Search found 638 matches

by peter.coombe
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts - the end result
Replies: 7
Views: 134

Re: More mandolin thoughts - the end result

I do have enough Gidgee for one of these mandolins, so that is on the to do list. Gidgee has the same problem as Ebony, rare to find pieces wide enough. I have plenty more Ebony, but would have to make a 3 or 4 piece back. Certainly you could drop the main air mode by using a smaller sound hole, but...
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts - the end result
Replies: 7
Views: 134

More mandolin thoughts - the end result

Some time ago I posted some mandolin thoughts about how I was using the principles outlined in the Gore/Gilet books to improve the sound of my flat top mandolins. A quick summary - I found that the main back mode of my flat top mandolins was 3 semitones below that of the main top mode. This matched ...
by peter.coombe
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New OM guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: New OM guitar

Bolt on neck, and I am not a guitar player and cannot do it justice so no sound sample until I can persuade a real guitar player to play it a bit in front of a mic.
by peter.coombe
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New OM guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 251

New OM guitar

My latest OM guitar. Traditional woods, Red Spruce (Adirondack) top, Honduran Mahogany back and sides. The mahogany is around 40 years old, I got it from Curley Pete, came from a deceased estate, so I got lucky. This Mahogany has good colour and rings like a bell, but no figure in the wood. River Re...
by peter.coombe
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco Blanca
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: Flamenco Blanca

Nice chops indeed. Good sound from the guitar.
by peter.coombe
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: king billy pine question
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: king billy pine question

Nope, no different from Spruce.
by peter.coombe
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: straight dovetail
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: straight dovetail

I did use straight dovetails on mandolins many years ago, but have been using a tapered dovetail ever since. The reason I changed was although a straight dovetail is easier to implement, it is harder to disassemble. After a bit of practice I found the tapered version to be not so hard after all. Man...
by peter.coombe
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: custom cases

I did get a custom mandolin case made by a fellow I met at Port Fairy FF. Cost was very reasonable, but it is a flight case, bulky and heavy but very strong. He measured one of my mandolins and the fit is perfect, but so perfect it won't fit any of my other models of mandolins. The interior is foam ...
by peter.coombe
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: custom cases
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: custom cases

Welcome to my world. Presto Cases is no longer in business. They closed down just when I had several cases on order with them so I was not happy, but the reason they closed was due to serious illness of one of the partners. I used them for just about everything, except the cheapest mandolins, and fo...
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping
Replies: 11
Views: 4892

Re: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping

I am also into my second year of this. Pays for itself quickly, but the free shipping is slow, very slow now.
by peter.coombe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: Motivation

What keeps me motivated - sales. I get a huge kick from a good sale. That might sound mercenary, but it was never the money. A good sale means there is someone out there who appreciates what you are doing, enough to stump up the cash for your work. They give positive feedback and sometimes hints as ...
by peter.coombe
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shipping to America
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: Shipping to America

I am not sure what you mean by "current thinking on Lacey Act compliance". The bottom line is you need to comply or risk getting the instrument confiscated. The painful part is the bit your US customer has to do, but it is not too onerous and so long as you use woods that have been legally logged yo...
by peter.coombe
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!
Replies: 40
Views: 4785

Re: Still not getting the sound I want...help!!

I would put more effort into trying to understand the Gore/Gilet design book. The technique to improve your consistency is all there, and you don't have to use falcate bracing. You don't need to go into the maths, just understand the main principles, but it is a different way of thinking from tappin...
by peter.coombe
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Old mandolin unknown fret size
Replies: 5
Views: 1240

Re: Old mandolin unknown fret size

Nice find. Yep, needs a refret but as already said, is a trickier job with a bound fretboard, and specialized tools are needed. I use Dunlop 6320 fretwire on all my mandolins. The specs are on the Dunlop web site. These old bowlback mandolins are very lightly built and are designed for very light st...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Decals
Replies: 13
Views: 2718

Re: Decals

The laser engraving/nail polish method looks interesting. I should be able to do that with my CNC by using the same tiny bit I use to cut my logo. That opens up a lot of possibilities, just need the time to program and debug some of the possibilities. Once done though I can make as many as I like.
by peter.coombe
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Decals
Replies: 13
Views: 2718

Re: Decals

That sounds familiar, although the reasons are slightly different. I wanted to get away from shell so I could avoid the paperwork involved when sending to the USA. I looked at decals and tried a couple but they really did not work. Maybe there is something that works but I could not find it. I went ...
by peter.coombe
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Courier recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 2428

Re: Courier recommendation

Woo hoo, finally the Toll truck arrived and picked it up.
by peter.coombe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Courier recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 2428

Re: Courier recommendation

Probably a good idea to take it to the depot yourself to cut out that extra leg of the process Peter, hope it goes well! Nearest Pack and Send is a 3hr drive away so looking at a 6 hr drive there and back, so is not a good option, and from what Alan said might even cost more. Courier delivery has u...
by peter.coombe
Sat May 30, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Courier recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 2428

Re: Courier recommendation

I went with Pack and Send. Unfortunately once again I am finding the disadvantage of living out in the sticks. Nothing happens fast here! Booked with Pack and Send on Tuesday, now Saturday and am still waiting for the pickup truck to arrive. Checked with DHL, has been booked and Toll are supposed to...
by peter.coombe
Thu May 28, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The order of things ...
Replies: 14
Views: 3075

Re: The order of things ...

I have always fretted the board before gluing it to the neck.
by peter.coombe
Mon May 25, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2994

Re: My pore filling

No Australian supplier, I still use shipito.com.
by peter.coombe
Mon May 25, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

Re: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar

Is that your own body shape or did you model it off an old design? The body shape comes from the Antes tenor guitar plan sold by LMI. Mine are loosely based on this plan and I have made modifications and tune it to GDAE rather than how a tenor guitar is usually tuned to CGDA. GDAE just sounds bette...
by peter.coombe
Mon May 25, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: My pore filling
Replies: 12
Views: 2994

Re: My pore filling

I have tried a similar method myself with shellac and have managed to get the best finish I have ever had or seen bar none. However, it always crazes after a few days or weeks and that sort of makes it impractical. I have re-done the micromesh, and it still crazed but took longer. Gave up in the end...
by peter.coombe
Sun May 24, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: It's not all bad news....
Replies: 12
Views: 2950

Re: It's not all bad news....

President tweety, I like that Lillian. I have called him other names, and I am sure you have too!
by peter.coombe
Sat May 23, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

King Billy Pine/Blackwood Tenor guitar

This is my latest tenor guitar. King Billy Pine top, Blackwood back and sides, Queensland Maple neck, Indian Rosewood bindings, Black Heart Sassafras rosette, Macassar Ebony fingerboard. Scale length is 23", and is tuned GDAE. These very small guitars are a bit of crap shoot as far as what frequenci...