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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:01 pm 
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I guess I'll declare the cittern "done," or at least done enough to do the show-and-tell routine..

I'm quite pleased by the way it turned out.

The green triangular blocks in the case came out of a banjo case. They don't work with my banjo, but I think they will do a good job holding the cittern headstock.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:31 pm 
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Impressive! Have the cittern players been at it yet?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:45 pm 
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Wow, it turned out Great! Nice job on the case.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:18 pm 
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nice to see different instruments. it is pretty

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:42 am 
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I'm trying to find a time when Jud Caswell can take it for a test drive. I plan to record the occasion so I can post a decent sound sample. Jud is eager to try it out, buit he is extremely busy. It will happen, eventually.

I'm getting so it doesn't feel totally alien when I try to play it, but I still can't do much with it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:34 pm 
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Here's a sound sample, mostly demonstrating that I can't play it very well. <grin>

It does show, I hope, the sustain and the bass response.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:08 pm 
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Wow! What a beautiful rich sound. Thats a beautiful instrument.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:19 am 
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very nice indeed
did you make the case

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:28 pm 
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Yes, I built the case. It was a design-on-the-fly operation that fortunately worked out fairly well. I wouldn't recommend relying on it to protect against rough handling. The foam padding I used is only 1/4" thick and quite soft, and the top and bottom are 3/16" luan plywood. Any baggage handler could destroy it -- and the cittern -- with ease. For at-home storage and personal transporting, however, it's fine.

I used the 3/16" luan to keep the weight down. I used 1/4" lumber for the sides, for the same reason. Even so, it's still pretty heavy. I used 1/4" foam in an attempt to keep the overall size as small as I could. Even so, it's still pretty big.

One idea I had, but didn't try, was to cover it in Kevlar cloth embedded in epoxy to add strength.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:44 pm 
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Today I was able to connect with Jud Caswell long enough for him to take the cittern for a test drive. A couple of things came out of that. One, I still need to work on getting the action right. (I knew that anyway.) Two, individual notes are more distinct on Jud's cittern than on mine. It's not a big difference, but both Jud and I agreed that it was the case. Three, my cittern seems to have a partiality to a mid-bass resonant frequency. Again, it's nothing that is particularly glaring, but we speculate that it may be the cause of the lack of crispness of individual notes; the tendency to favor that mid-bass frequency tends to weaken other frequencies. Maybe.

Regarless, it still sounds pretty good. Here's a sound sample of Jud playing it. Unlike me, he knows what he's doing.


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