We're happy to hear that the blanks were replaced and the new pieces met your expectations.
All of our handpicked boards get listed with an individual note if any defects are present, but we aren't able to do that with our stock items. Occasionally pieces move/twist/cup and may not be usable. If you ever get into a spot where the lumber/blank wasn't what you were expecting, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
Years ago at Montreal Drum Fest, Mike Portnoy did a tribute to Zeppelin and I was actually surprised how well he did. I closed my eyes and it really felt like Bonham. I agree about him being more like a machine (like Neil) but being in that venue, that day, im telling you he harnessed the spirit of John Bonham. It gave me the chills.
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if you are using reclaimed wood (as shown in the picture), it can be a bit of an art to get reclaimed boards "flat enough" to look right, but not ruin the character of the lumber.
The important thing is to get the edge joints clean for the glue up get the top as close to flat as you can with as little material removed as possible. I personally would do it without biscuits or dominoes, but its six one way and half dozen the other way
This is a good example of why the "do what's best for you" is important ... this is just not something I can see myself doing very often. Just curious what you were building that required 15 8' boards? Apart from lumber storage I've never used 8' boards. So far I've only built one project that needed a board longer than 6', and that was a bed (and only 6 long boards for that) - for most of my projects 4' boards are long enough. So if *I* were setting up *my* dream shop I'd make sure that handling 4-5' boards was a breeze, but as long as 8' boards were possible I'd be happy to accept "annoying" for the rare project that needs an 8' board. Clearly for your workflow that would be different.
Feel has more to do with a song being successful than any other single factor. Absolutely agree with you on that.
Not to toot my own horn, BUT, take a song like Politician... The notes are dead simple, but the feel is what drives the song. The same goes for The Rover (Zep). No feeling, and the song dies.
Part of that is why I truly love jazz so much. So much feeling, and room for expression. Listen to this... It's not a terribly complicated guitar "riff".. but, wow, so clean and has lots of feel. Clean = no room to hide. Each note speaks for itself.