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    Default Retired but not withdrawn...

    Hi there folks

    Having said all I had to say about building, a year ago I actively retired from this forum. I did not withdraw so I do occasionally post replies where I think my experience may provide a new view. I was criticised recently for this and I believe that post was taken down as a result of complaints made to the moderators... that is another good reason to retire

    To make this post uke-related, I will post some images next week of my new body design. For many years I scoffed (am now eating humble pie, my hat and my words ) the spruce top brigade. The light went on when I saw the work of Jake Maclay and I have used the Martin OM body shape to create what he calls Californian style ukulele. The appeal is not to purists but to the growing army of guitar players who want their ukes to look and sound like little guitars... The body is slightly larger than the usual tenor size and (again eating my words) I am experimenting with radiused fingerboards and a low G. I've got old growth Indian rosewood for the back and sides ( deep purple with tight grain), moonspruce, Alpine spruce and some beautiful 24 grains to the inch Englemann and ebony for fingerboards and bridges! What is the world of Pete Howlett coming to? I'm experimenting with herringbone rosettes and will even look at ebony binding (I know - shoot him ). I will still be hand bending the sides, voicing tops and at last, the final leap to the dark side, inserting a solid 10mm square carbon fibre rod in the neck. I think I have turned around quite a few times now and if you are at all familiar with any of my former posts will realise the almost complete change of direction I am taking with these instruments.

    Over in uke talk I am making a plea for images of vintage Howlett ukulele form the 1990's. These were sold out of Music Exchange in Hawaii and were mainly slotted headstock 6 & 8 string tenors. I think I built about 20 or so concerts out of the 200 built from 1995 - 1998. Go there for information please.

    Thanks
    Pete

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    Hi Pete ! Glad to see you haven't withdrawn! I learned quite a lot from your posts these past few years and I'm especially pleased to see you are still building instruments! It would be a sad day to hear you've stopped building!

    So I've never heard of moon spruce before. Is that from the tress they only cut on moon lit night? See, still trying to learn from the master! )
    Randy

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    Better watch out Pete, soon you'll get yourself a Knew saw, Foredom flex and start ordering downcut bits from me!

    I've slowed down a lot on my interaction here as well. Not unlike you, I caught some flak and accusations to the point of "who the heck are you to comment on something you know nothing about". . . from a noob no less. No response from me. Not even worth it for the "experts" . . .

    Funny, that last post, pointed straight at you, and for what? I didn't see any shot taken at the subsequent +1's. Must be a personal thing I guess. I wish the comment stayed in; keeps buddhuu's response in proper context.

    Looking forward to your next direction.

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    Wow, that's quite a nod to Jake!

    He builds beautiful instruments.

    (I really miss the old pros in the thread)
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    Pete, so glad you're still hanging around. Your posts are always appreciated. On those snarky responses, just ignore them, like Kekani. On your new direction, great, enjoy the ride!
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    Pete, I think it is good for a builder to "retire" from these forums for stretches. Go put your head down in the shop and do what you know how to do.

    A builder who I have greatly admired, never posted on a forum, never, until his old age, appeared in a seminar or spoke at a conference, Manuel Velasquez, kept his head down in his shop, and is now considered one of the greats. He didn't seek greatness, he practiced his craft. When asked if he still experimented with different methods, bracing styles or materials, he said "no" he only "builds the guitar" that he knows how to build.
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    Never be ashamed of acknowledging a growth in knowledge. It is the truly stupid who refuse move on.

    Martin sure got it right with their OM shape and ill look forward your new body unveiling (so to speak) Pete

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    Pete, the new-age instrument sounds very intriguing. Will definitely be following the results. Thanks for the heads-up.
    ...SteveZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    ....if you are at all familiar with any of my former posts will realise the almost complete change of direction I am taking with these instruments.
    I love traditional ukes and the history behind them. However, modern building styles and techniques have taken the instrument to seriously new levels that allow for musicians like Jake and Kalei to push boundaries. I like this quote from Rick Turner in another thread recently:

    "Traditions start with innovations. Instrument designs evolve to suit the music and the musicians." - RT

    Here's to Pete's new design becoming a classic down the road.

    -Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    Hi there folks

    Having said all I had to say about building, a year ago I actively retired from this forum. I did not withdraw so I do occasionally post replies where I think my experience may provide a new view. I was criticised recently for this and I believe that post was taken down as a result of complaints made to the moderators... that is another good reason to retire

    To make this post uke-related, I will post some images next week of my new body design. For many years I scoffed (am now eating humble pie, my hat and my words ) the spruce top brigade. The light went on when I saw the work of Jake Maclay and I have used the Martin OM body shape to create what he calls Californian style ukulele. The appeal is not to purists but to the growing army of guitar players who want their ukes to look and sound like little guitars... The body is slightly larger than the usual tenor size and (again eating my words) I am experimenting with radiused fingerboards and a low G. I've got old growth Indian rosewood for the back and sides ( deep purple with tight grain), moonspruce, Alpine spruce and some beautiful 24 grains to the inch Englemann and ebony for fingerboards and bridges! What is the world of Pete Howlett coming to? I'm experimenting with herringbone rosettes and will even look at ebony binding (I know - shoot him ). I will still be hand bending the sides, voicing tops and at last, the final leap to the dark side, inserting a solid 10mm square carbon fibre rod in the neck. I think I have turned around quite a few times now and if you are at all familiar with any of my former posts will realise the almost complete change of direction I am taking with these instruments.

    Over in uke talk I am making a plea for images of vintage Howlett ukulele form the 1990's. These were sold out of Music Exchange in Hawaii and were mainly slotted headstock 6 & 8 string tenors. I think I built about 20 or so concerts out of the 200 built from 1995 - 1998. Go there for information please.

    Thanks
    Pete

    Hell Pete, if your going to build little guitars, why not try a few with steel strings. Transitional guitar player would probably love them.

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