Lutherie E-Magazine?

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  1. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Hi all -

    So I have been brewing ideas recently for an E-Magazine for luthiers. I want to get a really good idea first, though, of who might or might not be interested in this. The idea came because I had set up a blog just for my own stuff about a year ago; I was surprised to find that it got 13,000 hits, and definitely I did not think there was that much interest in Lutherie (aside from the small forum communities that exist). So I wanted to put this out there to see just how much interest there might be in something like this.

    If there is not much interest, I won't waste the time. If there is a lot of interest though, I will make it and set up a proper website for it. The general idea is that it would be based on submissions from many people for techniques, tricks, ideas, tools, etc. (as well as featuring the work of luthiers), so that any luthier capable of writing a good (well-written and helpful) article can submit something. An issue would be released probably once or twice a year. The idea I had was that it would be set up similar to an Academic Journal, where people make submissions that are then accepted or rejected based on both the quality of the submission and the suitability for the issue (assuming there were enough submissions to make a full issue).

    The only one that I know about that exists at the moment is American Lutherie, which is from the GAL. This would be a journal open for submissions for any professional (or semi-professional) luthiers, so long as the articles are written in English. It would be available for free as an E-Magazine (and possibly in print in the future if there was enough interest in having print versions made).

    Just wanted to put this out there to get a feel for two things: a) whether anybody would be interested in it, and b) how many people would have an interest in writing submissions. Thoughts? :)
     
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    Hell yeah. I'm in.
     
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    Mukar - What a great idea! I'd be available if you need reviewer/editors. Seems like a very time consuming enterprise on your part, maybe it could be distributed a little.
     
  4. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Thanks JC for the offer to review - I may take you up on that if I end up going ahead with this :) Will wait to see what others think still, but definitely would be helpful to have an extra reviewer. For the rest of it I'm actually pretty well set up for the design etc. - I occasionally do layouts for books etc. so it cuts down the workload a lot that I can already format the E-Magazine; the majority of the work is in editing and reviewing the articles.
     
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    Murkar, I think this is a great idea.

    -John
     
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    I'm in, especially when it comes to finish stuff.
     
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    In addition to American Luthiery there is a new European luthiery publication:

    Sustain
     
  8. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Tanks Leo :hmm: Never seen or heard of that magazine before...I will have to check it out :D

    EDIT: Looks very interesting! The first issue that you can read the .PDF of looks great. What I'm thinking is that this one would be similar in presentation to the first issue (i.e. that you can always download the .PDFs of each issue for free).
     
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    im in! for whatever its worth.
     
  10. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Hmm....created a preview of what it might look like once completed. Of course there is no table of contents and no articles here, and the cover image is just a pic I found on google and not one that I could actually use.

    Note that if you zoom in with the zoom button, you have to zoom out with the same button (not the scroll bar) to be able to flip pages again.

    Volume 1 Issue 1 Spec
     
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    very cool and professional looking - just need a little content now...
     
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    awesome first issue is done! on with the second lol
     
  14. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Ha! That went faster than I expected :rofl:
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Old link is dead; new link is below. Added some layout stuff to get an idea of what the interior (content) might look like.

    Spec. Issue
     
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    Wow ... didn't know there's a school of lutherie in Zwickau/Germany. That's just around the corner to where I live. (Read that in the free PDF Sustain Mag)
     
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    Really? That's quite interesting :shock: Who would have thought lol

    And see! Ha I guess that's why lutherie magazines are a good idea...right? :D
     
  19. Murkar

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    I bought a domain today ;)
     
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    would like to be able to read it, but alas..
     

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