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by peter.coombe
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Bote-cote epoxy

So what is the crystal resin? I have been using normal resin for the boat. What is the difference? I can't find anything on their web site nor in the small book they produce, although mine is now quite old and may be out of date.
by peter.coombe
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bote-cote epoxy
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Bote-cote epoxy

I have been using the bote-cote epoxy system on a big boat restoration project I am doing and am quite impressed with it. Easier and much more pleasant stuff to use than West System. It has hardly any odour and the hardeners are completely clear of any amber tint. Should make a very good pore filler...
by peter.coombe
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Re: Now more difficult to export

Who do you insure your instruments with when you ship Peter? Australia Post. They self insure so that is a very good incentive for them to treat it good in Australia. However, once it gets to the overseas country it is out of their control. Never had a problem with Australia Post, and I have sent l...
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finish (shellac?) repair suggestions on Spanish classical
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Re: Finish (shellac?) repair suggestions on Spanish classical

Weird, never seen anything like that before. Maybe it has been spattered with very hot water. The cloudy patch does look like heat damage to shellac.
by peter.coombe
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Re: Now more difficult to export

Has anyone had the courtesy to tell you why we need this extra red tape and how it benefits the SME? Of course not. Why would Dutton's department give out reasons and benefits? Personally I think it is absolutely ridiculous to have to get permission to export small items. Any way, you all now know ...
by peter.coombe
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Re: Now more difficult to export

Just received this. Nobody told me anything about this - "Your Export Declaration has been received, however is unable to be processed as the following documentation is also required: - Evidence of Identity (100 points) documentation - Passport Identification page and Drivers Licence (please include...
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Re: Now more difficult to export

Makes you wonder if the people who think this stuff up have any idea how a SME really works. Yes. I have wasted the best part of a day trying to get this sorted and am really pissed about it. One more thing. You need an ABN if your item is worth more than $2000. No ABN and you are toast, even if yo...
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Re: Now more difficult to export

Ok, I think I have it sorted. After getting shuffled around from person to person I finally got the correct person who directed me to the correct form which I already had found on their web site. He also gave me an email to send it to instead of fronting up to a counter (yes!). Form has been sent, n...
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Re: Now more difficult to export

It gets worse. Apparently the local Border Force office in Eden cannot accept the Export Declaration form.
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Now more difficult to export
Replies: 12
Views: 1423

Now more difficult to export

Today I rocked up at the local Post Office with a recently completed mandolin packed up and ready to go to the USA. Nothing out of the ordinary, I have been doing it for many years. The lady at the counter entered the details into the Aussie Post computer system, but it would not accept the item wit...
by peter.coombe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

All now resolved. TNT delivered the Stew Mac package on Thursday, but it took another prod from me, and they delivered the LMI package yesterday. Phew.
by peter.coombe
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

Have called FedExp and got them to change the address to my street address. Hopefully it won't be the same nightmare.
by peter.coombe
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

Ordered a bunch of stuff from LMI on the weekend and just got an email from LMI. They send via FedExp to my PO address. AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!! I must be jinxed. No idea how that happened, I thought it was going via USPS since there was no great hurry for this (just as well!). Have sent an email to LMI...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

When I last ordered there was no DHL to tick. It just said "International Express", still does the last time I checked (just now), so you don't know how they are going to send it, but I assumed DHL because that is what they have used in the past, and that is what is indicated on their web page. I th...
by peter.coombe
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

Very strange reply from Stew Mac. Seems to try to steer you towards FedEx which is not what we want. DHL use Australia Post for remote area delivery (I live in a "remote area"). They after all are owned by Deutche Bundespost so that is no surprise. FedEx use TNT for remote area delivery. I sure know...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

I know their web site says express is via DHL, and I assumed they would ship via USPS or DHL, but I was wrong, and that page is wrong. When you check out it tells you nothing, and they will probably then ship via FedExp. They will still ship via DHL, but you need to tell them you want DHL. After my ...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Re: Stew Mac shipping - warning

I already complained to Stew Mac and they apologised, but that does not help other people who might unwittingly make the same mistake. They did not change their web site which is where the real problem is. Still no delivery nor any call from TNT.
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stew Mac shipping - warning
Replies: 26
Views: 3700

Stew Mac shipping - warning

To anyone ordering from Stew Mac please be aware that if you choose express shipping then Stew Mac will send via Fed Express. They used to send via USPS or DHL and I have had no problems in the past with either. However, the last order was urgent so I choose express and it has gone pear shaped becau...
by peter.coombe
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: More mandolin thoughts

Do you think the shape of the soundhole (oval vs round) has much effect on the resonant freq? No, the surface area of the soundhole, the volume of air in the soundbox, and the stiffness of the top, back and sides determines the main air mode frequency. The shape does not matter. In terms of the oth...
by peter.coombe
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood identification
Replies: 5
Views: 1534

Re: Wood identification

Looks like meranti to me. I don't think it is red cedar.
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: More mandolin thoughts

Has been some more progress on this. I have some more data from new mandolins, and I have managed to borrow a couple of instruments from a local customer to measure. Ideally I really need a research grant to make 20 identical mandolins or guitars and vary the tunings. I am suffering from a lock of q...
by peter.coombe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 3901

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

Thanks Peter, On your first post I had trouble imagining what the control would be. I appreciate your detailed explanations. My understanding from your comments is that without the control, testing with instruments that clearly sound different, we have to assume or be convinced that their methodolo...
by peter.coombe
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 3901

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

So it’s a bit like saying, in order to see if you can tell the difference between Granny Smiths and red delicious (blindfolded perhaps), then first let’s make sure you can tell the difference between apples and bananas? Yep, something like that. Negative results in science can be tricky. If you rep...
by peter.coombe
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 3901

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

Scientific hat on. When doing scientific experiments there are two questions you need to ask and answer (1) Is what has been observed in the experiment real and not an artefact of the methodology (2) Is it repeatable. A control is used to answer (1), and you repeat the experiment a number of times a...
by peter.coombe
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 3901

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

Yep, Nigel you are right. Rosewood guitars sell, other woods are harder to sell. Hopefully this study and the publicity it has received might start to shift that, but it is like shifting the Titanic with a tinny. I have not had the same problem with mandolins. Australian natives sell just as well as...