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Old 07-01-2009, 09:21 PM
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I have a bunch of these redwood sets from just about all of these different trees. Most are really nice, but IMO the LS stands alone.
Is it just me, or does the LS have as much bass (if not more) than the TB?

I'm 99% sure that Tim tapped some LS, TA, and TB for me a couple of years ago, and the LS stood out . . . . not just in sustain, but I thought it had a much deeper tone to it.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:30 PM
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forgive my ignorance, but are people suggesting the tone is better because it's been struck by lightning?

Or is it illegal to go and chop a redwood down, therefore lightning casulty is the only way to get it?


The "lightning strike" is hype. All the trees Craig and Alicia "harvested" were blow downs from various N.California storms in the last century. Some trees were estimated to have been down more than 20 years at the time they were cut into billets and hauled out by manpower. No machines aided in the rescue of this wood from the forest, just Craig, Alicia and friends strong backs! The nice thing about the trees is they fell across ravines, depressions, etc that kept much of the trunk off the ground so natural drying/curing was not compromised by wet earth contact or forest fungi.
It's a great legacy to have saved that wood for instrument builders and all who build with it owe a debt of gratitude to the Carters.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:26 AM
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The "lightning strike" is hype. All the trees Craig and Alicia "harvested" were blow downs from various N.California storms in the last century. Some trees were estimated to have been down more than 20 years at the time they were cut into billets and hauled out by manpower. No machines aided in the rescue of this wood from the forest, just Craig, Alicia and friends strong backs! The nice thing about the trees is they fell across ravines, depressions, etc that kept much of the trunk off the ground so natural drying/curing was not compromised by wet earth contact or forest fungi.
It's a great legacy to have saved that wood for instrument builders and all who build with it owe a debt of gratitude to the Carters.
Amen Hank! The Carter Estate Redwood are some of THEE finest tops that I have ever build one! I have harvest a good amount of local hardwood so I have an idea of the amount of work that went into it. Although my 3' -4' diameter logs pale in comparrison to the 5' logs the Carter's man (and woman) handled.

Hank, was it you that told me that Craig would carry a baseball bat with him into the woods and thumped on logs as he selected them?
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