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Pete Howlett
04-03-2018, 05:14 PM
Trying my new shape in spruce/walnut combo.

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The koa one turned out real nice - hear it here: (I think you have to be a member of my group to see it in this format. I recorded it direct to Facebook so I'll see if I can download it and edit for YouTube....)


https://www.facebook.com/no1petehowlett/videos/10156296539046031/

Edited YouTube version here:https://youtu.be/uf1jPDsukLI

Jim Hanks
04-03-2018, 05:30 PM
Very nice! Love the sound. What's the scale? And what strings are on it?

Pete Howlett
04-03-2018, 06:04 PM
Scale length is 475mm or 18.7". Baritone scale length should be between 21" and 22" to support a decent set of strings. I am using wound D'Addarios for the G and D and Worth Browns for the b and e. Can't tell you the gauges but will work them out tomorrow for you. This instrument has now left the workshop.

printer2
04-04-2018, 02:52 AM
What is the body length of the mini baritone? Did you use a tenor body or make another size? It sounds realllly good.

Pete Howlett
04-04-2018, 03:45 AM
I increased all tenor dimensions by 10%.... it kept the instrument in proportion!

printer2
04-04-2018, 09:31 AM
I built a tenor that is low tuned and I really like the way it sounds. I think I will give a mini baritone a go for my next one.

Pete Howlett
04-04-2018, 10:53 AM
I took an educated guess and it worked out...

Jim Hanks
04-04-2018, 11:23 AM
Scale length is 475mm or 18.7". Baritone scale length should be between 21" and 22" to support a decent set of strings. I am using wound D'Addarios for the G and D and Worth Browns for the b and e. Can't tell you the gauges but will work them out tomorrow for you. This instrument has now left the workshop.

That's close enough Pete. I thought it looked shorter scale than normal . I like 19" baritone better than the longer ones, even 20". I think you have a winning formula here.

Pete Howlett
04-04-2018, 12:25 PM
I hope so - I'm building plenty of them with different wood combinations this year as I am reliably informed that the baritone is having its moment....

printer2
04-04-2018, 02:32 PM
I took an educated guess and it worked out...

I used to do some target shooting. One of the older guys (I fall into that category now) told me a story about a person commenting about how he was pretty luck getting all the shots in a tight group. The shooter replied, 'I seem to get luckier the more I practice'.

Probably more educated than guess.

Pete Howlett
04-05-2018, 06:50 AM
Update looking at spruce top combo. Notice how a 13 fret to the body neck join places the bridge in a good position...

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And yes that's 'accordion makers' binding - red tortoise shell. Just love it.... And need to use it because of the radical curve of the back and side taper.

printer2
04-05-2018, 09:08 AM
Sound port to boot.

Spicysteve
04-05-2018, 11:31 AM
Absolutely gorgeous. The 10% upscale is brilliant, cant wait to hear a sound sample of this one. The Koa model was fabulous sounding.

Cheers,

Steve.

Pete Howlett
04-05-2018, 11:34 AM
I got some Alaskan Yellow Cedar today to try also!

ZoŽ Bestel
04-05-2018, 11:38 AM
Oh I can't wait for Wales now, that's a bloody lovely looking thing, and what a nice tone! Never considered bari's could be baby. Really like that Pete!

Pete Howlett
04-05-2018, 12:09 PM
Better have one available for you to try then hadn't I? Looking forward to our festival with you Zoe. It's going to be a cool weekend.

Doc_J
04-08-2018, 12:07 PM
Another beautiful instrument Pete!

What tuning do plan to use? Baritone (DGBE), Bb linear, or something else?