Quex Instruments are made from locally sourced timbers, a good amount of which are grown in the grounds of Quex Park itself. The Mahogany tree is not one that grows in the UK, but ‘sourced’ is a word, and concept, that has a wide meaning. So when some baulks of solid mahogany were stripped out from one of the galleries that is being re-furbished in the Powell-Cotton Museum and became available, it would have been silly to turn them down. This timber has been in place in the museum for well over 50 years, as I can remember seeing the cabinets they came from during my early visits to the museum in my youth.
It will be reserved for a special, unique run of instruments that we will announce in the near future, so watch this space.
The hospital visits are now over for the next couple of months, so normal opening is resumed and if you can get through the puddles you’ll be more than welcome to come and visit the workshop. Thanet was once an Island and the topography of the area ensures that, for the most part we have avoided any serious flooding in our immediate locality, so things carry on as normal.
Some new jigs and tooling have changed the way that we do a coupe of jobs in constructing our instruments and a couple of ‘proving’ instruments have been completed and are now available. One is a Tenor long neck pineapple with walnut body, E. Maple neck and Douglas Fir soundboard, the second a concert in the same materials. Both have radiussed fretboards in Laburnum. Come along and take a look, they are being offered at excellent prices.