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by mooshalah
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: It’s not your fault but
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: It’s not your fault but

Aww,

I made a mistake!

https://www.bscindustrial.com.au/taper-gauge-0.3-4mm

The taper gauge I looked at was priced at $282.76. It seems that they must have been "flying out the window" at that price, because there are now none left!

I KNEW I should have bought one while I had the chance.

Frank.
by mooshalah
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: It’s not your fault but
Replies: 7
Views: 543

Re: It’s not your fault but

Yeah,

I've wondered this myself. I thought to buy one the other day (here in Melbourne), but the cheapest I could find (in a shop) was around $230, so I gave up the idea!

Frank.
by mooshalah
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Works in progress.
Replies: 5
Views: 776

Re: Works in progress.

Hi Mark and kevjed. Yes, Jack uses the dragonfly a lot. Perhaps we've met. I live in Emerald, (as did Jack - although I'm sure you'll know that he last year moved to Boolarra, in Gippsland), and visited his workshop frequently. With regard to photography, I've been an amateur photographer since I wa...
by mooshalah
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Blackwood tenor ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: A Blackwood tenor ukulele

Whoops!

When an instrument has strings that get progressively higher in pitch, from string to string, that's NOT re-entrant tuning!

The "normal" tuning on a ukulele - where the 4th G string is higher in pitch than the 3rd C string - is referred to as re-entrant tuning.

Sorry. My bad.

Frank.
by mooshalah
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Blackwood tenor ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: A Blackwood tenor ukulele

Hi Gaz and asgilbert (?) With regard to the strings, they are a set of Aquila Red tenor 4th (low-G) wound ukulele strings; that is to say, the 4th string is a "re-entrant" low G, and it is wire-wound to make it as dense as possible so that it can be tuned an octave below the "normal" G usually found...
by mooshalah
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Padauk tenor ukulele.
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: A Padauk tenor ukulele.

Hi Chris. Nope; no stain. I have finished this instrument with a few coats of Rustins Danish Oil, which is essentially colourless, but the fingerboard has had only a quick rub with "Lemoil" brand lemon oil.. Perhaps, if there is a slight colour cast, it is from the lights that I used when taking the...
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A Sassafras tenor ukulele.
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: A Sassafras tenor ukulele.

Whoops! I intended to post this in The Gallery section, along with other posts.

Moderator(s), please move this, if you can.

Frank
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A Sassafras tenor ukulele.
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: A Sassafras tenor ukulele.

Whoops! I intended to post this in The Gallery section, along with other posts. Sorry.

Frank
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A Sassafras tenor ukulele.
Replies: 2
Views: 543

A Sassafras tenor ukulele.

Here are photographs of the third of three ukuleles that I've recently made. Back and sides are Black Heart Sassafrass. Bindings are Blackwood. Head-plate and bridge are Indian Rosewood. Neck is Queensland Rose Mahogany. Soundboard is a European Spruce. Fingerboard is Blackwood. Second sassafrass 2....
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Padauk tenor ukulele.
Replies: 2
Views: 482

A Padauk tenor ukulele.

Here are photographs of the second of three ukuleles that I've recently made. Back and sides are Padauk. Bindings and head-plate are Blackwood, from the Otways. Neck is Queensland Maple. Soundboard is a European Spruce. Bridge is Gidgee. Fingerboard is Leopardwood. Padauk - 1.jpg Padauk - 2.jpg Pada...
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A Blackwood tenor ukulele
Replies: 6
Views: 791

A Blackwood tenor ukulele

Here are photographs of the first of three ukuleles that I've recently made. Back and sides are Blackwood, from the Otways. Bindings and back-strip are Mountain Ash, from here in Emerald, in the Dandenongs. Neck is Queensland Maple, and the centre of the neck sandwich is Satrin Box, also from the Ot...
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Works in progress.
Replies: 5
Views: 776

Works in progress.

