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Kinnor: Oh, so close.

Posted by Yopparai on Monday, July 7, 2008

I am getting really impatient to string this puppy up and see what comes out.

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Recessed tail pins
 I was looking for some round headed brass brads to use as tail pins to hold the end of the strings. Then I found these cute little nails in a package of picture hanging hooks. I made two decisions today regarding this end of the kinnor. First I decided to part ways with the instruments I have seen photos of and set the tail pins slightly closer together than the tuning pins up on top. The main reason is that by having them closer together at the bottom, my bridge can be a little shorter and rest on the thinned area of the sound board rather than having the ends sitting on the thicker edge. Hopefully that gives me a little more volume and tone.  Secondary to the accoustic concerns, I am thinking that having the strings taper inwards will play off the tapering of the body of the instrument.

The second decision was to recess the pins a bit into the top of the kinnor. This puts the bottom edge of the pins below the top surface so that they are less likely to snag on clothing and skin. It also helps add a little more downward pressure on the bridge.
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Just waiting on the nut/bridge
 This may be the lastest I have ever been able to wait before slapping some stain on the wood. Usually I jump the gun and end up putting finish on something that needs to be glued later. I have installed the zither pins at the top and those nice, non-clothes snagging tail pins. All it needs now is the nut and the bridge.
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Glueing up the bridge
 Speaking of which... Here is the nut in raw scrap form. Thats a bit of oak cutoff and some rosewood scrap. In fact, it is the same scrap of rosewood that the girlie used to draw out her number '1' the other day. As I sit here waiting for the glue to dry, I am tempted to use it as the bridge and maybe use something else for the nut. hmm...
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Its an open back!

 Since this is going to be used as part of my role as an ancient Jerusalem instrument builder, I think I will be leaving the back off of it until after VBS is over. I wonder if that means I have to play it clawhammer style

So, bridge, nut, and strings. Its going to be hard to let this go tonight and get to bed before 2am.. I think I have just the thing for the nut....

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