Trem King Laconia NH

The beauty of the Trem King is that it delivers the main advantage of a floating bridge—namely, the ability to encircle anote with vibrato that moves below and above the centerpitch—without the notorious mechanical headaches that accompany mostfloating bridges and other vibrato setups.

Greenlaws Music
(603) 524-1025
633 Main St
Laconia, NH
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Accel Music
(603) 569-9600
Po Box 148
Wolfeboro, NH
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Daddys Junky Music Stores
(603) 623-7900
1015 Candia Rd
Manchester, NH
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Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Garys Guitars
(603) 427-6133
800 Islington St
Portsmouth, NH
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
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Lessons: Yes
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Gary's Guitars offers in house repair of guitars and most other string instruments as well as all electronics, from tube amps to effect pedals. Custom work (like our Switcheroo Box) and mods are a daily thing here. We also work closely with the best Luthier in northern New England.
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Monday to Thursday 10:00 to 6:00
Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 5:30

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Darrells Music Hall
(603) 436-1001
1465 Woodbury Ave
Portsmouth, NH
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Accordion Connection LLC
(603) 267-8600
136 Rte 106
Gilmanton, NH
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Website Sales: Yes
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Clinics: Yes
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ccordion Repair and Restoration
Our repair shop is renowned for high quality craftsmanship. See a few customer testimonials below! We have serviced over 2,200 accordions in the last 18 years alone (since we started keeping track!) and are very proud of our reputation for customer satisfaction. Arthur Welch has been in the accordion repair business since 1957. He and his highly trained technicians can solve just about any problem your accordion may have. They have a combined 61 years of repai
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Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and Major Holidays

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Vintage Fret Shop
(603) 968-3346
30 Riverside Dr
Ashland, NH
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Accel Music
(603) 569-9600
Po Box 148
Wolfeboro, NH
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Darrell'S Music Hall
(603) 886-1748
75 Main St
Nashua, NH
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Daddys Junky Music Stores Inc
(603) 888-1160
293 Daniel Webster Hwy
Nashua, NH
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Trem King TK-1 and TK-2

If you thought building a better mousetrap was hard, try reinventingthe whammy bar. It’s not a challenge many entrepreneurs have the guts,brains, and vision to take on, but Canada’s Sheldon Lavineway—whobrought you the split-block dual-trem bridge known as the DoubleWhammy—seems obsessed with evolving the wiggle stick. His passion haspaid off, because his latest creation, the Trem King TK-1 ($159retail/$129 street), is one of the more innovative re-imaginings of thevibrato system since the introduction of the Floyd Rose locking tremthree decades ago. The beauty of the Trem King is that it delivers themain advantage of a floating bridge—namely, the ability to encircle anote with vibrato that moves below and above the centerpitch—without the notorious mechanical headaches that accompany mostfloating bridges and other vibrato setups.

For example, as is not the case with fulcrum trems, you can lean or even pound your picking hand on the Trem King bridge, and, because its bridge plate is affixed to the body with screws, the saddles will never tilt, and the strings won’t go sharp. Nice. The genius of the Trem King is that its only moving part is the trem block. (The strings load through it, and wrap around its rounded upper edge as they head to the saddles.) Yank on the TK’s unique Grip Tip vibrato arm, and the block swivels below the plate via sealed bearings. As the tension changes, the strings slide with pedal- steel-like grace over custom low-friction Graph Tech saddle pins. Even dual-tension floating-bridge setups (trems with a Hipshot Tremsetter, Ibanez Zero Point System, or other supplemental spring device in place) can’t come close to this level of bridge stability.

Speaking of the dual-tension approach, it’s through the same physics that the Trem King’s block remains immobile until the bar is engaged. As a downward bar bend is released, two springs pull the block back to center. At all other times—with the exception of upward bar bends—one of those springs has an additional function: It pulls on a crossbar that rests against the block and holds it stationary when the string tension is increased during standard bends. This is great, because it means oblique bends stay in tune. (Yup—like on a Les Paul or a Telecaster, a fretting-hand bend on one string won’t pull a stationary note on another flat.) Similarly, the Trem King lets you tune the low string down a whole-step for dropped-D tuning without having to retune all the other strings. It’s pretty cool to be able do this stuff on a floating system!

Wang bar extremists should know that the Trem King is not particularly suited for huge dive bombs, soaring Vai-style squeals, or Jeff Beck-approved floating-bridge gurgles, as it simply doesn’t have the pitch range and specific mechanical quirks such antics require. In fact, I found that during absurdly violent torture tests, it was possible to actually cause a spring to shake loose on the Trem King (which, for the record, is something that ca...

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