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Apr 17, 2024 - 11:19:03 AM



64 posts since 9/7/2023

Yesterday I messed with my Regal RD40VS that I turned into and open body posts dobro and I had a Scheerhorn cone and a Beard #14 in it. I decided to take out the #14 and put back the import spider WOW I can vouch that the Beard #14 makes a huge difference in the tone. Not so very much in volume (if both cones are set up properly with both spiders) but the tone of the import spider vs the Beard is huge. The Beard has a much wider tonal horizon with deeper lows and more balanced bell like mid-highs. Sustain is close maybe the Beard is better but the import spider lacks depth lows are thinner and over all tone is more "tinny"

This is interesting because the high end cone is not able to make up for the deficiencies of the spider. With the Scheerhorn and the #14 then there is more volume and sustain just overall a very nice dobro sound.

Thought this is good to pass on for those tweaking their own resos I'd say if you're doing a make-over and can only afford one or the other get the #14 and upgrade the cone next

May 3, 2024 - 9:48:42 AM

4723 posts since 7/27/2008

Those Regal spiders have long been regarded by serious dobro enthusiasts to be a joke. 

Even the RD-52 Black Lightning, the "flagship" of the line which had been equipped with a Quarterman cone, never sounded very good to me when I have played  them  in stores. And I  tried out quite a few of them over the years because  Regal resos have been ubiquitous in music stores here in Northern California since Saga, the parent company is headquartered near San Francisco. 

I guess the crappy spider has a lot to do with why I haven't liked that model when I have taken multiple examples for test drives. 

May 3, 2024 - 11:34:28 AM
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816 posts since 9/2/2008

It seems that import spiders fall into one of two camps. Either too flimsy to transmit vibrations well, or too heavy to allow the cone to vibrate well. So it makes sense that replacing the import spider with a "#14" type would result in a noticeable improvement. For those folks setting up an OMI or G*bs*n Dobro, the spider is already a #14, so unless broken or badly bent, that spider can be kept.

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