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Mar 25, 2023 - 12:40:52 PM

Tomate Palta


20 posts since 2/25/2023

Originally posted by resoranger

Here is a link on this website that shows a modified sound well conversion and comments about the results. Good luck on your dobro journey!

EXCELLENT! That's actually super helpfull! Thanks so much @resoranger !

I've been thinking too, if i end up with the PBS i might as well try and get rid of the whole soundwell and instal four posts. It's a major and rather annoying enterprise, i know, but might be the same ammount of time than carving and shaping the holes into posts.

will report!

Mar 25, 2023 - 4:14:58 PM
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255 posts since 8/25/2008

Here is another video you may find helpful about adding sound posts to a dobro. Good luck!

Apr 2, 2023 - 5:08:18 AM

Tomate Palta


20 posts since 2/25/2023

Aight friends! Just hit Belgium where the dobros were delivered . First impressions:
-both definitely better than the old RK i play currently, no doubt.
-both have real nice features and are extremely different in tone, volume and playability.
-so far dunno really which one’s the best. The narrow nut of the RK is very uncomfortable, gotta say.

Will play them quite a bit in the next two days and hopefully will be able to take some videos to show y’all.

Meanwhile, just found another PBS second hand but the Deluxe version (maple) but there’s no way i can try that one cause it’s not available in Thomann and itMs way to far away from. Very good price though… ??

Apr 4, 2023 - 1:23:01 AM

Tomate Palta


20 posts since 2/25/2023

Ok! Sorry i didn't manage to make videos but here’s the verdict:

The Gold Tone is an overall much better instrument. It has loads more volume and a balanced tone, doesn’t have the most beautiful or characteristic sound but it is a more “one dobro does it all” sound. Plays better as well cause of the nut and feels a bit better made.
The Recording King has really nice lows but other than that sounds thinner and quieter. It does look gorgeous (but has little factory flaws here and there), maybe better than the GT. For the money you oay for it here in Europe it is worth giving it a try if your budget is tight. I’d say it beats anything in the price range and if you do the nut conversion should be fine.
Now wish me luck with the second hand Gold Tones… none of the owners are getting back to me ??

Apr 7, 2023 - 5:24:34 PM

Tomate Palta


20 posts since 2/25/2023

And final verdict!
I got the second hand GT. Was ok but not played for many years. I opened the soundwell and made sort of posts, flattened the cone, trued the spider, nicely shaped the saddle and slotted it, removed the meshes and OMG… it’s unbelievable! When i first tried it i could hear the potential but wan’t expecting such a change. The thing sings and it’s like 40% louder!
If any of you are debating with yourself if to do it or no, DO IT, and spend time or money on a nice set up!
Cheers y’all for all that beautiful feedback, videos, ideas, etc.

Apr 14, 2023 - 3:50:39 AM

356 posts since 8/24/2013

Originally posted by gadobro
Originally posted by Tomate Palta

Really good feedback from both of you guys, highly appreciated! It's unfortunate that they recommend the different instruments in debate hahaha.

If the Gold Tone wasn't almost double the price I might recommend it. They are very nice instruments. No matter what instrument you get, I recommend upgrading the cone (I've tried and really like the Beard Legend). It's hard to overstate how much of a difference it can make to the volume and tone. 

I think resonators are somewhat different from other instruments. Construction and skill matters, but probably not as much as with a mandolin or an acoustic guitar. From a purely sound perspective, I'm not sure that I wouldn't prefer a RK squareneck with a Beard Legend cone to a Beard Vintage R, etc., with a continental cone (what comes stock on the RKs).

The Eastern Europe continental cones are very very sensitive even to voice. Mine vibrates when it's on the guitar stand near me. The tone you get from the Recording King is beautiful and it's a loud instrument. The instrument is flawless and has a mirror like finish.

Oct 13, 2023 - 5:41:24 AM

Tomate Palta


20 posts since 2/25/2023

Dear Community,

It's been a while but i've been constantly digging in and trying to make my reso sound better and i think, at last i've finished my project. I finished removing the whole soundwell, at thr beggining i kinda left some structural wood on the back but then i though that's keeping it from vibrating freely so now the back completely free to vibrate! In a compulsive fever I replaced the cone for a Legend one. The bridge inserts were completely useless so i got one from the great German maker, Markus Koch, maple/rosewood. Removed the screens and finally added an acrylic baffle. In the end i don't really know what really did help and what not but i feel it sounds pretty decent. Far from what i want but better! And here's my first attempt on a video! You're all welcome to butcher my playing and give me feedback ??
Cheers everybody and thanks for all the help!

Edited by - Tomate Palta on 10/13/2023 05:42:27

Nov 7, 2023 - 10:38:02 AM



288 posts since 5/1/2012

Greg Boyd had one (a Lebeda) for sale as of last week. I really like mine.

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