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Whamdiddle Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones

Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones
Historically Accurate Reproduction Minstrel-style Bones.

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  • Historically accurate minstrel-style bones.
  • Design reproduced from vintage instruments.
  • Ideal for living history minstrel band performers.
  • Perfect for Civil War reenactors jamming around the camp fire.
  • Superb design delivers remarkable range of tones.
  • Fits comfortably in all hands, large or small.
  • Made by master luthier.
  • Handcrafted Product: No two are exactly alike.
  • Thickness and length of each bone might differ slightly.
  • Your item may vary from photos.
  • Budget priced.
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Unfinished Whamdiddle Minstrel-style African Blackwood Bones

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Product Code: 110-39-M

Description Technical Specs The Inside Story...
African Blackwood is a dark heavy rare exotic rosewood favored by many wind instrument makers over ebony. The tree is native to Africa and delivers a strong powerful tone.

Like ebony, blackwood is quite hard and extremely dense and quickly dulls saw blades. Its oily nature and high tolerance to climate changes make blackwood a good instrument wood for bone players and all musicians.

African blackwood grows throughout central Africa. The tree is also reported to grow in western India. Since the reported specific gravity is 1.0 (same as water) I tossed a pair into a bucket of water, and sure enough, they sank.

Almost Like Ebony
The wood of choice for Mister Bones during the Minstrel era was ebony. Today, however, few woodcrafters will produce ebony bones because the cost of the wood is sky high, the wood is extremely difficult to work, and ebony dust causes painful allergic reactions to woodworkers.

So what is a living-history minstrel performer supposed to do? Although technically a rosewood, about the closest thing you will find to the look and feel of ebony is African Blackwood.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

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  • Historically Accurate Minstrel-style Bones: Perfect for Civil War reenactors.
  • Authentic Reproduction Instruments: Ideal for living history minstrel bands.
  • Solid African Blackwood Hardwood: Excellent for musical bones.
  • Handcrafted by Master Luthier: Quality heirloom product.
  • Produces Remarkable Dynamic Range: Lets you add more musical color to a tune.
  • Quarter-sawn Lumber: Creates stable tone, won't warp or crack.
  • Relatively Thin: Fits comfortable in all hands, large or small.
  • Hand Rubbed Finish: Non-slip easy grip.

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