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  1. Violin makers are fascinating - they work almost...

    Violin makers are fascinating - they work almost exclusively in a seated position and engage, if using traditional tools, in a painstakingly slow and structured process of slavishly copying...
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    Looks to me like the image is 'washed out'. Some...

    Looks to me like the image is 'washed out'. Some SA mahogany is quite pale when fresh sawn but it oxidises soon enough.
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    As said, I think the black line is chunky and it...

    As said, I think the black line is chunky and it overpowers the abalone:

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    I don't buy it from vendors on Alibaba. I...

    I don't buy it from vendors on Alibaba. I purchase from a Chinese manufacturer who makes using Chuck's process. It's the same as I get from an Australian supplier. I am aware of Chuck's contribution...
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    Do most owners keep their instruments in 45% RH?

    Do most owners keep their instruments in 45% RH?
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    Thanks Mike. Horses for courses prevails.

    Thanks Mike. Horses for courses prevails.
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    Long time since I've seen the product. However I...

    Long time since I've seen the product. However I don't want a solid black line which I understand has to be there for structural reasons.

    As I said, I like Ablam because I can buy direct from the...
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    That thick black line.... I like to see a b/w/b...

    That thick black line.... I like to see a b/w/b 10 thou fibre lines to the edge.
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    I'm glad you post stuff like this Ken. Too much...

    I'm glad you post stuff like this Ken. Too much store is placed in the 'quartersawn' paradigm. It is roundly ignored when people want a 'quilted' or 'birdseye' figure in maple. And FYI - most BR...
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    I think the idea is brilliant - I just don't like...

    I think the idea is brilliant - I just don't like the chunky look of it. But there again, I use Ablam which is anathema to some.
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    I've made over 1000 ukuleles and have no notes or...

    I've made over 1000 ukuleles and have no notes or have even read David's book. My thesis is that wood is unique and the successful working of it is down to following a few basic rules. The rest is...
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    Seems to me you would benefit from reading Left...

    Seems to me you would benefit from reading Left Brain Luthiery by David Hurd. Hint - it's about flexion not tap-tone. TT is a red herring in IMHO. It doesn't tell you anything because the 'membrane'...
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    When Tom worked with me I shared this idea which...

    When Tom worked with me I shared this idea which I covered in 1976 in my Bachelor's thesis on the history and development of the classical guitar having met Peter Sensier who made guitars with a...
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    David Hurd used a butt joint secured with epoxy...

    David Hurd used a butt joint secured with epoxy...
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    What Chris glosses over is that in the 70s they...

    What Chris glosses over is that in the 70s they sold all of the jigs, tools and part finished ukulele in exchange for some koa... So when he talks about amoratising the tooling costs they had to...
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    If you tell me the string length and pitches I...

    If you tell me the string length and pitches I could send you some wound strings.
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    Shipping Update

    Because of the disruption in flight availability to the US, UPS and Parcel Force can no longer guarantee ANY delivery times. I have 2 US shipments waiting to board a flight for 8 days now......
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    I use 3 which are gauged to the Worth strings I...

    I use 3 which are gauged to the Worth strings I use- 0.020", 0.024", 0.028" and a 0.032" for the rare times i fit a fat wound 4th. If you cannot afford a set of nut files then by a 'round' needle...
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    I always shout out Chuck - what an inspiration....

    I always shout out Chuck - what an inspiration. We have disagreed on many things but that does not and has not altered my opinion of his importance in our community. He is a National Treasure in...
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    Getting in the game

    This is a copy of a partial posting I put up in UU Facebook Group.


    Like all craft/hand skill based occupations, instrument building does require an initial investment of 10,000 hours. This...
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    That's a right beast. I was hoping you had...

    That's a right beast. I was hoping you had snagged an aNueNue one...
  22. Thread: Shame

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    It has the prospect of a new life now.

    It has the prospect of a new life now.
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    How about a photo?

    How about a photo?
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    Chuck: I am so relieved to know why you haven't...

    Chuck:
    I am so relieved to know why you haven't replied to my personal well wishes. God bless you my friend. Will continue to have you in my thoughts - please let us know here your progress - your...
  25. GW are great. Remember this applies just to UK...

    GW are great. Remember this applies just to UK residents. Try and source your stuff in your own country or if you are in Europe, other EU countries. I am sad to have to say this but it is what it is....
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