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greenscoe
10-06-2016, 01:45 AM
I visited Ken Timms a couple of weeks ago. As a result of that visit, I set about building my first long necked soprano. It was made with a mould I produced 2 yrs ago and have used for only 1 standard soprano. The box internals are mostly in accordance with the Grellier plans (as found on the internet).

The sides are made of sapele and the top /back are made of mahogany which I was given by Ken. It has maple binding with walnut purfling on the top and back. The neck is of meranti with a eucalyptus head veneer. Itís the first time Iíve used pegs on an instrument.

As usual it has a tapered dovetail neck joint. After my chat with Mrs T, Iíve adopted the Timms method of assembly/finishing: the box/neck were glued together after being finished separately in shellac/Tru-Oil. I need more practice and patience in this area.

Kenís instruments are very light, loud and have great tone. I thinned the sides/top to 1.6 mm and the back to 1.8 mm (a little thicker than Martin/Timms-I erred on the side of caution). I now have Wagner Safe-T-planer and Pete Howlett type sander so achieving this is much quicker and easier than previously. Iíve also used a thinner and flatter profile neck than normal after seeing Kenís instruments.

This instrument is loud and clear with some sustain. It has good tone and is balanced across the strings: I am very happy with the way it sounds. Despite my liking for tenors, I think this instrument is one that will get played regularly.

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greenscoe
10-06-2016, 02:05 AM
Comparison with standard soprano made in this mould and teardrop concert uke.


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Dan Gleibitz
10-06-2016, 02:39 AM
That's a great looking instrument. Nice work. I like the contrasting sides against the mahogany top and back.

Rrgramps
10-06-2016, 05:01 AM
Good work, and good choice of builder to influence you.

Vespa Bob
10-06-2016, 05:36 AM
Wow, only a couple of weeks to build that good looking uke! I've been working on a no frills teardrop soprano for over a month and it won't be done for another week or so.

Bob

orangeena
10-06-2016, 06:00 AM
Lovely thing.

Kevs-the-name
10-06-2016, 07:24 AM
Lovely job.
Looks great. (like the wood choice!)

Pete Howlett
10-06-2016, 07:31 AM
You are beginning to see Paduan! Ukulele making is more than following a plan or exploring an idea... it is building as close to the edge of destruction as you can!

greenscoe
10-07-2016, 03:35 AM
Thanks for the positive comments.

Vespa Bob: I'm impatient, so once I start, it's all about completing. The build was complete by day 8, I then spent a week messing about with the finish!

Pete Howlett: 'You are beginning to see Paduan!'...... after consulting Google, I think that may be a positive remark ....its not an expression that appears to be much used.

Timbuck
10-07-2016, 04:29 AM
Thanks for the positive comments.

Vespa Bob: I'm impatient, so once I start, it's all about completing. The build was complete by day 8, I then spent a week messing about with the finish!

Pete Howlett: 'You are beginning to see Paduan!'...... after consulting Google, I think that may be a positive remark ....its not an expression that appears to be much used. Thats a person who was born in Padua north Italy..init ;)

cml
10-07-2016, 07:50 AM
Padawan? No?

Timbuck
10-07-2016, 07:57 AM
Padawan? No? That's a Jedi apprentice..I've seen Starwars :D

cml
10-07-2016, 09:05 AM
That's a Jedi apprentice..I've seen Starwars :D
Exactly Ken :)...I think autocorrect maybe got to Pete?