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Allen
04-03-2016, 04:46 PM
If I had to pick only one timber that I'd happily work with for the rest of my life, Brazilian Mahogany would be it. So easy to work, so classy and beautiful.....and the sound. It's got it all.

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cml
04-03-2016, 09:00 PM
Beautiful stuff Allen, just stunning!

Teek
04-03-2016, 09:35 PM
Oh that is SWEEEEET! What a perfectly stunning little beauty! How much for a baritone just like it?

Allen
04-03-2016, 10:01 PM
You can either contact me directly by email, or work out the cost from my website.

greenscoe
04-03-2016, 10:15 PM
Mahogany in the wrong hands could still end up as kindling wood!

bluesuke
04-04-2016, 01:27 AM
Beautiful work Allen!

sam13
04-04-2016, 03:04 AM
Fabulous work Allen. I know they sound wonderful.

Pete Howlett
04-04-2016, 11:01 AM
Beats me how you guys are still able to get hold of this stuff - haven't seen any decent affordable BM in the UK for about 12 years! Stashes come to the surface but are quickly spotted and gobbled up - there is no supplier of the quality being still used in the USA and Oz...you would have thought that it had never been put on the CITES list the number of instruments still getting made in it...

Allen
04-04-2016, 11:18 AM
I would have a couple hundred sets of it. And big blocks 3 meters long for neck material.

Got as much of it as I could afford at the time from a timber merchant that supplied to the yachting and fine furniture industries. He's using his remaining stock as a retirement fund.

CTurner
04-04-2016, 12:13 PM
Absolutely classic, Allen. And your choices in details of rosette color/shape, bridge color/shape, bridge pins, binding—-it's just perfect. Lovely work.

Timbuck
04-04-2016, 12:46 PM
Beats me how you guys are still able to get hold of this stuff - haven't seen any decent affordable BM in the UK for about 12 years! Stashes come to the surface but are quickly spotted and gobbled up - there is no supplier of the quality being still used in the USA and Oz...you would have thought that it had never been put on the CITES list the number of instruments still getting made in it...
Pete I don't know if this is what you want but it is on eBay at the moment http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Huge-wide-boards-table-tops-of-Brazilian-mahogany-planks-timber-/141948734188?hash=item210ccdcaec:g:W1EAAOSwud1XAYu w

anthonyg
04-04-2016, 12:58 PM
Beautiful work Allen. In your hands how does Brazilian Mahogany compare to Tasmanian Blackwood?

I have a Tenor made from well aged Ribbon Mahogany and a Tenor made from Tasmanian Blackwood. They are both great instruments and different too. I certainly couldn't separate the different timbers from the different construction.

Anthony

Pete Howlett
04-04-2016, 12:59 PM
Thanks for the heads up Ken but I have stopped buying wood I can't export. They also look flat sawn.

Allen
04-04-2016, 07:49 PM
Beautiful work Allen. In your hands how does Brazilian Mahogany compare to Tasmanian Blackwood?

I have a Tenor made from well aged Ribbon Mahogany and a Tenor made from Tasmanian Blackwood. They are both great instruments and different too. I certainly couldn't separate the different timbers from the different construction.

Anthony

I haven't built too many ukes with a Blackwood soundboard. Everyone wants a softwood that gets a commission, so I haven't bothered with spec instruments like that. I've dialled in the sound of my instruments so it's pretty consistent across all of them. But a few timbers really stand out at being exceptional soundboards.

Personally I don't think that there is any timber that has more of a timeless classic look that I want than nicely 1/4 sawn mahogany.

anthonyg
04-04-2016, 08:55 PM
I haven't built too many ukes with a Blackwood soundboard. Everyone wants a softwood that gets a commission, so I haven't bothered with spec instruments like that. I've dialled in the sound of my instruments so it's pretty consistent across all of them. But a few timbers really stand out at being exceptional soundboards.

Personally I don't think that there is any timber that has more of a timeless classic look that I want than nicely 1/4 sawn mahogany.

Thanks Allen. The Ribbon Mahogany ukulele I have which was made from reclaimed furniture timber certainly looks classy and sounds great too. I can't really make direct comparisons between this and my Blackwood ukuleles as they are just too different in construction. I have 2 Blackwood ukuleles, a Wise and a Cole Clark and they look so different that a casual observer wouldn't pick them as being made from the same timber. The Mahogany ukulele is older too and made with older timber I suspect.

Anthony

Nickie
04-11-2016, 07:38 PM
Wow, that's a fine looking uke. I wonder what it sounds like?
I love mahogany, it's hard to beat. My 1st "real" uke was solid hog, and I still have it!