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Nothing looks better than old recycled parchment for viol linings - - I'm finally getting toward the end of this 17th C land deed from Lincolnshire I've been using for ages. Time to get back on eBay... #viol #violadagamba #earlymusic #gamba #madeinmaine #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

Nothing looks better than old recycled parchment for viol linings - - Im finally getting toward the end of this 17th C land deed from Lincolnshire Ive been using for ages. Time to get back on eBay... #viol #violadagamba #earlymusic #gamba #madeinmaine #lutherie

Just sent this Brazilian / spruce off to Michigan -- the fifth guitar from the same big beautiful chunk of rosewood. Love that chocolate color and sapwood with the flamed maple bindings!
#brazilianrosewood #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #customguitar #lutherie
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Just sent this Brazilian / spruce off to Michigan -- the fifth guitar from the same big beautiful  chunk of rosewood. Love that chocolate color and sapwood with the flamed maple bindings!
#brazilianrosewood #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #customguitar #lutherie

 

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#TobyRzepkaLuthier , I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Gabriel play it Stellar sound and beauty !!!

Nicely done, and nicely finished.

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Gluing a loose back brace with my handy scissor jack

#lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar #classicalguitar
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Gluing a loose back brace with my handy scissor jack

#lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar #classicalguitar

 

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I'm so jealous! You have cool tools! That's so much more controlled than a chopstick wedge!

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Almost ready for stringing up! Spruce/braz 650 going out to Michigan next week

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #brazilianrosewood
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Almost ready for stringing up! Spruce/braz 650 going out to Michigan next week

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #brazilianrosewood

 

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Cool, another of your beautiful guitars in Michigan #mainetomichigan

It's hard to keep track of all the people in Michigan who love Rzepka guitars!

Toby , I’ve just listened to this guitar for the last hour .....Beautiful sound !!!

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2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Dipping back into the 17th C between classical guitar festivals

#violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #viol #madeinmaine
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Dipping back into the 17th C between classical guitar festivals

#violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #viol #madeinmaine

 

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Oh damn! You build pirate ships as well?

Is this to be a vijuella or baroque quitar?

How many viols have you made?

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2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Good things happen when you wander the lush greenery of old Louisville after a gorgeous David Russell concert--fireflies, bourbon, Henry IV--and a free coozy! #gfa2018 ... See MoreSee Less

Good things happen when you wander the lush greenery of old Louisville after a gorgeous David Russell concert--fireflies, bourbon, Henry IV--and a free coozy! #gfa2018

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Great first day at #gfa2018! Thanks to all the unbelievable players who made it down to visit us here in the basement πŸ™‚. A lot of great luthiers down here, stop by if you haven't already!

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie
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Great first day at #gfa2018! Thanks to all the unbelievable players who made it down to visit us here in the basement πŸ™‚. A lot of great luthiers down here, stop by if you havent already!

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie

 

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I'm loving the selfies! πŸ˜‰

Toby! Where a the festival? How long?

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

After three flight cancelations, a missing bag, and 24 hours stuck in NYC, things are looking good for me actually making it to (most of) #gfa2018. Laguardia, it's been real. Look out, Louisville. ... See MoreSee Less

After three flight cancelations, a missing bag, and 24 hours stuck in NYC, things are looking good for me actually making it to (most of) #gfa2018. Laguardia, its been real. Look out, Louisville.

 

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Good look Toby with the rest of your trip!

Toby, you're lucking good!

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Four boxes of pure guitar magic speeding off to #gfa2018 in Louisville, KY. Hope to see lots of familiar faces and many new ones too. Come find me at the vendor fair! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar ... See MoreSee Less

Four boxes of pure guitar magic speeding off to #gfa2018 in Louisville, KY. Hope to see lots of familiar faces and many new ones too. Come find me at the vendor fair! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar

 

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Have a great time! Wish I could join you!

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Neck carvin' time

#classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #madeinmaine #customguitar
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Neck carvin time

#classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #madeinmaine #customguitar

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Hate to be inside working on a day like this after a loooooong Maine winter - - but the crabapple outside my workshop window is a good consolation prize #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #crabapple #floweringtrees ... See MoreSee Less

Hate to be inside working on a day like this after a loooooong Maine winter - - but the crabapple outside my workshop window is a good consolation prize #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #crabapple #floweringtrees

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

I'm building this small bass viol without a mold, as the original was built back in 1624. I love this method--it makes for a lighter instrument (no corner blocks, no back linings!) Corners and seams will be reinforced with parchment. #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #viol ... See MoreSee Less

Im building this small bass viol without a mold, as the original was built back in 1624. I love this method--it makes for a lighter instrument (no corner blocks, no back linings!) Corners and seams will be reinforced with parchment. #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #viol

 

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I love that there is real 17th C parchment in your viols!

