: Hey Pete,
: It's been a while since I played Ari's
: Fraulini, so I can't really compare it to
: anything, and I've never played a Hauver.
: Ari's sure sounds good in his hands.-G-
: I think that having Todd build you a guitar
: would be a great experience. You needn't
: make up your mind about all the variables
: before you talk to him. Probably no one can
: describe the differences in sound between
: Mahog and Birch, pin bridge or tail piece,
: as well as Todd himself, so you might as
: well start the dialogue.
: Personally, I favor a 6 pin bridge, but
: that's because my Sovereign has one. That
: said, I couldn't really tell you the sonic
: difference, but I think that a pin bridge
: stresses the top more, which is a good thing
: for sound transference. And with a 6 pin
: (two strings in each hole) there is less
: perforation of the top, so I believe the
: bridge plate can be lighter.
: Todd first built only tail piece 12s until
: Paul Geremia asked him to build a pin bridge
: 12 a few years ago. I was one of the folks
: Todd quizzed while doing research on the
: brace placement of pin bridge 12s. I pulled
: the strings off the Sov and used a mirror to
: measure the placement in respect to the
: sound hole.
: I see you have joined up over at Weenie
: Campbell, too. That would be an excellent
: place to get more opinions about ladder
: braced 12s as there are many owners there,
: and you will probably get a response from
: Todd himself.
: Take care,
: John C.
: --Previous Message--
: Hey Tom,
: Thanks for the info! I'm familiar with
: Mahogany as a tonewood, but how would you
: describe Oak as a tonewood? Or Birch? I
: believe Tom Cambio also uses Birch. How
: about pin bridge vs. tailpiece. Can you
: describe the sound differences between a pin
: bridge and a tailpiece? I'm leaning towards
: a Fraulini Angelina 12 string model -
: mahogany w/tailpeice. Tough to decide
: without playing them!
: Thanks again,