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Love your product as always.  I teach guitar for a living. Public teacher with 250 students, I wear the guitars on and off for 10 hours a day.  Either a SpinStrap equipped electric or acoustic.  While I still suffer from long term left hand/arm/shoulder issues, the SpinStrap completely removes the original insult to my left side. I would honestly have to find another line of work without your product. 
Thanks again,

American Basses

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“When someone stole his prized ’61 P-Bass, KEN WITTMAN decided he’d just build a bass to replace it. (And that’s why luthiers aren’t like you and me.) Before long, he was building basses for other folks, too. Along the way, he came up with some interesting ideas—like a strap system that takes the shoulder pain out of those long gigs and a tuner built right into the instrument.

“Wittman’s mainstay model is the Aurora. Calling its contoured body shape a ‘double-cutaway’ isn’t quite right, because the lower portion of the body hasn’t just been cut away—it’s pretty much gone. This makes the bass much lighter; Wittman further enhances the ergonomics by making a headless or ‘pseudo-headed” Aurora (in a bridge-tuning configuration but with a small vestigial headstock). Ken builds most of his basses to order, and there are many choices: 4-, 5-, or 6-string; bolt-on or neck-through; fretted or fretless; domestic or exotic wood; EMG or Bartolini pickups (or something else). He’ll even build you a doubleneck, or a bass with a traditional body shape and piezo pickups. About the only thing that’s standard is the 34″ scale length—and the Spin-Strap.

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As seen in UK Runner, Guitar Player, Music Merchandise Review, and Music Trades.

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“Guitar-toting marathoner Steve Yielding crosses the finish line at the London Marathon carrying a specially-made three-pound guitar and the SPINSTRAP by Wittman-Spins of Williamsport, PA.

“The runner-guitarist composed his own tune for the race—”The Marathon Blues”—and climaxed with a “God Save the Queen” fanfare down the stretch.

“Yielding praised SPINSTRAP following the 26-mile run: “The only part of my body that didn’t hurt was my shoulder.”

“Yielding, an employee of Marshall Amplification in the United Kingdom, also sported a Marshall pocket amp which was fitted to his helmet.”

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Dear Wittman-Spins…

This is just a quick note of thanks and appreciation for the truly inspiring instrument that you crafted for me. This instrument, shown on your web site, is the single most versatile solid-body guitar I have ever played, let alone owned. I have used it on rock gigs, jazz gigs (when my main jazz squeeze was down), blues gigs, country gigs, for chording, soloing, etc. It is just an amazing instrument.)

The neck that you shaped for this instrument is conducive to stress-free, soulful playing. The pickups are down, dirty and nasty, while retaining the clarity and lyricism that any soloist would die for. The SPINSTRAP is a neck and back saver, freeing me to play the four-hour gigs without having to spend my profit on visits to the chiropractor. The TUNER, located in the jack, alleviates carrying a separate digital tuner around with me.

All in all, Ken, this instrument—from aesthetics, to playability, to tone—has the potential to free up all that one hears in one’s soul. This instrument calls forth melodies to the soloist, chords to the comper, and is by far worth more than you ask for them. Thanks again for such a wonderful instrument!!

Musically yours, Alfonse Ciaccio

PS: Can you build one that will practice for me as well?

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From Bass Player Magazine, January 2006

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“Why doesn’t every bass have this?”

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From Therapeutic MI Products, The Music Sound Retailer, September 11, 1992

“A unique approach to remedying the stress put on shoulders and muscles by the long-term wearing of cumbersome instruments by players has been taken by SPINSTRAP Systems of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“Rather than wait and hope for manufacturers to redesign the guitar itself to solve the problem, SPINSTRAP President KEN WITTMAN decided to redefine how the instrument was being attached and mounted to the players themselves- something that has for the most part, remained unchanged since the invention of the guitar.

“The clever invention got off with a bang about ten years ago when ZZ Top decided to use the straps in one of their videos to spin their white, fur-covered guitar and bass as they played. It brought immediate recognition to the SPINSTRAP but also put a hard-to-shake stigma on the product that it is just a gimmick. Wittman is quick to point out that ‘it’s not a gimmick, it’s a fact,’ as he shows the findings of a two-year physiological and biochemical study conducted at Penn State University, completed in May 1992. The study concluded that the SPINSTRAP system caused less fatigue and was more comfortable than conventional straps because it caused the least amount of shock load and tension to the shoulder and back muscles of the study group—plus it caused lower increase in heart rate. Players could play longer and with less pain than normal.

