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Michael T
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« on: February 25, 2008, 06:00:04 AM »

I am planning on putting a set of John Pearse Bell Brass Kingpins on the octave stings and a set of bone on the standard string. I use Newtone 11-50 on this guitar.

Top row of pins are the octave strings. The intent would be to increase the sustain & ring of the octave stings while tempering them by using bone on the standard strings (bottom row). The newtone strings are full sounding, without a lot of bite. I understand the weight issue with the brass; however they would only be used on the top row, localizing the additional weight in parallel with the lighter bone pins.

My concern or question is if anyone has tried blending brass with other materials and the resulting effect. The info I have been able to gather has suggested all kinds of combinations for 6 strings. Alternating placement (A,G, B), or top 3 (G,B,E) to highlight the highs, or the lower 3 (E,A,D) to clean up muddy lows. It has even been suggested for a void string (low volume) by itself.

Personally, the experience I've just had with comparing tusk with FWI on my Larri leads me to believe there would be a nominal overtone difference with changing all the pins. However, focusing on 1 register could emphasise the patterning of that register with little effect on the other. At least from what I am gathering from the sources selling these things, and the subtle difference my recent comparison produced.

Help me out with your thoughts on this too, or, your experiences with this type of thing.



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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008, 05:00:04 AM »

I got my John Pearse bell brass today and recorded the eboney that came with the T5-12 Koa, then put the Brass on the top course of strings and Bone on the bottom course and recorded them. I then cut a set of 1st the ebony then the brass/bone string by string. (E & E ebony, then E & E brass/bone). My T5 was placed on a stand unplugged, with the mic at 12 inches aimed at the 12th fret constant to avoid proximity effect etc. I used a simple audacity program with no effects. Not very scientific, but a glimpse of what differences would show up, let me /(us) know what you notice.

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02 Larrivee DV-09
73 Granada Custom
Kids got the others  :)

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=797065

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