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  1. Re: Torrefied, thermally cured, "roasted wood" for the home shop

    My process of considering why we would want heat-aged wood goes back to the desired result -- wood which behaves more like the aged material in excellent sounding old instruments. So, I started...
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    Re: CONGRATULATIONS to Liam Purcell!

    I first met Liam when he was a couple of years younger than in this picture --

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    What a delight to have such a fine extended family of dedicated, talented, hard-working new artists!!!
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    CONGRATULATIONS to Liam Purcell!

    A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Liam Purcell for winning First Place in the Mandolin, Banjo, and Flatpicking Guitar competitions at RockyGrass 2022.

    This is the first time that one artist has won...
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Silas grew up.

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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Silas Powell ON FIRE on his Sorensen VX!


    https://fb.watch/e1yrw0KSXO/

    Steve
  6. Re: Advice on purchasing my next mandolin(s)

    After playing these two ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeWB-VNeqPQ


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR5D0lUVNHY

    Andy commissioned me to build this new SX.
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Chip Back is back with a tasty new tune on his Sorensen Sprite Two-Point --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQwfa4RslU

    Steve
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    Re: Sorensen Tone

    Here' a little Tour d'Tone with the always amazing Silas Powell on his Sorensen VX --


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy2lvj9iZh4

    Steve
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    Re: Recent Kelley mandolin

    Beauty AND Tone!!!

    Steve
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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    Just felt compelled to add this shot to the discussion. I remain in love with stuff made from trees.

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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    Rush,
    As far as I can hear, the side sound port has no noticeable impact on forward sound projection. Players with great ears say that they can hear themselves better.

    I, personally, need to...
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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    I'm impressed that you noticed the design influences. I was looking at a combination of HR Giger and modern movie twists on art deco while I was working on this body style. I've always believed...
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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    The Player Sound Port in the bigger picture --

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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    I asked my son, who is an engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona, to help me with the CAD design of a sound port cover for the next Sorensen SX build.

    We went with a 3D printed solid, polished...
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    Re: 2020 X-Series -- The new Sorensen SX

    Cool to see Andy Statman with his Sorensen SX with the Breakfast Special reunion --

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    Steve
  16. Re: Introducing the Sorensen Electric AXE

    It works best in 4/1 time.

    Steve
  17. Re: Introducing the Sorensen Electric AXE

    It's an A-style for streamlined speed and convenience!

    Steve
  18. Re: Introducing the Sorensen Electric AXE

    Of course, I also considered international users!

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  19. Introducing the Sorensen Electric AXE

    For more than a decade, I have been working on ways to both modernize the mandolin and the process of mandolin construction. Of course, that has led me to try various techniques and tools, and to...
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    Re: Introducing the Sorensen VX

    Click on the partial image below to hear Silas Powell and an open tuning of AAEEaaee on his Sorensen VX --


    https://www.facebook.com/sildeapow/videos/1603795683323447

    Steve
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    Re: Neck bow

    Pop off the fingerboard, cut a slot and install an adjustable truss rod. Good practice, well worth the effort.

    Steve
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    The Cure time.

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  23. Re: Mandolin Setup Help in central California

    Gary Vessel
    Address: 1110 15th St, Modesto, CA 95354
    Hours: Opens 10AM Mon
    Phone: (209) 578-5345
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon ...

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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Update from the Sorensen finishing room -- starting to look like real live mandolins!

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