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by Alan Block
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Opinions please. Pitbull Bass Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 7327

OP here again

We have decided to go with a Warmoth custom neck and I will make the body from scratch. I found a really nice piece of African Mahogany 15" wide and 24' long and 1.75" thick. He has decided on MusicMan style pickups from Aguilar, a preamp and 34" scale. I can cut out the body and route some of the p...
by Alan Block
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Opinions please. Pitbull Bass Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 7327

Opinions please. Pitbull Bass Kit

I have been asked to build a bass for my son. All my experience is in accoutstic instruments and he wants a solid body 5 string fretless bass. Has anyone used a Pitbull kit or know whether a decent instrument can be made from their product.
by Alan Block
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Advice on getting dark curly maple to pop
Replies: 29
Views: 19294

Re: Advice on getting dark curly maple to pop

The old tymey way is to use a nitric acid solution. This will darken the figure more than the background. I use it on gunstocks. The technique calls for wiping on a dilute nitric acid on the wood, It may turn green depending on the sugar content. Then use a salamander (hot flat iron) and hold it ove...
by Alan Block
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:48 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Are there any recorder makers here?
Replies: 6
Views: 9273

Re: Are there any recorder makers here?

Coolsma in the Netherlands makes an Ivorine recorder. All plastic but machined from solid bars rather than molded. Pricey but solid reputation.
by Alan Block
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: What bit to use for boring?
Replies: 13
Views: 13832

Re: What bit to use for boring?

a wind instrument make I knew used a spoon bit to bore straight holes over long distances. It looked like a long rod with one end formed into a half-tube the diameter of the bore and abot 3 or 4 inches long. The end was fashioned into a cutting edge.
by Alan Block
Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Big Recorders
Replies: 2
Views: 4214

Re: Big Recorders

I have a basset by Martin Skowronek. I cannot find much information on him although I am sure mine arrived here before the rules on ivory were tightened up.
by Alan Block
Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Good way to personalize violin kit?
Replies: 8
Views: 8295

Re: Good way to personalize violin kit?

Decorative purfling on the back
Relief carving on the head
interestingly shaped pegs
by Alan Block
Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Lute Plans
Replies: 10
Views: 7923

Re: Lute Plans

As Mr. Sender mentioned, a semicircular bowl is not as desirable as the more difficult flattened bowl. Since each rib has it's own shape (each pair actually) you will need a plan with templates for each rib. Since you will be putting so much time and effort into this it does not make sense to skimp ...