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by Dennis Leahy
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Accelerating break in
Replies: 27
Views: 15297

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - Accelerating break in

IF there really is such a thing as "breaking in" a guitar (I have seen enough personal, anecdotal "evidence" of guitars being quite stiff and relatively unresponsive at first, later being responsive), then it seems like this device (or ANYthing that would vibrate the top), would help. I can understa...
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:29 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Radical new design
Replies: 6
Views: 6908

Re: Radical new design

Thanks for the follow-up answers to my questions, Nick. Interesting that I watched a dozen cajon videos, a few cajon-building videos, found some on-line plans, (thought I had) carefully visually examined the commercial ones - and never noticed the upper corners of the tapas being deliberately left l...
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Radical new design
Replies: 6
Views: 6908

Re: Radical new design

Nice job, Nick! I bought a snare about a year ago, and still haven't gotten around to building the cajon yet. I came to the same conclusion on the angled shape, giving the wrists less of an angle to have to make in playing it. I saw a design (maybe on YooToob) that had the snares mounted on a rotata...
by Dennis Leahy
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: My new hobby. First result
Replies: 21
Views: 11644

Re: My new hobby. First result

Those knives look nice, Nick! I'm not geared-up for any metalworking such as forging or cutting blanks out, so I just bought a bunch of "knives without handles" (semi-finished blanks), to try my hand at (what really amounts to) knife handle-making, and knife polishing. :oops: Kinda wimpy in comparis...
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - nut slots
Replies: 6
Views: 3695

Re: New Luthier Tips du Jour video - nut slots

Nice job, Robbie. Clear and concise.

Thanks!

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Baritone Uke
Replies: 12
Views: 6666

Re: Blackheart Sassafras Baritone Uke

How high can the bar go? Have you even thought about everyone else feeling inadequate? Of course not!

Banned for life, I say. Banned for life.

Dennis

p.s. STUNNING!
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Santana 'Europa' cover - on ukulele
Replies: 5
Views: 3773

Re: Santana 'Europa' cover - on ukulele

Thanks Dennis, I enjoyed the clip, but am left wondering if you want your uke to sound like a guitar why not just play a guitar????? Fits in airline overhead bin? But really, to me this just shown the breadth of the little instrument. (Shown best on a song concentrating on upper midrange and treble...
by Dennis Leahy
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:45 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Santana 'Europa' cover - on ukulele
Replies: 5
Views: 3773

Santana 'Europa' cover - on ukulele

Have to say, this took me by surprise:


youtu.be/
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1nvMa809vo

Dennis

p.s. Kris Fuchigami is the ukulele player's name
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 12 minutes of enjoyment
Replies: 4
Views: 3541

Re: 12 minutes of enjoyment

This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it, Nick.

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More marketing magic?
Replies: 10
Views: 5127

Re: More marketing magic?

Would it be fair to say, that the "improvement" in sound is noticeable mostly in trebles, less in mids, and that the Bridge Doctor" diminishes bass?

That's my logical guess.

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Zircote and Engelmann Tenor
Replies: 18
Views: 10726

Re: Zircote and Engelmann Tenor

Absolutely stunning, Allen! Wow!

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lounge Guitar
Replies: 24
Views: 13720

Re: Lounge Guitar

Sweet rendition of Waltzing Matilda, on a really beautiful (Oz wood-accented) guitar. Well done, Jim!

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Police
Replies: 9
Views: 5261

Re: Police

So, after firing 12 times, the American cop didn't kick the corpse a few times too? Bloody hell! Must have immigrated from somewhere else..maybe Canada.

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: dying ebony fretboards
Replies: 13
Views: 8481

Re: dying ebony fretboards

Maybe Kim and some others that have explored Australian timbers for fingerboards (or maybe the Spittle-man himself) and can tell you which local, non-endangered - or even threatened - wood, will make good fingerboards (Gidgee, etc), and then which ones of those will accept a stain. Macassar Ebony: "...
by Dennis Leahy
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ebony Bindings
Replies: 24
Views: 13349

Re: Ebony Bindings

I have quebracho bark powder..... "Cultures across the world believe that certain substances have the power to heighten sexual desire or even improve sexual performance in humans. Known as aphrodisiacs, these substances may range from foods to herbs and animal parts. Quebracho is one such herb whic...
by Dennis Leahy
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ebony Bindings
Replies: 24
Views: 13349

Re: Ebony Bindings

... some sticks of Walnut - probably about 36" x 2" x 1/4", and slice that into bindings. Dennis Hi Denis, why wouldn't you prepare the bindings to size and then infuse them? at ~2mm thick the most the treatment needs to "get in" would be ~1mm... My thought is that the pieces cut all the way to the...
by Dennis Leahy
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ebony Bindings
Replies: 24
Views: 13349

Re: Ebony Bindings

Just to add to the discussion (or add to "Crafty Fox's" reply) woods with a high tannin content can be "ebonized" with ferrous acetate (vinegar with dissolved iron from steel wool.) Surface applied, it only goes in maybe 1/128" to at best 1/64" inch, but it can be pushed deeper into the wood using v...
by Dennis Leahy
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 3D Printing
Replies: 19
Views: 10020

Re: 3D Printing

Well its not really printing a house, Its printing things like large lego blocks capable of making a house with, I cannot see how that could possibly be cheaper or more time saving to justify the machine required to do the job, Personally I think its just a novelty thing. In the world of lutherie, ...
by Dennis Leahy
Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Oz, Coal, and a new policy
Replies: 1
Views: 2150

Oz, Coal, and a new policy

My Aussie friends, I thank you for your national candor.


youtu.be/

Dennis
by Dennis Leahy
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: EBay Humour
Replies: 10
Views: 6387

Re: EBay Humour

Dear, dear Dennis you don't loose socks , your washing machine makes them, the reason odd socks are always that bluey grey colour is because they are made from lint that collects in that middle bit that sticks up, when enough lint has accumulated and the washer is in it's spin cycle it combines all...
by Dennis Leahy
Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: EBay Humour
Replies: 10
Views: 6387

Re: EBay Humour

Paul, Why oh why didn't you follow instructions? Instead of sending him a picture of the missing pin, you sent a picture of the existing 5 pins. You will confuse him - he will now think he has finally found the "black hole" of missing pins. Just like the socks that disappear in the washer or dryer: ...
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Jazz Piano Masterclass
Replies: 10
Views: 6307

Re: Jazz Piano Masterclass

Oh, and no drinking ANY beverage while watching this. Ive got to be honest Dennis...I dont quite know what to make of this video clip :? I've got to be honest Dennis... I don't care about videos without drinking any beverage while watching. As soon as you lift the prohibition I might have a look at...
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Jazz Piano Masterclass
Replies: 10
Views: 6307

Re: Jazz Piano Masterclass

Ive got to be honest Dennis...I dont quite know what to make of this video clip :? My first question...is this guys hair real or is he wearing a mat? This man is a brilliant pianist, and is giving you a FREE master class in jazz piano... and you mock his beautiful golden-platinum-phosphor bronze lo...
by Dennis Leahy
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Jazz Piano Masterclass
Replies: 10
Views: 6307

Jazz Piano Masterclass

I know, I know... this is a luthier's forum, but hey, a piano has strings, and a soundboard... so what the hell, right? I also know that not all of you are jazz pianists, and so a LOT of this material will go over your head. But those who really care about music, really love music, will take the tim...
by Dennis Leahy
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Transfer of HMTC
Replies: 3
Views: 2387

Re: Transfer of HMTC

Thanks, Shane. Please post this at "The Luthier Community" forum as well.

Dennis