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At 4:00pm on January 9, 2012, deedee said…

Hi Jaap,

For the soundboard I use fichte (http://www.af.nl/voorraad/massief/fichte/)

You don't need to use a single board. I usually use a couple of boards which I glue together. You have to use a plane to make the pieces fit precisely, that there is no space in between. Then I glue the several pieces together using painters tape, (which is elastic) on both sides. After the glue has dried, I use a plane and make the whole surface equally thick.

The body block I have made from walnut, the dark pieces of the body are mohagany and the light parts are maple.

The bottom I have made from a tropical piece of wood, which I got from a piano builder.

At 2:29am on January 9, 2012, deedee said…

Hi Jaap,

I'd be very happy to share my experiences with you. The book from Flynn could be a good start. You can download this book at http://www.luth.org/downloads/Flynn-Balalaika-GAL.pdf

This was where I got my experience from.

I can see you are from Belgium. I live in the Netherlands. What kind of balalaika would you like to build?

At 1:48am on January 8, 2012, Ted Crocker said…

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