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Dec 7, 2022 - 5:21:13 AM

maxmax

Sweden

48 posts since 12/22/2010

Hey Gang,

The Beard bars are no longer available. Same with Charlie's and Bradley it looks like. The Scheerhorn and EG Smith bars unfortunately don't fit my hand very well. Is there anything else out there today apart from the Shubb, Dunlop and Stevens?

Seems like there used to be a few people offering custom bars made to order, but I can't find anyone offering this today. Am I missing anyone? Ideally I'd like a bar with similar specs as the Dunlop Long Dawg but with sharper edges.

Any advice would be appreciated,
Max

Dec 7, 2022 - 6:42:10 AM
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2386 posts since 8/3/2008

FWIW..Beard says the bars will return but, not soon.

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Dec 7, 2022 - 7:09:54 AM
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1160 posts since 9/29/2009

At the last Resogat in July, Charlie still had his tone bars available. In the past, he did custom bars for a small increase in price. You might try Emailing him at his capo web site.

https://charliescapo.com/contact-us/

Dec 7, 2022 - 7:55:12 AM
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14 posts since 1/18/2010

I spoke with Ron Tippton and he will soon have bars available. He said the best way to contact him is via email:

rt-bars@roadrunner.com

He has three different versions and they are chrome plated brass. Great bars!

Dec 7, 2022 - 10:25:54 AM

maxmax

Sweden

48 posts since 12/22/2010

Thanks a lot for the advice guys! I'll contact them and see.smiley

Dec 7, 2022 - 11:29:22 AM
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4240 posts since 7/27/2008

Ron Tipton keeps threatening to retire but every so often he puts out another small batch of bars, but you gotta be quick - they sell out fast! 

David Maulik, who I believe is Bobby Poff's son-in-law has been making slides, though apparently they aren't in stock right now. The only thing is they look pretty close to a Scheerhorn bar (which I like), so if that's not your cup of tea then perhaps it's not a good option. 

https://www.bluegrassgear.com/products/maulik-stainless-reso-slide?variant=39861565391006

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 12/07/2022 11:36:41

Dec 7, 2022 - 11:42:48 AM
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4240 posts since 7/27/2008

I really like my Asher bar, but I use it mainly for electric lap steel rather than dobro. The reason is that it's a little heavier than most of what is out there, on par with Charlie's bar. I'm not as comfortable with it on fast dobro moves, but  I do a lot less of those on lap steel. 

Sharp edge on one side and rounded on the other, and chrome plated - slick. 

https://asher-guitars-lap-steels-store.myshopify.com/products/2021-asher-cs-2-chrome-plated-cold-rolled-steel-slide-bar-super-nice?_pos=2&_sid=2aa8d2699&_ss=r

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 12/07/2022 11:43:19

Dec 7, 2022 - 8:23:38 PM
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doug662

USA

1543 posts since 11/9/2010

As far as I know Charlie is still making bars

Dec 8, 2022 - 12:07:31 AM
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maxmax

Sweden

48 posts since 12/22/2010

Thanks again! Just what I was hoping to hear.

Good to hear that Charlie is also making bars still. I haven't seen them listed online anywhere, so I thought he wasn't making them.

Cheers everyone,
Max

Dec 8, 2022 - 5:38:02 AM
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LukeL

USA

340 posts since 5/11/2018

The Beard is my favorite by far and all I've used for the last several years. I should've bought two at the time but that's life. I purchased a Maulik as a secondary about a year ago, and it's a very nicely made bar. I haven't yet taken the time to get used to it though- it's a little fatter than the Beard.

Dec 9, 2022 - 11:24:54 AM
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RezBluez

Canada

237 posts since 1/24/2015

I find that the Tipton 1 the best bar if you have big hands and long fingers like me. It’s the only bar I could find that worked for me, and they are wonderful bars.

Dec 10, 2022 - 7:10:42 AM
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436 posts since 1/23/2010

Tipton 1 for me also. Perfect for my hand.

Dec 10, 2022 - 9:23:01 AM
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maxmax

Sweden

48 posts since 12/22/2010

Thanks! I got in touch with Charlie who made me a bar (had the tracking number within a few hours!), but I'm tempted to try to get a hold of a Tipton as well. I'll try that depending on how the Charlie bar works for me.

Many thanks again!
Max

Dec 12, 2022 - 7:34:53 AM
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daver

USA

757 posts since 9/2/2008

My immediate assessment of Charlie's bar: BOY IS THIS THING HEAVY!
My next assessment: Sounds good; let me experiment with it...
Current assessment: Still "experimenting" going on 5 years with no other bars used.

I hope you also find Charlie's bar good for you. And prepare to change your mind a handful of times as you build your bar "collection".wink
 

Dec 12, 2022 - 1:48:30 PM
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694 posts since 1/18/2012

FWIW, Greg Boyd House of Fine Instruments shows EG Smith "smooth" bars in stock (I realize they don't fit the OP's hand, but others that might be looking).  There does seem to be a scarce amount of steels available these days.
gregboyd.com/product/eg-smith-...th-slide/

Edited by - Lounge Primate on 12/12/2022 13:52:21

Dec 13, 2022 - 5:36:53 PM
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495 posts since 1/29/2013

Ron Tipton has bars right now! See email address above. Just ordered a couple #2s.

Dec 14, 2022 - 10:41:31 AM
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1382 posts since 1/14/2011

quote:
Originally posted by daver

My immediate assessment of Charlie's bar: BOY IS THIS THING HEAVY!
My next assessment: Sounds good; let me experiment with it...
Current assessment: Still "experimenting" going on 5 years with no other bars used.


Exactly the same for me. I thought that it would slow me down, but even with Charlie's bar my left hand is faster than my right.

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