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Jan 23, 2020 - 11:38:32 PM
22 posts since 5/7/2019

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 !

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:53:46 AM
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353 posts since 1/14/2012

Martin Gross

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:09:08 AM

3151 posts since 7/27/2008

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:

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:19:36 AM
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1274 posts since 8/4/2008

Another vote for Bobby Poff. Excellent workmanship and design.

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:14:51 AM

22 posts since 5/7/2019

Do these straps fit well in a case along with the instrument ?

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:51:15 PM

3151 posts since 7/27/2008

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. 

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:19:05 PM

22 posts since 5/7/2019

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 .

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:50:25 PM

3151 posts since 7/27/2008

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

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:57:20 PM
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3151 posts since 7/27/2008

Here you go...

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:02:31 PM
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3151 posts since 7/27/2008

Most of my work career has been in the horticulture/nursery industry. 
For several years I was with a large wholesale garden rose grower.  Bobby went with a rose theme and I wanted a Celtic cross to go along with it.

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 01/24/2020 16:05:27

Jan 25, 2020 - 1:44:28 PM

22 posts since 5/7/2019

Wow that's amazing work ! I'll have to look into those that looks incredible

Jan 25, 2020 - 6:08:43 PM

3151 posts since 7/27/2008

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.

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