Pedal Steel A. player

Trumpet Player

Freemason

I HAVE HAD SEVERAL ASK ME HOW I BEGAN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH BMI.  BACK IN 1999 FOR THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO THE STEEL GUITAR SHOW IN ST. LOUIS.  WHILE I WAS THERE I TALKED TO DIFFERENT VENDORS ABOUT DEVELOPING A WEBSITE FOR THEIR COMPANY.  DON, THE OWNER OF BMI, WAS THE ONLY PERSON INTERESTED IN MY SERVICES.  IT WAS FROM THAT POINT ON THAT MY FRIENDSHIP WITH THE COMPANY BEGAN.  WHILE DEVELOPING THE WEBSITE FOR THE COMPANY I STARTED TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GUITAR, PARTS AND ETC., DURING THAT TIME I STARTED TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THE BUILDING OF THE PEDAL STEEL AND SALES.

IT WAS DON FRITSCHE THAT DREW ME TO BMI OVER THE OTHER COMPANIES.  HIS KINDNESS AND MEEKNESS REFLECTED ALL THE STORYS THAT I HAD HEARD REGARDING ZANE BECK.  I NEVER HAD THE PRIVILAGE OF KNOWING ZANE BECK PERSONALLY, THOUGH I WISH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM.

SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT BMI?  WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE A QUALITY PRODUCT AND QUALITY SERVICE THAT HAS KEPT US IN THE BUSINESS FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

WE WENT THROUGH SOME GROWTH DURING THE YEARS SINCE I STARTED WORKING WITH BMI.  AROUND 2006 BMI ADDED VERN MANDRELL AS OUR SALES REP. COVERING THE ILL. AREA AND ABOVE.  IN 2011 WE MADE SOME MORE CHANGES, WE BROUGHT ON JORDAN HOWELL TO TAKE OVER THE WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT ALLOWING ME TO CONCENTRATE ON SALES, AND ASSIST WITH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.  IN 2012 WE ADDED TOMMY YOUNG TO THE SALES STAFF.

I CONSIDER IT A PRIVILAGE TO BE ABLE TO WORK FOR BMI AND LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE YEARS TO COME,

DAN

Dan's Gear

Dan's Pedal Steel

Dan’s involvement with BMI went a long way with his obsession and love of the pedal steel guitar. From working on the website, to spending weekends at the BMI factory assisting Don with all aspects of creating and building BMI guitars. Dan started thinking very seriously about what kind of pedal steel he wanted for himself. He has been long time friends with “Cowboy” Eddie Long, and an admiror of Zane Beck, and Buddy Emmons, but none of their copediants seem to be a good fit for him, and his love of the complex and musicly ground breaking copedient he was looking for. For his inspiration he turned to Julian Thorpe, and that seemed to fit more closely to what Dan invisioned. So now, at this point, deciding to venture into this new world was hard enough but convincing Don to build one for him would prove to be the hardest part. Those unfimilier with Julian’s setup its a stagering 14 string Steel with 10 Pedals & 6 Knees. Well, build it he did, and Dan still plays it to this day.

Those who might be interested in Julian’s model, like Dan’s, you can find it under artist models.

This is Julian’s Copedant that Dan started out playing.

This is the Copedant Dan developed from Julian’s

Jet 10

After playing his 14 string for several years Dan got inspired again. He took the core of what he loved about the 14 string and adapted it to a 10 string guitar. Once completed he dubbed it the Jet 10

This is the copedant Dan developed for this new 10 string creation. To see more on this model Dan has created a library of information and instructional videos on his personal website. Link to it are at the top of this page.

For more information about Dan Burnham, and a whole host useful information, tutorials and documentation please use the link at the top of this page to Dan’s Website.