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Offline PeterMa

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« on: March 18, 2006, 12:17:54 AM »
I am thinking about installing the Sperzel D-thing on my Fly Classic.  Does anyone have any feedback as to how it performs?

Thanks

Peter in MA
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Offline Binner

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2006, 08:24:43 AM »
They work pretty well, takes a little tweaking to get everything balanced just right. I put one on my Classic and my Mojo. Its also a very simple install.
'97 Fly Classic with Steve's Special/Air Norton
'05 Mojo Flame (Green) with SD Distortion/Jazz
'03 Parker 5-String (Natural) Duncan AJB-5s
'89 Hamer with Sustainiac
'95 Ovation Standard Elite (Green Burst)
'98 Ovation Balladeer (Red burst)
PRS Custom 24
Fender American Deluxe Strat
a bunch of Jacksons
a bunch of Charvels
a bunch of Peaveys (Vandenbergs)
Mesa RoadKing II
Mesa Mark IV Long Head
Mesa Stiletto Deuce II
Mesa F-30
Mesa 4x12
Peavey Triple X 2x12
Peavey 4x12 with two V30s and 2 G12T 75s
SWR Bass 750 with Mesa 4x10 and 1x15
Mesa Bass 400+
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Offline kwcabs

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2006, 12:09:20 PM »
This this is great, I think it should come with all Flys hardtail or not.  I put one on my supreme, and don't know how I did without it.  If you play a lot of covers or use detuneings often it's a must.  Once, you know how to use it you can adjust it with a tuner in a matter of seconds.  It won't go out on its own either, only if the string does or if the guitar changes from humidity etc. so you don't have to tune it up very often. I say buy it, worse comes to worse and you don't like it, it comes right off and there are no modifications.  Best of luck.

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2006, 04:22:41 PM »
Hey KW,
I bought the DropD Tuner to put on my Hardtail Artist, which I did. The thing that I had a hard time with was tuning the guitar. So, my question is - are you supposed to loosen the part that provides the stops while you bring your guitar to pitch, and then tighten it up? It's very hard to bring the guitar to pitch while the little legs are flailing back and forth. I am thinking that, since it came with no instructions, just a receipt for $55, that I must have been too dense to figure out how to use it. I took it back off, and have been DropD free for several years. BUT, if I am missing something in how to use it, I'd happily throw it back on.

Can you help?

Thanks,
Bob
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2006, 09:18:41 PM »
I could see how it may be a little confusing. Yes, you leave the stop loose while tuning. Tune to E or tuning of choice, then move the stop all the way towards you, when it makes contact, tighten the stop with the lever. then flip it to the second position until it stops and use the fine tuner to get in D (or one step down for other tunings). As I mentioned its a balancing act, some may find more useful with the trem stop in "bend down only" mode as the dropped tuning will affect the other strings a bit in full floating mode.
'97 Fly Classic with Steve's Special/Air Norton
'05 Mojo Flame (Green) with SD Distortion/Jazz
'03 Parker 5-String (Natural) Duncan AJB-5s
'89 Hamer with Sustainiac
'95 Ovation Standard Elite (Green Burst)
'98 Ovation Balladeer (Red burst)
PRS Custom 24
Fender American Deluxe Strat
a bunch of Jacksons
a bunch of Charvels
a bunch of Peaveys (Vandenbergs)
Mesa RoadKing II
Mesa Mark IV Long Head
Mesa Stiletto Deuce II
Mesa F-30
Mesa 4x12
Peavey Triple X 2x12
Peavey 4x12 with two V30s and 2 G12T 75s
SWR Bass 750 with Mesa 4x10 and 1x15
Mesa Bass 400+
...and a bunch of other stuff

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2006, 09:29:28 PM »
it works great.I use it alot and it's also looks very cool
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2006, 09:56:32 AM »
6 weeks after ordering I am still waiting for mine to arrive.
In that time I have just about perfected manualy dropping the tuning by turning the tuner 97.3 deg AC :)
Soon hopefully
Rgds Robin
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Offline PeterMa

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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2006, 04:07:49 PM »
Hey Robin, Where did you order your D-thing from?_____________________________________________________________
98 Parker Fly Classic W RMC Peizo & Seymour Duncan JB & Jazz Pick-Ups
Takamine EF381 12 String/Ovation MCS 148 Mandolin/Yamaha AES 620/Charvel Acoustic.
Acoustic line is run through: Boss TU9/Boss Compressor Sustainer/Boss AD7 Acoustic Modeler/Ibanez Tube Screamer/Ernie Ball Volume Pedal/Boss Looping Station into a Crate CA-125D.  
Electric line is run through: a Mark Tremonti Wah, & Boss Octave Pedal Into a midi controlled Yamaha DG-80.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2006, 09:06:38 AM »
After looking at Sperzel's page and seeing the D-Thing drop D tuner, and listening to people talk about it here, I think that my drop D tuner must be missing something. There is no lever to loosen the "L-Shaped feet" that perform the stops. In fact, there's no way to loosen it at all. Just a hex screw that holds it into the machine head. Did I get a not-quite-complete drop D tuner?

Bob

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2006, 12:16:10 PM »
PeterMA

Only place I could find that would order the special Parker tuner for a reasonable price was:

www.wdmusicproducts.co.uk

talked to a guy called Ben Green
ben-green@wdmusicproducts.co.uk

I live in Edinburgh UK so its a bit more complicated for me :(
Rgds Robin
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Offline PeterMa

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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2006, 11:14:10 PM »
Thanks Slick for the info.  Are there any American companies that anyone would recomend to get this from?

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98 Parker Fly Classic W RMC Peizo & Seymour Duncan JB & Jazz Pick-Ups
Takamine EF381 12 String/Ovation MCS 148 Mandolin/Yamaha AES 620/Charvel Acoustic.
Acoustic line is run through: Boss TU9/Boss Compressor Sustainer/Boss AD7 Acoustic Modeler/Ibanez Tube Screamer/Ernie Ball Volume Pedal/Boss Looping Station into a Crate CA-125D.  
Electric line is run through: a Mark Tremonti Wah, & Boss Octave Pedal Into a midi controlled Yamaha DG-80.
Peter in MA.


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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2006, 11:32:34 PM »
I ordered a couple d-things a couple days ago. They will probably take a few weeks to get. Sperzel is swamped with OEM orders from loads of companies. If you want some your best bet is to order direct from Sperzel good luck trying to find anyone that has some NOS ones in stock. [^]


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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2006, 02:23:34 AM »
quote:
If you want some your best bet is to order direct from Sperzel good luck trying to find anyone that has some NOS ones in stock.


NOS?  Nitrous Oxide?  is that because you'll laugh when they tell you how long it will take to ship?

(joke - i know what NOS stands for, honest!)
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