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« on: May 28, 2016, 04:53:19 PM »

I didn't know Larrivee had produced any torrefied tops.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTmtExRKfjs
Has anyone played one?
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2016, 07:10:57 PM »

Where does it reference a torrefied top?
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2016, 07:16:52 PM »

This one is from Dave's Woodstock Music and is supposed to be one of a kind D-40R with Torrified top...  says so on his FB post and right below the video page...  Sounds extraordinary!

Published on May 16, 2016

One of a kind Larrivee D-40R with Torrified Adirondack top. Amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2016, 09:16:26 PM »

I checked out the D-40R with the torrefied top on Dave's Woodstock Music site and it looks visually quite unique and sounds fantastic (Sold, FYI). Can anybody define what "Torrified" means?  

EDIT: Never mind, I googled it like I should have done in the first place. Found some good explanations, including:

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21444-acoustic-soundboard-torrefied-woodsdont-be-afraid

http://bourgeoisguitars.net/our-news/dana-bourgeois-on-torrefaction-for-acoustic-guitar/
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2016, 09:55:28 PM »

One thing I've started to notice over time as regards torrefied tops is that you don't see many, if any, of the high end, well respected custom builders flocking to build with them. I'm talking the guys that know wood like you or I know the backs of our hands. Most, but not all, of the buzz is coming from mass production outfits. Hmmm, makes me wonder because if it was THAT good they would be all over it without hesitation. But they aren't.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2016, 11:53:54 PM »

Torrefaction was originally invented to make a better burning fuel.  They stumbled on the "aging" effect it has quite by accident.  The process likely increases the cost to produce the top, which would impact mass production competition in the end...  There are those that swear it sounds significantly better though...
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