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What happens if the vibrato wing is unfortunately hit while playing?


tmackay Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:35

in my experience with the omega i have it the sharps wing a few times. what happens is the wing will pop off while the motor still on. In that case i instantly shut the motor off and wait til the song ends and reposition the wing. If the wing and motor sound much louder and are not functioning probably, this means the pulley's are off balance. If that occurs hold the pulley assemble nearest the motor and move the upper register pulley either back or forward a couple grooves until they are lined up... hope this helps

Robert Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:24

In reply to by tmackay

Thanks for your response.
It seems like they added two new colours, red and silver nickel... Any comment on this?

There is no official picture of these colours on the website...

rogersvibes Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:50

This came up at the Delaware workshop over the summer. Warren Wolf was playing the Omega and the vibrato wing came loose a few times (Warren hits hard!). Pax came up with the solution of manufacturing a little plastic stopper thing (I think they called it 'clam') to go over the empty space between the bars. Looked a little weird, but it seemed to work.

anthonysmith Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:46

I also have an Omega, and yes this is an issue. I was at Warren Wolf's show with Christian McBride last night, here in NY, and when I walked in I noticed Warren's Omega had those white strips covering the exposed pieces of the vibrato wings. My first reaction was that it must be visually disorienting to play with those on the instrument... and when I chatted with Warren a while later, he said the exact same thing. He found it very hard to play with the white strips on the instrument. He also had an issue with the bars making contact with the wings while he's playing... because yes, he does play pretty hard. Man, he HAS to in that band! It's amazing how well his sound cuts through, with NO MIC, with Christian (miked rather loud) and Carl Allen on drums, who is great but not exactly "quiet." I've heard the Omega played now by Warren, Tony and Joe (Locke), both live and in studio, and have used it myself in those capacities, and I have to say, the instrument sounds tonally beautiful. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before some of these little bugs get worked out.

I have hit the wings many times on my Omega. Fortunately I haven't broken one yet, but I imagine the day could come. One suggestion I was throwing around with someone, can't remember who, was that maybe the wings could be made with stronger material, for future versions.

I also have an issue with the vibrato working intermittently on my instrument. Malletech is great about dealing with this and any other issues, to their credit. I plan to take my Omega to the factory again soon, to have the guys do a diagnostic on it and address a couple of these concerns. Having said all this, I dig the instrument and am enjoying playing it!