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by Tom Snape
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: An Oud Arbi I built (with construction progress pictures)
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: An Oud Arbi I built (with construction progress pictures)

Thank you for the reply. Now that you mention it I can see that two of the ribs are left wider. I just noticed too that this is a fretless instrument, correct? As I mentioned in your dutar post, I'm looking for the right time to start making a dombra. I ordered a book from a fellow in Kazakhstan, bu...
by Tom Snape
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: An Oud Arbi I built (with construction progress pictures)
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: An Oud Arbi I built (with construction progress pictures)

Looks great! And thank you for posting the build photos. I have questions: Are all the ribs cut to the same profile? Including the outermost two (next to the top)? How do you shape the joint surfaces between the ribs? I see the sandpaper taped to the bench and plane in the vise. Some use of those I ...
by Tom Snape
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Baritone ukulele
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Baritone ukulele

Other details:
The fingerboard and bridge are pau ferro.
The neck center laminations, and the rosette, are cherry and maple.
I used spanish heel construction.
The head plate is walnut.
Binding is plastic tortoise shell.
by Tom Snape
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Baritone ukulele
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Baritone ukulele

I'm very pleased with the way this uke plays and sounds. The baritones ukes that I have to compare against are some Favillas, a Vega, and an englemann topped Bushman. This poplar uke is more in the sound category of the mahogany baritones. The Bushman (with D'Addario "titanium" strings and slightly ...
by Tom Snape
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Baritone ukulele
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Baritone ukulele

This baritone is based on the Favilla shape. The body and neck are made from poplar boards from Lowes. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50056003861_7780f58f28_h.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50056251302_331a3b0b8c_b.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50056251857_73c74bfb90_b.jpg
by Tom Snape
Fri May 15, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making
Replies: 6
Views: 2361

Re: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making

Well, almost 44. I don't know when I started it in 1976. Funny you mention the "lute like object" because that was the next thing I started making. I had some birch or something from a tree I cut down and had bent into a teardrop shaped one piece side. But that's as far as that project ever got.
by Tom Snape
Sat May 09, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making
Replies: 6
Views: 2361

Re: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making

It looks great Tom. How does it sound? Thanks Bob! I'm really happy with the sound and I'm surprised it plays as well as it does, considering it's the first instrument I ever made and really didn't know what I was doing. I wasn't a banjo player until now and I'm still getting used to playing clawha...
by Tom Snape
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Ukulele (or guitar) Scarf Joints
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Re: Ukulele (or guitar) Scarf Joints

I cut scarf joints on my bandsaw using a sled that rides in the slot in the table. The first version was just a chunk of angle iron fastened to a piece of keystock. I had holes set up for 12° and 15°. The problem was that the legs of the angle were not exactly square to each other, so I ended up hav...
by Tom Snape
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making
Replies: 6
Views: 2361

Re: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making

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I ended up twisting the knobs off. I probably made them from red maple and they weren't strong enough. Also when I first built it I was using steel strings. Now I'm using Nylgut.
by Tom Snape
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making
Replies: 6
Views: 2361

Fretless mountain banjo: 44 years in the making

I became interested in building musical instruments in my mid-teens. I made this fretless mountain banjo in 1976 following instructions in the Foxfire 3 book. The date 7/4/1976 is scratched inside to coincide with the US bicentennial . I used salvaged wood that I found in an old cellar hole on our p...
by Tom Snape
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjolele with holes in skin
Replies: 8
Views: 3691

Re: Banjolele with holes in skin

I received another banjolele to repair that had a small puncture in the head. This time I was able to use a piece of the head that Steve Woods sent me. I used hide glue, but didn't try to rotate the head this time as the damage is a bit away from the bridge. The first two pictures show the puncture ...
by Tom Snape
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjolele with holes in skin
Replies: 8
Views: 3691

Re: Banjolele with holes in skin

Well, I goofed and damaged the original skin head beyond repair. I rotated the head so that the holes would be near the neck and thought it would be a good idea to dampen the skin a bit when I lightly re-secured the tension hoop. Only I went too far with the tension and a tear started on the tone ri...
by Tom Snape
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Oak and Cedar Concert Ukulele
Replies: 3
Views: 1890

Re: Oak and Cedar Concert Ukulele

Nice! Love the look of that oak.
by Tom Snape
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjolele with holes in skin
Replies: 8
Views: 3691

Re: Banjolele with holes in skin

Steve, that would be great! Sending my address via PM
by Tom Snape
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjolele with holes in skin
Replies: 8
Views: 3691

Re: Banjolele with holes in skin

Chris - Thanks for the advice. Good call on using hide glue, I think.

Steven - Thanks, I never would have found that.
by Tom Snape
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Banjolele with holes in skin
Replies: 8
Views: 3691

Banjolele with holes in skin

I've acquired this May-Bell Singerland banjolele. There are some repairs to be made, including replacing missing dowel stick clamp, resonator mounting bolt, and a missing fret. Most daunting to me is the presence of two punctures in the skin in the bridge area. The skin appears to be the original Si...
by Tom Snape
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Pineapple ukulele
Replies: 3
Views: 1847

Re: Pineapple ukulele

Thanks Claude! The shape is my rendering of the pineapple uke shape first introduced by Kamaka early last century. I drew the lines with curves that were pleasing to my eye; less boxy or squared-shouldered than some other contemporary pineapple ukes. I have always liked the ray flecked appearance in...
by Tom Snape
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Pineapple ukulele
Replies: 3
Views: 1847

Pineapple ukulele

A pineapple uke with a concert scale neck on a soprano size body. Top and back are sugar maple, sides are cherry, both local wood. The neck is cedro with granadillo fingerboard. I use spanish heel construction. Strings go through the bridge and are knotted on the inside. I tried a zero fret on this ...
by Tom Snape
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Central Asian dutar/dotar
Replies: 2
Views: 1672

Re: Central Asian dutar/dotar

Nice; it looks similar to a dombra. I have a friend from Kazakhstan who has inspired me to build a dombra. I have never built a bowl backed instrument, so that will be a new challenge for me.