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Colleen McTigue

Not perfect wood, perhaps, but mine...

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Just thought I'd share some pics of my shipment from Simeon Chambers.  I chose various grades of wood, staying pretty much away from the "master grade" wood, since I'm still learning, but I think this is definitely the best wood I've ever had the opportunity to play with.

 

I got a couple of one-piece backs with sides (these will be for violins #3 and #4)...

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A selection of tops, ranging from "Character" grade to "High" grade...

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And two one-piece viola tops and a one-piece violin top, another 2-piece top, enough sound post wood to last several lifetimes (so if anyone is ever in desperate need, don't hesitate to ask!), and 8 bookmatched ukulele tops.  So I now have in my total inventory (by rough calculation) 9 violin tops (2 sitka, the rest Englemann), 3 violin backs (2 1-pc), 5 neck blanks, 2 one-pc viola tops... enough to keep me busy for a VERY long time!

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Just thought I'd share some pics of my shipment from Simeon Chambers.  I chose various grades of wood, staying pretty much away from the "master grade" wood, since I'm still learning, but I think this is definitely the best wood I've ever had the opportunity to play with.

 

I got a couple of one-piece backs with sides (these will be for violins #3 and #4)...

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A selection of tops, ranging from "Character" grade to "High" grade...

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And two one-piece viola tops and a one-piece violin top, another 2-piece top, enough sound post wood to last several lifetimes (so if anyone is ever in desperate need, don't hesitate to ask!), and 8 bookmatched ukulele tops.  So I now have in my total inventory (by rough calculation) 9 violin tops (2 sitka, the rest Englemann), 3 violin backs (2 1-pc), 5 neck blanks, 2 one-pc viola tops... enough to keep me busy for a VERY long time!

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It all looks great!. A slightly unconventional choice and all the better for it. Welcome back!

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Six "character grade" tops, six bass bars, and willow blocks and lining for seven fiddles. Bottom left top is flawless, so I'm not sure why it was only 25 bucks. Nicer than the $70 top I got from another supplier...

Edit- all from the same log, Simeon's 108. Pretty light stuff, .32sg

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I thought about that, but I make my own blocks and linings.

He sells cookies, blocks, etc from which to cut your own. Anyway I like them as in my above post. Saves me the hassle of owning a bandsaw, I just square them up with a block plane and off to the races!

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