Lowell George would probably just shake his head

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  1. saltyseadog

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    I remember reading an interview in the british music press in the 70's with Ry Cooder. The interviewer was asking him about his gear and on slides he said he preferred heavy walled glass and his favourite was from the neck of a specific year of Mateus Rose, oh and you had to have the weld on the string. A few years back I read another Ry Cooder interview reflecting on his career where he laughed at how he would tell various interviewers any old thing and then get a kick out players reactions and mentioned one in which a quote on Mateus Rose had caused a spike in sales.

    That was probably a spoof as well, the point being that you should play with what you have and makes you happy. If you think a diamond studded titanium slide makes you sound better then go for it just remember it is likely all in your imagination. :D
     
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    Lowell would have just regarded it as less money for cocaine
     
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    I must have a dozen glass, metal, and ceramic slides. I would never pay $55.00 for one slide.
     
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    I use a piece of 3/4" rigid conduit. Had it for years. From use it went from galvanized to black to now shiny steel. And, it didn't cost a cent to me as the EMT was from a demo job an electrician friend had done 30 years ago. Personally, I am amazed I haven't lost it.
     
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    I don't see any reason to think that Lowell George wouldn't have upgraded his gear from what was limited availability/choices in 1972...

    Nice looking slides!
     
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    I'd suggest that there is far more technology in a fountain pen and that the quality plays a big part in how good it feels to use and the end product.
     
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    I read this whole thread and was unable to work up the least bit of pique.

    Those slides look kinda cool, like they’d make a sweet Father’s Day gift.
     
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    True, unfortunately, such a terrible waste of talent.
     
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    I disagree.

    Hendrix and Lowell would be using kempers and bejazzled slides.

    Only reason they didn't was because they weren't available.
     
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    Ever try a deep well socket!
    Giant tone and sustain, but HEAVY!
    I can't control them.
    I have a few pill bottles and some pieces I cut off an old bicycle handlebar.
    $55 slides are probably used as a substitute for skill.
     
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    To be equally blunt, no, I’m not an actuary, nor a mathematician, nor an economist. I put as much effort into precise figures as this discussion warrants, which is to say very little. Just pointing out that in real terms, those slides are a frippery, but they’re not going to cause a collapse of the musical instrument industry, or make our lives as musicians more difficult. When you look at what people all over this forum spend money on, $55 for a slide is beneath notice. Hell, I could come up with the money for one if I felt the urge (I don’t’), and I work retail sales. Don’t want? Don’t buy. It’s a farkle.
     
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    wasn’t his biggest problem...

    Two for Tuesday !







    Yep
     
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    I recently discovered that a piece of carbon fiber steering tube frome a road bike sounds pretty cool...
     
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    I use a John Deere lawn mover deck spacer a guy in the parts room gave me...it works fine!
    I might...probably would.
    I don't think he wasted his talent...I think he used it pretty well...he just wasn't around as long as we would have liked.
     
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    titanium does have a sound, halfway between glass and metal to my ear. I play a lot of slide, and I'm kind of fussy about what kind of slide sounds good with which guitar. I use a cheap Dunlop glass slide with my 000-18, and a very heavy brass one for my National. The titanium is my pick for stage electric guitar, which is set up medium-heavy and fairly high action. It's got some of the rasp of glass & some of the heft of the heavy brass slide. And it doesn't break when I drop it. It'll pay for itself in replacement glass slides -- when I turn about 140 years old.

    also here's a slide for £320 -- and yeah, that's £ not $ -- if you want to get mad about something: https://www.wolframslides.com/wolfr...on Signature Slide&pd=tungsten carbide#/store
     
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    Well, yes, he used it very well, then he destroyed himself. I'm not angry about it, just frustrated and sad.
     
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    I bought one at sweetwater that had an unusual name (the material) and of course they are packaged to prevent inspection. Got it home and it was some lightweight composite mat'l and almost useless. :mad:
    Coricidin or ceramic are fine. $55....:rolleyes:
     
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    I've been having a kind of %^&**# day. Thanks for those.
     
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    It doesn't matter what I use to play my screechy, out-of-tune slide parts. Glass, metal, whatever - I can hit a bad note with anything.
     
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    Yep...so many great ones gone too young.
     
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