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I bought a Megatar a few years ago and, truth be told, playing the thing is a bit beyond me. it is soothing to practice on it though...
     That being said;
    I have mounted the megatar on a cymbal stand because my personal preference as a multi instrumentalist (bass guitar, upright, EUB, trombone, guitar, panflute, kaoss pad) is not to play my instruments strapped over my shoulder in the standard fashion. I prefer them mounted on stands so that I can quickly change from instrument to instrument during live performance.
     So...I fabricated a bracket of aluminum to mount the megatar to a PDP P/D 700 Straight Cymbal Stand , using the tapped inserted holes that existed already on the back of the megatar. The bracket is adjustable thru 15 degrees of arc left and right, and the cymbal stand provides 180+ degrees adjustment forward and back. It works great...and the instrument is always ready to play, just walk up to it.
     Anyone interested in such a bracket?  Pictures to follow megatar bracket 2.JPG 
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I'm certainly interested in seeing how you fabricated it, yes. Post pics please!
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I have mounted the megatar on a cymbal stand because my personal preference as a multi instrumentalist is not to play my instruments strapped over my shoulder in the standard fashion.


Pictures would be excellent! I'm very interesting in how you put this together.

I have wrestled with this "stand" issue ever since my first days of owning one of these touchstyle instruments. Problems with my back and not wanting to be "strapped" to an instrument remain my primary motivating desires. 

I have investigated the NS Tripod Stand (Steinberger) and found that with a little adjustment, I could easily modify this to work with the Megatar. 

nstripodstand.jpg 

http://www.nedsteinberger.com/instruments/systems.php#tri

The Megatar has the proper fitting to accommodate the screw attachment on the Steinberger stand. I would have to fit my Warr guitar with such an attachment for it to work. Note - I've already discussed this "fitting" issue on the forum (Builders Corner/Drilling Holes in Megatars and Warrs)
 
Although I haven't yet moved ahead with my plans to purchase several Steinberger stands, it remains high on my list. 

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A prototype of a stable ZIGGY tap guitar stand exists. 
Useable for the most tappers on the market.
Maybe it comes up later this year.

lohrbear-221x505.jpg  That`s a custom made stand for a Beartrax tapper. See: http://abramzik.com/Lohrbaer.html




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I posted a picture above
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I have mounted the megatar on a cymbal stand because my personal preference as a multi instrumentalist is not to play my instruments strapped over my shoulder in the standard fashion.


Pictures would be excellent! I'm very interesting in how you put this together.

I have wrestled with this "stand" issue ever since my first days of owning one of these touchstyle instruments. Problems with my back and not wanting to be "strapped" to an instrument remain my primary motivating desires. 

I have investigated the NS Tripod Stand (Steinberger) and found that with a little adjustment, I could easily modify this to work with the Megatar. 

nstripodstand.jpg 

http://www.nedsteinberger.com/instruments/systems.php#tri

The Megatar has the proper fitting to accommodate the screw attachment on the Steinberger stand. I would have to fit my Warr guitar with such an attachment for it to work. Note - I've already discussed this "fitting" issue on the forum (Builders Corner/Drilling Holes in Megatars and Warrs)
 
Although I haven't yet moved ahead with my plans to purchase several Steinberger stands, it remains high on my list. 

Don


All you'll need to adapt a Megatar to the NS Tripod Stand is a spacer ala the SteinMeg Spacer, prototype #1 pic attached.

SteinMeg2.JPG 

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A prototype of a stable ZIGGY tap guitar stand exists. Useable for the most tappers on the market. Maybe it comes up later this year. That`s a custom made stand for a Beartrax tapper. 


What kind of fittings, adjustments, or attachments are needed for the connection between instrument and stand?

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All you'll need to adapt a Megatar to the NS Tripod Stand is a spacer ala the SteinMeg Spacer.

Glenn:

I appreciate the picture. I actually rented an NS Tripod stand to try out with the Megatar and discovered the need for another fitting. Although I've meant to get around designing one, it was good seeing your idea.

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I know this is a thread from several years ago but I just saw it and thought that perhaps it might be of use to someone to see our solution to mounting our long, skinny tapping instruments!

The idea is to have the 'body' of the instrument secured between the 2 rear strap buttons with a spring-locking, easy-release mechanism (nothing fancy). We make this from aluminium square tubing (if that's what you call it!) and the whole assembly gets mounted to a regular mic stand. Make any sense?


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ok... I thought I could do this as one post - I have a Toneweaver that has an ebony block made by a luthier out in Oregon which picks up those same inserts in the back of the instrument, and through that block slides a fairly long carbon fiber rod, which enables the instrument to be played either like an Ampeg Baby Bass while standing - or a cello while seated...

Somewhere I have the actual blueprints for this - I also need to find pictures of the back so you can see how that looks.

I know I have them, they are just not saved to this machine.


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Cool thread. I use a Tagg Interface with my Sticks, and man do I love it for at home practice. Really cool. Stands are definitely an important consideration for us tappers!

So hey, here is a stupid question, is Megatar as an instrument builder toast now, or what is the story there? Seems like a pretty playable instrument, although I must say I absolutely hate the aesthetic of the body and the headstock - ewww lol (That's just me!)

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I emailed the previous owner of this forum, who was also the owner of Megatar, he told me he had 'retired from instrument building'.
Site is still up and it seems he sometimes has 2nd-hand Megatars for sale.
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That's actually a very good question because I'm a big fan of Traktor's creations, on the other hand I am sorry I never got one of the more modern ones Patrick made...
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I would like to add that the Megatars are totally playable - way more like an electric guitar or bass - especially with how it hangs, just like getting ready to play bass...

My first impression when I slung on the instrument to the left was that this instrument was begging to just be played like no tomorrow, with any kind of playing style too - tapping, strumming, picking, slapping... regular finger picking... I was like Whoa !!!!

Same with my WARR Phalanx... I was like "boy this is going to make some serious racket..............!!" but now that I got two beautiful Ironwoods [I've been active about that on Sticklist...] those instruments - the Sticks - are like "ok, we are going to do something together that's totally serious..." which is not to say or take away anything from the other instruments described here - those are beautiful in their own way, and can do things that I would never attempt with a Stick BUT....

....it's like a whole different mindset for me when it comes to playing those Sticks... like, I got to go do it for real now !!


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WARR, Mobius Megatar [2], Syme, KYDD, Ovation [2], Steinberger [3], Tune, Schecter, Musicmakers [lots !!], Ironwood Stick [2]

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Furman

RAMSA, Alesis, Tascam, Fostex, Panasonic, Marantz, Sony, Roland, Yamaha, Audio Technica, AKG

Ampex, HHB, TDK Professional

 

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