Category Archives: rigs and setups

Robbert Trice’s rig

Robbert is the excellent harmonica player and multi-percussionist with George Cutter and Friends. Here he shares a pic and thoughts about his many and varied rigs: Convocation of Instruments. Two are family size, one is pail size. They all follow … Continue reading

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Chunk’s Rig

What we have here is the Behrens board used by Chunk, washboardiste of Gutter Puddle from up in Vancouver, BC. He describes his add-ons as follows: I added 3 measuring cups all different sizes The one mounted on the bottom makes … Continue reading

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Horniblow’s Hot Three’s Nicholas D. Ball

Wow! This is the stuff! Brit Nicholas D. Ball, who runs the fascinating “Drums in the Twenties” site, lays it down in a trio called Horniblow’s Hot Three. In this video, they’re playing “Skoodlum Blues,” originally recorded by Jimmy O’Bryant’s … Continue reading

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The Always-Delightful Deborah Tropez

Here’s another video of the supremely-skilled Deborah Tropez, whom we have previously featured in this space. As usual, she nails it down like a boss. I love her rig, which is a cross between à la française and à l’américaine.

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Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day…

A musician named Franck Cesarini has put together a rig based on a long, thin wooden washboard. He’s playing it à l’américaine and has it decked out with a small cowbell, a round something-or-other, and a bicycle bell. This thing has … Continue reading

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This Guy Is Better Than I Am In Many, Many Ways.

He’s a hell of a washboard player, first of all. He’s also able to grow a lush  forest of facial hair. In addition, he can sing. Finally, he has a six-shooter mounted to the side of his board which he … Continue reading

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Del & The Rad Rompers’s Shane Del Robles

Shane Del Robles—the “Del” of Del and the Rad Rompers—plays a nice solo here at the beginning of “Lulu’s Back in Town.” He’s playing a fully-rigged board deployed à la française that appears to include a pie tin and a … Continue reading

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Green Rock River Band’s Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman takes us on a tour of his rig. He plays in the doom folk (?) group Green Rock River Band, about which more here.

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Waschbrett

I don’t know who this German dude is, but his board (played à la française) is loaded up with every conceivable gadget and accessory: a splash cymbal, a tiny little china cymbal, an afuche, a ratchet, a slapstick, and a variety of other devices–and … Continue reading

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The Crescent Katz’s Patrick Skiffington

I want to be in this band, except for the fact that if I were playing washboard, then I wouldn’t able to sit here and watch Patrick Skiffington do it. He hangs his board à l’américaine, and he looks to be rigged … Continue reading

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