It’s finished. And it actually works. Here’s a little ditty so you can hear it:
Mom, modeling my newly resurrected archtop guitar
I have it set up with a sliding banjo capo and a high E string in place of the low E. It’s strung with flatwound strings because roundwound strings sound way too bright.
I love it! I’ll definitely be doing more recordings with this. I can still hear the 1957ness in it. (the year it was originally built)
My daughter Lucy is learning to play the harp. She is, after all, a princess. Unfortunately, harps are very expensive. So I found a broken one for $200 and decided to try and fix it.
The harp was broken at the neck and my first attempt to fix it only held up for a month or so. That was just a quick fix, and it’s not too surprising that it didn’t hold. A harp like this exerts more than 1000 pounds of pressure on the neck.
So now I’m on attempt #2. This time, I’m reinforcing the break in the neck with some laminated hardwood. I also noticed some problems in how the neck/pillar joint was done (I don’t think it was glued), so I’ve taken it apart and will be re-doing that joint. I’ll post the results when I’m finished, hopefully along with some music from the resurrected harp.
You know that I LOVE making music. That’s why I love the studio. I’ve just finished re-designing my homely studio. The main thing I did was create 10 acoustic panels to absorb the sound. Before, I had just a little foam, but now, when you walk in and close the door, it’s quiet and warm.
The panels are a simple 2′ x 4′ wood frame with 1.5 inch Roxul rockboard 80 insulation inside, and natural burlap wrap. The burlap somehow inspires creativity, while adding a distinctive smell that helps you remember how wonderful this studio is long after you’ve left.
Now I just need to record some music and post it for you to hear/smell.