Brian did absolutely amazing work. We originally intended to copy Gene Parsons' original design, but 1) it's been done once, by Gene for TDPRI member Mur, and 2) it was a daunting task. So Brian came up with plan of using the same basic platform I'd come up with, the pedal steel changer as used on the original, and updating the mechanism using modern engineering ideas and tapping Dave Evans' genius to provide some flexibility to the feel.
The whole result is a quiet, smooth bender with an absolutely consistent fell on the up and downstrokes; you can stop anywhere along the line and hold your position, drift slowly in and out without any stutter, and snap it quickly to and from a note like a short throw. Combine that with Dave's tension adjustment system and it can be set up to any player's liking.
Some like a tight bender - I set mine right on the edge of accidental bends, where the weight of the guitar doesn't cause a pitch change...but just barely. It's not a setting I recommend to my students (who end up hitting sharp notes unintentionally) but it's a really good setting for experienced bender players.
“No Chops – Great Tone” ©