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UKEonomics
05-11-2013, 02:42 AM
I have a buddy that dabbles in instrument making and he just finished this aluminum ukulele (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=451074794983008&set=a.254820497941773.58763.254815177942305&type=1&theater). Pretty sweet stuff and I thought I'd share it with you folks.

coolkayaker1
05-11-2013, 03:05 AM
Wow. Is your friend Mike DaSilva?

bborzell
05-11-2013, 03:43 AM
I have an aluminum lap steel guitar. It is a semi hollow body and it sounds great. Aluminum has all sorts of potential as an acoustic body.

UkueBass23
05-11-2013, 04:09 AM
Totally steam punk. I love it.

UKEonomics
05-11-2013, 04:25 AM
Wow. Is your friend Mike DaSilva?
Haha! Can't say that it is. Just a dude from here in Northwest Missouri.

Not sure if he's going to sell this thing or not.

Lori
05-11-2013, 06:07 AM
Looks great! Any chance we can hear it?

–Lori

UKEonomics
05-11-2013, 06:39 AM
Looks great! Any chance we can hear it?

–Lori

I'm hoping that he gets a sound sample up, but haven't seen anything yet.

fumanshu
05-11-2013, 12:10 PM
It sure looks funky and original but I'm curious how it sounds like....

https://soundcloud.com/baouke/star-filante-by-caro-bao

anthonyg
05-11-2013, 12:55 PM
Its an interesting curiosity however unless its properly engineered its not an item that's going to last. Aluminium doesn't like vibrations and particularly not in thin sheet form. Every vibration is a stress cycle and there is a finite life to the number of stress cycles that aluminium will stand before failing. Not an ideal material for a vibrating top. Anyway, its not like it will fail catastrophically.

Anthony

gitarzan
05-11-2013, 03:26 PM
keep playing that and youll end up with alzheimers :p

Zenin
05-11-2013, 03:50 PM
Its an interesting curiosity however unless its properly engineered its not an item that's going to last. Aluminium doesn't like vibrations and particularly not in thin sheet form. Every vibration is a stress cycle and there is a finite life to the number of stress cycles that aluminium will stand before failing. Not an ideal material for a vibrating top. Anyway, its not like it will fail catastrophically.

Anthony
It's a worthy bit of speculation, however I believe history tells us otherwise (at least, as you say, if it's properly engineered).

I say that because I know professionals like Katie Cavera (http://www.katiecavera.com/) and Vince Giordano (http://vincegiordano.com/) who currently play aluminum upright bases...built in the early 1930s. Aluminum cellos and violins were also manufactured and many still exist and are played today.

Not to mention that practically every "resonator" instrument ever built uses an aluminum cone.

TheCraftedCow
05-12-2013, 03:10 AM
Man, that is one screwed up ukulele! Is the back put on the same way? For a First Time idea, your friend is to be congratulated. Congratulations to you , also for letting us know about it. Thank you. I would like to see one with the screws on the sides,

I had a British Stuart Wailing aluminum resonator. the front vents were so large, sound did not have a chance to develop so it had a weak nasal sound.

MGM
05-19-2013, 06:37 AM
How about this one for an Aluminum Uke?
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/048-5_zps10784c9c.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/musicguymic/media/048-5_zps10784c9c.jpg.html)