Lowell George would probably just shake his head

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  1. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's

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    Honestly, is a bejeweled magnesium tube in your future?
    What's wrong w/ a coricidin bottle, a common Dunlop brass (or ceramic) slide or Lowell's reputed fave: a Craftsman spark-plug socket?
    Is this another one of those OK Boomer moments?
    If it is, I'm finally irked.

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    Yeah I agree 100%. I sometimes need to remind myself that the best guitar tones I have heard were not made with boutique gear
     
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    I love Lowell George and I own Craftsman tools I bought over 45 years ago.

    Mark
     
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    Plus, if it ever fails, Sears will probably replace it for you!....for free! ;)
     
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    I don't mind the looks of it and I like that it's supposedly 33% lighter than glass, 75% lighter than steel, and 80% lighter than brass. What turns me off is the thickness. I bought one of those Joe Perry ceramic slides, and I couldn't stand that big bulky thing on my finger.
     
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    I got a glass one with a finger crotch cutout and an old, long Dunlop brass. I use the Dunlop the most.

    My fingers are huge.

    If I went foo-foo on slides I’d get the Diamond one that is half steel and half glass.

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    But I’m cheap and also satisfied with what I have.
     
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  8. Flaneur

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    It's all about the ergonomics and the tone. Lightweight is important- especially to pinkie finger players. A comfortable fit is essential, or you won't be able to make music, just a noise. Some slide players never stop searching and don't like the twenty three slides they keep in a drawer.
    It took me decades, before I worked out the material composition size and shape of my ideal slide. Then I went into a tight studio and that perfect product sounded awful.....

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    ...and the neck from one of these receptacles answered every question.

    There will be a market for $55 slides. Did you see the price they want for one of these, lately?

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    Imagine how much $55 was worth in the days of 20s and 30s Negro blues artists? Would we have that great style ? The old filed down on a stone beer bottle neck was their answer. Necessity is ....
     
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    I git a titanium slide cost that much, more or less. I like it. Sounds like glass but it doesn't shatter when you drop it. Joe Walsh plays one. Could I survive without it? Easy. Do I care? Nope.
     
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    Not surprised. And $50 for a guitar accessory is not outlandish. There are literally conventions for ink pens. Yes, I said ink pens. It costs $50 just to ATTEND these conventions, let alone buy a $1,000 pen. Let me know when guitar slides get there.
     
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    As a pen geek I resemble that remark! But seriously, some old vintage fountain pens can be highly collectible and valuable. Not sure that is true for slides though.
    Dunlop glass works fine for me.
     
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    According to my handy calculators, in 1930 that would have been about $3.60 US. Average day’s pay (assuming one had a job) would have been about $3.75. So these slides are not exorbitant, but still an amount of money one would have to think about spending. Personally (and I don’t slide), they don’t bother me at all. If you want one, buy one, if not, use a socket. There are more egregious money sucks in the world.
     
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    Lowell actually preferred a bottle neck he cut from a German bottle of wine. I believe it was a dark blue color. Had a very thick wall.
    He had a couple of them but used 11/16" deep sockets when performing. They were easily replaced and didn't break if you dropped them or they fell off the amp or a fan stole them.
    I think he said he used the glass ones a lot in the studio.
    In a pinch I saw him use a shot glass.
    He didn't really care all that much. He'd laugh if he could see how gearcentric people are today.
     
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    Next thing you know somebody's gonna come out with fashionable guitar straps. A piece of rope is more than adequate!
     
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    Rope? Luxury. Barbed wire’s good enough for me.
     
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    Okay!
    I have beautiful custom made slides that I made out of 12 year old bottles of Two Buck Chuck, and I'm selling them for $1,000 each. I'll charge you $50 to look at them, but you can apply the $50 to the purchase price in the unlikely event you decide to buy one.
     
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    I believe that Muddy also used a socket.
     
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    What’s the deal about titanium then? I have a steel slide, two brass ones of different diameter and thickness, plus two wine bottle neck slides, one green and one clear. They all sound very different. So does titanium have a sound or is it something else?
     
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    Dan German I'm going to be blunt. Are you an actuary? .

    It is your Mathematics I question. Even if your figures are correct the actual value would have been acutely diminished.

    Even that slide today @ $55 is ridiculously over-priced. What's it made of, silver?
     
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