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      Mas, I think the Textreme ZLC blades feel much...

      Mas,

      I think the Textreme ZLC blades feel much better than the ALC blades I've made. Both ALC and ZLC fibers I've used were adhered using a more flexible epoxy - the ALC blades played well but had...
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      I finally got a chance for the first time in 7...

      I finally got a chance for the first time in 7 months to try out some of the blades I've made. I only had a couple hours, so I tried 3 different blades (out of the dozen or more I still need to try)....
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      I REALLY like working with Alaskan Yellow Cedar...

      I REALLY like working with Alaskan Yellow Cedar (AYC), but I haven't had much of an opportunity to try it out as a material in every layer (i.e., core, medial ply, outer ply). It looks like I might...
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      Blade for a Local Player: Composition: Blade:...

      Blade for a Local Player:

      Composition:
      Blade: Koto - Spruce - Limba - Kiri - Limba - Spruce - Koto
      Handle: Walnut - Alaskan Yellow Cedar - Walnut

      Blade Properties:
      6.5mm thick
      91 grams...
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      Thanks, Sérgio! I built myself a template sanding...

      Thanks, Sérgio! I built myself a template sanding apparatus/tool so I'd never have to worry about tear-out on balsa or fraying on the carbon fiber blends. It's definitely clean - but it's just as...
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      Anotherrrrrrrrr asymmetrical blade for the same...

      Anotherrrrrrrrr asymmetrical blade for the same customer as above:

      General Properties:
      9.6mm thick
      79 grams

      Composition:
      Khaya
      Walnut
      Balsa
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      Another asymmetrical blade for the same customer...

      Another asymmetrical blade for the same customer as the above blade:

      General Properties:
      5.9mm thick
      97 grams

      Composition:
      Alaskan Yellow Cedar
      Red Alder
      Alaskan Yellow Cedar (core)
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      Asymmetrical Blade for a Customer: General...

      Asymmetrical Blade for a Customer:

      General Properties:
      83 grams
      6.2mm thick

      Composition:
      Limba
      Redwood
      Aramid-Carbon (core)
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      Clamps are fine - you would generally want to...

      Clamps are fine - you would generally want to leave it clamped for a few hours at least. I find rubber bands to do a great job of applying pressure while also keeping the handles centered with...
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      That was very quick. How did you get the handle...

      That was very quick. How did you get the handle swapped over and rubbers glued in that short amount of time? If you used wood-glue, make sure to give it the proper amount of time to dry (likely 24...
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      I would use real wood. MDF does not do well with...

      I would use real wood. MDF does not do well with moisture.
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      I love it! That composition, even though it's a...

      I love it! That composition, even though it's a relatively thin 5-ply, feels SO solid and like the ball retains 98% of the incoming energy. I just couldn't find a way to make it light enough for...
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      Welcome! I've never played at SPTTC myself, but...

      Welcome! I've never played at SPTTC myself, but pre-COVID era I used to play at Greenlake and the International District community centers (which are affordable, welcoming, and have a great range of...
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      That's awesome that you've been using Sen in your...

      That's awesome that you've been using Sen in your builds as well! Unfortunately, I have not been able to play for the past few months due to Coronavirus, so I have not had a chance to try it out yet....
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      George specifically requested these handle...

      George specifically requested these handle dimensions, so he better like them! :D
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      I had the opportunity to acquire some rough...

      I had the opportunity to acquire some rough alaskan yellow cedar and sitka spruce lumber recently (they are quite expensive per board-foot) and was excited to use them as core-woods. The good news?...
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      I would love to know the dimensions of that blade...

      I would love to know the dimensions of that blade AND handle (especially if you want me to make a blade that shares or is similar to those same specifications).
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      Looks great! Based on your description and my...

      Looks great! Based on your description and my wild imagination, I thought it was going to be less traditional looking (this one looks very similar to Ross Leidy's "Compact-2" shape). What's the...
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      Thanks! I like the feel of Kiri and knew I...

      Thanks!

      I like the feel of Kiri and knew I needed to keep my weight down on this specific blade...also, I don't have access to ayous thick enough for a core, so Kiri really was my only choice for...
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      Afrobro (Dave) reached out to me a few weeks back...

      Afrobro (Dave) reached out to me a few weeks back and initiated a trade of materials (what a great opportunity!). I've just had the chance to put together some blades using some of the things he sent...
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      That's great how much you like the 5-ply I...

      That's great how much you like the 5-ply I included (I put it on top of the blades you were expecting so you didn't miss it this time)! There's something special about that engelmann spruce core, but...
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      Through an "internet-accident", I ended up with...

      Through an "internet-accident", I ended up with some Sen wood (Japanese Ash). Not quite the same as the white ash used in the Nittaku Violin's construction, but I think it turned out nicely all the...
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      Just finished up these five blades for a forum...

      Just finished up these five blades for a forum member. I tried to tell him you can only use one at a time, but he wouldn't listen...

      3 of them with this composition:

      Koto
      European Larch...
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      I did - there is a difference with a bare blade...

      I did - there is a difference with a bare blade bounce test, but who knows what it will be like with some rubber sheets on it. :)
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      I posted some discussion points in the "SDC...

      I posted some discussion points in the "SDC Handmade Blades" thread about the concerns that arise when building a combination blade (i.e., a single blade with dissimilar playing properties on each...
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