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Pete Howlett
10-22-2015, 12:29 PM
I just bought a load of tops from Old Standard Wood. John was jawing with me and said, "We had thousands of uke tops lying around for years and just in the last 4 months they have nearly all gone..." I know of at least one person here (to my surprise) has purchased red spruce so fess up, who has had the other 2900 or so sets? Is the spruce top/exotic hardwood back and sides combo going to become the go t0 configuration for future ukulele? I hope so cos I have a lot of this stuff to get through now :)

Kekani
10-22-2015, 05:44 PM
Pretty much all I build.

Hard tops are rare for me. One is on the bench right now, though.

erich@muttcrew.net
10-27-2015, 07:32 AM
Same here. I've been using spruce and cedar tops almost exclusively for years, except for a couple of all mahogany builds.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
10-27-2015, 10:16 AM
i bought 7 off him 2 weeks ago

Firetail
10-27-2015, 08:10 PM
I bought 20 from him at the beginning of the year, beautiful wood.

resoman
10-28-2015, 05:17 AM
Thanks for the resource. I didn't know about Old Standard Wood.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-28-2015, 05:47 AM
I put a dent in their stock a few months ago.

Kekani
10-28-2015, 06:00 AM
I'm confused. Am I to understand that you guys are buying "sets", and not resawing your own?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-28-2015, 10:35 AM
I'm confused. Am I to understand that you guys are buying "sets", and not resawing your own?

Pre-sawn mando tops.

Pete Howlett
10-28-2015, 10:38 AM
I wondered when you were going to fess up Chuck... coming over to the dark side are we? :) :)

Kekani
10-28-2015, 01:27 PM
Pre-sawn mando tops.
Is that like Violin wedges?

I've got to think I'm doing pretty good with split billets. I was actually thinking of resawing sets myself, but not too many guys building with Spruce tops to make it worthwhile. Or are there. . .

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
10-29-2015, 03:51 AM
I sawed up a violin wedge 2 weeks ago and i only got 2 tops out of it, which from memory didn't save me any money as i think i paid about $40 for the wedge.

Kekani
10-29-2015, 06:12 AM
I sawed up a violin wedge 2 weeks ago and i only got 2 tops out of it, which from memory didn't save me any money as i think i paid about $40 for the wedge.
I pay about $50 for a wedge (with shipping, to me). Yeah, I get a few more sets than you though.

aaronckeim
10-30-2015, 04:53 PM
We get our spruce tops from Alaskan Specialty Woods, plain and bear claw. We buy big shipments of them, and I think they are around $10 over top. When possibly I try to convince people that the soft top and hard back and sides is the way to go, but its a bit of an uphill battle with ukulele folks. We also use Port Orford Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Engleman Spruce and Redwood.

Pete Howlett
10-30-2015, 05:08 PM
I do think it is changing tho Aaron...