Author Topic: Readers' Instruments  (Read 48503 times)

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #250 on: July 20, 2018, 05:47:37 pm »
#1 son has been looking at baris on eBay :o. He volunteers gets roped in to play bari sometimes at school (including in the recent school production) as a) the fingering is the same as alto, apparently and b) at 6'3"" he's big enough.

He'd need to be a big lad.  I was surprised at just how much heavier the tenor is than the alto.  Daren't think about the weight of the baritone. I had a 3 level disc decompression and fusion in my neck a few years ago - before I started playing the sax - and I have to use a braces style of neck strap to keep the weight off my neck.  They fasten to my trousers belt.  I suggest he looks at the same otherwise he'll hurt his neck!

nicknack

  • Hornblower
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #251 on: July 21, 2018, 09:56:45 am »
He'd need to be a big lad.
Not necessarily.
Here's a really big person showing what you can do with a baritone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilm1ZB3dexI
There's no vibrations, but wait.

nicknack

  • Hornblower
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #252 on: July 21, 2018, 10:02:13 am »
Actually, when I come to think of it, most of the baritone players I have known over the years have been small women.

I'm lucky in that I've never suffered from neck problems when playing baritone. Lower back yes, neck no. There isn't a harness around that can take the pressure off your lower back. If it's a big problem then a stand is the only way to go.
There's no vibrations, but wait.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #253 on: September 17, 2018, 10:54:36 am »
Cigar-box guitar I built for daughter's partner.  My second build and first fretting job. I missed a day due to illness during the week and had to go flat out from Thursday on, but it worked. The boy (age 37) loves it - he played for >2 hours, but dear Lord I hate the stuff he plays.



Pentatonic blues scale w. 2nd fret & flat 5th ==> versatile, easy to play and only half the frets to bugger up.  Bridge is skew here, he probably knocked it going for the volume knob.

I put a gallery of most of the build on here.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #254 on: September 17, 2018, 11:09:40 am »
Great, the revised bridge position will definitely affect the intonation ;D Could that be why you don't like the sound of his playing :)

What pickup did you use?

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #255 on: September 17, 2018, 11:11:54 am »
Not quite an instrument but in the spirit of home built and related:



The gap is now occupied by a tremolo pedal

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #256 on: September 17, 2018, 11:25:36 am »
Great, the revised bridge position will definitely affect the intonation ;D Could that be why you don't like the sound of his playing :)

What pickup did you use?

An el cheapo piezo under inside the box under the bridge.  Works pretty well.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #257 on: September 21, 2018, 03:32:40 pm »
Introducing The Pingfuckit Resonator (prototype)



Piezo under the sink-trap: instant oil-drum.

Built into soundhole:



Going to hook it up with under-bridge piezo via a Gibson 3-way switch.  Needs more elegant screws, but this guitar is a test-bed so I'm not too fussy.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #258 on: September 21, 2018, 04:23:58 pm »
You sir are totally barking ;D

I salute you!

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #259 on: September 21, 2018, 04:52:25 pm »
Woof!

CB guitars are lots of fun.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #260 on: November 16, 2018, 03:44:03 pm »
Just finished today, the Brazen Beast:






Tha can't 'ave too much brass.



The box comes from spare tongue & groove, the neck is from red pin des Landes left over from building our current bed in 1994, and the fretboard is mahogany from a knock-off G-Plan dining table MrsT's folks had built in Uganda in 1959.  It has a 3-pole CB guitar pickup at the neck and a disc piezo inside the dogbowl under the bridge.

Sounds pretty mellow in a twangy sort of way.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #261 on: November 16, 2018, 04:23:43 pm »
Amazing!

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #262 on: November 16, 2018, 04:58:14 pm »
Just finished today, the Brazen Beast:



Ooooo.  A proper workshop.  Great bench, face vice, and a table saw on castors.  I did the same to mine, and my B&D Workmate with its extended top.  Makes working in a small space so much easier.

Top fettling, Mr T42.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #263 on: November 16, 2018, 09:55:39 pm »
Another supurb build!  :) Are you going to move up a notch? Maybe make a Tele or Strat?
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #264 on: November 17, 2018, 09:38:55 am »
Cheers, all. :thumbsup:

Yes, I am going to move up, early next year I think. One more CB guitar as a Christmas present, then I want to do a through-neck bass for my daughter - who, bless her, prefers fretless.  I don't think I'm going to try standard 6-strings thereafter, but I'd like to do something a bit more unusual - maybe a Chapman Stick, though the fretting on those looks like a nightmare.

CBGs are fun, though...
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #265 on: November 17, 2018, 10:46:31 am »
I think doing the frets on a Chapman Stick will be a cinch compared with learning to play one.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #266 on: November 17, 2018, 11:13:31 am »
Aye, but I'll leave that bit to my son.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #267 on: November 29, 2018, 09:36:11 am »
I'm selling a couple of mandolins to make place for n+1

First my Ashbury Octave



And my electric mandolin, now sold




More details here https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=110351.0

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #268 on: December 03, 2018, 07:06:03 pm »
And here is my n+1


road-runner

  • is in Slovakia.
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #269 on: December 04, 2018, 12:04:12 am »
My experience of Ashbury has been good; good quality instruments at competitive prices.

How does it feel and sound, PaulF?

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #270 on: December 04, 2018, 04:50:20 am »
Yes I agree Ashbury offer great value for money, in fact the octave on the right is also an Ashbury.

Plays really nicely; set up well “out of the box” with the action the right height for me and intonation spot on. I was able to buy the model they had on display which I’d played rather than from the warehouse so I knew it was playable. Given that half the battle with mandolin family instruments is getting the setup right that was a plus for me.

Has a nice warm tone and volume is well balanced across the strings just needs a touch of reverb and chorus to properly fill the sound out but I haven’t played it enough yet to get the sound quite right.

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #271 on: December 04, 2018, 09:19:41 am »
That is very pretty.  I had a Neapolitan for some years, but found that the meeting of two rotundities impeded virtuosity.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

PaulF

  • "World's Scariest Barman"
  • It's only impossible if you stop to think about it
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #272 on: December 04, 2018, 09:24:24 am »
My virtuosity is impeded by more than mere rotundities :)

T42

  • Tea tank
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #273 on: December 30, 2018, 04:44:10 pm »
And then there were four:



Build n°4, made at breakneck speed with workshop often too cold for the glue to set.
Neck in Pin du Jura, fretboard in mahogany, 20x30 cm box in Obeche & ply,
double piezo at bridge, 4-pole pickup at neck. No pickup switch, it's all
done by pots. Home-made Gibson-style truss rod.

Great sound, best I've done so far.

Shop now looks like a bomb hit it.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

road-runner

  • is in Slovakia.
Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #274 on: December 30, 2018, 10:28:47 pm »
Great sound, best I've done so far.

Now that's what I call good news. Well done!