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Matthew Borczon
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a free download of acoustic cookie tin music

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built from Hunger

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Matthew Borczon commented on Jim Morris's video

Country Comfort on Cigar Box Baritone Uke

"really a beautiful sounding uke. Love the song as well. You just keep getting better and better."
Matthew Borczon commented on Uncle John's video

Necessity Is A Mother- Diddley Bow Ditty

"Glad you are back! Love the improvise and overcome attitude of this!!!"
Matthew Borczon commented on Vinylhed's video

You'd Better Watch Your Step

"This is my favorite off the album. Really love your sound on this and the film is way cool!!!"
Matthew Borczon commented on James O Lunsford's video

The other side of life

"so sweet! really like your music, thoughtful and honest. Not too much of that any more. Beutiful song for an early Sunday thanks."
Matthew Borczon joined David Beede's group

How good can it sound unplugged?

Share experience, tips & tricks that have produced the best acoustic unplugged sound in your cigar box instruments. This applies to commercial or self made boxes.See More
Nov 11
Matthew Borczon commented on Uncle John's photo

Bad hands...

"wow, so sorry to hear you are hurting my friend. Hope the shot helps. I have had several times myself and sometimes it helps. Mine is in the hip though. Still hang in there and get well. We all miss you here and will send all the good energy we have."
Nov 10
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Tide Bottle Ukulele

"That was just too cool!!!!"
Nov 8
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"the effect of the picture is kinetic!! Really an impressive one."
Nov 7

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At 6:19am on November 5, 2014, Everett Rouse said…

Sounds great..Just trying to get better at building these things.

At 1:39pm on October 30, 2014, Everett Rouse said…

Thanks for your comment on the burlap banjo/guitar..This is my second one..002.JPG

At 10:43am on October 26, 2014, Andries D. EKER said…

Thanks There Matthew, UJ introduced me to some of your audiowork on a 4 track blog

 great songwriting i like the storyside of the songs take you back to a different place food for thought, there in a fact modern protestsongs whit a billy feel to it, great playing to! thanks for the nice comments! Greeetssszz A.D.

At 3:21pm on October 9, 2014, BeetleJuice! said…

Awesome I am glad it showed! I know one day some how we will be able to meet ....It will great to show up at one of those PA cbg festivals one day!..and I know what it must be like for you right now my dad was in the Marine corp for 22 years and he use to get deployed for 6 and 9 months at a time when I was young, I know what was like....the best part was when he would come back and bring trinkets...once he brought me and my brother a spent tank shell...watching him walk thru the front door with that thing was a real eye opener... I had never seen such a thing before!  and the c rations ....we use to take them to school!....anyways glad you liked the cd , ....the covers really are so much better than buying anything or using those white sheeves I use to use...they are really easy to make, and fun too!  

At 4:54pm on October 6, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Oh yeah, I meant to tell you a friend of mine is an avid trapper and he has an animal skin drying for me to try. It'll be the first that I haven't purchased from a catalog. We'll see how that goes.

At 4:52pm on October 6, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Yeah Matt, I used a hairdryer on high setting before I got a heat gun. It worked fine. I got a heat gun mainly because Harbor Freight had them on sale for less than $10 and I use it also for softening up glue when I'm taking something apart. One video showed a guy using a plumbing torch! I don't care for open flames in the shop so I didn't try that. The only problem I had with the cigar box is that I shrunk the plastic too tight and the sides began pulling inward.

At 9:16pm on October 4, 2014, Jim Morris said…

I used to get the econo calfskins from Elderly for about $10 but now I spring for the next grade up. They're around $20 but don't seem to be quite as affected by temp and humidity changes. Still, for a first try, the econo ones are pretty good so long as they stay indoors! But hey, soda bottles are free and way more in line with these kinds of builds.

At 8:31pm on October 4, 2014, Jim Morris said…
Wow, this guy has some great ideas! I'm surprised I've not come across him till now. It looks like the first banjo is pretty much flat. I'm sure that would work but I think some depth, maybe 2 to 3 inches would give a better tone. I've made banjos in rectangular, octagonal, round, and other shapes that I don't know names for and I don't think the shape is real important to the tone. Some shapes are harder to hold in your lap but the size and depth do affect the tone. If you haven't tried streching a calfskin yet it's way easier than you might think. The plastic heads are cheap and fun but finding a suitable size piece of plastic is tough. 3 liter bottles are the largest I've been able to find. Good luck and thanks again for your work on my stuff. The fiddles tunes sound great
At 8:37pm on September 30, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Very cool painting Matt! I appreciate you spending time on this.


At 10:28am on September 30, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Thanks Matt! I'd be interested in what artwork ideas you might have. I really like your idea of handing out a CD to go along with instrument purchases.




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