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What do you mean with «sounds great»?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder May 6, 2016. 113 Replies

Let's take my 4-string CBG from a Camacho box as an example: acoustically it doesn't sound at all, but with two Power Rails from GuitarFetish even with a simple amp with volume and gain only it…Continue

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Moritz Voegeli replied to Logan Parker 's discussion Newbie here with fretting question!
"The first thing you will have to decide is whether you will buy a fret slotting saw or a preslotted fretboard. You cannot replace a fret slotting saw with kind of another one, because for a clean slot the blade width has to equal the kerf, and a…"
5 hours ago
Moritz Voegeli commented on Hal Robertson's blog post Scarf With Me
"Learning to work with handsaws and files asks for a lot of patience but it's worth the effort: a friend of mine who did a four-year apprenticeship in machine industry told me «the first year we just learnt using a file»: there are…"
13 hours ago
Moritz Voegeli replied to Brett's discussion Baritone use with magnetic pickup
"P.S. Once for a bariton ukulele I tried D'Addario's Single Plain Steels with g .012 c .016 e .013 a .010, but the Lenzner strings correspond rather to something like g .0085 c .011 e .009 a .007."
15 hours ago
Moritz Voegeli replied to Brett's discussion Baritone use with magnetic pickup
"There is a German manufacturer for ukulele steel strings, check for an US provider who sells Lenzner strings for ukulele, bouzouki, aoud, saz, and the like. String length is 615mm or 24.2". For steel strings on an ukulele guitar tuners are a…"
16 hours ago
Moritz Voegeli replied to Titch the Clown's discussion Blind willie Johnston and the birth of the blues
"There's an excellent book written by David Evans «Big Road Blues: Tradition & Creativity in the Folk Blues», based on field work in the sixties and seventies in the Drew area of the Delta, which tells about the various versions…"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Gina G's discussion Help - What is going on with this homegrown CB Electric 6 string???
"At the headstock, are the strings bent on a zero fret or on the nut? The distance from this point to the 12th fret should equal the distance from the 12th fret to the bridge. I think you have to reposition the bridge, and all strings should pass…"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Steve Earl's discussion Ping string...
"For an acoustic cbg, don't expect a lot above the 15th fret, you will have to work hard to get a well sounding one up to the 22th, even for fingerpicking, and for a piezo you have to benefit from the acoustic properties. First, forget using…"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Wayfinder's discussion Another Neck Strengthener
"I agree with Milt: with a well choosen piece of wood for a three- or four-stringer there is no need for a truss bar, even without a fret board glued to the neck, and for a six-stringer I too would prefer an adjustable truss rod and not just a bar.…"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Steve Earl's discussion Ping string...
"To get the strings ring, the angle of the strings on the bridge is only one factor. My loudest cbg has a very flat angle, but there are three other reasons for its sound: the box is real cedar wood, the bridge is bone, has a small footprint and a…"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Steve Earl's discussion Ping string...
"How is your cbg tuned? Which string gauges do you use? The steel string seems to me a bit tiny in relation to the wound ones."
Moritz Voegeli replied to Wayfinder's discussion Another Neck Strengthener
" is this the name of the violin you forgot?"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Titch the Clown's discussion Blind willie Johnston and the birth of the blues
"Titch hi, do you remember the link Turtlehead posted last october about the same question about the origin of guitar blues? There's an interesting comment to this by John…"
Moritz Voegeli replied to Titch the Clown's discussion Blind willie Johnston and the birth of the blues
"Found on wikipedia about the Oscar Schmidt Company, producer of the Stella guitars: «The instruments were primarily sold door-to-door by travelling musical salesmen from the early 1880s until 1965.» I couldn't find any further…"
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"I agree with you Moritz."
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"You're right Erasmo, but you can see here what happens when you declare you got attacked by cancer: every jack and jill feels a need to give you a sermon about alternative therapies. I suppose Dan made this experience too, but from one of his…"
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Kuvat sippiviulusta? Photos of a finnish lumberjack's «sippiviulu»?

