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Todd makes it look easy, but balancing a log on only two points takes a lot of effort. Sitka spruce logs wait splitting and resawing.

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EUROPEAN SPRUCE

SITKA SPRUCE

ENGELMANN SPRUCE

ADIRONDACK SPRUCE

CARPATHIAN RED SPRUCE

CEDAR

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Description

 
PART No.

European Spruce

Price Ea.

 6 - 12

 13 - 24

 WSEUJ4A Steel string, best

$150.00

 WSEUC4A Classic, best

$140.00

 WSEUJ3A Steel string, fine

$120.00

$100.00

 WSEUC3A Classic, fine

$110.00

$90.00

 WSEUJ2A Steel string, good

$75.00

$60.00

 
 WSEUC2A Classic, good

$70.00

$60.00

 

Engelmann Spruce

Price Ea.

3+

 

 WSENJ4A

Steel string, best

$80.00

 

 WSENC4A

Classic, best

$75.00

 

 WSENJ3A

Steel string, fine

$60.00

$56.00

 

 WSENC3A

Classic, fine

$60.00

$56.00

 

 WSENJ2A

Steel string, standard

$32.00

$28.00

 

 WSENC2A

Classic, standard

$32.00

$28.00

 

 WSEN2

Steel string/classic, 2nd (export grade)

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Sitka Spruce

 
PART No. Description Price Ea.

 6 - 12

13 - 24

 WSS4A

Steel string, best

$80.00

 WSS3A

Steel string, fine

$60.00

$57.00

 

 WSS2A

Steel string, good

$35.00

$31.00

 

 WSS2A

Steel string, 2nd, export grade Inquire

Adirondack Spruce

Each

6 - 12

13+

WSADJ3A  Steel string, fine

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 WSADC3A  Classic/00, fine

$80.00

$65.00

 
 WSADJ2A Steel string, good

$95.00

$80.00

 
 WSADJ1A Steel string, standard

$70.00

$65.00

 

Carpathian Red Spruce

Each

6 - 12

13+

 WSCRJ4A Steel string, best $130.00    
 WSCRJ3A Steel string, fine $95.00 $90.00  
 WSCRJ2A Steel string, good $75.00 $65.00  
     

Western Redcedar

Price

 
PART No. Description  Each 6 - 12 13 - 24
 WSCJ4A Steel string, best

$70.00

$65.00

 WSCC4A Classic, best

$70.00

$65.00
 WSCJ3A Steel string, fine

$45.00

$41.00

 
 WSCC3A Classic string, fine

$45.00

$41.00

 
 WSC2A Steel/Classic string, good

$25.00

$21.00

 
 WSC2 Classic, 2nd, export grade

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GRADING

I believe the grading designations of A, AA, AAA began with the C.F. Martin Co. and Oddvar Nass, when Martin bought spruce soundboards from Niedemeyer-Martin of Portland, Ore. Oddvar was foreman at that company and later after retirement started his own company supplying spruce tops. Oddvar later sold his company to Larry White. The designation of "master grade" was one of Bill Lewis' of Lewis Luthier Supplies. Tom Peterson and I bought Lewis Luthier Supplies in 1978 and moved it to Healdsburg, California and began The Luthiers Mercantile. After a few years we began using the A — AAA grading system, and had continued using "master" for a grade. Although the nomenclature is almost standard these days, there are still grading variations from vendor to vendor. Between all of us involved in Allied Lutherie, we have several decades of grading experience, and we feel that our grading standards are high. 

 

In brief, AAAA is as good as it gets, about 1 to 2 percent of soundboard material grades out as master, with cosmetics (which are based on structural integrity) and runout differentiating this grade from AAA.

AAA is a good professional grade soundboard, with good cosmetic appearance and little if any runout. (Runout, commonly understood these days, was a little known subject before Bill Lewis wrote about it in his supply catalog of 1975.) We find that about 5% of tops fall into this category.

AA is a good grade, but may not be as perfectly quartersawn as AAA grade, or may have more grain variation, or some slight coloration. This is a grade that the US factories commonly use.

A grade is a decent top but few handbuilders ever use it, and few of the factories in the States use this grade. It's more of an export grade, although one can find some nice tops in this grade if cosmetics are not of great importance.

 
   

 

   
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