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    New Tobin Bouzouki for Manus Lunny

    Hi All

    Manus Lunny got in touch a while ago about building a new bouzouki to replace the one I made for him 20 odd years ago. The old instrument has had a very hard life - years of touring with...
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    Re: Forster bouzouki in action!!

    Nice one, I'd come and see you in a pub.

    Now get back to work ;)
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    Re: Forster bouzouki in action!!

    If at first you don't succeed....

    If it is a YouTube video your are trying to upload then click on Go Advanced and then the YouTube link on the toolbar. When you load in the url only load the...
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    Updated guitar bouzouki article

    Back in 2014 I wrote a blog post about the guitar bouzouki and its brief history. Well, since then I've found out a couple more things so I've updated the piece:

    Guitar bouzouki article

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    Andy Tobin Custom Large Body Bouzouki

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    I've just finished building an LBB for a customer in Co. Clare. He already has an SBB which he loves, but this commission was to be a special instrument. He wanted to include some woods...
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    That question has been discussed here before. If I'm not mistaken, the consensus is:
    Yes, he signed every Style 5 instrument during his time at Gibson (June '22 - December '24). Not one Style 5...
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    Re: Matsikas Bouzouki For Irish Trad

    Love those "HUP" videos, and the two with Alec Finn/Tony Linnane/Noel Hill are my favourites by far. Interesting that Alec is playing an instrument that is very different from the more ornamented...
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    Re: Matsikas Bouzouki For Irish Trad

    John, have you looked at Papadamou? I don't know anything about Matsikas, but these instruments look very good, huge variety of styles, timbers, and price range:...
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    Re: Matsikas Bouzouki For Irish Trad

    If you get one that's the same wood as one of your current ones she'll never notice :)). Worked with me last time I bought a bike!
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    First Archtop Mandolin Build Thread

    After building 6 archtop guitars and 2 GOM (guitar octave mandolin), it is time to take the ultimate luthier challenge and attempt to build an F-style mandolin. Humbly submitted here will be all the...
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    I agree about the full contact bridge. Spreads the load across the top and and thus assists the sound.
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    Hi John - Finishing / spraying / lacquering the instrument is probably the least enjoyable part of the whole process, so when I say I like to do it myself, I don't really, I'd just sooner do it...
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    Hi Everyone Here's the next instalment.....

    The bouzouki is now just about ready for finishing, just a final rubdown with 320 and then 400 paper before getting it ready.

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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    Hi John, yes it's coming together now. Well spotted, after I took that photo I was wondering if anyone would figure out what the wedge is for !! Well, when I'm cutting the vertical rebate for the...
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    OK, it's time to fit the purflings and bindings to the body. But before I do that the body will need a good tidy up first. Use a router to trim away the overhanging excess from the top and back and...
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    OK, the top's all finished now, so I need to get the body ready so I can fit the top. So after cleaning up the edges of the back with the router, it's time to take the body and neck out of the jig....
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    Gerry was one of the very first buyers of a Sorensen mandolin - perhaps the very first that I sent to Trevor at TAMCO. I was delighted to get pictures of Gerry jamming in a local pub and thrilled to...
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    I'm saddened to hear of this, he truly was a kind soul. I'm glad I made his acquaintance and picked a few tunes with him at the Monroe Camp. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will miss his presence...
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    I'm very sorry for you and our loss. My sincere condolences.

    Jamie
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    This is simply terrible news. I came to know Gerry by way of his love for the mandolin and meeting up at Monroe Camp. Gerry was a quietly spoken, true gentleman and I enjoyed his company immensely....
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    I had many visits from Gerry, he was a great guy. I am very sad to hear about this.

    My best wishes to all his family and friends.
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    Very touching. Best to you and to his family. Perhaps you can share with us a tune that he liked to play. Maybe some of can learn it and keep a part of him present in our music.
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    Hi John,

    I had a chance to meet and pick with Gerry at a few of the Monroe camps. As nice of a guy you could ever hope to meet. My condolences to family and friends. Will pick a Monroe tune this...
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    Re: Gerry Barry RIP

    Hello John,

    I did not know Gerry, but I know one thing for certain about him; he was fortunate to have a caring friend like you. My sympathy goes out to his family and to you. I sense your loss...
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    Re: Andy Tobin Cedar Bouzouki Build Diary

    155884Oops, don't know what happened there...

    Anyway, that was a photo of the bending iron I use. I made this probably 30 years ago out of a piece of 3" steel pipe welded to a bit 8mm sheet so I...
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