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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Any National Resophonic Delphi owners around?

HeavyDuty
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May 17th, 2016 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've wanted a steel body single cone 12 fret National reso for many years. It would be a side thing for me, I'm a bass player - but it's something I've always wanted and I ain't getting no younger.

I've tried three or four less expensive resos over the years and have always ended up returning them within a few days - they just don't sound like a National to me. I like the rawness of the steel Delphi and the look of the painted/baked finishes over the polished steel models. I do like brass tricones too, but really want a steel single.

I ran across a used 1994 Delphi tonight which set me off - we have a guitar show this weekend, and a Delphi was the one thing I was going to keep a watch for. The one I played tonight sounded great but was a color that I didn't care for. However, if I don't see one I like better that is also within budget at the show, I may make a play for it. Luckily Delphis are about the cheapest National Resophonics out there.

Does anyone here play a Delphi?

HeavyDuty
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May 21st, 2016 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No one? I know we used to have a few reso enthusiasts here.

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May 21st, 2016 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an OMI Dobro with Hawaiian etching made in the mid 80s

which I like and don't play enough.

Might have to rectify that soon

(This message was last edited by LeftRightOut at 06:23 PM, May 21st, 2016)

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May 23rd, 2016 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My thoughts:

I have the National Resophonic Tricone Style 1 which is fabulous but aint cheap. I have tried out a bunch of other models and compared.

a.) You have 2 basic types -single cones and tricones. The single cone is louder but drops off quicker. The tricone is softer but has some stereo harmony because of the 3 cones interacting.

b.) The Delphi is less expensive but it's not lesser quality. It just has fewer parts and does without the engraving and such. The core of the guitar is pure and good.

c.) Every serious reso player eventually gets both.

d.) You will want to install a pickup. Initially go with the Lace Slim pickup stick on. It's a magnetic metallic sound but it gets you started. Eventually you might look into the more expensive systems like the Highlander. But you will find all resophonic guitars tend to feedback like a mofo when you crank it over bedroom level. You'll see.

Life is short. Buy it. I love the Delphi.

HeavyDuty
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May 23rd, 2016 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I found a 2005 Delphi I like better than the local one, it should be here in a week or two. :-)

Has anyone tried the National Hot-plate pickup?

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May 24th, 2016 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad you found your Delhi.
I've got a "Clarksdale Special" from Republic Guitars. It's a steel body tricone with a cutaway. It's actually one of my favorite guitars to play.
I owned a wood-body National single resonator years ago. Probably should've kept it because their prices have gone sky-high.

Honestly though, the Clarksdale is as good a reso as I've ever played - nothing lacking with this one.
I have been thinking about a pickup. Republic used to offer the Lace Slim installed as an option. I see they no longer do, but they do still offer a Shatten pickup - and they have a model for tricones.

My reso

HeavyDuty
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May 24th, 2016 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice looking reso, MLC!

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May 24th, 2016 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, H-D.

Looking forward to your feedback on the Delphi.

HeavyDuty
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Aug 15th, 2016 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the Delphi had condition issues and was returned. I pretty much gave up on a reso.

Until...

I found a used Republic 804 at the local GC today. Nice and lively, great tone and sustain. It followed me home.

HeavyDuty
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Aug 15th, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is the model - I know I was looking for steel instead of brass, but this one spoke to me. Let's see if we can bond during the return period.

Republic Resolian Style 804

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Aug 22nd, 2016 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice Republic, HD!
How's it working out for you?

HeavyDuty
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Aug 22nd, 2016 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So far, so good - I have it in open D and am feeling my way with a couple of slides. I think it's a keeper!

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Aug 23rd, 2016 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow those Republics are nice.

MLC
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Aug 23rd, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool!
I play mine mostly in standard tuning.
And after running through my collection of slides, settled on a heavy brass number.

I like ceramic with my electrics and my "regular" acoustic guitars respond best with glass, but the Clarksdale really sings with the brass.

Glad you found a keeper - enjoy!!

HeavyDuty
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Aug 23rd, 2016 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd love to try one of their tricones some day! I have a heavy glass slide and a heavy tapered brass one for now.

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