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Andy Volk
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From: Boston, MA

posted 24 April 2005 04:30 AM     profile   send email     edit
Luthier Tony Graziano thinks so ...
http://www.grazianoukuleles.com/guitar6.html

Anyone have any experience using this abundant tropical wood?

Max Laine
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From: Pori, Finland

posted 24 April 2005 04:49 AM     profile   send email     edit
Don't know about bamboo, but I'll love to have this as a lap steel!!! http://www.grazianoukuleles.com/bacon_and_eggs.html
HowardR
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From: N.Y.C.,N.Y.

posted 24 April 2005 06:30 AM     profile   send email     edit
Check out this sax site....

http://www.xaphoon.com/Intro_Page.html

HowardR
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From: N.Y.C.,N.Y.

posted 24 April 2005 06:35 AM     profile   send email     edit
Bamboo is cheap & plentiful. Very difficult to get rid of once it invades your land. Provides good privacy though.
Harry Dietrich
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From: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA

posted 24 April 2005 08:09 AM     profile   send email     edit
Except tonkin bamboo, which is used in the manufacture of really expensive fly rods. And when I say expensive, I mean rods costing as much as $30,000.00.

Last I heard, tonkin bamboo was only found in the Kwangsi Province of China, and was becoming extinct, and was no longer being exported out of the country.

Happy picking.........Harry

[This message was edited by Harry Dietrich on 24 April 2005 at 10:59 PM.]

HowardR
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From: N.Y.C.,N.Y.

posted 24 April 2005 08:53 AM     profile   send email     edit
quote:
Happy picking

Harry! Save that for Joliet!

Very interesting about Tonkin bamboo. I thought bamboo was bamboo. It grows wild out on Long Island. This stuff has to be cut down all the time and discarded.

$30,000 for a fishing rod?

Wonder how much a D8 Tonkin Bamboo steel would cost?

Bill Diehl
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From: Arnold, California, USA

posted 24 April 2005 09:53 AM     profile   send email     edit
Yamaha was making an acoustic guitar of bamboo a few years back. Here is a link.
I was hoping for a bamboo Dobro.....Bambro

http://www.harmony-central.com/Events/WNAMM00/Yamaha/YamahaBambooGTR.html

[This message was edited by Bill Diehl on 24 April 2005 at 10:06 AM.]

Andy Volk
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From: Boston, MA

posted 24 April 2005 10:32 AM     profile   send email     edit
Bamboo 101 ...
http://www.kinling.com.cn/about_tonkin_cane.htm

A Bamboo hollowneck .... hmmmm. Or, as the Calypso song says, "She want big big bamboo, bamboo, oh, la la la la ... workin' for the yankee dollar bill."

Kenny Davis
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From: Great State of Oklahoma

posted 24 April 2005 08:26 PM     profile   send email     edit
Bamboo flooring has become popular as of late. I guess if it's stout enough for a floor, it should be stout enough to build with!
Harry Dietrich
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From: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA

posted 24 April 2005 10:49 PM     profile   send email     edit
Well they farm Tonkin cane, and that is what is being exported out of china today, but the "wild" stuff that used to grow on the steep mountain sides in Kwangsi is no longer available.

Thomas & Thomas used to make a line of cane rods that ran around $26,000.00..........I think it was their Sans Perille line, but I don't know if they still do....that was back in the 70's.

Harry

[This message was edited by Harry Dietrich on 24 April 2005 at 10:58 PM.]

HowardR
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From: N.Y.C.,N.Y.

posted 25 April 2005 05:04 AM     profile   send email     edit
Harry, you went from $30,000 down to $26,000....

Thanks for saving me the 4 grand....ok everyone, steak's are on me this year!

Bill Diehl
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From: Arnold, California, USA

posted 25 April 2005 08:03 AM     profile   send email     edit
OK and here is a link to "Plyboo" where they have veneer and laminate sheets in 1/4" and 1/8". I sent for a sample once and it looks real nice sanded and finished.
C'mon, who will be the first to make a Bambro or Bambenborne?!?

http://www.plyboo.com/plywood.html

[This message was edited by Bill Diehl on 25 April 2005 at 08:03 AM.]

Jeff Au Hoy
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From: Honolulu, Hawai'i

posted 25 April 2005 10:52 AM     profile   send email     edit
I got all excited about the Xaphoon there for a moment... then I heard the "Pink Panther" clip. I can't figure out if it's just a really nasty rendition, or if the instrument itself has limitations, or both.

[This message was edited by Jeff Au Hoy on 25 April 2005 at 10:53 AM.]

Harry Dietrich
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From: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA

posted 25 April 2005 12:19 PM     profile   send email     edit
Howard

Don't blow your hard earned cash just yet.... that 4 grand was figuring inflation over the last 35 years. I know one of the expensive rod makers gave a rod worth 30 grand to one of the past Presidents, but I don't remember which one.

I have 3 Orvis bamboo rods that I purchased in the 70's that have at least tripled in value, maybe more if a collector is wanting to buy them. Having old cane rods manufactured by H.L.Leonard, Orvis, and Thomas & Thomas........along with over and under shotguns, are going through the roof as far as value goes.

I wish I had more!!

Harry

Mike D
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From: Phx, Az

posted 25 April 2005 02:22 PM     profile   send email     edit
A Bamboossenborn?

The Yamaha guitar got pretty bad reviews overall, but then it was, well...a Yamaha. (you're supposed to ride those, not pick 'em)
I doubt somebody like Tony would make more then one if it didn't sound pretty good.

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