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One reason is that it's bookmatched - the grain on one half matches that on the other. Another reason is that it would take a fair old tree to slice a piece of wood that size from it. Another is that the wood isn't exactly flat, so to bend one piece in the middle isn't an easy job. The grain on very expensive instruments is better matched than cheaper ones, ...


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Most modern string instruments even down to violins (where the size of the slab is less of an issue) are. A single slab of wood is cut in two horizontally, and then opened like a book and then glued together. This is done since it is difficult (probably impossible for a bass) to find good single slabs of wood that are big enough for an entire body, but ...


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The basic answer (which applies to carbon fiber stringed instruments too) is that our current understanding of materials science is insufficient to produce a material which exhibits as "flat", i.e. uniform frequency resonance curve as wood. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of skill to select proper wood -- there's a reason reed instruments are made ...


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The Ghostnote online forum for drum builders is a great resource. You can search for particular topics. Some of the tutorials can only be accessed if you have a paid membership ($20 a year), but I've found lots of good info without it. The pdgood.us site mentioned is also good, but if you search Ghostnote for particular topics of interest you will likely ...


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To add to all the very good answers - consider reading a treatise on orchestration in your spare time. Ravel's and Stravinskij's are public domain, as is Rimskij-Korsakov's: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33900/33900-h/33900-h.htm I realize how absurdly wacky this sounds, especially since it's not exactly a light read, but in there are exposed some ...


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There are a lot of opinions here justifying the keyboard layout in terms of being able to find notes by touch. Two remarks on that: for any serious kind of playing, there will be no time to grope around the keyboard. For another, things like chromatic button accordions don't offer any "find the diatonic scale" help. While some instruments use a different ...


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It makes no difference to the sound or playability of an electric guitar whether you have rosewood or maple for the fingerboard. Did you know that the human eye has a blind spot that your brain fills in for you? Your hearing can be influenced by a number of factors. People lose high frequencies as they age. Volume changes what we hear and fatigue can set ...


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I know this is an old thread, but I'd like to add something I think hasn't been mentioned much. In my younger days, I hated maple fingerboards purely out of looks. I just never was a fan of that bright looking fingerboard on guitars. I always have been a rock guy, blues and metal type music. So for me I always liked the looks of rosewood or ebony boards. I ...



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