Frisco Fred Says:
Saturday, July 31, 2010 @7:34:35 PM
Woods from down under.......Aussies with something new again. I remember that wood, you couldn't drive a nail into it once it dried.
How is it as a tone wood?
Sunday, August 1, 2010 @4:57:38 AM
Hi Frisco Fred, I found this banjo very heavy which was the only down side. Yes it is very hard but seems to make the banjo very sturdy and solid to play. As for the tone I found it much louder, brighter and puncher than the original 3 ply rim. People who have heard it said it had really good pop, which I'm not sure what pop is, strong 4th and strong highs. It did make this banjo better. Some people think harder wood is better. I am undecided without more testing. Maybe I should try a Huber tonering on this wood, then I will know it works. I have tested the huber tonering on a couple of 3 ply rims and my block maple rims. Customers feedback is the block rim suits their tastes.
Because I have used Huber rings for testing I am starting to hear the differences different rims make.
I made an 8 inch banjo uke with this wood as a tonering and oak as the main mass. I find it loud with a woody full sound. Not like a normal uke sound and maybe to powerful for uke players. I think it's cool but I'm not a uke player.
Another rim I used this wood on the lower layer of a rim with rock maple on top with a bluegrass tonering. This was a custom order. Again it was powerful and bright.
I have liked the results but I really havent done enough testing. I want to make a bluegrass replacement tonering for a test. If I ever get time to do it I will post some sound files. I have been too busy this year to try strange ideas.
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