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post #211 of 220
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I just made some cups out of another great North American Tone-Wood Western Red Ceder.. Red Ceder  is a soft wood used as a top wood (sound board) on many classical guitars.

I want to test these cups with  Senn PX 100ii drivers.

 

 

Very nice!

post #212 of 220

I'm getting some Walnut Cups from 7Keys for the Senn Grado My self.

 

I'm impressed with how the Black Cherry sounds, and from the impressions I saw for the Walnut I can only assume improvements with the Walnut,

 

either way :3 I'm gettin excited! I've been in need of another woody and I think the Senn Grado is going to fill that niche very nicely! 

post #213 of 220
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Originally Posted by 7keys View Post
 

I just made some cups out of another great North American Tone-Wood Western Red Ceder.. Red Ceder  is a soft wood used as a top wood (sound board) on many classical guitars.

I want to test these cups with  Senn PX 100ii drivers.

 

 

Beautiful!

 

I just bought a pair of Khaya from you, through eBay. Looking into building myself some jazz Grados... :D

post #214 of 220

"As one who has worked a lot with cherry I have to say………there is one thing to look for in Cherry that can’t be faked. If you look at a finished piece of cherry across the grain with a light at just the right angle it comes alive. It has a shimmer and depth that can even produce optical illusions, this effect cannot be replicated.

 

Here is an example of what I’m talking about; the first picture is just the usual look of cherry but the next one is the same cup taken at just the right angle to the light.

 

 

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It’s a lot like life….if you look at it through the light…at just the right angle…its spectacular!

 

Which reminds me of a wise old saying:………………life is like a bowl made out of Cherry. "

 

 

 

Your HF's look absolutely spectacular. What headband & gimbal combination is that mounted on? Looks much sturdier than stock grados

post #215 of 220
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Your HF's look absolutely spectacular. What headband & gimbal combination is that mounted on? Looks much sturdier than stock grados

That is a Konoaudio headband, I used to buy them on eBay for $12...I don't see them anymore.
post #216 of 220

Black Cherry


Edited by 7keys - 11/10/15 at 6:59am
post #217 of 220

Necro-bump. This thread was slipping away into the abyss, but I have been thinking about tonewoods lately. It nudges my conscience a little that we sometimes use some pretty exotic woods in our mods. I am thinking of trying to find more sustainable alternatives. One of them is locally harvested wood from people's gardens, fruit groves, etc, etc...I have some Navel Orange wood drying in my garage right now, and have been looking at some local Oaks...

 

It might be worth doing another tour, or organizing research into what a good, sustainable wood for Grado cups would be. I found this article:

 

http://www.leonardo-guitar-research.com/research-report-lgrp

 

Anyone have any thoughts?

post #218 of 220
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Necro-bump. This thread was slipping away into the abyss, but I have been thinking about tonewoods lately. It nudges my conscience a little that we sometimes use some pretty exotic woods in our mods. I am thinking of trying to find more sustainable alternatives. One of them is locally harvested wood from people's gardens, fruit groves, etc, etc...I have some Navel Orange wood drying in my garage right now, and have been looking at some local Oaks...

 

It might be worth doing another tour, or organizing research into what a good, sustainable wood for Grado cups would be. I found this article:

 

http://www.leonardo-guitar-research.com/research-report-lgrp

 

Anyone have any thoughts?

We used birch which is not used in Guitars and nobody seemed to like it. I did make some cups from a wild apple tree, I gave them to AhorseNamedJeff 

 

This article says you have to do a blind test and It's pretty much impossible do a blind test by mail.  

post #219 of 220
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We used birch which is not used in Guitars and nobody seemed to like it. I did make some cups from a wild apple tree, I gave them to AhorseNamedJeff 

 

This article says you have to do a blind test and It's pretty much impossible do a blind test by mail.  

 

True. The blind test is a problem...maybe this is something I need to do by myself over time and experimenting. 

 

This guy has some interesting ideas...

 

http://www.lmii.com/alternative-tonewoods

post #220 of 220
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Originally Posted by 7keys View Post
 

We used birch which is not used in Guitars and nobody seemed to like it. I did make some cups from a wild apple tree, I gave them to AhorseNamedJeff 

 

This article says you have to do a blind test and It's pretty much impossible do a blind test by mail.  

 

True. The blind test is a problem...maybe this is something I need to do by myself over time and experimenting. 

 

This guy has some interesting ideas...

 

http://www.lmii.com/alternative-tonewoods

I started using Western Red Cedar after reading that article. I wanted to try a soft wood used as a sound board in acoustic Guitars. I looked at Red wood and Sitka spruce but I didn't like the plain Jane looks of it. I would have tried them for myself but where I buy wood you have to buy ten feet boards. You can get lucky and find small pieces in the scrap pile, but you have to be able to identify the species of wood you want by eye.

 

 

I think a good way to do a tour is after you send them around, testers post there results on the same day. I always had the feeling reading others impressions can sway yours. If testers don't have any Idea of what a certain wood sounds like they'd have untainted results. 


Edited by 7keys - 4/4/16 at 10:30am
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