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    Default NUD Preview Barron River 8 String Tenor

    Allen McFarlen of Barron River Guitars and Ukuleles has been sending me progress photos of the build of my 8 string tenor over the past few weeks. It is quite interesting to watch a master luthier turn some planks of wood into a beautiful instrument. I thought I'd share these with my UU friends.

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    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Beautiful wood....is it quilted mahogany? Allen makes great ukuleles. He's on my list for future custom when funds are available. Congratulations.

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    Big fan of Allen's work here. Love how your custom tenor comes along -- it's beautiful even now! Gorgeous wood, especially in the last picture of the second post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    Beautiful wood....is it quilted mahogany? Allen makes great ukuleles. He's on my list for future custom when funds are available. Congratulations.
    I had been originally looking for some curly Honduran Mahogany that he used in a few previous builds. He didn't have any of that left so he looked through his wood to try and find something special. It is Honduran Mahogany that we both termed as 'waterfall '.
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    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    Big fan of Allen's work here. Love how your custom tenor comes along -- it's beautiful even now! Gorgeous wood, especially in the last picture of the second post.
    How could you not be a big fan of Allen's work? I decided to put in a commission right after I played one of his instruments that a friend owns.
    The beauty of the wood is starting to reveal itself now that the finish is being applied. I've been waiting for this stage and I am not disappointed by how it is turning out.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    That is some gorgeous mahogany! I love my BR concert, it sounds so sweet and looks so good.
    Laura

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    So you are the lucky person getting the lovely hog soundboard - congrats!

    Now that I just received my BR huon pine tenor from Allen, I've become a huge BR fan too.

    Flawless craftsmanship and great tone, excellent value!
    Last edited by Andy Chen; 09-19-2015 at 02:32 PM.
    In order of purchase:

    Blackbird Tenor
    Blackbird Clara
    Boat Paddle A-style tenor (spruce/walnut)
    Pono TE Mango Deluxe
    Koaloha KTM-00-R
    Kinnard Series 2 tenor (cedar/Honduran rosewood)
    Barron River custom tenor (Huon pine/Aussie Blackwood)
    Outdoor tenor in Bottle Brown
    Outdoor tenor in Camouflage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Chen View Post
    So you are the lucky person getting the lovely hog soundboard - congrats!

    Now that I just received my BR huon pine tenor from Allen, I've become a huge BR fan too.

    Flawless craftsmanship and great tone, excellent value!
    All of how you describe Allen's work, Andy, and playing one example myself is why I commissioned the new Uke.

    A point that might interest some players is, like the first 8 string tenor that Allen did for another client and an 8 string Concert that he did for Bosko (of Bosko and Honey) the 4th course is slightly different than normal. I believe it was Bosko who started it by requesting that the string spacing of the 4th course was wider than normal to allow the player to pluck either the high or low octave string separately but not too wide so that you can't fret both strings at once. The first client to build one this way was very satisfied with the outcome. After talking with him I asked Allen to replicate what he did on that 1st 8 string tenor.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    The concert that I did for Bosko is actually only a 5 string one. And that double course for the octave gG is spaced quite wide. It would be something I would only recommend to the most accomplished player, and only if they new what they were getting into.

    The other 8 string tenor I did had a far more user friendly spacing. Still wider on the octave gG, but with some practice you could pick out one string and mute the other.

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