“The strap system, besides enabling the user to spin the attached instruments in a complete circle (guitars, keyboards, saxes, etc.), goes over the opposite shoulder of where a traditional strap rests (one of the models also has a rear-mounted quick-release clip that functions as the input jack so that as soon as you attach the instrument, you are plugged in and ready to go, facilitating quick instrument changes on stage). It is mounted at the instrument’s center of balance, offering increased ease of neck fingering in various positions.”

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Miscellaneous Reviews:

“I hope you are doing well. I purchased a Spin-Strap from you about three months ago. The strap has been the best investment I have ever made. Thanks for the great service.” [Ricky Tackett]

“It’s been two and a half years now since I bought my first Spin-Strap from you. I now have them on four of my basses; three of them are neck-through basses. They are great! Not only can I play a whole show without my back and shoulder hurting, but the ‘spin’ really surprises people. It works great for me!” [Bubba Moore, The Tracy Bird Band]

“Your product has single-handedly saved my career as a bass player. After playing for about fifteen years several nights a week, both in the midwest and after my move to L.A., the gradually spreading pain in my left shoulder became excruciating. I first strapped on your Spin-Strap a year and a half ago. I have a lifetime of playing ahead of me now, and I wouldn’t go back to any other strap, even if I could. This makes too much sense. Thanks for everything,” [Bob Bruning]

“I am very pleased with the purchase. Good value for the money. If I only had one instrument and wanted a tuner for it, I would definitely buy a Wittman.” [George Chapman]

I’ve had a Wittman on my banjo for a short while now and I’m pleased with it. It works best if you use the finger tip and not the pick as it will go ‘nuts’ with all of the overtones and such. ” [Gary]

“It really is a super accurate tuner and, mounted on the flange of your banjo, it’s super convenient to use.” [Mike Finley]

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From Banjo Newsletter, November 2001:

Review by Ross Nickerson

“The Wittman MINITUNER is the world’s smallest chromatic tuner, and a very convenient way to tune your banjo. It attaches to the flange just above the neck, so it’s as easy as looking down and flipping a small switch to tune up. It saves a lot of time and trouble by always being there when you need it. It is very handy if you’re practicing around the house, because you’ll be able to tune without an extra piece of equipment. And it really becomes useful when you’re out playing with others. If you’re jamming or rehearsing, it can eliminate having to step away and separate yourself to tune. If you’re performing, there is no need to step back from the microphone and turn your back to the audience for tuning.

“Let’s face it, there are inherent problems to tuning the banjo, especially when using a capo. The unstable nature of the bridge on a drum head throws another difficulty in the mix. There are many things that you can study and be aware of that will help in your ease of tuning. Learning how to properly place the capo, knowing the characteristics of your banjo and just taking the time to learn how to do it as fast as possible will all help in the tuning process. With that in mind, the MINITUNER really reduces the time and hassle to get a good note and get back in tune quick. What I like about it the most is how it gives you the chance to tune more discreetly. Musicians may resent it if they have to wait for you to tune. They might not understand that the banjo player may have to take more time to tune. So that alone is a good reason to use the MINITUNER. The most obvious reason would be so that you play in tune. Playing out of tune on a banjo can make every note sound like a wrong one.

“The tuner is attached by a self-stick adhesive strip above the neck and below the first thumbscrew. The wire is fed through the flange hole to the battery, which is in a small clip on the rim attached by self-stick adhesive. (Someone that I respect in banjo setup assured me that the battery on the rim did not affect the tone.) The battery seems to last longer than on conventional tuners. I’ve opened my case a few times and it’s been on. That was either caused by leaving the tuner on or the switch being flipped inadvertently when I put it in the case. The good news was, even after a few days of being left on, it still worked. They were originally intended for use with the acoustic guitars, but the only modification for banjo is to put the self-stick adhesive on the other side of the tuner. I understand that Béla Fleck uses one—which would make sense, since he seems to be always looking for things to enhance his sound, improve his show, and just keep improving. I was getting so much interest about the MINITUNER from my banjo students that I asked Wittman if I could sell them. So far, everyone that has got one is happy, and they also offer a money back guarantee.”

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Musicians Who Use Wittman-Spins Products:

Ralphe Armstrong

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World reknowned bassist Ralphe Armstrong plays a five-String Wittman Aurora Bass fitted with a Wittman ProTuner and a Spinstrap.

A Detroit native, Armstrong has played with some of rock and jazz’s greatest artists among them Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, Toots Theilman, and Kenny Burrell.

In 1977 Armstrong was inducted into the Gibson Guitar Hall of Fame.

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Jason Carter

Guitarist Jason Carter says the WITTMAN MiniTUNER is “the only tuner that accurately tunes the Basses of the Harp Guitar.”