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 2:57am 2 Comments

Finnish lumberjacks played on their camps an instrument similar to One String Sam's diddley bow, sometimes in duett with a crosscut saw.

For finnish followers I add here descriptions I found on internet:

sippiviulu - säilykepurkista, laudanpalasta ja kitaran tai viulunkielestä tehty savottajätkän soitin.

Olen jopa nuorena nähnyt sahan soittoa sekä sippiviulun soittoa duettona. Sippiviuluhan on laudan päälle viritetty peltipurkki jonka yli menee rautalanka…


Vintage homemade Stroh violins aka phonofiddles

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 7:34am 1 Comment

Just another type of resonators, based on gramophone pickups

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At 4:00pm on March 25, 2017, Erasmo Coco said…

I agree with you Moritz.

At 12:32pm on March 22, 2017, Wayfinder said…

When one builds a history on CBN of attacking and insulting other people, he can't expect others to be open to his opinions. If he gets blocked from posting on a thread because of such posts-- that's his doing and no one else's. Or alternately, if other users tell him to shut up and stop posting, that is also his own doing.  This should be common sense. Harass others: make enemies.

In this case: Moritz insisted Joseph's name be added to the "list of contributors" when that person did not post on the original discussion.  A brilliant man?  Yes.  Came up with the design before others?  Quite likely.  But no matter what his history in creating this design, a list of contributors are those who engaged in the discussion.  

As Ron accurately states, it takes time to research and verify information.  Once I had done so I did add Joseph's name to the list of influences (along with the Lace Company).  But that makes neither one a contributor to the original thread.  Moritz' continued insistence otherwise doesn't change that fact. It's not his thread, he didn't go to the trouble of writing it (or even contributing much to the original creative discussion), so I think it not his place to insist on his opinions there to the point it became offensive.

As Darryl properly brings out, the OP can change or delete a post at will.  Commenters should remember that before they start harassing the person who went to all the trouble to collate the thread in the first place.  It is common experience world-wide for an entire thread to disappear because ill-mannered users treated the OP with disrespect.  In such case it was their fault, not the OP's.  

Discussion is fine.  Suggestions are fine.  Counter-opinions are fine (when respectfully presented).  Insulting harassment and trolling are not fine.  This should be obvious to mature adults.  Those who harass others bring negativity and consequences to the entire community.  They spoil the fun for everyone else.  It's an arrogant ego-trip, nothing more.

No one has to post here.  We do so to help others.  Those who think the purpose of CBN is to harass other users really need to take the attitude elsewhere and let the rest of us get on with constructive creativity.

At 2:50am on February 14, 2017, darryl kernaghan said…

Hi Moritz, sadly, it doesn't surprise me, the problem with those threads is the person who initiates them can remove them at any time, taking everyone elses input with them, not the first time it's happenned, it's a pity as there was some good stuff on there, some i wanted to reference again at some time. I try not to get paranoid about these things, but there seems to be a pattern.

At 9:54am on February 13, 2017, Ron "Oily" Sprague said…
All I can say to this is that most of us are lazy. It takes time to go back and verify things one thinks one sees or remembers, and not everyone may be as scrupulous as that. However, Wayfinder did finally go back and look, and changed his opinion.
At 9:52am on February 13, 2017, Ron "Oily" Sprague said…
That's weird, Moritz. Did you somehow get blocked on that discussion? Ask Dan Sleep to look into it, as he is one of the site admins.
At 5:46pm on February 10, 2017, Walter Haapapuro said…

I suspect that most people are more interested in building a pickup, but, I can appreciate your desire to insure that credit is given where it's due.


At 2:38pm on February 10, 2017, Walter Haapapuro said…

I'm afraid I didn't pick up any Finnish as a kid, I could be persuaded that my post was a bit hasty.  People are excited about building a 'new' kind of pickup, does hyper analysis of who had what idea first help them physically make a pickup?



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