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Bot Bones
Metal Bones for Adventurous Players
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Why So Many Choices?
Even if you can find a shop that sells this product, there's no telling what you will see when you open the box. That's what sets Bone Dry Music apart from the rest. We do our best to avoid surprises when you open the box. That's why we offer you so many choices...so you have more control over what you get.

Our Goal:
Here's what we want you to say when you open the box, "Yep, that's pretty much what I was expecting."

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Bot Bones Aluminum, short Bot Bones Aluminum, short

Aluminum Bot Bones deliver a strong thick chunky tone.

Short Aluminum Bot Bones are 1" wide and 6" in length. They are handcrafted from the same alloy and are the same size and shape as Parker Waite's legendary aluminum bones. These are the lightest weight bones in the Bot Bones line. They are perfect for players with small or medium hands who want responsive bones.


Short Aluminum Bot Bones demo video. Musical segment features Meet Me in the Bottom from Blues 'N Bones. The demo video is followed by a performance featuring Rich Egan (piano) and Scott Miller (bones) playing "Brun Campbell Express," a train-theme song written by Tom Shea in 1964. Recorded at Ragtime Rendezvous at Dressel's Pub, St. Louis, April 3, 2011.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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Only $24.97 pair
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Bot Bones Aluminum, medium Bot Bones Aluminum, medium

Aluminum Bot Bones deliver a strong thick chunky tone.

Medium Aluminum Bot Bones are 1" wide and 6-1/2" in length. They are handcrafted from the same alloy and just 1/2" inch longer than Parker Waite's legendary aluminum bones. These are next to the lightest weight bones in the Bot Bones line. They are perfect for small or medium hands and will appeal to most players. Get these if you want responsive metal bones that provide a greater dynamic range.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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Only $24.97 pair
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Bot Bones Aluminum, long Bot Bones Aluminum, long

Aluminum Bot Bones deliver a strong thick chunky tone.

Long Aluminum Bot Bones are 1" wide and 7" in length. They are handcrafted from the same alloy and just 1" inch longer than Parker Waite's legendary aluminum bones. These are light-weight bones in the Aluminum Bot Bones line. They are great for small, medium or large hands. Get these if you want responsive metal bones with the dynamic advantages that a longer length provides.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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Only $24.97 pair
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Bot Bones Aluminum, long & wide Bot Bones Aluminum, long & wide

Aluminum Bot Bones deliver a strong thick chunky tone.

Long & Wide Aluminum Bot Bones are 1-1/4" wide and 7" in length. They are handcrafted from the same alloy and 1" inch longer and 1/4" wider than Parker Waite's legendary aluminum bones. These are moderately heavy-weight bones in the Aluminum Bot Bones line. They are great for medium or large hands. Get these if you are an adventurous player with a very strong grip who wants powerful bones offering the dynamic advantages that a longer length and wider width provides.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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Only $24.97 pair
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Bot Bones Aluminum, short & thick Bot Bones Aluminum, short & thick

Aluminum Bot Bones deliver a strong thick chunky tone.

Short & Thick Aluminum Bot Bones are 1" wide and 6" in length. They are handcrafted from the same length, width and alloy as Parker Waite's legendary aluminum bones, but 1/16" thicker. These are heavy-weight bones in the Aluminum Bot Bones line. They are perfect for small or medium hands. Get these if you have a strong grip and want powerful responsive bones.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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Only $31.97 pair
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Bot Bones Aluminum, long, wide & thick Bot Bones Aluminum, long, wide & thick

Aluminum Bot Bones deliver a strong thick chunky tone.

Long, Wide & Thick Aluminum Bot Bones are 1-1/4" wide and 7" in length. They are handcrafted from the same alloy as Parker Waite's legendary aluminum bones, but 1" inch longer, 1/4" wider and 1/16" thicker. These are heavy-weight bones in the Aluminum Bot Bones line. They are great for medium or large hands. Get these if you are an adventurous player with a very strong grip who wants powerful bones offering the dynamic advantages that a longer length and wider width provides.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

Tonality

Only $32.97 pair
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What are Bot Bones?bot bones logo

The name is short for Robot Bones. That's what four-time Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist David Holt calls them. The idea for the name came about in the summer of 2009 when I saw David Holt and Doc Watson perform live at the Sheldon Auditorium here in Saint Louis.

David Holt comes from five generations of bone players. In fact, David started his musical career as a bone player. (David is also a gifted teacher whose popular Folk Rhythms dvd shows you how to play 5 folk instruments: Spoons, Hambone, Washboard, Bones and the Paper Bag.) Fortunately, I arrived at the Sheldon early enough to stop backstage and visit David before the show. I brought along a pair of experimental aluminum bones for David to try and as luck would have it, he played them on stage during his performance with Doc. He called them "Robot Bones," which I thought was a good descriptive name. This evolved into Bot Bones.


The Unusual Story Behind Bot Bones
Bot Bones are dedicated to the ingenuity and vision of Rhythm Bones Society member Parker Waite. Parker first introduced me to metal bones in 2003 at Bones Fest VII which was held that year at the historic Kentucky Theatre (now gone) in downtown Louisville.

The Bot Bones design is modeled after Parker's legendary aluminum bones. His aluminum bones helped me win the National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA) bones contest in 2004. The metallic sound was absolutely perfect for the Cajun tune "Jambalaya," which was one of three tunes in my set.

The next time I saw Parker was during the summer of 2006 at Bones Fest X in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I asked if he was interested in producing his aluminum bones for my future online bones store. Parker replied that he was no longer making them for health reasons.

Parker produced just 18 sets of aluminum bones. In January 2008, Parker's aluminum bones became a topic of the Rhythm Bones online forum. So Parker explained what inspired him to create them.

"They were developed accidentally in June 1993 while I was chopping tone bars for a sculpture by Patrick Zentz, at the entrance to the Snake River Correctional Facility amidst the irrigated alfalfa fields that sweep down to the river north of Ontario, Oregon. A couple of short pieces fell off the table & rattled together mid-air on their way to the floor. The sounds were melodious so I snatched them up & started to play. Ultimately 6 inches seemed like the right length so I made 18 sets."

Parker went on to list every set he made including the name of each person he sent them to, adding, "I hope Scott starts manufacturing these aluminum bones for others if the demand is there for them." Two years later I finally went into production. Time will tell if a demand exists or not.

Parker Waite
Parker Waite at Bones Fest III
Parker is pictured on the back deck of the home of Russ and Wilma Myers of Brightwood, VA in September 25, 1999. The Rhythm Bones Society was founded at Bones Fest III on that very same deck.

Metal Bones are Great and they Will Leave their Mark on You
"Note as you play these things," advises Parker, "there will be a smudge of tarnish on your hands which is easily washed off with mild soap & water."