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Building a 'Skiffle Orchestra'

Started this discussion. Last reply by mrjonthehat May 19, 2014. 1 Reply

Hi,As I've spent a lot of time building CBGs, canjos, whamolas and percussion instruments, an arts organisation here in Glasgow have asked me to lead the construction of a 'Skiffle Orchestra' -…Continue

SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pete Regan Feb 1, 2013. 6 Replies

Please forgive a very basic question...I've built a few canjos for myself now, and attached piezo  pick-ups with a standard jack sockets. No problems. Now I'm building one to sell, and I'm getting…Continue

Strumstick - Dulcimer Vs Guitar stringing question

Started this discussion. Last reply by mrjonthehat Jan 15, 2013. 6 Replies

I was inspired by pictures on the clubhouse forum, and in David Sutton's book, to build a 4 string CBG with diatonic fretting. - I'm now wondering which side of the guitar to put my lowest string?…Continue

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mrjonthehat replied to mrjonthehat's discussion Building a 'Skiffle Orchestra'
"OK - I had a crack at making a plastic tubing saxophone / oboe / duduk today... and it turned out better than expected for a first attempt... It took less than ten minutes and cost me fifty (Scottish) pence. Video clip…"
May 19, 2014
mrjonthehat posted a discussion

Building a 'Skiffle Orchestra'

Hi,As I've spent a lot of time building CBGs, canjos, whamolas and percussion instruments, an arts organisation here in Glasgow have asked me to lead the construction of a 'Skiffle Orchestra' - (think of a jug band for 40 young musicians!) I have no problem with the string instruments and the percussion, and many of the items will be fitted with pick-ups, what I need is advice / suggestions for wind and brass style instruments...I'm thinking of large, electric kazoos, jugs, hose-pipe and funnel…See More
May 18, 2014
c# merle commented on mrjonthehat's blog post Tartan Tin Biscuit Bazouki
"cool mate. got the whole 'shortbread tin' scots vibe to a tee. reminds me of the old saying - 'Wha's like us? damn few, an their a' deid!'"
Jun 19, 2013
mrjonthehat posted a blog post

Tartan Tin Biscuit Bazouki

I was asked to make something here in Glasgow that "looked Scottish"!Job done:I guess that's about as Scottish as it gets, although the Irish have taken to the Greek bouzouki more than us Scots...Here's a quick video of me and my Muppet friend, with some tenor, electric bouzouki:mrjonthemuppet apologises for his singing...but it matches my dodgy playing!See More
Jun 18, 2013
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Sovereign Canjo

"cool tin"
Mar 6, 2013
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Sovereign Canjo

"Since this picture was taken, I've sold this to a friend of Scottish comedian / actor / banjo player, Billy Connolly - I'm told that Billy has played it, and thought it was great !"
Mar 4, 2013
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Key BG (2)

"Nice Virginia Torpedoes box. Oak neck, Mahogany fingerboard. Brass bits, Piezzo etc... Cost to build - £15 ... Now on sale in  Glasgow Art Gallery 'Eye Candy' - Gallery asking price £395 !!! I am amazed ! If it sells, I…"
Mar 4, 2013
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mrjonthehat d:oP - Front Porch, Electric. Slide CANJO

"Sounds good! Nice playin chair too."
Feb 1, 2013
mrjonthehat posted a video

mrjonthehat d:oP - Front Porch, Electric. Slide CANJO

mrjonthehat sits in his rocking chair, his gun at the ready, playing some slide CANJO blues, on his homemade, commemorative coin, cake-tin, electric canjo. P...
Jan 31, 2013
jim replied to mrjonthehat's discussion SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos
"Shocks with elecrtric are rare, used to happen years ago when amps were first used for guitar. Most of the time it was shorts in the amp causing shocks. Now days theres a 3rd wire that works as a precausionery  ground so thats not a problem."
Jan 29, 2013
Rand Moore replied to mrjonthehat's discussion SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos
"That's a beautiful cookie/cake tin. The neck and fretting look good too. Should make for a great instrument."
Jan 29, 2013
mrjonthehat replied to mrjonthehat's discussion SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos
"Thanks guys. I appreciate your replies, and they have helped ease my paranoia!  Here is a picture of the (99%) completed canjo. - Just a tidy-up needed..."
Jan 29, 2013
Rand Moore replied to mrjonthehat's discussion SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos
"The only real hazard from electric shock from a canjo with a piezo is shorting the can across exposed electrical wires. The voltages and currents associated with a piezo pickup are insignificant."
Jan 29, 2013
Scott aka Farmer Ted replied to mrjonthehat's discussion SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos
"One way to deal with that is to ground the tin can. Solder an extra wire to ground lug on jack and attach it to a machine screw, washer and nut to can...and/or solder that end of wire too. This way if positive wire of piezo or ceramic element ever…"
Jan 28, 2013
mrjonthehat posted a discussion

SHOCK HAZARD !? Electric Canjos

Please forgive a very basic question...I've built a few canjos for myself now, and attached piezo  pick-ups with a standard jack sockets. No problems. Now I'm building one to sell, and I'm getting paranoid about potential electric shock hazards from having electrical components in a metal tin. Can anyone please tell me what are the risks, and how can I prevent them. - Many thanks. (AS ALWAYS!) Cheers folks.See More
Jan 28, 2013

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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
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What instruments are you building or playing?
Whamola, 3 string & 4 string tennis racquet banjos, 3 string & 4 string Cigar Box Guitars, Mandolins, Mountain dulcimer, Theremin ... and others.

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Tartan Tin Biscuit Bazouki

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

I was asked to make something here in Glasgow that "looked Scottish"!

Job done:

I guess that's about as Scottish as it gets, although the Irish have taken to the Greek bouzouki more than us Scots...

Here's a quick video of me and my Muppet friend, with some tenor, electric bouzouki:…

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Hi from mrjonthehat

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 3:59pm 2 Comments

I work for a theatre company in Glasgow, Scotland, building props, sets and costumes. As a consequence, I've built a huge variety of home-made instruments. I hope to share some of them here.

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Hi John, welcome to the Clubhouse!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.

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