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Making a four-string canoe in C

2009-01-05

I apologize for the stilted, tiresome narration and the incongruous sounds of synthesizer testing in the background, but this two-part video might still be of interest to string instrument fans.

I’m disappointed that the luthier doesn’t use lasers to set the bridge, though, or that the sound post isn’t made from titanium. I’m not disappointed that the script’s quips don’t stretch to ‘resin-ance’.

Also, the instrument sounds very harsh to my slightly experienced ear holes, but it seems like they’re going more for an Albert Hall filler than an intimate, chambery tone. A whole section of these might prevail in a drowning-out contest with the trombones (plus, at a pinch, they’re probably better lifeboats).

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