I recently delved into Singlebarbed's secret stash of spectral dubbing samples that he sent way back with the magic antron. I figured nearly four months in quarantine should rid me of any nasties that singlebarbed may be harboring over in his compound. You can never be too sure.
I applied a few of Singlebarbed's different flavors to some of my classics and some recent works. The texture and feel of the dubbing is nice and full. The blend is a perfect balance between guard hairs, underfur, and antron and doesn't fall apart between your fingers while dubbing, as is common with some of the other spectral type blends and seal substitutes. I do have to say that the old man knows his way around the blender, fur, and flash. Not bad, not bad at all.
It's interesting to note the differences between our dubbing blends. Both are similar in many aspects, yet the "eye" that each of us has for a color composition may come from opposite ends of the spectrum. I know Singlebarbed heavily relies on the color wheel and complements when composing his blends. His blends are always well balanced and composed. I, on the other hand, tend to use the foundations of color composition and apply a bit of social influence and gut feeling when creating a spectral blend. I swing more from the hip, often times with a bit more abstract composition. The same could even be said of my fly patterns and their development. It's always refreshing and intriguing to see other's works close up and in hand. I'm glad to see that the student has learned well from his master.
Check out Singlebarbed's biz site for his Sixth Finger scissors, and soon, his custom dubbing blends.
Caveat Emptor: I don't know why in the hell Singlebarbed would give away his trade secrets as "free samples" to us carnivores of the blogging universe, especially those of us who like to roll our own and make our own dub. Nonetheless, he did, and I suppose he was looking for free advertising in exchange for said product. Here you go Sensei; you're welcome.