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  1. under the pin, a tiny statue of the guy who made it,
  2. That is true Marty,, also to consider is that,,,, "city folk" mistake coyotes for wolves 9 times out of 17.
  3. Yes I've seen much evidence of this. One tree on a tall mound, 36" dia. tight even ring spacing from a few inches of center all the way to sapwood,, very even clean small lines,, AAA wood. 60" away down in a low drainage area,,, another tree, 35",, rings all over the place, wide ugly,,, heavy thick, almost deformed looking,,, looked like city grown wood. It looked nothing like it's brother up out of the runoff,, up on the hill, (not far away) it was a fat glutton. Looked like city grown worthless wood. I find that most wood in an area closely resembles each other,, but not alwa
  4. If you're gonna bother to glue it in, be sure to get it where it goes before it sets,, think,, "Rubbed Joints" better yet,, use gorilla glue,, never know when some one might spill a beer in it!
  5. I always start with the A peg, I like to tuck it as close to the back wall as is reasonable,, allowing ample room for the string winding. Keeping it close to the back wall and close to the bottom of the box causes the split to be directed into solid wood and not through the rails of the peg box walls. A line drawn from the nut to the top of the peg,, or the center,,, allows a reference to be made to keep the d and E pegs below the line of sight. I then place the G peg in the remaining real estate,, where it looks proper. Spacing is always in accord with the length of
  6. Hi Jim, I assume that the measurement is from block to block, taken at the neck root, in that case the length of a finished plate from the G mold is 361,, is this correct? It would be ok if you retook the pic without the glare, it's a bit hard to read,, and any reason for me to complain will do,,, You won't believe what the wife did..............................................
  7. This is important, I find it rather nostalgic that no one seems to understand how one of these little boxes work.
  8. Also notice that a longer soundpost toward the center increases the HZ of the B1- rapidly. another place to diddle around,,,,,,,,,,,
  9. Here is B1- and it's relationship to the soundpost. You can see that the area below the bridge is active on B1- , too thin in this area, esp. with extra wide bouts could cause some problems. As far as building to reduce the risk of a wolf in this area,, which is usually on B1+, Peter KG http://www.thestradsound.com offers this solution, a tenth or two thicker when building, thin down only as necessary. G at 392 is a bit low for B1-. Maybe your B1- is low. You could tap around on the back, probably the lower bout using audacity and see what you can find
  10. I think that Anders means bent while growing. I've seen a bit of it,, maybe? What exactly do you want to do? I still don't have a clear picture. I have broken lots of bent wood, and carefully compared it to unbent wood and the bent wood has not been damaged, or shown a decrease in strength. There is a lot of speculation going on here,, I do not have any large equipment, that takes up lots of space,,steam is the worst thing to use to bend wood,,etc... How can I help you? Bending is very simple and straight forward, unless you don't know what you are doing, then a l
  11. The 79 mode 1 really indicates heavy flexible wood. I think that mode 5 might drop to 270-280 after the f-holes are cut. Can still make it work though. I wouldn't remove any more wood around the edges for now. It is easy to go over the edge when it is heavy and flexible. It looks nice.
  12. I guess that I should settle down and read a bit slower,,,,,,,,,. I my wildest dreams I neer would've thought the tab would've been for fiddle, esp. wit a name like "Lemon Banjo". In all seriousness, learn it by ear,,,, it is the only way to get it right, what you like about the song is "How" it's played,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, music won't tell you that at all. Palousin preaches about that a lot, and he is 265% x 10 to the 47th power right,,, If you really need help hearing the notes, learning to read music will pay off in the long run, and save you
  13. Start here,,,Note that the first string open,,, is a D, same as 3rd fret on the 2nd string,,, I failed to notate that. The fifth string, open G can be played in place of any G note as filler,. The banjo plays generally an octave below the music as written. This is first position basic stuff. When playing in "A" with a capo, start your fret numbering over,, as in 2nd fret will now be 0,, the nut. The music will read the same for both keys,,,,
  14. That's right, you play 5 string banjo with TAB, there is not proper notation with regular music to address the issues as to where you are going or where you might end up, the same note is repeated several times on the instrument,,,,,, in order top play fast and efficiently you have to group things in a logical manner and using music it would take some trial and lots of error,,, and TAB cuts through all of `that. Every version of the same song can be completely different,, so there. Now I can jump off of the grouchy old man's wagon, and on to my own! Music Score is an excellent progr