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#902785 - 06/08/11 04:14 PM Anybody Here Play National Tricone??  
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Greetings ... the reason I ask is because I'd like to know your method of amplification.

I've been using a Schatten design transducer for many years now - with very satisfying results BUTTT... now, apparently there's a Highlander out there called a 'Magnaphonic' which all the big name resonator players are using.

I'd like to hear one unprocessed to make the right decision. Although I come from the school of 'leave well enough alone', I'm still a curious juvenile minded player who has to tinker with all of it.
To quote the late, great Mr. James Brown I say "UGH!! HEP ME!!!"

#902815 - 06/08/11 08:47 PM Re: Anybody Here Play National Tricone?? [Re: PoppaJake]  
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PoppaJake--

I have a Tut Taylor Single resonator, but haven't added a pickup yet--Here's all I could find on the highlander PU in a cutaway TRICONE:

http://artisanguitars.com/national-vintage-steel-tricone-cutaway/

Sounds better than the Fishman PU in a friend's single resonator--

Mackie

#902837 - 06/08/11 11:57 PM Re: Anybody Here Play National Tricone?? [Re: Mackie H.]  
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Thanks Mackie! That guitar peez me off ;>).

It sounds acoustically almost identical to my Style One Tricone . I sure would've sprung for the cutaway version back in 2003 when I ordered mine but the cutaway version was not available then.

Somethin' about having access to them extra 2 or 3 frets when in any open tuning ... oh well, once I get my rocket scientist degree, I might be able to afford that one.

Anyways, I can give you unprocessed samples of my National with the Schatten Design transducer if you'd like. All I have to do is figure out how to post them. It's 2 - 30 second clips ... one conventional and one slide.

Furthermore, it's only around $120 bucks compared to $300 for the Highlander. The Schatten can be installed by you but the Highlander needs drilling and fitting best to be done by someone skilled at that task.

This is a case where for once, something fairly inexpensive does an incredible job... recording or live. I don't know why I'm intrigued by this Highlander unit....

Let me also ad that I love using a mic for my acoustics. The problem is that I'm too animated regardless of whether I'm sitting or standing. I used to use a Neumann KN184 (and still do periodically) but I'd just waste it because of my body motions. The Schatten happily replaced the hi-end Neumann.

BTW ... I forgot to mention that this Scatten is a passive unit and requires a pre-amp. I settled on LR Baggs ParaAcoustic units. The Highlander apparently has the pre-amp built in.
PJ

#902869 - 06/09/11 03:46 AM Re: Anybody Here Play National Tricone?? [Re: PoppaJake]  
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PJ--

AT MY AGE I HAVE A HEARING LOSS, SO I CAN'T REALLY TELL MUCH ABOUT SOUND UNLESS I'M IN THE ROOM WITH THE INSTRUMENT!

I Have been building tube amps all my life, and love the warm sound--once built a tube preamp in a thermos bottle with tubes sticking out the sides like Frankenstein electrodes--had a power supply big as a house--Everyone would get back, so as to not get electrocuted. It sounded pretty good in the old days--the feedback was tricky. I never was much of a player, but I love the BLUZ sound--YOU ARE PROBABLY A REAL PLAYER!

Being on LIMITED income now, I have to watch my expenses on my hobby-MUSIC!

PLAY ON!

Mackie


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