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Old 12-07-2011, 10:22 PM
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Default New Larry Robinson Inlay...impressive!

We just received this inlay work from Larry Robinson, and it's quite nice.
This is for a project that has taken on a life of its own:

One day we were joking with Bob Tucker, who thought it would be a hoot to re-top an Ovation classical with a good top, and great care given to the voicing of the instrument. Sort of a 21st century version of Torres' famous experiment with his paper mache guitar, whose point was to prove the supremacy of the top in sound production. Bob couldn't think of a more unlikely sound producer than that plastic bowl. So the jokes continued....

Finally the day came when the project took a serious turn, and we began thinking of possibilities. Top wood... bracing pattern... bridge... rosette.........
It seemed that an "Ovation-like" rosette would be in order, so that from a distance the instrument might not readily appear to be hot rodded. And of course the hope would be that people would say "Wow, Ovation classicals sound GREAT". Then Bob could smile and say no, this is no mere factory guitar, and then launch into the importance of the top, etc.

So the rosette planning commenced. Ebony ring, with some sort of repetitive pearl pattern seemed in order. Somehow this stirred an M. C. Escher image, which I asked Larry to play with (and see if he could bend into a round format). He did. So here's his take on Escher's print "Metamorphosis".

Ebony, silver wire, white MOP, gold lip MOP, and (I think) some black MOP.
The hard part for us will be inlaying this into the top while losing nothing of the fine detail. Hope you enjoy looking:



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Thanks for viewing,

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:39 PM
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Amazing!! and beautiful

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:56 PM
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Most impressive!
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:28 PM
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Thanks guys...I know Larry will be gratified!

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Wow! Beautiful work!
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There's just so much detail in those fish! Just amazing work.
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Wow, that is an incredible piece of art - beautiful, complex and inspiring!

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WOW

I know the intent of making this rosette Ovation-like but if i saw this in person i would know this was not a 'regular' Ovation (after i picked up my jaw off the floor).

Just stunning execution! I have always admired Larry's inlay work but this ....

You WILL post pics of this 'build'!??!??


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Thanks again for the kind words. Post pics of the build? Perhaps...
Actually, once the inlay arrived my reaction was simply to frame it.
Like Fliss said, it's such a fine piece of art it either needs a really fine guitar underneath it, or simply to be hung on the wall. Of course Bob will have the final call, but I'm pulling for a plan "B".

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amazing work. I always have loved Larry's work. but this one has to be one of my favorites!
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Actually, once the inlay arrived my reaction was simply to frame it.
The idea of building a 'hot rod' Ovation reminded me about an automotive article i read many years ago. Someone rebuilt a VW Rabbit so it could over take BMWs and Porches on the Autobahn. They put in a larger engine and had to proportionally increase the body (windshield and sheetmetal) to accommodate the engine. So at a glance it looked like a plain ole Rabbit but upon closer inspection you would realize that this was a bigger Rabbit. And it did smoke the expensive sports cars on the Autobahn (think Rabbit flashing headlights and passing slower speeding Porche).

So making this 'hot rod' Ovation ... i would vote to see it done. And i would like to see this rosette on it. It might be the only visual indication that is not your Glen Campbell's Ovation (i know that was a Balladeer - just could not think of someone who played the classical model). But as you said its Bob's decision. And Fliss is right ... this rosette is a work of art!


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Default You mean Metamorphose II, right?

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That's simply brilliant!

Kudos to all involved.

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This is insane. People like Larry (as well as Jimmi and Grit) have really set the bar high. Wow.
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