A few years ago, I purchased a lap steel on a whim. It looked a little crude, but it had a metal body and a horseshoe pickup - generally a good recipe, especially when it only cost a few hundred dollars. It turned out to be a Trotmore, the early '50s product of Ira Trotter and Grady Moore with design input from Jerry Byrd. At the time, Byrd was to steel what Chet Atkins was to guitar. Having his endorsement was supposed to make the company a runaway success. Except, for various reasons, things soured quickly and only around a dozen instruments were built. With the help of some folks on the Steel Guitar Forum, I even found out the original owner. He painted his aluminum instrument brown to look like wood many years ago, but it still rings out like solid metal. The pickups are near-copies of Rickenbacker units, but they're not quite as hot. I prefer this, because the tone is sweeter and less aggressive. It inspired me to look for a double-necked steel of similar construction, but those are terribly rare. They're hard to cast, they weigh a ton, and the market is minuscule. Then, out of the blue, this one came up for sale. In my research I had found pictures of this steel; two other Steel Guitar Forum members owned it before me, and one of them bought it directly from Jerry Byrd in the '50s. There's some debate over whether he played it live, but it was definitely in Byrd's possession for a while. I couldn't let it go - it's the only known Trotmore double-neck in existence, and it even has my preferred string layout (seven on the near neck and six on the far one). The price was not small, but averaged with what I paid for the other Trotmore, I've come out pretty well. Sure enough, it sounds quite similar to my single-neck but with even longer sustain. The instrument appears to be built of two single-neck castings welded together. There are leg sockets installed underneath, including two on a connecting bar near the headstocks that's covered in green felt. For some reason, the 7-string pickup has two different-length magnets, so the join is slightly off center (that's not how it is on the other neck, or on my single-neck 7-string Trotmore).