about halfway through the process of manufacturing:

7/8" Dia 10-string qty. 25 (approx. 1/2 are spoken for)
15/16" Dia 10-string qty. 25 (approx. 1/3 are spoken for)

I will let you all know when the second run is close to complete.

Send me a note at zirctone@gmail.com if you want on the list.

Thanks
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David Decker


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Canton, Ohio, USA
Post  Posted 9 Jun 2021 1:36 pm     Bar
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Just sent you an email for a 15/16" Bar
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John McClung


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Olympia WA, USA
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 2:40 pm    
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M Horton Smith, thanks for that heel mod for easier bar slants. I'll email you to place an order for a 7/8 bar. 🤠
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Valdi Thorkelsson

 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
Post  Posted 19 Jun 2021 6:38 am    
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E-mailed you an order last night Mark for a 7/8” Dia 10-str. Please confirm receipt.
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M Horton Smith


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Utah, USA
Post  Posted 22 Jun 2021 7:09 am    
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Thanks John and Valdi,

You are both on the growing list! I'll let everyone know when the second run is getting closer - working on them. They do take plenty of time to get right. Thank you all for your patience.

Best,

Mark
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George Redmon


Post  Posted 22 Jun 2021 10:14 am    
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Don't forget us 12 stringers 15/16 please. I have an extra pencil if you need it for your growing list.
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