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Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Dec 7th, 2015 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a line on a H&D TD-R at a price that I can't pass up. Have never played one, though, and am wondering what you guys think of them.

Everything I have read is VERY positive.

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Dec 8th, 2015 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never bought one but have played several. They strike me as a well built instrument with a great sound but not the projection I was looking for. That said,one piece of wood will sound better than another and you may run on to one that has both the sound and the projection and articulation you want. I guarantee it won't sound crappy.

Ragtop
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Dec 8th, 2015 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, thumbpicker. I get to play it tomorrow morning.

The only strike against it that I can see so far is that it's got a gloss neck, and I really prefer satin. But we'll see.

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Dec 8th, 2015 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can "satinize" it with a green scrubby pad.

It will come out perfect.

The trick is to apply painter's tape to protect the edge of the fingerboard, and apply tape at each end of the neck (behind the nut and at the heel) to make the edges of your deglossed area nice and neat. You can do this with the strings on.

Once taped, use a 3M Scotchbrite pad and lightly press very little pressure) as you work the pad lengthwise along the neck. Have a bright overhead light source so you can monitor your progress by observing the reflection of the light in the gloss of the finish.

As the gloss starts to disappear, you'll lose the reflection. You want an even, satin finish when done, with no clear reflections of the light anywhere on the neck.

Galleazo's angle...

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Dec 8th, 2015 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes. The Scotchbrite pads work great. They require almost NO pressure against the back of the neck to get the results. I do find that over time, from hand oils, sliding back and forth and such, that some of that original gloss seems to reappear--requiring an another few passes with the Scotchbrite. Mind you, this may be because I myself don't work the Scotchbrite particularly aggressively. But a few light passes and you're back in business with a satin finish neck. A very easy procedure for getting your neck to play just how you like it.


Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Dec 8th, 2015 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Man, I dunno....

As much as I respect both of you guys, i don't know about taking an abrasive pad to an expensive guitar. If I knew for sure that I would keep it forever, maybe....

Some gloss necks don't bug so bad; I played a Collings the other day with gloss that was okay. A newer Guild D-55 on the same wall in gloss was not good at all under my left hand. Nitro vs. poly? I don't know.

Will try out the H&D and report back.

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Dec 9th, 2015 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Some gloss necks don't bug so bad;"

Me too. Most poly finishes I get along with just fine. Nitro get tacky for me, the worst being Gibson LP finishes.

I just keep them clean and agree, a cheap knock around guitar I would have no issues taking a pad to. An expensive guitar, no way.

Ragtop
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Dec 9th, 2015 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the question is moot, I turned it down.

Lovely guitar in all respects, but just too shiny and new for me.

I'm getting pretty weird in my old age. Too picky.

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Dec 9th, 2015 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm getting pretty weird in my old age. Too picky."

Ha! I prefer to think of it as "more discerning."

I used to be able to go into a guitar shop and lust after half the inventory. Now, it seems I can play everything they have and walk out mildly disappointed... and just look forward to playing one of mine that I have at home.

Not necessarily a bad thing, really.

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Dec 9th, 2015 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's a lot to be said in being satisfied with what you already have. Thanksgiving.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

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Dec 9th, 2015 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very true, stratcowboy. I'm trying real hard to get to that point.

Just one more, and I'll be there.



Right.

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Jan 8th, 2016 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a used H&D used a year or so back and LOVED the sound but did not bond with neck shape--so I sold it---but if I could get one with a neck shape I like I would love to have one---fo now I guess I will have to settle for my Santa Cruz OM. I love it as well.

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