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Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:57 pm
by A J Davies
Thanks for the input, guys. My venison bone slide is still not ready yet so haven't had a try out with it. Volume is something I tend to need to, playing on my reso, so this may end up relegated to a few select songs on my repertoire!

Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:59 pm
by colman
I`ve been using a chromed steel piece of pipe for 35 yrs. and it screams blues tone... i use glass on non-electric,and i messed with many metal pipes for electric slide.but the chromed steel does it for me,and robert nighthawk,and muddy waters used a chromed steel slide and the electric turned up feedback sound kicks A$$...

Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:52 pm
by ricbleu
Something I really enjoy about forums of this kind, is having shared access to the ingenuity of fellow (in this case) musicians. We do not stand still, but explore and experiment. This thread is typical in the way that so many have shared their own quest to find a better slide.

So here is my current crop. L - R: a beer bottle, another beer bottle including one turn of the threaded end, a fruit juice bottle, and a Dunlop Harris slide. I have cut all the glass ones myself using a combination of a slow grinding wheel with a water trough, and a dremel type cut off disc fitted into my electric drill which I clamp to my workbench. I use the corner of the grinding wheel (the 90 degree angle formed by the grinding face and the side) to grind a vee shaped groove and then present that to the cut off disc to finish the cut right through. Then I clean and polish the ends. The only slide I don't use is the second from left, but all the others have their place - as Lefty says, for a different "feel", a different slide. I am looking forward to receiving my Paloma from Jay sometime soon, so that can join the lineup. In the background are my Republic triolian and my self made teardrop Weissenborn style. :D Peace

Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:20 am
by A J Davies
Nice work Ricbleu!

You made that teardrop guitar in the background? Was it hard to do?

Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:35 am
by ricbleu
Not hard at all, AJ, though I have worked with wood in furniture making for a large part of my adult life. I drew the plans myself having spent a long time gleaning info from sites on the net. There is a series of posts that I put up some time ago showing some of the construction process. I'd encourage anyone who has the tools to have a go at making a guitar of some sort. I started with an electric lap steel which I made in a week of half days (I have an illness which has robbed me of most of my strength). There are postings and pics in back-pages on that too. I wouldn't tackle a proper fretted guitar because it needs a lot more equipment for fretting etc and I can't commit to buying a whole lot of specialised equipment. My time is short so I'd rather be playing than making extra guitars. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with my Republic triolian and in achieving a decent level of bottleneck technique. It's all good. :D Peace

Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:52 pm
by jayseibert
I appreciate the kind words expressed in previous about Paloma bottleneck slides and shaped tone bars. While I haven't been posting here lately due to a heavy work load and personal priorities, I have continued to develop new products and improvements to the Paloma family of musicians' tools to make music. You can check out the current line-up at .

I'd like to remind everyone that Paloma slides and bars still offer a lifetime guarantee. If for any reason your Paloma product fails to perform to your expectations, I will replace it or refund your money paid. In addition, if you have purchased a slide or bar and find that it is not the right diameter, or length, or color, you are always welcome to exchange it for one that suits you better.

Improvements to my detail and glazing processes (read that as more labor intensive) and increased costs has dictated that after three years of making Paloma slides and bars by hand, I need to have a price increase in my bullet bars and shaped tone bars. The new price will be $25 and will be effective March 15, 2012. All bottleneck slides will remain $20.

If you haven't seen these before, here's a photo of my new line-up of reso bar shapes. I believe I may be the first in the world to offer the bull nose slant cut tone bar shown third from the top in this photo. All bars are still $20 until March 15, 2012.

Paloma product line up copy.jpg

And the newest Paloma offering is hand painted designs. These are not decals and are hand painted by nationally recognized folk artist Debbie Dean. The image will never scratch off like a decal and will never fade. Each one will be an original. The image below shows two bottlenecks painted with "the Rose" design and were made for Blues Hall of Fame member Al Stone. You can have one too, for $50.


And finally, if you happen to be anywhere near Dallas, TX March 8-11, come see me at the Texas Steel Guitar Association Jamboree... I'll have lots of Paloma stock ready to go. The show is a steel guitar and reso player must-attend fantasy event!

Re: Copper Plumbing Joint for slide

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:14 pm
by leftyguitarman
Those hand painted slides are awesome, Jay! I want one of them!

I took my resonator to a jam the other day (which never happens) and the first slide I picked up to bring was my Paloma. I love it!