Met with my friend Roger Placer this week, who kindly agreed to test fly Dove Baritone. An afternoon in the studio, followed by (delicous) Turkish cuisine and a bottle of red. Great time and conversation.
Learning experience for both of us, as the instrument incorporates an unusual list of features: 26" & 28" multi-scale baritone, intersecting plane neck profile (patent pending), hip hole.
For him, a chance to explore some of the technologies I've been developing. Roger plays very clean through a Clarus solid-state signal chain. For me, a chance to watch, listen and take notes as the instrument sings in the hands of a highly skilled musician.
After a few minutes of acclimation to the tonality and ergonomics, Roger was pulled in by the ability to play bass lines mixed with comp chords. We made some adjustments to pickup height, string gauge and intonation settings. Dialed in, the next three hours passed very quickly as I was absolutely treated to a personal concert of looping and latin-influenced jazz improv.
Here's a taste.