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    What impresses me more, far beyond the considerations Jim and I have already stated, is Dennis' receptivity and willingness to look into available armrests on the market, and ultimately create an armrest from scratch at the suggestion of the OP. That's the kind of customer service you don't see very often these days, and is worth it's weight in gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulelerick9255 View Post
    Huge cost difference at $975 for the tenor vs $380 for the Duke, do you think it’s worth over double the cost?
    I thought that an interesting question (Ukulelerick9255) but it’s a bit unfortunate that you haven’t specified who you are asking it of; I think that that’s a mistake and one I sometimes make too. Yes, one could reasonably think that it was intended for the OP but that’s an assumption. In terms of open market value an instrument is worth, at that point in time when it is sold, what someone is prepared to pay for it. That value can be very variable, I’ll give no names or reasons but one Luthier’s instruments have doubled in price over the last year .......

    Whether Luthier build instruments are worth the extra money compared to those massed produced is one of those questions that’s impossible, I think, to give a universal answer to. I’m not inclined to think that they are (worth it) for me but that’s because I don’t play well enough to take advantage of the typically better build and also regard the price difference as significant - for me the money is better left in the bank and maybe I’m a bit mean with money too. However if you can play really well, or even just want a flash instrument to show off, and have plentiful discretionary funds then the answer is very different, there’s little reason not to go for it and enjoy.
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    Ha, since I started this thread.....
    Southern cross is a work of art..thing of beauty and of course a musical instrument and a One of a kind ....I mean
    Look at that tenor he has for sale, the beauty of the wood combinations, the workmanship..


    The duke is a functional musical instrument, plain, no frills, a clone of many the same...


    let me put it this way....the duke goes in the closet.....the SC goes in my display case with my custom Kamaka
    and my Martin Iz
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    (Originally a Northern Yankee
    But now a good old southern boy)

    Martin IZ Commenorative Tenor
    Martin style 1 1950 soprano
    Koaloha Special issue Purple heart Tenor
    Koaloha Long Neck Soprano Koa
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    Kanilea Concert Koa
    Southern Cross Banjo Concert

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    This is the prototype armrest. Tasmanian Blackwood.
    May need to slim it down a bit.
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    Dennis

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    Like the look of your prototype. How are you attaching it? A bracket between J bolts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicysteve View Post
    Like the look of your prototype. How are you attaching it? A bracket between J bolts?
    Yes. But more iterations to come before it is in any way ready for market. If ever!
    Last edited by DPO; 02-13-2018 at 07:12 PM.
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    stay the course Dennis, your on to something nice and unigue to your Banjo.
    (Originally a Northern Yankee
    But now a good old southern boy)

    Martin IZ Commenorative Tenor
    Martin style 1 1950 soprano
    Koaloha Special issue Purple heart Tenor
    Koaloha Long Neck Soprano Koa
    Kamaka 100 year anniversary model hf-1
    Kanilea Concert Koa
    Southern Cross Banjo Concert

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    Quote Originally Posted by uketanzon View Post
    stay the course Dennis, your on to something nice and unigue to your Banjo.
    Made and test drove what I hope will be the final version yesterday. Half the size and works really well, just need to get some finish on it today then I can post some photos.
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    Dennis

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    Final version of the armrest. Purple Heart and Claret Ash. Works really well. can be moved to any position.
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    Dennis

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    Nice job. Not only functional, but worthy of the instrument itself.

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