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by Owen Woods
Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Whistles/flutes/recorders--Why is the bore round instead of square?
Replies: 11
Views: 9251

Re: Whistles/flutes/recorders--Why is the bore round instead of square?

Ah, fair enough! I'll rephrase then. Square bore instruments need walls with a higher rigidity than round bore instruments. This may not mean thicker walls, since laminated board can be used, as you say. :P
by Owen Woods
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Whistles/flutes/recorders--Why is the bore round instead of square?
Replies: 11
Views: 9251

Re: Whistles/flutes/recorders--Why is the bore round instead of square?

The shape of the bore I don't believe affects the sound. What it can do however is change the rigidity of the walls. The vibration of the walls does make a difference to the sound, so a square bore instrument would have to have thicker walls in order to retain the same characteristics. I think I'm c...
by Owen Woods
Thu May 24, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Essential tools for traveling musicians-What do you take?
Replies: 8
Views: 5082

Re: Essential tools for traveling musicians-What do you take?

Hmm, I'm going to perform at a festival tomorrow morning so I've just been considering this. At the moment I have, in order of priority: End-cutting pliers Set of precision screwdrivers Little pot for screws (field repairs and tiny screws do not mix!) Feeler gauge Brass shim Craft knife (scalpel wou...
by Owen Woods
Mon May 21, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish
Replies: 83
Views: 111867

Re: Tristan Williams - 8-string fanned fret Iceman-ish

Do post pictures here when you have completed it, it's a fantastic looking instrument!
by Owen Woods
Sat May 19, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 14218

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

To that I would add the piano! Benade's book, which I have been dipping in and out of whilst writing this report deals with the piano in ways that can be transferred to guitar-like instruments, strange though it might seem. Yes, the strings are excited differently, but they are still vibrating strin...
by Owen Woods
Wed May 09, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 14218

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

p.s. just found a (probably illegal) e-copy... Hi Owen, Please, if you think it may be an "illegal copy", do not post links here. If the host (the website) is not the creator of the work (the copyright owner), or the host is not linked to by the creator, then that material is likely in violation of...
by Owen Woods
Tue May 08, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 14218

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

p.s. just found a (probably illegal) e-copy of most of the guitar section of Fletcher and Rossing on t'internet. This is very much a scientific book, but depending on your background you should be able to get some understanding out of it, if not practical guidelines. http://hajos-kontrapunkte.blogsp...
by Owen Woods
Tue May 08, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 14218

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

Thanks Owen. It's things like the effects of the rigidity or sound absorption properties of backs and sides, the concept of "driving" the top and how it's affected by various bracing and bridge designs, how and why soundholes work etc. that I want to get my head around. Hmm, I know a bit about all ...
by Owen Woods
Tue May 08, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 14218

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

Benade's "Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics" will give you a good overview of vibration and acoustics for musical instruments and is pitched at mathematically minded musicians, rather than musically minded mathematicians. However, looking at the index of my copy, it doesn't have a huge amount of pra...
by Owen Woods
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:01 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: latest from my bench
Replies: 23
Views: 19825

Re: latest from my bench

Barry, just googled your name and Google says that your website is malicious - you might have been hacked.
by Owen Woods
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: latest from my bench
Replies: 23
Views: 19825

Re: latest from my bench

What a back!
by Owen Woods
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:07 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Hungarian Citera
Replies: 11
Views: 9235

Re: Hungarian Citera

What a beautiful instrument!
by Owen Woods
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 18963

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

True. And if it doesn't work then heating it up could be hazardous.
by Owen Woods
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 18963

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

WD40 is also effective at freeing up jammed rods.
by Owen Woods
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 18963

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

If I'm going to be pedantic, the "Man in the Moon" brace was on the crook, the bow brace for a True Tone is "Scalloped" generally. Although that isn't just True Tones, my Buescher stencil has those features.
by Owen Woods
Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 18963

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

Snaps? Good luck! I've spoken to people who've repadded with snaps, it is possible, but you might end up swearing under your breath a few times, from what I've heard it can be a bit fiddly. Lots of old Bueschers (mine for example) have had their nipples cut off so that you can fit conventional pads ...
by Owen Woods
Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 18963

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

I tried to restore a C Melody once, a Conn. The work is not impossible, but time constraints caused me to to put it in a cupboard and I haven't got round to getting it out again. I would strongly recommend you to have a notebook where you note down exactly how each key went on the instrument and in ...