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Old 25th March 2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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Is anyone familiar with plywood called Tiger Ply or Tiger Ply Light? I was offered this as a substitute for 3/4" Baltic Birch. The sales person was not very knowledgeable but insisted that it was void free with a birch exterior and a fir interior. She did not know the number of plys but would go to the warehouse and count them and call me right back. That was at 4:00CDST.

What do think...anyone used this and have an opinion?

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Old 25th March 2008, 05:49 AM   #2
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Hi,

I found this:
http://www.tigerply.com/index-2.html

And read on a quick Google that it's a Chinese invention/product to give the beauty of a birch ply without the expense.

I'll reserve an opinion until I try it (though living in BC, it'll probably be difficult. There is guaranteed to be fierce opposition to bringing that stuff in given our sagging lumber industry)

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Old 25th March 2008, 08:57 AM   #3
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We had C, D and E core sample shipments at our woodshop, and compared to European standards these are absolutely horrendous.

It wasn't void free as promised, the thickness varied as much as 2.5mm on the same board, and was duped with an insecticide/fungicide that meant it was impossible to work with without particle masks.

We ended up selling the sample shipment to a chipboard maker. I'd advice companies to ask for sample shipments first to see if their experience was as bad as ours before commiting themselves to using them. And I would flatly discourage DIYers from using it.
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Old 25th March 2008, 12:24 PM   #4
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In NY area we have 2 products that are similar. One is of cause-Baltic Birch. The other one is Euro Ply which is a superior and more expensive product.
I am not familiar this Tiger ply but I would be very cautious. The quality of the plywood, available in USA has gone down dramatically in the last few years. Plywood warps like nobodyís business, huge voids in the cores and so on so forth. The uneven thickness of the panel is also problematic.
As we find out now, some plywood manufacturers in US and Canada has been purchasing cores from China. I have nothing against the people behind Great Big Wall but wood is wood and by the time the cores travel here from over sea itís moisture content goes out of the window.
If your supplier can guarantee the product with a money back, Iíd try it but the chances are he will not.
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Old 30th November 2009, 10:18 PM   #5
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Ray,

TigerPLY is a fine plywood for Audio. As a matter TigerPLY is an approved plywood for use in the boxes made for Yamaha.

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Old 30th November 2009, 10:35 PM   #6
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I had a look at that website and the bottom picture on the "Cores" page is what ubiquitous, regular grade Chinese plywood looks like.

I'm not sure I agree with the comment about ocean travel screwing up the moisture, how much better is travelling in a truck or railcar in the rain than crossing the ocean in a container?
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As a matter TigerPLY is an approved plywood for use in the boxes made for Yamaha.
I've parted Yamaha speaker boxes... that does not inspire confidence.

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Old 30th November 2009, 11:04 PM   #8
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Real Baltic Birch or US-spec Appleply/Marine-Ply have hardwood cores, not fir. That and more/thinner plies so it doesn't warp. And the inner plies are void free -- they patch the knots with a plug.
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