Many moons ago, I was visited at my work in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, by a NRP employee, called Ken, completely out of the blue ! He was an engineer, originally from Scotland, and was visiting his motherland to see relatives, and thought it would be fun to come & visit a NRP customer & fan, out of the blue. He brought me a NRP T-shirt, and stickers etc. His job there was to program the CNC machines, but he had also been taught to spin cones by Don Young. He was spinning all the cones for a while, when he worked there, according to Shanon M Smith I wonder if this could be YOUR guy ? He died about some years back though. Nothing to do with Repogle though, I don't think. I think Repogle were just a mail order company for resonator guitar parts - and cheap parts at that. Might be wrong on that though.
Post by Michael Messer on Jul 1, 2020 12:02:41 GMT
As far as I know, Replogle is a company continuing the work of John Quarterman, whose resonators were used in OMI Dobros, Mostrite, DB Originals, Dopera Original, and one to two others. I guess this is Mike Replogle's son. Mike Replogle was a friend of the OMI company and I believe that he was involved in launching the Dean Markley company. I am sure Don Young told me this. I also heard his name from Bashful Brother Oswald, who told me that he had a Replogle cone in his Dobro. I think he also had something to do with one of the far eastern companies, Saga or Samick....not sure, but I think so.
Much like Quarterman cones, the 10.5" biscuit cone is the only thing made to fit certain models, so there is no choice. Their 9.5" and 6" cones have no spirals and are therefore not all that. As for their Dobro-style spider cones, I have not tested one, but I am sure they are very good. Quarterman's spider cones were always good and these are the same I think.
When it comes to 9.5" and 6" National-style cones, the best being made today are National Reso-Phonic, Fine Resophonic and Continental. In my experience nobody else comes close to these makers. I believe Fine Resophonic are the closest to original National cones, but they are only fitted into Fine Resophonic instruments and occasionally into guitars that Mike is repairing. NRP cones have a fine reputation and don't need me to say how good they are.
Does Replogle have a website? I have never looked. It is not a name that I have really thought about, or even heard for a while.
I think forum member, Pete Webber (pwblues) got one for his Dopera Original a couple of years ago?