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    Question Royall Tenor Resonator

    Has anyone seen/played a Royall Tenor Resonator?

    https://royallguitars.com/product/ro...sh-brass-body/

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    Price is nice.

    Thanks,
    Huck

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    It looks more like a Plectrum Guitar. It appears to be a copy of National Plectrum Guitar from 1929-1932 https://reverb.com/item/4147100-1929...known-to-exist.
    I owned one of these National instruments. The neck was very narrow. I tuned mine to DGBE but Ive been told that plectrum tuning would have been betterCGBD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    It looks more like a Plectrum Guitar.
    According to the manufacturer - Tenor scale length of 23"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I owned one of these National instruments. The neck was very narrow. I tuned mine to DGBE but Ive been told that plectrum tuning would have been betterCGBD.
    1.5" nut so I'd imagine the neck wouldn't be too narrow.

    My preferred tuning(s) would be along the lines of DGBD or GDGB (open G) or Octave Mandolin GDAE.

    I would like to know how they play and sound, but they seem pretty obscure.

    From Royall's website:

    Description
    "Well, heres a new addition to the Royall Resonator family. We sometimes have conversations with people who have great ideas for new models for us. We decided to take a stab at this one because of a few persistent people who are pretty sure the world needs TENOR resonators. Well soon find out. We dont have a demo up yet, because none of us know how to play tenor, although we have discovered that this instrument sounds pretty great when tuned as a octave mandolin."

    Royall Tenor Resonator

    Brass body with nickel finish

    Mahogany neck

    Blackwood fingerboard

    23″ scale with 1-1/2″ nut width

    Hand spun aluminum Continental cone

    Vintage style tuners

    Vintage correct stick and pillar construction

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    Default Re: Royall Tenor Resonator

    I'm attracted to their "Parlorator" guitars:
    https://royallguitars.com/product-ca.../wood-parlors/

    NR-P has yet to offer a parlor sized resonator but I've seen several of these PacRim companies offering similar models. Both my 1931 National Duolian and my 1997 NR-P Style 1 Tricone will fit in my wife's nicer classical guitar travel cases but sometimes I think it would be fun to have a resonator guitar with an even smaller profile that could still shine in an ensemble setting.

    But my new Buckeye mandolin now serves this role even if I've yet to figure out how to adapt my Robert Johnson and Charley Patton repertoire in Open G to the mandolin.
    Play that which you feel is groovy, get down with your bad self, and shake your money maker if it makes sense for you to do so.

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    Default Re: Royall Tenor Resonator

    A new listing for a parlor sized tenor...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Royall-Nick...EAAOSwbkReelzA

    Looks interesting, If they get the neck angle right it could be a cool instrument. I say that because years ago I got one of the Republic Highway tenors and it was barely able to make playable.
    Last edited by Charles E.; Mar-25-2020 at 3:01pm.
    Charley

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Default Re: Royall Tenor Resonator

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    A new listing for a parlor sized tenor...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Royall-Nick...EAAOSwbkReelzA

    Looks interesting, If they get the neck angle right it could be a cool instrument. I say that because years ago I got one of the Republic Highway tenors and it was barely able to make playable.
    They must have sold out!!! Not bad going in the middle of a financial crisis

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