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Rick Turner
09-08-2014, 02:57 PM
I'd like to thank Elaine de Man and her family and Andy Andrews for putting on another slamming great Wine Country Uke Festival up in St. Helena last weekend. My son, Eli, and I brought our portable lutherie workbench and stayed hellabusy putting in strap buttons, doing fret levels, action adjustments and one top brace re-glue. I also did a little video interview with Gordon Mayer and Eric DeVine, two luthiers whose work I highly respect, and you can see it on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tggUlRFhB3o

And I hardly ever laugh as much as when I hang out with Daniel Ward and the irrepressible Heidi Swedberg.

lakesideglenn
09-08-2014, 03:22 PM
Just watched the video gentlemen and that was a well spent 11 minutes!
Thank you!

Ukejenny
09-08-2014, 04:45 PM
I would have enjoyed just to watch you and your son at work on the portable bench. Great video.

gyosh
09-08-2014, 04:52 PM
Great seeing you Rick.

Eli is an amazing young man. You must be proud.

I'm glad he's going into teaching, he's going to be awesome! But I'm a little sad he isn't going to follow your footsteps. From what I've seen of his work he could have a bright future there as well..

mds725
09-08-2014, 05:05 PM
It was great seeing you, Eli, and your new octave ukulele at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival. Your portable lutherie workbench has become a staple of this festival, and I seem to know people every year who are thrilled that you're there to perform mainrtenance and repair work. I also enjoyed your Mood Indigo and Instrument Care workshops. I hope you're able to teach your Build An Ukulele in Four Days class again sometime soon.

caukulele
09-08-2014, 05:07 PM
Thanks for sharing this video. I really enjoyed it, and I love the fact that the ukulele community is such a great one, with many people working together, helping each other out, and having fun along the way.

Rick Turner
09-08-2014, 05:50 PM
What I totally forgot to do there was to take some photos of my bench setup and either Eli or I working on instruments. I got a writing assignment to do a 1200 word article on "Festival Lutherie" for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and this was the first of two successive weekends of doing it. Next weekend is the Strawberry Music Festival, and we'll be set up and working there, too. I will get photos up there, but it would be nice to feature ukes, too. Denise? Gary? Mark? Anyone get any pics of us?

mds725
09-08-2014, 08:00 PM
Anyone get any pics of us?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZxzJGgox_E

caukulele
09-09-2014, 02:44 AM
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I posted this one on Facebook, Rick
and also this clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAunJ8FMwJ4

Rick Turner
09-09-2014, 04:56 AM
Wow! Another big thanks, Denise!

Wicked
09-09-2014, 06:45 AM
I'm not much of a festival-goer, but the Wine Country festival is one that I am interested in attending in the future... Maybe next year.

Gillian
09-09-2014, 06:51 AM
....I hope you're able to teach your Build An Ukulele in Four Days class again sometime soon.

Ditto on this, Mark. My hubby John and I are on Rick's waiting list for that workshop. I'd like a cherry pineapple.

The octave uke sounded lovely, so I wonder what a Rick Turner bass ukulele would sound like. Hmm?

gyosh
09-09-2014, 07:13 AM
Ditto on this, Mark. My hubby John and I are on Rick's waiting list for that workshop. I'd like a cherry pineapple.

The octave uke sounded lovely, so I wonder what a Rick Turner bass ukulele would sound like. Hmm?

I want to take the class again. Where do I get on this list?

Just buy a Renaissance bass Gillian :)

Rick Turner
09-09-2014, 07:19 AM
Eli and I were tumbling around how to modify my favorite acoustic-electric strings to work at a shorter scale length. The bottom four strings of a Thomastik-Infeld AcoustiCore 5 string set would come out at the right tension for about a 24 3/4" to 25 1/2" scale. The issue is the string diameter around the tuner post OR crimping on a different string ball at the bridge end. We're going to experiment a bit. We could do it on the octave/baritone uke body size, and it would be pretty sweet acoustically as well as plugged in.

ericchico
09-09-2014, 08:27 AM
I wanted to go just to Rick in action, oh well maybe next year.