The "Try something different" challenge

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The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Charlie Schultz » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:59 am

Hi all,
I'd like to get some feedback on this idea. The concept is to, um, try something new/different. So for example, if you normally build electric guitars, maybe be a little different and try a classical. Or be even more different and try a bowed instrument, or wind instrument, or even some drums or something experimental. If you don't have a "normal" build, then try your hand at something you might not otherwise try. Also, you don't have to start from scratch- if you've got something different you started a while ago, you're welcome to finish it for this challenge.

This would start maybe this month and will run over the summer (ending on August 31). There is no dollar limit (thought it might be fun to track how much you spend if you want). There will be the usual $10 entry fee.

So does this sound interesting to you? Would you probably participate?
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Jason Rodgers » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:56 am

Well, finishing any one of my 7 instruments would be different. I'm in!
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Peter Wilcox » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:16 pm

I'm in. Everything I build turns out different than how I thought it would.
Maybe I can't fix it, but I can fix it so no one can fix it
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Patrick DeGreve » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:09 pm

Hi Charlie; It's an interesting idea. I don't know what I would try yet. But I would be in. I have always had a great time with our challenges, and have learned quite a bit from watching what other members build.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Douglas Ketellapper » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:59 pm

So now that I'm thinking again about wood and instruments, I think a challenge would be something good to light a fire under me and get the hand tools sharpened up. I've never made a carved top instrument, but I've bought material in the past for something like that, so I think I will try this, and build a carved top instrument with hand tools as much as I can. I was just looking at some carving tools that I own in fact, so challenge, you're on!
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Randy Roberts » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:38 am

Whoops, screwed up how to edit a post...
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Randy Roberts » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:41 am

I like the idea.
I've been sidetracked by house repair projects (not of my own initiative believe me <g>). This would be a good way to justify moving something more fun up the priorities list. It could jump start a bowlbacked instrument I've been wanting to try, but have had to put aside for a while, pretending that I'm still planning out how to do it..

And anything that would get a finished instrument on Jason's wall would be a good thing <g>
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Hans Bezemer » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:45 am

Will using different techniques also aply? I would like to give a try using a 3d printer and waterjet cutter to cut some parts.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Charlie Schultz » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:32 am

Hi Hans,
Not exactly what I had in mind, but sure, that's acceptable.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Jason Rodgers » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:31 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, Randy! And speaking of which: the only way I can enter is if it's okay that the project has already begun... like between 2 months and 6 years ago! (I kid you not.)
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Charlie Schultz » Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:19 pm

Yep, you do not have to start from scratch.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Douglas Ketellapper » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:47 pm

OK, so how does one pay an entry fee? I don't want to start until I've payed my dues? Sorry if it's an obvious question... I'm full of those.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Hans Bezemer » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:08 am

You can use the donate button at the bottom of this page.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Charlie Schultz » Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:47 am

Hans is correct.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Jason Rodgers » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:12 am

Ok, if the entry requirements are broad enough to allow my instrument building "challenges" in, then I'll get my act together and get something posted (after registering, of course).
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby kyle dejesus » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:14 pm

Charlie Schultz wrote:Yep, you do not have to start from scratch.




so how does one pay an entry fee?
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Charlie Schultz » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:03 pm

Kyle,
There is a PayPal "Donate" button at the bottom of the main forum page.

Thanks,
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby John Kingma » Fri May 02, 2014 7:34 am

I've been wanting to try a "real" acoustic for a long time... but the timing just isn't right for me at the moment.

In a previous challenge I built a very basic acoustic... but since I didn't have a hot pipe I just built a rectangular body. The next one will have some curves.
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Sat May 17, 2014 5:30 pm

I'm building a Uke right now.
Its only my third ... does that count?? :-)
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Re: The "Try something different" challenge

Postby Jason Rodgers » Sat May 17, 2014 7:08 pm

If it gets Chuck visiting the MIMF more often, then I say let him in!
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