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by matthew
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double Bass Build
Replies: 14
Views: 2466

Re: Double Bass Build

you are probably well advanced by now but i’ll offer a few tips for next time We commonly use a slot cutter router bit to establish an even edge thickness by registering the router base at the back of the plate. purfling usually goes in after the arching is carved and the outline finalized on the ri...
by matthew
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3202

Re: New GST rules

well the prob with that is you cannot claim the tax unless you have a tax invoice from them...
by matthew
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3202

Re: New GST rules

My experience of late. I had a few imports shipped through DHL. Both over AUD $1000 but not much. None of my suppliers (USA,Germany, India) charged GST. On each shipment, I was hit with GST, duty (on ebony and some tools) and an $83 customs fee, all to be paid up front for the shipment to be release...
by matthew
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 12910

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Well how about that.

Thank Jeremy. Nice and blue!!
by matthew
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cheap shopvac with power takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 2639

Re: cheap shopvac with power takeoff

also I figure in MY shop the sanding machines get perhaps 5-10 minutes total running time per day max, and the Bandsaw maybe 2-5 minutes max. so there's not a lot of wear and tear on the vacs. if I was doing a lot of machining or. thickness sanding, it'd be a different matter. we don't use any Power...
by matthew
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cheap shopvac with power takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 2639

Re: cheap shopvac with power takeoff

well Martin ideally I'd have a dust deputy on all my vacs but I don't. And a DD takes up precious room. for now I keep the dust deputy for the sanding machines and at the moment I'm just using a straight vac on the Bandsaw. sure, the Ozeto won't compare with any festool performance wise but at that ...
by matthew
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: cheap shopvac with power takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 2639

cheap shopvac with power takeoff

Bunnings now have an Ozito wetndry shopvac with power takeoff for $79. Hard to go past that - getting a few for the shop and to go with my dust deputy.

Bit noisy but they work fine.
by matthew
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 12910

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

the pattern makers vise can hold a double bass by the neck ... horizontal!!

not something I want to do every day but sometimes ...
by matthew
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 12910

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

if an american retailer can import them from china or taiwan and sell for USD$130 and still make a 200% profit, then surely an aussie retailer can do the same :-/
by matthew
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 12910

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

Carbatec and the other importers already have containers full of ironwork coming regularly. all they need to do is put in a bunch of these with their next shipment!
by matthew
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 12910

Re: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

well that's why I just think Carbatec should carry it. they have Taiwanese suppliers I'm sure. they could just put a hundred or so in their next shipment of heavy steel things. And I'm sure they'd sell. how many instrument makers are there here? must be hundreds. I made one, it was ok, but nothing n...
by matthew
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!
Replies: 38
Views: 12910

pattern makers vise at Carbatec at last!

No sorry it hasn't happened yet. but wouldn't it be good if they did carry it? I've been sending requests for them to add it to their stock lines. I'm suggesting that you guys hop onto their facebook page or website and do likewise. I just put a lot of money on one from Stewmac. Postage to Oz costs ...
by matthew
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ebonising wood
Replies: 11
Views: 3459

Re: ebonising wood

black hair dye, the two part mix like Clairol and so on, works wonders on pale ebony and many other woods to get a long lasting deep black that doesn't wear off. yes some chemical reaction that seems to bond very well with the fibre of the wood. I've tried all of the usual stains including tannin/ir...
by matthew
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate bracing - bass back
Replies: 7
Views: 3111

Re: Falcate bracing - bass back

It was not possible to really control RH when I installed it. However, I kept the unbraced back in plastic with a pound of silica gel crystals before I glued it all up.
by matthew
Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate bracing - bass back
Replies: 7
Views: 3111

Falcate bracing - bass back

Faced with the carnage wrought on large instruments in the New York winter by the dryness from a combination of subzero temps and central heating, I recently had to come up with a new bracing system for my silver medal double bass that would allow the wood to move while providing stiffness and suppo...
by matthew
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help me iD this wood please?
Replies: 9
Views: 3978

Re: help me iD this wood please?

... however, in the space of five minutes I've decided instead that it must be Narra/NG rosewood, as the furniture i rescued it from was distinctly asian. Bubinga is african.

Apparently the infusion of the wood is fluorescent! I'll have to check this property ...
by matthew
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help me iD this wood please?
Replies: 9
Views: 3978

Re: help me iD this wood please?

After a lot of reading i have decided that it is most likely Bubinga. So, well spotted guys. It is described elsewhere as either smelling awful (when wet) or sweet and compelling. Which is how i find it. And samples i've seen look very similar.

I will read up a bit on NG Rosewood.
by matthew
Wed May 25, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help me iD this wood please?
Replies: 9
Views: 3978

Re: help me iD this wood please?

French polish does it very nicely ...
by matthew
Wed May 25, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help me iD this wood please?
Replies: 9
Views: 3978

help me iD this wood please?

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wonderful aroma of resin, fresh tobacco, old books, roses ... complex. if it was whisky I'd be addicted to it ...
by matthew
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Where to get black vulcanized paper?
Replies: 30
Views: 10654

Re: Where to get black vulcanized paper?

Did anyone end up finding a good supplier? I was just about to put an order with LMI for two sheets ... $80 shipping FFS!!
by matthew
Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Workshop share
Replies: 2
Views: 1722

Re: Workshop share

OK you can stop messaging me now. I can't handle the volume of emails I'm getting :moo
by matthew
Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Workshop share
Replies: 2
Views: 1722

Workshop share

Hi

I am looking at leasing a commercial premises in Marrickville (Sydney) to build my business, building, repairing and restoring double basses and cellos.

If anyone is interested in potentially sharing/renting workshop space from me, please drop me a line privately.

Matthew
by matthew
Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Double bass resto/repair
Replies: 31
Views: 14083

Re: Double bass resto/repair

Setup hint: Put a lightweight composite tailpiece on it with a synthetic tailgut. Much better for pizz IMO.

And, the less paint the better.
by matthew
Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bridge repair hobart
Replies: 8
Views: 5982

Re: bridge repair hobart

actually both Dobson and Mineur have price lists online ...
by matthew
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bridge repair hobart
Replies: 8
Views: 5982

Re: bridge repair hobart

Thank you. He will try Dobson, having not had a good experience elsewhere before ...