Does anyone know of someone or a company , or they their own self that make custom Dobro straps ?
I'm wanting a western style , almost like a cowboy belt with a name on it .
Thank you !
Martin Gross of Germany indeed makes a really nice strap:
I have an amazing strap from Bobby Poff of Wyoming. Dobro straps don't come any better. I'm having trouble coming up with photos of mine right now, I will see if I can post some later today.
The website is under maintenance, but you can send him an email through it:
Another vote for Bobby Poff. Excellent workmanship and design.
Do these straps fit well in a case along with the instrument ?
My Poff strap rolls up fine and fits under the headstock of my Clinesmith in its Cedar Creek case. I will take a photo when I get home later.
Okay thank you , I only
Ask because I see they seem sturdier than the franklin and Lakota straps which are pretty roll-up-able .
The Martin Gross and the Poff straps both look real cool I'll have to see if I can find one that suits my 8 stringer .
Next post - it is in the case. At the widest point it is just shy of 3" across.
You want serious width, and thicker, stiffer leather for good support. The way I put it to fellow dobro players is that soft, floppy leather straps are fine for playing a regular flattop acoustic because it's resting against your chest.
But the typical L-Body modern reso weighs ballpark 2 to 3 pounds more than a flattop, and it's sort of "cantilevered" out from your body in an almost horizontal position. In a long playing session while standing up, these things start adding up after awhile and tire you out.
Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 01/24/2020 15:51:28
Wow that's amazing work ! I'll have to look into those that looks incredible
Yeah, it's really a beautiful piece of work. The custom jobs from Bobby pretty pricey - but you'll have it the rest of your life. Unless something happens like in the paragraph below.
I used to have another one in plain dark brown, worked every bit as well as my fancy one. Some of the folks here know the story. My car was broken into going on a couple years ago and my Asher lap steel was stolen along with a lot of gear. Unfortunately that Poff strap was in my gear box.
'Harvest' 9 hrs
'"Tone wood" for reso's?' 14 hrs
'NAMES..' 15 hrs
'Regret' 2 days