I started an experimental instrument. I recently ran across a thread where someone mentioned something called a “Virzi plate”. What it is, is a thin, flexible plate of spruce or cedar that’s glued to the underside of the soundboard on an instrument (with space between). It’s supposed to make a big (positive) difference in the tone, at some sacrifice in volume. This guy was putting it on an archtop guitar, but I’m putting one in a bowed psaltery. Bp’s are too loud anyway, and they go together so quickly, so I thought that would be a good instrument to start with.
So, here’s a few pics of the BP, in various stages of assembly.
Gluing together the pin block:
Gluing the A-frame:
The soundboard, which is made from slices off a 4X4 fencepost:
The back, which is mahogany:
The top, cut to shape and thicknessed:
The rosette/soundhole added:
The Virzi plate itself:
The label. Real classy, huh?
The top is glued to the finished frame, and then the plate is glued on:
Then the back is glued on: