Some might say we are obsessive…
Miscellaneous scraps of wood, containers of dust, and old hardware clutter our shelves…
But when you need a pinch of ebony dust for build up, it sure is nice to have it on hand.
The fingerboard of your instrument takes a lot of abuse, no doubt about it. Like anythingthat gets that kind of mileage a little TLC every once in a while is a good thing… a very good thing!
Of the pictures below which fingerboard would be more inspiring for you to pick up and play?
Here are a few examples of pick up installs that required some problem solving.
In the photo above we see a K&K pure mini installed in a 12 string guitar that has a JLD bridge doctor attached. K&K does make a 12 string p/u but the transducers are so large that it’s not feasible to install correctly in this scenario. Chamfering the edge of the bridge doctor block where it contacts the bridge plate allows the installation of the middle transducer of the pure mini to be fully on the bridge plate. The pure mini is a totally acceptable substitution for pure 12 when this obstacle is present.
Here’s a soundport I added to a clients Yamaha classical. With the door off the player receives a boost in volume and hears or experiences more of the guitars voice that is directed out the main sound hole towards an audience. The door can also be left on to keep the sound projection as it was which can be helpful when playing in a group and listening for everyones levels. Soundports are not a gimmick, they can definitely enhance the players experience, almost like a natural monitor. As with many advancements they were developed by hand builders and are now showing up in a few commercial instruments, along with arm bevels!
We had a lovely surprise visit from a travelling performer, Leila Neverland. Her uniquely powerful and emotive voice and songwriting struck us instantly. It is with great pleasure that we share her performance with you.
For more information please visit leilaneverland.com
Our dear friend Marty Hamilton has passed away. It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to this fantastic man, community member, and musician.
Rest In Peace, Marty.
The local talent in this area never ceases to amaze us! Noel Fudge and Martine Denbok are beautiful songwriters, composers, and private music teachers based out of New Denver. Take a moment. Set everything else aside. Take a listen to this beautiful track from their new album, which can be purchased here in store at Mountain Fruit Folklore. All proceeds go to the artist.
Learn more about Freya and their music at http://www.fortheloveoffreya.ca
Go to our Youtube channel Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre to hear another song from the new album performed on Octave Violin! Along with a wealth of other incredible performances, Live! From the Pew!
As always it is a pleasure to have Cara Luft in the store. She is probably our most featured Live from the Pew artist. We asked her if she would play us a little something for on our own hand built 19th century guitar, and here it is!
Black Water Side is a traditional Irish Tune, of unknown author. Perhaps in this day the most well known version is the instrumental track from Led Zeppelin’s self-titled first album.
For more Live from the Pew videos check out our Youtube Channel “Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre.”
Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre is now open regular shop hours. Tuesday-Saturday 10-5
The first important announcement is that our phone number has changed! You can reach us at 1-250-544-1598, or Toll-Free at 1-877-220-0329. We do apologize for this inconvenience we are hoping to be back to our original local phone number as soon as possible.
And second, We would like to publicly acknowledge and celebrate apprentice Kevin John, his progress and contributions to the Mountain Fruit vision. Kevin has been with us for 2 years now, working in the shop on customer’s instruments, restorations, and working and maintaining the storefront. He recently finished a period under a grant from the Kyuquot-Checleset First Nations Band (many, many thanks to them!). Kyuquot-Checleset assisted Kevin for six months in funding his training in the art of lutherie under mentor and shop owner Jeremy Behn. We look forward to many more months working together. This New Year will see us taking new steps forward as we are in the midst of building an electric guitar each right from scratch.
Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre will be closed from now, Christmas Eve till Tuesday Jan 10th, 2017 to allow for inventory. The Mtn Fruit staff wish you ease and peace spent with loved ones every day! And Christmas too!
We’ll see you in the New Year, it’s been a pleasure helping with musical journeys and we really do appreciate the support!
The Small Glories is a prime example of incredible synergy! JD Edwards and Cara Luft contrast and compliment each other beautifully. Their first full length album, Wondrous Traveler, brimming with top-notch musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and tasteful arrangements, is not to be missed. The songwriting stirs something ancient in the soul and echoes of the North American folk tradition. Every song on the album strikes home; bold, gutsy, honest, and unabashedly human. This duo command the ability to whirl you into the throws of wild dervish one moment, and then knock you (gently) to the ground with a tender, heart-rending ballad the next.
Guided by the over-riding spirit of fun and lust for life, here are true masters of the craft!
Visit them at http://www.thesmallglories.com/
You can buy Wondrous Traveler, as well as their self-titled EP, in store at Mountain Fruit Folklore.
It’s just not christmas for most Canadians until it snows and we weren’t sure it was going to happen in Kaslo before St Nick arrived this year. But it did, and the beautiful, peaceful quiet is upon us again. The skates and skis are out and slowly we are adapting to the cold. Which reminds me, high pressure, low temp weather, such as we are experiencing now, is a time to think about protecting your stringed instruments from low humidity damage. Pop into the shop if you need some pointers.
Also, if you have some musicians on your Christmas list take note! From now until December 31st you will save 10% on all orders from our web store. At check out simply enter Merry Xmas in the discount field.
Here’s an excerpt from a beautiful performance done by TJ, a student of Kaslo’s 4th Annual GuitarFest. TJ is playing a 19th Century piece on this 19th Century replica by Instruments of Change, Jeremy Behn. The guitar was also used as part of the GuitarFest’s presentation at the Langham Theatre on the history of the classical guitar. Jeremy presented his hand built 19th Century guitar replica alongside other 19th Century guitars that esteemed players and historians Daniel Bolshoy and Murray Visscher displayed and performed on.
Plans are available to build your own 19th Century Guitar here!
There is gold in these hills! Cultural gold, artistic gold, creative gold. Noel Fudge and Martine Denbok are just two examples of our many local treasures. Both are musical performers, composers and instructors living in New Denver. They perform together as Freya and we were fortunate enough to have them here at Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre. Here’s their performance and interview, exclusively, Live from the Pew!
for more info on the band please visit www.fortheloveoffreya.ca
Sebastien Dufour played the Langham recently with his comrades, Small World Project, and was kind enough to demonstrate the new Cordoba Mini for us. These instruments are fantastic travel guitars, their main assets being; a fingerboard wide enough to use effectively (unlike Guileles), excellent tone and projection for a body this size and 2 sets of strings available; one to allow for optimum tone tuned a 4th above std tuning and one to allow playing at std pitch.
The first piece played is an original flamenco called ‘Tarantos’ followed by an arrangement of a piece called ‘Manha de Carnaval’.
Don’t miss this fabulously creative trio next time they pass thru your town!
Gracious thank you to friends Dave and Tami Gunter from Sandpoint, Idaho. They took time out of their business (organizing over one hundred kids music parts for their school musical!) and pleasure (soaking at Ainsworth Hotsprings) trip to play us a tune ‘From the Pew’ at Mtn Fruit.
Local singer/songwriter Jeremy Eisenhauer showed up the other day with a handmade guitar by none other than Canadian Luthier Icon Grit Laskin. Beautiful sounding guitar which we attempted to amplify in a way that does it’s tone justice. What we came up with is relatively faithful to the guitar and reasonably affordable, at least when you compare to something like the very popular DPA D-Vote mini condenser. Our configuration actually uses a the D-Vote guitar clamp which I have to say is very well conceived but to it we have clamped an Audix Micro-HP mini condenser. Perhaps not the holy grail of setups but it went together reliably and the sound is most definitely pleasing! Have a listen;
A guitar dropped at ‘just the right angle’, allowing it to impact on an edge will easily cause damage without much force, especially in cedar.
This is one of the Godin series of acoustics with some sort of poly based finish. More challenging to repair than a nitro type finish but doable with patience! Not 100% invisible but close.
Frogs that are stubborn in movement when tensioning hair and have a gap between them and the stick are common and in many cases are due to a loose eyelet or, as in the case of this bow, an eyelet that was installed at an incorrect angle. Correct alignments and tolerances of all the components that join frog and stick together are a necessity if the frog is to move easily and to reduce wear on the parts. None of this is too surprising as tensioning the hair definitely produces some stress on these relatively delicate moving parts.
Correcting a loose or misaligned eyelet is usually straighforward with the wonderful eyelet alignment tool in the photo below. One can drill an oversize hole for an oversize shank eyelet at a perfect right angle to the underslide. Or one can drill out the entire damaged area and fill it with an ebony plug and redrill for a std eyelet depending on the situation.
Kevin John who has been apprenticing in repair with Mtn Fruit and also manning the storefront while I had some much needed time off has embarked on another journey for the winter! He’s off to Vancouver Island to find his fortune or whatever comes his way. We’ve grown fond of having Kevin on our team and will miss him but wish him well on his adventure.