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Building a Box Cello #3: Holes and pin

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-10-2020 01:13 PM 674 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cutting the F or sound holes.

Fitting the end pin.

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#1 posted 03-10-2020 02:19 PM

Okay, this is cool. You’ll have to post a short video or sound clip. I’m interested in seing what it sounds like when you’re’ done.
Years ago, when I made guitars more, I made a stand up bass in the shape of a standare acoustic guitar. It was a bit muffled but it worked.

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#2 posted 03-10-2020 02:26 PM



Okay, this is cool. You ll have to post a short video or sound clip. I m interested in seing what it sounds like when you re done.
Years ago, when I made guitars more, I made a stand up bass in the shape of a standare acoustic guitar. It was a bit muffled but it worked.

- Craftsman on the lake

Yes, for this one I definitely need to include a video clip. I may approach the cello teacher where I work. I think he’d be into something this odd.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 03-10-2020 02:53 PM

I’ve noticed here and all other such instruments, that this F hole is very distinctive in the shape, having the very narrow portion on the most curved section.
Is this for sound effects?, or just traditional?

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#4 posted 03-10-2020 03:12 PM



I’ve noticed here and all other such instruments, that this F hole is very distinctive in the shape, having the very narrow portion on the most curved section.
Is this for sound effects?, or just traditional?

- Oldtool

It’s a little of both. The sound holes were actually C shaped on older, Baroque-stryle instruments. The reason for the curved shape, be it C or F, is both to let more sound out and to allow a section of the top to vibrate better.

I can’t say that my sound holes are perfect. I stole the shape from a real cello and I think they are a little bit low, but everything seems okay in spite of that.

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