Update on the Stroh.

Really coming together now. Soldered the horn to the bottom plate, neck joint is glued and tight, and the hardware is fitted and drilled. There is still a long way to go as far as the resonator goes. May be trying a few methods and going with what works best. As of now I think my cover plate is muffling the resonator. Trying more coil tension?

I got pretty anal about getting the grain count and the overall grade of wood to match the existing neck with the newly carved body. Also when you only have one glue joint that's end grain it's worth the time to make it a suction fit. There will be a button cover to add some extra strength as well as an embedded post.

Up for sale now!

I have three new ones for sale. The first products of my new shop. Right now I'm listing on Craigslist until I find a better solution for web visibility. If you are interested drop me a line.

My favorite one
Easy to play
For a child ages 8-12


New Location!!

The green door at the end of the hall.
Yesterday I moved into my new shop. Located in Beverly Massachusetts at the Porter Mill studio building, check them out at http://studiosatportermill.blogspot.com/ here are some pictures from my shop the first day. Shop hours will be posted soon. If anyone wants to visit or set up an appointment drop me a line at akology@gmail.com.

Stroh Violin.

I have been fascinated with these violins for a while. They were designed in the early days of sound recording when fiddles, that are designed to fill a room with sound, where just not focused enough for early microphones. Johannes Stroh remedied this by incorporating the idea of a small resonating membrane that transmits sound into a directional horn. This focused the sound uni-directionally and with greater volume. they are still used in romanian folk music today.
My horn violin is an experiment crossing my limited knowledge of resonator guitars and designs of the Stroh that I have seen. Im using a handmade steel resonator with copper cover plates. instead of an all metal resonating chamber I'm using the wood to "expand" the sound forcing it through to the horn.

Reverse engineering is becoming somewhat of a career for me.