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New Cooperstand Products 3 Replies

The New Ecco-G Recycled…Continue

Started by Daniel Cooper. Last reply by Michael S. Jackson Sep 16, 2012.

Acoustic Remedy (Acoustic Solutions) Clima-Stand

I just posted a review of the Acoustic Remedy Clima Stand over on the Guitar Collectors group. I won't re-post it here but you might wanna read it.Thanks,mContinue

Started by Michael S. Jackson Sep 2, 2012.

Humidifers 13 Replies

I had been using the Blue Oasis Guitar Humidifier but after it started leaking I sent it back and got a replacement. Then just several days ago that one leaked. I have just purchased the planet waves…Continue

Started by Steve Cartwright. Last reply by Harry Lindahl Feb 26, 2012.

USERS OF MORE THAN ONE CAPO

Hi everyone, and Daniel in particular. I have started several discussions in other groups regarding my own particular quest with capos and altered tunings. But to summarize, I developed a series of…Continue

Started by David Lesak. Last reply by Arlie Box Dec 20, 2011.

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Comment by Stephen Valcourt on April 19, 2010 at 9:18pm
Just finished testing out my new Cooperstand guitar stand. It seems pretty good. Backwards and forwards it keeps the guitar from falling extremely well and side to side it seems about on-par with most other stands. That makes it pretty good in my book. Add to that the ability to fold it up and take it with you right inside my guitar case, and I'd say it's a winner!
Comment by Charles on April 19, 2010 at 1:02pm
Just a comment on the Drop D Kyser Capo. I do a lot in dropped D, especially on a 12 string. I've discovered that Pete Seeger and Leo Kottke employed dropped D a lot on 12 string. One problem with the Kyser capo is fretting the low drone on the second fret because the Capo is in the way (even though the capo does not fret the dropped string). I've learned to fret the dropped D on the second fret above the capo. It takes a minor right hand shift and does not allow fretting other strings simultaneously.
Comment by Karl E. Byrd on April 19, 2010 at 8:43am
I like a shub when quick change is not a consideration. I use a Kyzar the most because of the ease in changing to another fret if the song has modulations. In essence, I want a capo that does not place too much pressure on the fret, thus effecting pitch, but has enough pressure to get a clean sound from each string. Karl
Comment by Daniel Cooper on April 18, 2010 at 2:38pm
Hey Stephen,
You should have it in your hand this week. It was shipped from Nashville on the 7th. Usually takes about 12 -14 days from here to B.C.
Let me know how you like it.
Best,
DC
Comment by Clark Ellison on April 18, 2010 at 2:00pm
Edward , those Lock-it Straps would be great if we could buy them, they are still working on the patent problem and I still check their web site waiting for the day I can get one.
Comment by Stephen Valcourt on April 18, 2010 at 1:46pm
I am definitely looking forward to trying out my Cooperstand—hope it ships soon!
Comment by Daniel Cooper on April 18, 2010 at 1:14pm
Who else uses the Kyser double drop D capo?? Who uses more than 1 capo at a time?? How and what are the advantages for you??
Comment by Daniel Cooper on April 18, 2010 at 12:25pm
Edward,
I agree with you on most counts.. The Planet Waves product over all are well thought out. Obviously designed by real players, and not by gimmicky corporate money grabbers. I also like the concept behind Lock-IT straps, even though I sit when I play, except when I am playing bass in a group format .

As far as guitar stands go, well now that is my area of expertise, so pull up a chair.

I picked up my first guitar in 1960, and have not quit playing since. I've spent many years researching this "guitar stand" subject, and have tried everything on the market. Needless to say, I've learned more than most about the subject.

The basic fact is that 95% of what is on the market today is still old school techknowledgy, plain and simple. Most guitar stands are made out of metal, built on a tri-pod, they are ridged and or heavy so that the stand does not move. In turn, the thinking behind that is that the guitar will be safe..... Wrong...!

The problem is that the guitar still moves on, around, or off of the stand.

#1 tri-pods tip over, just like a three wheeled vehicle. Ever seen a little kid crash on their tricycle? That's why they stopped making 3 wheeled motorcycles. They were tipping over, and killing people. Insurance companies were having a field day.

#2 For all the common and practical reasons, metal is not a good bedfellow for any quality hand made wooden stringed instrument.

#3 Some manufacturers believe that grasping the guitar around the neck on a precarious metal tri-pod stand will solve the issue of the guitar moving on the stand. I call this a gimmick, unless it's hanging on a wall. It is still a tripod and will only take the guitar down with it when it goes.

This concept is a Band-Aid on the gushing wound of the guitar stand world. An accident waiting to happen.

I am a songwriter in Nashville, and I have been doing it for a long time. On any given night of the week, no less than a few hundred performers go through open microphone scenarios lake the cattle call that playing out in Nashville is. I have seen a constant barrage of fine instruments knocked out of or knocked over, and damaged using old school technology stands, nearly every time I go out.

Here is what I have learned, and have applied. The buildings in Los Angeles are constructed on a floating foundation to compensate for earthquakes. Think about that... FLEXIBILITY!! Ah Ha! The key element in the evolution of the stability of anything in nature.... Everything that stands in the wind, either flexes or brakes.

The solution is also very simple compactability, light weight strength and flexibility. Use the basic structure and physical characteristics of what it supports to enhance its function, then make it fit inside most guitar cases and gigbags on the market. That is not a gimmick, it's an advantage.

Taylor Guitars, and Bedell, have placed large orders, with co-branding, along with a few other very familiar names. Old technology manufactures cannot say that...
Comment by Edward Sparks on April 18, 2010 at 9:24am
A couple of my favorite guitar gadgets (besides the Planet Waves NS capo, Victor capo and the shubb 12 string capo) is the Hercules grabbing stand and the Planet Waves guitar cable with kill switch built into the plug...



I don't ever worry about this solidly built stand falling over or that I didn't out the headstock all the way into the holder when switching from guitar to guitar on stage! Speaking of switching guitars on stage...I travel with the average of five guitars and am constantly sitting one down and grabbing the next...the one I wasn't playing used to begin to feedback (low hum) while I was playing a different guitar...the right angle plug goes into the guitar jack and as I sit one into the stand I just push in that little switch and "kill" the signal coming from that guitar, and I pick up the one I am about to play and just hit that little switch to make it live!

Lastly, when I grab a new guitar I never have to worry about the strap coming off the button or hitting the guitar body with one of those bulky strap lock connectors, because I use Lock-IT straps with the strap lock built into the strap, PLUS it works with my guitars stock strap button and on either acoustic or electric AND they work with those big 1/4" endpin jacks on acoustic/electrics!

Comment by Stephen Valcourt on April 17, 2010 at 8:16pm
My all-time absolute favorite gadget for guitar: Planet Waves Deluxe Peg Winder. Makes changing strings faster, easier, and more convenient—and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!
 

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