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Ammonia Bent banjo rim blank Gibson size

Sold ! This banjo is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-10-28)
Price : US $36.50



Ammonia Bent banjo rim blank Gibson size Ammonia Bent banjo rim blank Gibson size


FOUR DOWN, ONE TO GO! LAST ONE, PERIOD!


THREE-DAY AUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since the late 1980s I have been making a very limited number of banjo rims
that I bend with ammonia rather than steam. Ammonia bending was a technique
devised at Syracuse University many years ago as a way to bend very thick
pieces of wood into complex shapes that were impossible to achieve by other
methods. The ammonia ''plasticizes'' the wood, allowing the cells to
slip by one another, and when hardened, the new shape is totally stress-free.
Using this method I can take a solid 1-inch thick piece of maple and bend it
into a complete rim without the need of thin, glued plies. There is only one
glue joint where the ends overlap, so this results in a more solid, stress-free
rim, usually giving better volume and tone.


The
ammonia-bending process is complex and time consuming. I have been getting out
of the banjo-building scene and made one last batch of 5 of these rim blanks
this past spring. I HAVE SINCE SOLD MY AMMONIA-BENDING EQUIPMENT AND ALL
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONCERNING THEIR MANUFACTURE to a former student of mine,
who also does some instrument building.


As
a result, these were the last 5 ammonia-bent rims I will EVER make, period.


The
wood I used for these rims was actually curly maple. While you don't normally
use curly maple to make rims, that's what I acquired and so went ahead and used
it. Curly maple is tricky to bend. It has a mind of its own, depending on the
grain. As a result,


Sold ! This banjo is sold (sold on 2008-10-28)



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Richard said...
This seems to be a 2008 announcement and the rim is likely long gone. On the chance that it is still on hand and for sale, how do I go about ordering it? Best regards, Richard rsvp2richard@yahoo.com