Rumba Box Recordings.

We have managed to record three tracks featuring the Freddy Nelson Jug Bank Rumba Box. And it sounds as good as it looks.

It’s got a deep but not too boomy sound. We recorded it with a wide diaphragm condenser outside and a bass drum mic inside the box. Then mixed the two together.

It plays a solo in Country Lady and it is truly bouncing along.

We are also working on videos for these tracks and with a bit of luck we should get one finished next week.

But for now please enjoy these three tracks from The Freddy Nelson Jug Band. Featuring the Freddy Nelson Jug Band Rumba Box.

Completed Bamboo Flatbow.

What bank holiday. I got the bow finished and polished up today.

The Black Walnut veneers are looking real good and although I have not shot the bow through the chrony yet is seems fast and it has a smooth draw.

This marks the end of what turned into a long project to make three bows of the same dimensions and weight but with three different combinations of wood.

One with all Maple limbs, one with a mix of Maple and Bamboo, and this one with all Bamboo.

The next thing is to put them all through speed tests and make any find adjustments if needed.

The series of bows is called the Instinct series and I will be blowing the dust off the camera and taking some better photos of the three of them later this week.

Bamboo Flatbow – Progress has been made.

I got the bow glued up, cleaned up and tips on.


Initial weight was 56lb, so I had a bit of thinning to do to get it to the desired 45lb.

After shaping the tips and handle and thinning it from the fades I got it down to 47lb. I am going to leave it there for now and get on with the final shaping and sanding.

The plan is to take a chamfer off the sides so that the edges of the yellow bamboo are visible as a piping line around the Black Walnut veneers. That should take it down to the 45lb and look stunning.

(I was going to use Osage orange instead of the yellow bamboo to give the bow the appearance of a chocolate orange. The Yellow Bamboo and Purpleheart version has already been christened Rhubarb and custard. And the idea of naming bows after deserts and confectionery instead of animals and birds is appealing.)

Anyway, I will try to finish the bow over the weekend and do some chrony tests with it. The initial shots in it’s roughed out form seem quite fast, so it will be interesting to see what the clock says.

The Finished Jug Band Rumba Box.

Here it is. An idea a week ago, a rumba box today.

We got The Freddy Nelson Jug Band Rumba Box finished today. It is looking spectacular and sounding even better.

The 12 keys give a lot more scope and we have been practising some Freddy Nelson County Classics. Fingers crossed we will get some recordings done tomorrow. And get onto the video next week.

It’s been a great project so far.

Anyone wanting to make a guest musician appearance in any of the recordings…..get in touch.

I got some more work done on the bamboo bow.

There are a lot of laminations going into this. The Moso Bamboo has a good thick wall so I have managed to get a solid core out of it. Two matching tapered laminates from 5 to 1mm.

Then I have 4 laminates of yellow bamboo 2 for each limb at 1mm each and finally 4 Black Walnut veneers at 0.5mm each. That bundle will be sandwiched between 0.8mm clear glass.

The Black Walnut veneers are very thin and are going to take some careful handling.

The target weight for the bow is 45lb and it’s getting glued up tomorrow.

The Freddy Nelson Jug Band Rumba Box.

This is a fantastic project. Its a 12 key Rumba Box and it is going to be the Bass instrument in new recordings of some old Freddy Nelson classics such as County Lady, Too Far Out Too Far In, The Long Way Home, and many more.

We have been working on it today and we got the main body put together and the bridge cut out. The bridge is solid American White Ash and the body is hardwood ply with an internal frame.