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Joe F.

Joe F (in a blog entry dated 6-9-06) raves about the WITTMAN MiniTUNER: “Installed the Wittman MiniTUNER today. Including a complete string change, it took about 20 mins start to finish. This thing is the bomb! It tucks nicely inside the soundhole. Easily viewed from the playing position, and very bright. Bright enough to be used outdoors. It seems to be extremely accurate also to. +- 1 cent. It’s funny that they say that when the 9V battery starts to go low, it will light at half brightness and that means there is only about 60 hours of use left. At that rate, I will only be changing batteries once a decade or so. To my ear, mounting it and the battery inside the guitar made zero difference in the acoustic sound.”

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Kael

Kael (in a blog entry dated 6-15-09) raves about the WITTMAN ProTUNER: “I thought the onboard tuner was gimmicky at first, but now I love the thing. You can turn the volume knob down for silent tuning or hit a ringing note mid-song and check your tuning without fussing with pedals. These things are great.”

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Daniel Karp

Guitarist Daniel Karp uses a WITTMAN SPINSTRAP.

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Joe F.

Joe F (in a blog entry dated 3-27-08) raves about the WITTMAN MiniTUNER in his Taylor: “I put a Wittman in all of my Taylors. This is an excellent little tuner for guitars that don’t have one. Install takes about 10 minutes and is done with double sided tape for easy removal. I mount the 9V battery on the back brace adjacent to the neck joint for the stealth factor. Neither the wires or the battery are visible from out in front of the guitar. This is a great little tuner with red flat/sharp indicators and a green in tune indicator. Accurate to within +/- 1 cent and bright enough to be seen outside. To answer the question, to my ear, it makes ZERO difference in tone or volume other than you can always make sure you are in tune. The view from out front. All you can see is the tip of the toggle switch at about the 2 oclock position in the soundhole.” [See photos of the tuner in Joe’s guitar here.]

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Tuner In A Lute!

Someone even installed a WITTMAN TUNER in a lute-back hurdy gurdy!

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Luthier Peter Taylor

“You may remember speaking with me shortly after you acquired the LockOn line. I thought I’d share some pics with you of my latest completed guitar, featuring one of your tuners. Enjoy.

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Bob Farmer is a happy sax player!

“The sax straps are great. Regular straps have always given a stiff neck. Being a guitar player also, I tried making a shoulder sax strap, but it didn’t work that well. Your design is perfect.”

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Joel Ciaccio e-mailed:

“Thanks for lending me that black WITTMAN fretted five-string bass with piezo bridge, EMG DC pickup, On-Board ProTUNER, and SPINSTRAP! I had a blast and got to use it for a gig. In fact, here is the YouTube clip of the army folks playing a medley of three Zappa tunes. It’s not an army gig, but every musician, except the cellist, is in the army band. So I would like to put a SPINSTRAP on my work bass.”

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Paulo Betti

(from Italy, in a blog entry dated 2-17-07) raves about Wittman-Spins customer service: “When I decided to make my first electric bass contact, I got in touch with the American luthier David King, and he gave me all the information I needed. We exchanged dozens of emails, to which he replied with great kindness and professionalism. King directed me to Wittman-Spins for a tuner to be mounted in the neck. After three years the tuner has had a problem. I contacted Wittman, and Ken sent me a free tuner plus another, with shipping costs charged to him. Wittman’s main goal is customer satisfaction at all costs.”
[This is paraphrased from the original blog entry.]

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Saxophonist Tony Dagradi:

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“I’ve been using your SPINSTRAP with my tenor sax just about every day for the past fifteen years. It’s a great product. I love it. It is strong, comfortable, and has lasted all this time. Many of my students are also using and enjoying your strap.”

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Ric Hall

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Chicago jazz guitarist Ric Hall has been a sought-after arranger and guitar player by premier jazz, R&B and blues artists for club dates in the Chicago area as well as touring bands worldwide. He uses a WITTMAN SPINSTRAP. Click here for a larger view of the photo at left by photographer Dragan Tasic. Click here to see Ric spinnin’.

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ZZ Top

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“That little ol’ band from Texas,” ZZ Top, used WITTMAN SPINSTRAPS in their “Legs” video.

MORE SPINNERS
Wall of Shadows
This Final Charade

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Lila Karash

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“I’m very thankful for the SPINSTRAP system. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you are experiencing shoulder pain. Since I am unable to use a conventional shoulder strap, I have installed SPINSTRAPS on all my electric guitars, and it has enabled me to play guitar standing up without experiencing pain.” — Lila Karash, The Chinchbugs and 13 Hertz, Minneapolis, MN

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