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Seems like the 300 limit snuck up on me on Chapter 2. It's as though I checked last week and was mid-200's. Here's the link to the previous thread, chock full of useful information: Sexauer/2020 (chapter2)
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I completed V8, the fiddle I made a month ago, and have been playing it daily. Despite my trepidations, it is the best I've done so far. If the next one, V9 currently under construction, is better I won't have to deliver V8 to the customer, and I will avoid a broken heart.

I made a page for V8 linked to this photo:

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Thatís just beautiful!
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How do you differentiate between a violin and a fiddle. As far as I know it's the same instrument. Classical players call it a violin; those who play traditional music, folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc call it a fiddle. Trad musicians also sometimes use different tunings and have different styles of playing but it's the same instrument. I have a friend who plays both, so when he changes from classical to trad does his violin become a fiddle?
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Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:52 AM
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Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.
Thank you for the quick review. Youíve only had the guitar a day or two, and it is less than two weeks old. I agree that is is a lovely instrument right out of the chute, and it will only get better. Thank you for the opportunity to make it for you.
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How do you differentiate between a violin and a fiddle. As far as I know it's the same instrument. Classical players call it a violin; those who play traditional music, folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc call it a fiddle. Trad musicians also sometimes use different tunings and have different styles of playing but it's the same instrument. I have a friend who plays both, so when he changes from classical to trad does his violin become a fiddle?
They are all fiddles, but the violin is a conservative and specific subset. Any violin can be set up to work as a fiddle, but not all fiddles can be set up to be successful as a violin.

In the case at hand, V8ís top got a bit too thin at some points, which should result in a slightly inadequate focus in the tone, but it is a warm and very pleasing sound none the less. I will likely string V9 In the next few days, and it will be very interesting to see how they compare. I will give the customer his choice.

Between these instruments, I bought a Deep throat dial gauge for accurately measuring plate thickness everywhere, and have a unprecedented and precise knowledge of V9ís plates. IMO, it is not so much their absolute dimension as the consistency of the thickness, particularly in the top plate. Weíll see.
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Down here in the mountains of Virginia they are fiddles unless you are playin in one of them fancy halls and they are called violins
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Congrats on your new FT-0...

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Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.
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I have string V9 and put a couple of hours into playing and finessing. This instrument is particularly responsive to sound post adjustment. Theoretically, they all are, but I have not found that to be true. Or possibly I am getting better at hearing the differences.



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CN3, the Myrtle Noodler, is closed, and here are a few pics leading up to the:











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How do you differentiate between a violin and a fiddle. As far as I know it's the same instrument. Classical players call it a violin; those who play traditional music, folk, bluegrass, old-time, etc call it a fiddle. Trad musicians also sometimes use different tunings and have different styles of playing but it's the same instrument. I have a friend who plays both, so when he changes from classical to trad does his violin become a fiddle?
A violin has ďstringsĒ and a fiddle has ďstrangsĒ.

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That myrtle is so nice! Looking good Bruce!
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Back to guitars for a moment:

Early Report: I now have in hand my newly built Sexauer FT-0-C Adi/Mahogany (see Sexauer/2020 (Chapter 2) thread). This guitar makes me happy. It is what I had hoped it would be. It feels right in my hands.

Iím not capable of the describing sound as well as many here on the Forum. But Iíll just say that this guitar, in itís infancy, sounds open, full, and alive. And although I know that it will only get better as it plays in, for me it doesnít need to.

I played only Dreadnaughts for the majority of my playing years because (without really thinking much about it) I guess I thought anything smaller was just less of a guitar. But there is nothing small about the sound from this guitar. This one plays big.

Bruce, thank you for your work.
Bebo, congrats. You are going to be so happy over the coming weeks.
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