September 19, 2007


Squeak. Hiss. Clang. Grind.

These are the sounds that Dobro, Weissenborn, lap steel, and pedal steel players have to try to compete with between the good notes.

Thankfully, Eric Ebner of Austin, Texas has come up with a solution.

Inspired by the Nick Manoloff slide from the late 1930's (which featured a fiber sleeve over a metal insert), Eric researched a number of modern materials that would provide the necessary hardness for a tone-bar, but offer significantly reduced friction and reduced noise.

The result is his new line of Tribo-Tone slides. Built from aerospace grade polymers with an internal metal core, these slides for steel players offer a super low friction / low noise playing experience. The surface of the slide is extremely durable, requires no maintenance, and is easy to grip, even with sweaty hands.

For more information, visit his website!

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