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stephent28
Posted 2008-12-28 2:25 AM (#4898)
Subject: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Didn't we hear about this on the Collings tour?

Moon Harvested Spruce comes from Switzerland near the upper part of Italy where Stradivarius acquired his wood. The people that harvest this wood have been doing it for hundreds of years and the process has been passed down form one generation to the next. The trees are harvested around the cycle of the moon at a certain time of the year where the sap flow of the tree is at it's lowest and is stored in the roots. Therefore, the grain fibers of the Spruce are more open and with less sap content. They are very selective with the number of trees that they can harvest each year and the trees have to be growing at a certain altitude. The yield is small but the quality of tone that you get is great.
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stonebobbo
Posted 2008-12-28 4:11 AM (#4899 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Sounds like another story from the worm guts people. ;) But the worm guts sure sounded great.
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Trader Jim
Posted 2008-12-28 7:58 AM (#4900 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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Isn't that just the opposite way they harvest Marijuana? :D
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marenostrum
Posted 2008-12-28 8:29 AM (#4901 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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That's the other way round I cut the grass in the garden (with the black moooon) ;)
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Jeff W.
Posted 2008-12-28 12:14 PM (#4902 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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Ancient Kauri Trees - New Zealand
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fillhixx
Posted 2008-12-28 12:53 PM (#4903 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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"Moon harvest Spruce?"
Sounds a lot like a Midnitght Harvest or Five Finger Discount program to me.....
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bvince
Posted 2008-12-28 3:41 PM (#4904 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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The moon cycle thing sounds a bit strange, but cutting wood during the winter months is a common practice for our local Amish furniture makers. I have one guy who buys pin cherry trees from me to make rustic furniture. It is always cut in winter so the sap has gone down to the roots. The same holds true to when we prune our hardwoods. I could probably Google the Stradivarious wood story, but if I remember right, he used old-growth trees that had been submerged in cold water. Up here in the Great lakes there are companies that are bringing up massive old-growth trees from the bottoms of rivers and lakes to sell them to makers of furniture and fine instruments. The prices they bring are unbelieveable.
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cholloway
Posted 2008-12-28 6:00 PM (#4905 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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I thought the Strad violins came from "slow growth" trees which matured during the "Mini Ice Age" in Europe.

Moon Harvested reminds me of a childhood watermelon raid.
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MWoody
Posted 2008-12-28 10:01 PM (#4906 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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In "American Luthierie Issue #93
"How would you like to see that view out your shop window everyday? Swiss wood dealer Andrea Florinett does just that."

He also describes what the "Moon Harvested" Spruce is all about in the article. An undeniable mixture of Myth and Science!
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bvince
Posted 2008-12-29 7:36 AM (#4907 - in reply to #4898)
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An undeniable mixture of Myth and Science!
...

Hmmm this could lead to a discussion on 2012 (:
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-29 9:07 PM (#4908 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Yeah, S28. I asked about that. I heard it from the guy at Dream Guitars when he was trying to justify $22,000 for a new Tippin guitar. Probably some truth to it but it's probably like Vermont Maple syrup, there's 100 times more of it sold than made.
"But it's got moon spruce see....."
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MusicMishka
Posted 2008-12-29 9:47 PM (#4909 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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I'm contemplating using a Carpathian top for the Henderson pre-war Dread I'm having built...it's nearly identical in sound to Adirondack but looks similar to Engelmann and costs about the same...but then again, I may just pony up the bucks for an A'dack set...I have the BRW back and sides...decisions, decisions....
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-29 9:51 PM (#4910 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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flip a coin
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-29 9:52 PM (#4911 - in reply to #4898)
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by the light of the moon, of course
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MusicMishka
Posted 2008-12-29 11:29 PM (#4912 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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Of course, always...if it would stop raining...lol
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stonebobbo
Posted 2008-12-30 1:35 AM (#4913 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Originally posted by MusicMishka:
I'm contemplating using a Carpathian top for the Henderson pre-war Dread I'm having built...
Ricardo Montalban would be proud of you, Mike. I've seen some of those leather topped guitars ... they look real nice.
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Otto
Posted 2008-12-30 2:31 AM (#4914 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Originally posted by MusicMishka:
Henderson pre-war Dread
LOLOL :D :D :D

I'm sorry, Mike. Not being a connoisseur, that just sounded like some kind of psychiatric diagnosis to me. ;)

Otto
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Otto
Posted 2008-12-30 2:32 AM (#4915 - in reply to #4898)
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Must be the moon. :D

Otto
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MusicMishka
Posted 2008-12-30 9:16 AM (#4916 - in reply to #4898)
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Ricardo Montalban would be proud of you, Mike. I've seen some of those leather topped guitars ... they look real nice.
Bobbo, I believe he used Corinthian... :D
I still remember those Chrysler commercials...
"rich Corinthian Leather"...lol
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CrimsonLake
Posted 2008-12-30 9:17 AM (#4917 - in reply to #4898)
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The Chrysler Cordoba - my Dad used to have one of those.
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MusicMishka
Posted 2008-12-30 9:18 AM (#4918 - in reply to #4898)
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:D
We're dating ourselves Mike!
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CrimsonLake
Posted 2008-12-30 9:20 AM (#4919 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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Ehh... what's that Sonny Boy??? I don't hear so well these days... :eek:
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MWoody
Posted 2008-12-30 12:05 PM (#4920 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Type into his good ear...

Anyone that goes too deep into the "blah-blah" specialized wood needs to play an Academy and Stonge's Adamas with the phenolic top.
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stephent28
Posted 2008-12-30 2:24 PM (#4921 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce



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Originally posted by Beal:
Yeah, S28. I asked about that. I heard it from the guy at Dream Guitars when he was trying to justify $22,000 for a new Tippin guitar.
Yep, Dream Guitars. That's where I pulled the info from. Makes sense now!
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sligoman
Posted 2008-12-30 3:03 PM (#4922 - in reply to #4898)
Subject: Re: Moon Harvested Spruce


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Good cars. BTW, watch out for Larry Talbot and Professor Lupin.
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