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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain goat View Post
    Amazing work, David.
    I'm reminded also of the words of another esteemed gentleman by the name of Cliff Edwards.
    "My Old Girl's My New Girl Now".
    Good one!

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    Another beauty, David.

    I have two torrefied tops (and had another as well), including my Ono Wahoo with torrefied spruce top and figured sapele body which holds its own in pretty much any company. I think that builder new what he was doing. ;-)
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    I thought I’d finally gotten over wanting another of yours and you go and post this one. ;-)

    And radiused fretboards now... so jealous. I still love the side sound port on mine and play it more than any of the other ukes I’ve kept around.

    Another really gorgeous one there David.
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    Beautiful. I'm alway curious when someone posts these kind of ukes, they don't list the price, does it run about $2500? I try to always give the price of the ukes I post.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Beautiful. I'm alway curious when someone posts these kind of ukes, they don't list the price, does it run about $2500? I try to always give the price of the ukes I post.
    David lists his prices on his website http://onoukes.com/ and based on what he says this one includes one can work out approximately how much. Can’t speak to any upcharge for any of the wood or gold frets, etc., but the rest puts it under or around the $2k range for the options listed.

    Oops, didn’t take the finish into account (I was adding up one for myself and don’t do glossy ;-)... so yes, probably around $2500.
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    David, that's a fantastic looking ukulele! Of course, it's still no match for an uke that has a back and sides made of Padauk, but it's pretty close (I also had a builder that knew what he was doing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    David, that's a fantastic looking ukulele! Of course, it's still no match for an uke that has a back and sides made of Padauk, but it's pretty close (I also had a builder that knew what he was doing).
    Ha! The lesson there is that padauk is a very good choice for back and sides. Now, about those pores....

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    Beautiful!

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    I've built several instruments with torrefied Sitka spruce. It's my impression that they have very good tone, certainly as good as or better than standard Sitka. They seem to have that right out of the gate. I don't know of any objective evidence to support this and as the estimable Dana Bourgeois observes, it still matters what you do with it:

    https://bourgeoisguitars.net/aged-tone-guitar-series/

    Assuming that the builder has a successful process for individually voicing each top and doesn't just slap on a .080" Sitka top and the same bracing every time, most or all of the instruments from a builder tend to have similar tone. Nothing about torrefied Sitka rather than other carefully selected Sitka will make a dramatic difference. The difference between a pretty good instrument and a really good instrument might be something like doing five things better by two percent each. Builders who want to make the best instruments they can make are always on the hunt for those small percentages and this could very well be one of them.[/QUOTE]

    That is a gorgeous instrument Dave. I always have a soft spot for koa. And thank you for including the link about the torrefied Sitka spruce. It was very interesting reading. Did you have to experiment a lot to get the perfect finish as well?

    I always wondered about the claims about older instruments. Do you think frequent playing also contributes to the more refined & mature sound?

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    Kenn, this is an interesting question! Some people do think that the vibrations that result from playing have that effect. It's a commonly held belief that aging without unusual exposure to vibration changes wood in a way that promotes improved tone. As usual, there is a shortage of objective data. There is a theory in the guitar world that exposing an instrument to externally generated vibration is a shortcut to beneficial aging. There is a commercially available device to do this but I don't remember the name. If you really want to cause a riot in the violin world, bring up the subject of blind testing of million+ dollar vintage violins against high-end contemporary violins. The people who own Strads, Amatis and Guarneris don't like this sort of thing very much. My not-very-important opinion is that we should worry less about other people's theories and just find instruments that please us!

    I was also interested in the observation of Bourgeois about finishing. The mention of CA is intriguing, particularly because one opinion that gets heard from time to time is that anything that penetrates the top changes the way the wood does its job of vibrating like wood vibrates. I can certainly buy that this is so but it could very well be that it isn't a bad thing. What matters tonally is what the tone turns out to be when the instrument is finished. And whether or not an application of CA actually penetrates rather than just thinly coating the surface probably depends upon the type of CA and how it is applied.

    If he was talking about adhesion to torrefied spruce, I haven't seen any reason to be concerned. Same for application regime and final appearance.
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