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by peter.coombe
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 5577

More mandolin thoughts

Following on from the other mandolin thoughts thread which referred to my flat top mandolins, I have been measuring some arch top mandolins. The results have been very interesting. Firstly some background. Many years ago I began measuring free plate modes in archtop mandolins after reading up on som...
by peter.coombe
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 2772

Tenor guitar

I am calling this tenor guitar the Gillian Alcock special in memory of my great friend and colleague Gillian Alcock who passed away in November last year. The top is made from King Billy Pine from Gillian's last King Billy plank from our tree we purchased in 1997. If she had not been forced to retir...
by peter.coombe
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another not a guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 3220

Re: Another not a guitar

Yep drives me mad as well. Last year I thought the case problems were solved, but then it all turned to shit. Maybe I should build classical guitars, no problems with cases so long as you stick with a standard shape and size. Hey wait a minute, I have just finished my first classical guitar, woo hoo...
by peter.coombe
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another not a guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 3220

Another not a guitar

Here is a mandola recently finished. All Aussie wood except for a bit of Ebony in the fingerboard, headstock, bridge and pickguard clamp. King Billy Pine top, Blackwood back, sides and neck, Myrtle pickguard and Ivorywood bindings. Sounds like a lovely sweet sounding mandola. I was hoping to have th...
by peter.coombe
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Not a guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 3125

Not a guitar

Latest mandolin from the workshop. An assymetrical two point, short scale (13in). Based on a Lyon and Healy I imported into Australia about 5 years ago, made around 1924. This mandolin is the sweetest and most gorgous sounding mandolin I have ever had the pleasure of playing so is very pleasing. Qui...
by peter.coombe
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: travelling south
Replies: 2
Views: 2708

Re: travelling south

I am in Bega. You are welcome to drop in and tour the workshop. I don't know of any timber suppliers down this way.
by peter.coombe
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some mandolin thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 2691

Re: Some mandolin thoughts

Thanks Trevor Yep the principles in the book have now been applied in the mandolin world, but whether or not anyone in the mandolin world actually takes any notice is another question. Tradition is a powerful thing. It has been a bit of, duh why didn't I think of that before. I have read the books, ...
by peter.coombe
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some mandolin thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 2691

Some mandolin thoughts

In a thread a few months ago I presented a pancake type of mandolin with a Gidgee back and sides, and asked if any had used Gidgee because it sounded better than any other pancake flattop mandolin I had made. Trevor Gore commented that with Gidgee, the back would be a dead back because it was so hea...
by peter.coombe
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 6713

Re: Timber identification

Looks like Queensland Maple to me.
by peter.coombe
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 6196

Re: Go-bar rods

Me too. Dowel from Mitre 10, chopped up. They work fine, are cheap and only a couple have snapped. Easily replaced if they do snap.
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 4096

Re: Removing old shellac?

Yep, also done more times than I care to remember. Sometimes use a scraper, or alcohol, but usually sandpaper and lots ends up in the bin. Lots of sandpaper, lots of elbow grease, and lots of patience, but always I am happy I got it off and start all over again. Second attempt is always much better.
by peter.coombe
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Gillian
Replies: 4
Views: 3097

Re: RIP Gillian

Here she is at the 2011 National Folk Festival, before she retired.
Gillian Alcock.jpg
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by peter.coombe
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Gillian
Replies: 4
Views: 3097

RIP Gillian

I have just heard that the great hammer dulcimer maker Gillian Alcock has passed. She was one of my greatest and longest friends, an inspiration when I first started making mandolins. I have one of her dulcimers and it is one very fine instrument. Gillian has been battling MS for many years, and wha...
by peter.coombe
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Exporting music instruments to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 20298

Re: Exporting music instruments to the USA

I have not looked at this thread for a while, but it bothers me that anyone would advocate exporting CITES listed species without the paperwork. What I outlined is the LEGAL way to export instruments to the USA, assuming they are worth more than $2000 USD. Exporting any species of rosewood from Aust...
by peter.coombe
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Exporting music instruments to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 20298

Re: Exporting music instruments to the USA

Assuming your declare your banjo ukes are worth less than $2000 USD, then you do not need to do the Lacy Act paperwork. That might explain the zero issues.
by peter.coombe
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 6031

Re: Gidgee

What did you use for kerfing material on this lil beauty please Peter?
King Billy Pine.
by peter.coombe
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 6031

Re: Gidgee

Well it sold on Tuesday to the first person apart from me to play it, so I have started work on another one. I have enough Gidgee for 2 more.
by peter.coombe
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 6031

Re: Gidgee

No it is a Red Spruce top.
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 6031

Re: Gidgee

Finally some pictures of the mandolin.
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 6031

Gidgee

Anyone used Gidgee for back and sides? I have just strung up a flat top mandolin with ringed Gidgee back and sides and it is the best sounding flat top mandolin I have made. 1hr after putting the strings on it beat what is now the second best. When I started this mandolin I said I would never use Gi...
by peter.coombe
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 15
Views: 6438

Re: Using Abalone

I use solid Paua Abalone and glue the strips in with CA glue. Some woods will stain with CA, so try on scrap first. Myrtle, Qld Maple, NSW Rosewood, Huon Pine which is what I have used so far are all ok. One wood stained badly, can't remember what it was, but I think it was Sassafras so bad idea to ...
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard
Replies: 6
Views: 5020

Re: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard

Looking at the last fifty or so years I would describe it as a burgeoning craft, like nowadays you can buy a kit. Yes exactly. There is also a heck of a lot more information readily available nowadays. The old ways when I first started was to keep what you learned to yourself, not let any "secrets"...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 13620

Re: New GST rules

Is a good time to stock up before this comes into effect.
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 13620

Re: New GST rules

Ok, but that is likely to mean delays. How do the forwarding companies contact us? There is usually not an email address on the package, and not necessarily a phone number either so that leaves snail mail. The forwarding companies, and that must include Australia Post had better have big warehouses!...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard
Replies: 6
Views: 5020

Re: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard

I saw that and it is interesting, although I don't agree about the dying craft thing. I listened carefully to his mandolin, and I am not concerned about any potential competition. His concepts might work, I dunno, but he hasn't got it right yet.