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

This most fundamental hand tool exercise, making a perfectly square block, somehow never loses its charm. There's something about the crispness of the shape, the simplicity of form encompassing an organic, irregular material, that never gets old. I guess Ellsworth Kelly would have stopped here πŸ™‚. But this one will shaped into a top block for a bass viol #handtools #finewoodworking #madeinmaine #violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

This most fundamental hand tool exercise, making a perfectly square block, somehow never loses its charm. Theres something about the crispness of the shape, the simplicity of form encompassing an organic, irregular material, that never gets old. I guess Ellsworth Kelly would have stopped here πŸ™‚. But this one will shaped into a top block for a bass viol #handtools #finewoodworking #madeinmaine #violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie

 

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the way light diffuses at its edges!

ps - we gotta get up to ME this summer

Ahhh, back to your "old" tricks.. get it? Bass viol? Old?

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4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Assembly time! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Assembly time! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

 

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Have you ever employed radial bracing?

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Block plane & mini table saw = tidy cherry linings #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #handtools @ Toby Rzepka, Luthier ... See MoreSee Less

Block plane & mini table saw = tidy cherry linings #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #handtools  @ Toby Rzepka, LuthierImage attachmentImage attachment

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Removing anything that's not a heel #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Removing anything thats not a heel #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Playing around with bracing #lutherie #joinery #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Playing around with bracing #lutherie #joinery #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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Interesting! Why using a lateral reinforcement when the whole pulling force of strings is longitudinal? I guess this bracing will enhance treble, but not sure for the bass πŸ™‚ good luck

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Chop chop chop #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Chop chop chop #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

I like to leave interior work 'off the chisel' on my guitars, without using abrasives to erase subtle tool marking. A little bit of the old school aesthetic in a craft that has veered away from the handmade, the human, the organic (unlike bowed strings where a good tool mark is appreciated!) #handtools #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

I like to leave interior work off the chisel on my guitars, without using abrasives to erase subtle tool marking. A little bit of the old school aesthetic in a craft that has veered away from the handmade, the human, the organic (unlike bowed strings where a good tool mark is appreciated!) #handtools #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Deflection testing guitar tops, measuring stiffness at the bridge position after thicknessing. This will inform the bracing choices for each guitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Deflection testing guitar tops, measuring stiffness at the bridge position after thicknessing. This will inform the bracing choices for each guitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

 

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Physics + lutherie = <3

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Lovely flamed maple back for the Jaye bass viol, freshly joined #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic ... See MoreSee Less

Lovely flamed maple back for the Jaye bass viol, freshly joined #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic

 

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Love these elegant low-tech clamps.

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Nigra, latifolia, melanoxylon--three lovely species of dalbergia. Like children, I love them all equally! ... See MoreSee Less

Nigra, latifolia, melanoxylon--three lovely species of dalbergia. Like children, I love them all equally!

 

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Braz, indian, and African πŸ˜€

But not equally to your real children

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Pulling wood and templates for a small bass viol after Henry Jaye, 1624. Bent front. Gonna be a fun one! #earlymusic #violadagamba #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

Pulling wood and templates for a small bass viol after Henry Jaye, 1624. Bent front. Gonna be a fun one! #earlymusic #violadagamba #lutherie

 

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Excellent! Have fun with it... πŸ™‚

Think Kessler did bent fronts too.

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Camatillo looking fine in the midday sun--more pics coming soon! #camatillo #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Camatillo looking fine in the midday sun--more pics coming soon! #camatillo #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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Quite beautiful. I would like to know their cost, please, thank you.

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

This is gonna be a fun one to French polish #camatillo #flamedmaple #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

This is gonna be a fun one to French polish #camatillo #flamedmaple #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Shellac dissolving in the afternoon sun #frenchpolish #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Shellac dissolving in the afternoon sun #frenchpolish #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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That's a STIFF drink

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

640mm African blackwood and European spruce, ready for French polish! ... See MoreSee Less

640mm African blackwood and European spruce, ready for French polish!

 

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Ceri Faas

Specatular!

Hmm.. I wonder whose guitar this is going to be?

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7 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Steve Connor used to call this jig the 'magic stick.' Just a board with 3 nubs at the 1st fret, 12th fret and saddle position. When the fingerboard is done being shaped, all three should be making contact. This ensures correct action and string height at the saddle. #jigs #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar ... See MoreSee Less

Steve Connor used to call this jig the magic stick. Just a board with 3 nubs at the 1st fret, 12th fret and saddle position. When the fingerboard is done being shaped, all three should be making contact. This ensures  correct action and string height at the saddle. #jigs #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar

 

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Steve Connor has some good turns of phrase! Miss those guys!

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