51 Proteus 6 months ago But can you play the RAMONES on it? Of course! It's MADE for 1-4-5-ing all day long. And of course to Walter's comments. My tongue has been in my cheek a few times, especially in this thread. I'm apparently just overly sensitive about the roots-rockin' bona fides I apparently should - but so evidently don't - have.I guess I keep trying to emphasize how greatly perspectives differ. To me, the music coming from Britain (and Europe) from the mid-60s onward was as exotic as the lap steel was to you, Walter. Never mind that many Brits and Europeans were intending to pay homage to music that was apparently in my back yard - but remember how large the American back yard is. It took those furriners to draw my attention to it, once I figured out where they were "coming from." You know, Robert Johnson by way of Eric Clapton, etc.(And, nonetheless, it's the one-remove perspective they brought to the music that made it interesting to me. As authentically American-rootsy as your music casts itself, I still hear stuff in it that makes it fresher than plain'ol genre rehash - which I greatly appreciate. Whether that's "purely" your own, or comes from your continental cultural background, I guess I don't know.)To me a lap steel wasn't exotic; to the extent I knew of it, it was associated with music so subliminally present around the edges of my experience that I didn't even think about it.We all start somewhere, we all dig in and learn in our own ways. rigged with a bunch of rube-goldberg-esque string- bending contraptions made by your handy brother Tru-Arc machinist! Alas, I don't think The Brother and his crew are going to get excited about this pitch-bending prospect. But who knows. Maybe there's a whole untapped market of Dieter-despisers primed for a bender bridge that can be retrofitted to any lapsteel.