Thanks, Nate, you answered my question. "Constricted" was not quite the right word, Since it's loud, obviously the thin waist design didn't affect the volume of sound.I;d love to hear this one!
It is certainly a topic I have had trouble finding clear answers on. The fact that the 10 side pieces are all glued together is dampening the tone at least a little bit more than, say, two steam bend pieces glued to the headstock and tailpin. The main questions I dont yet have answers to is how much of the vibration of the string is channeled through the neck, versus the bridge and pan. If most the vibration is coming off the pan, then it seems possible that the neck is actually blocking the free resonance of the top section of the sound board, however if most of it is coming off the neck, then it probably doesnt matter much at all. Most of the things i read indicate that soundboard shape does not affect volume, but this might be an extreme example that contradicts the rule of thumb.
It;s nice, but is the sound in any way constricted?
Hello and thank you! I am not sure what exactly you mean by constricted, but it is pretty loud and sounds bright and chiming because of the very thin cake pan. It's quite a bit larger than most, the sides are 4" tall so as to accommodate the depth of the pan, which i would assume helps make it quite a bit louder as well, and also it has a false bottom. Overall, it is the loudest of any I've made yet.
Good to see folks who are still willing to experiment! You learn so much .....