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Old 09-12-2018, 02:17 PM
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The Guitar, the Ducati, and I all had a great visit with Ben, and made it it home unscathed. Except for my Bum (Canadian term), for with no motorcycle seat seems right after a couple of hours.

I had ordered four Visesnut cases from the manufacturer a couple of weeks ago, and they arrived 20 minutes before I was to leave. So, reader of "signs" that I am, I used one of them for the trip. It is a more basic model that the Visesnuts i had previously bought, and in several ways I prefer it. At about one pound heavier (I don't notice it) it has a more durable surface and an extra latch. Come is just one color, which is pretty close to the perfect shade for industrial duty. It came back from the ride in "as new" condition. Being adjustable inside, it fit the asymmetrical guitar as well as any case could (a functionally perfect fit). As you can see, I did not coddle it.

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Old 09-12-2018, 07:07 PM
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I took a couple of Pix today for the Cremona Festival "Magazine/Program". . . or somesuch. The Limba is looking and sounding prretty good to me. Italians like their consonants, I've read.







While I was at it, I took a couple of pictures of Tom's guitar, which has all its finish on it and is patiently curing. It doen't look much different in pictures, but it does in reality.




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Two exquisite guitars Bruce...
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:53 PM
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Being down to 2 sets of the good quartered Pernambuco, I was delighted to have a fellow bring a large board by the shop which had been in the hands of a local violin maker for the last 40 years . . . until he died. I spent today milling it, and got a few more sets, though not what I might have due to the depredations of time and poor storage. Here I have pictures of a couple of the sets I got. The first will make up to a 00, and the second will make a whatever.







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How does the second set tap? Might want to reserve that for mine. Interested in your unvarnished (pun intended) opinion.
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Looks great bruce. I was just playing a Sexauer P000 and it sounds awesome.

Denis - you will be delighted.
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In Brazil, Pernambuco is commonly referred to as “the music tree”. This is because if one walks through the jungle with a cudgel whacking on tree trunks until one of them sings back, that will be Pernambuco. So they say. It is certainly true that few woods are in the same ballpark as pernambuco where taptone is concerned, perhaps none at all, it is clear and loud and easily manifested.

This latest acquisition, including set #2, all ring beautifully. That said, my primary reason for having tapped it at all is simply to make sure that there are unlikely to be any cracks in it, as unseen cracks go a long way toward checking good tap response. Size and thickness variation make direct comparison of two pieces for quality of tone quite problematic. Mostly it is or it isn’t, and these are, thankfully, as they were not cheap. I payed dearly AND took the risk that the material might have any number of terminal flaws. So far so good!
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The first set, the 00 size, really caught my eye. Glad you were able to acquire a few more sets.
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All of these sets are within a couple of degrees of perfect quarter at the joining edge, stay within 15 degrees +/- for 4 to 5 inches, and then rollout to about 45 degrees by the outside edge. This 17" wide board appeared to have been one slice off the center cut of the enormous (by Pernambuco standards) tree it was cut from.

These sets are so grain aligned that they appear more perfect than they actually are. But that is a great quality in itself!

The board I resawed them from was cracked exactly in its heart, as has been nearly all P I've seen. Sadly, that P which did not appear to be heart cracked and so i used it, did become so afterward. None of my Pernambuco experience suggests that spontaneous cracking it likely to develop in material under 45 degrees off quarter, so while not actually perfect, these sets look great to me.

By "heart", I mean that point where the wood is dead flat sawn, should that point exist in a given board. Pernambuco is the worst culprit I've encountered in this one way: it apparently MUST not be flatsawn in a guitar.
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