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I've had an idea kicking around in my head for awhile and I think it is time to try it out. The inspiration is from my old neighbor's recording studio where he had a huge sheet metal reverb unit and a pie plate spring resonator design that was posted on this site.
I thought about suspending a small steel sheet inside a cigarbox secured by springs at each corner. The box may need some extra bracing depending on the spring tension. I'm not sure of whether this is worth the effort and there are a couple design elements that I'm not sure about:
Better keep him away from Backporch Mojo's git with the saw blade reso cover, might turn Bad Finger into No Finger.
Check out banjo tone enhancers for more ideas, something like this one on Banjo.com
'Zactly. Would give fingerpickin' a whole new meaning.
I don't know, after thinking it over carefully, he could still finger pick...pick one up from the floor over here, another one from over there...
Just having a slow day looking on the www and came across this page which overlaps with what you are doing and thought it might be of interest.
Definitely try it out. What about springs at one end and something that allows you to adjust the tension on the other to vary the amount of resonation?
Peter, thanks for the idea. An eye bolt or something hooked through one end of the sheet would be a handy tensioner and simplify mounting significantly. I like it.
I recently built a coffee can resonator, with a cheap (guitarfetish clearance section)single coil mounted under the coffee can i am very pleased with the quality of the signal.video at the bottom of the page