Here is a grab-bag of stuff that I've been making, on and off, for more than a year, and I think it's time I motivated myself to finish them! Works in progress.jpg Flamenco guitars. The two flamenco guitars have been constructed using a solera (work board) that holds the neck at the correct angle to...
by mooshalah
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Motivation

Hi forum members. I only started making musical instruments after I retired, some 17 years ago. I've almost always only made instruments for myself, and my home is slowly filling up with guitars and ukuleles that, often as not, I string up and strum a few times before consigning to a case, and then ...
by mooshalah
Sat May 23, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!
Replies: 94
Views: 30546

Re: Classical Build (s) - Hopefully falcate!

Hello folks. I'm probably going to be shot down for this long and complicated post, but that's OK, if perhaps even a small part of what follows might be useful to someone. Perhaps I should post it elsewhere. I'll preface what follows with the statement that I have spent my previous long working life...
by mooshalah
Sat May 09, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quality Machine heads
Replies: 16
Views: 3492

Re: Quality Machine heads

Rubners, anyone?

https://www.rubnertuners.com/

I quite like, and use these for guitars and ukuleles.

Frank.
by mooshalah
Sat May 02, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 7000

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

A quick addition to my post with regard to Queensland Walnut: Here's a picture of the parlour guitar I mentioned I'd made. It's not quite illustrating the visual properties of the wood - I can't seem to find a photograph that I might have taken, better showing the back and sides - but you can sort-o...
by mooshalah
Fri May 01, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical
Replies: 12
Views: 7000

Re: King Billy Pine/ Queensland walnut classical

A quick comment about working with Queensland Walnut; I've made a classical and parlour guitar, and a ukulele, using this wood. It has a pleasing - if not somewhat bland - grain and appearance, and finishes very well. It's clearly a good choice as a tone-wood. I've not had a problem bending it. The ...
by mooshalah
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stop Loss bags
Replies: 5
Views: 4308

Re: Stop Loss bags

With respect to "drip bags" in hospital; these are invariably made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) - although the use of this material is slowly declining. PVC is very permeable to gasses like oxygen (20% of the air we breathe), which is precisely what one is trying to keep away from the liquids used ...
by mooshalah
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help to build a 4-string electric bass
Replies: 4
Views: 3449

Re: Help to build a 4-string electric bass

Hi, and thanks to everyone who has responded, and for your suggestions and comments. We went and bought a piece of Zebrano for the body, and a longer piece of American Maple, for the neck. As I suspected, the band-saw expectorated the pacifier, and kept stalling, as I tried to make long cuts through...
by mooshalah
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help to build a 4-string electric bass
Replies: 4
Views: 3449

Help to build a 4-string electric bass

Hi fellow travellers! I've been a strictly acoustic builder for many years, but I've just been asked to help a young acquaintance to build an electric bass, and I find myself lacking in both equipment and full knowledge to complete the task! So, I'm looking for a little assistance in both of the abo...
by mooshalah
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Just to finish off this little thread;

I contacted Stew-Mac about this matter, and without any fuss or williwaw (use it or lose it!), they immediately agreed to send me a replacement set. They are covered by a "lifetime warranty".

Frank.
by mooshalah
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 13777

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Thanks Murray.

On this basis, I've just purchased a copy.

Frank.
by mooshalah
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Ukulele workshop manual
Replies: 26
Views: 13777

Re: The Ukulele workshop manual

Hi Graham. Great to see that you've finally done it, by hook or by crook! I want to purchase an electronic copy, but I'm a bit unsure of whether I can! I hate to seem obtuse, but the MusicBooks Press website says the following; "The ePub version is available for iBooks and Kindle for US$9.99. It com...
by mooshalah
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Hi Ken, Martin, Thanks for your replies. Martin; the tuners were bought as a set of six, for a steel-string guitar. ("#4067 Waverly Guitar Machines with Ebony Knob Nickel, 3L/3R ($168.58AUD)"). And I discover that this was 10 years ago! It feels like only 5. Ken; Yes, I bought these from Stew-Mac, a...
by mooshalah
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Knobs / buttons coming off tuners
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Knobs / buttons coming off tuners

Hi fellow travellers! A few years ago I fitted a set of Waverley tuners onto a steel-string guitar that I had made. At the time, the mechanisms - all six of them - seemed a bit stiff, but I assumed that things would loosen up a little with use. The instrument has now been returned to me because the ...