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by peter.coombe
Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carpathian Spruce
Replies: 6
Views: 3955

Re: Carpathian Spruce

Great, thanks Bob. Very tasy looking guitar. Any more guitar makers used it? To date I have finished 4 mandolins with Carpathian Spruce and have been very happy with all 4. Two had European Maple back and sides, one has Big Leaf Maple, and the other is Tassie Oak. Currently working on the second F h...
by peter.coombe
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carpathian Spruce
Replies: 6
Views: 3955

Carpathian Spruce

Have any of you had any experience with Carpathian Spruce? I imported some of John Preston's wood from the US (logged in Romania) for my mandolins around 2 years ago and have been very impressed with the sound I get with this wood. It has a different sound from the European Spruce from the Alps, and...
by peter.coombe
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stripping shellac
Replies: 4
Views: 2477

Re: Stripping shellac

I concur, cabinet scraper followed by sanding and elbow grease. Done that many a time. Yep, it clogs rapidly so make sure you have plenty of garnet paper. Metho is of limited use if you want to strip it completely.
by peter.coombe
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Exporting to the USA
Replies: 20
Views: 10078

Re: Exporting to the USA

Maybe I should start experimenting with ways to build a guitar out of Pinus Radiata Ha, ah, funny you say that. I just carved a mandolin top from Pinus radiata (known as P. crapiata by the builders around here). It goes bong in all the right places so should sound ok, but is so ugly I can't bring m...
by peter.coombe
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Exporting to the USA
Replies: 20
Views: 10078

Re: Exporting to the USA

I suggest you stock up on wood while you can. I don't have any problems with stopping imports of illegally harvested wood, just so long as it is implemented properly and has minimum impact on imports of legal wood. Harassing importers of very small quantities of wood or wood products is going to do ...
by peter.coombe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbatec Nuts and Bolts special
Replies: 8
Views: 3611

Re: Carbatec Nuts and Bolts special

Interesting, what happened to Carbatec Canberra? Gone bust? If so I am not surprised, and serve them jolly well right right (long story). I just hope some poor innocents did not get caught up in it.
by peter.coombe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Exporting to the USA
Replies: 20
Views: 10078

Re: Exporting to the USA

Yes it does apply to the US importer (but not if the instrument is for personal use only), but the US Fish and Wildlife don't know how much Abalone there is unless they inspect it. Regardless, if the music instrument is for commercial use (i.e. for resale), the importer needs to go through these hoo...
by peter.coombe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Exporting to the USA
Replies: 20
Views: 10078

Re: Exporting to the USA

I have just weighed the amout of Paua in the instrument in question and it comes to less than 1gm! As far as the Lacey act business is concerned, and the problems with Ebony, I have been advised by my ebony fingerboard supplier in the USA that the Ebony is Diospyros melanoxylon from India. All my Eb...
by peter.coombe
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Exporting to the USA
Replies: 20
Views: 10078

Exporting to the USA

Before the forum got hacked there was some discussion about the ridulous new rules the US has introduced that has effectively stopped export of shell from the USA. Well I may need to send an instrument to the USA shortly and it has some Paue inlay so I needed to find out the rules for import of shel...
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck bolt systems
Replies: 23
Views: 12890

Re: Neck bolt systems

Is it like a helicoil? the type of thing you would repair, say a stripped thread in a engine block with?
Yep. I don't have any pictures.
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Neck bolt systems
Replies: 23
Views: 12890

Re: Neck bolt systems

Has anyone read the article by RM Mottola in the Spring 2010 edition of American Lutherie? He found that a self tapping machine-screw insert performed better than the inserts meant for wood. This was especially true for woods harder than Mahogany such as Maple. This surprised me since like just abou...
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Douglas fir for OM style guitar top?
Replies: 39
Views: 20684

Re: Douglas fir for OM style guitar top?

Don't know about guitars, but I have used it in my mandolins. It is heavier and stiffer than Spruce, so you can thin it a bit more than Spruce. Soundwise it has a sweet tone with lots of fundamental, less overtones than Spruce, and the instrument I made was very responsive and loud. So if you want a...
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Planer vs sander thicknesser...
Replies: 31
Views: 14780

Re: Planer vs sander thicknesser...

I have both and both get used. The drum sander gets used for sanding sides to thinkness and making bindings etc. Is also useful for very highly figured woods that the planer would tear out, but I would probably use it less than a guitar maker. I did without a thicknesser/planer until recently when I...
by peter.coombe
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The future of wood Acoustic guitars
Replies: 17
Views: 8203

Re: The future of wood Acoustic guitars

Quote: I've invested in wood to take me into the next 10 years. I'm afraid it's the luthiers' addiction and is the only way to combat this lunacy. Me too. Laughing Trouble is I keep finding new woods I like the sound of more, and then the old wood I stocked up with becasue I though I would use lots...
by peter.coombe
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taking a Step Towards Buisness
Replies: 27
Views: 14029

Re: Taking a Step Towards Buisness

Jeepers creepers that brings back memories. Aexion, whether you run your little guitar enterprise as a business or not really depends on your intentions. If it is a part time activity that makes little or no profit, and you have a full time job, then there is really no need to start a business, and ...
by peter.coombe
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taking a Step Towards Buisness
Replies: 27
Views: 14029

Re: Taking a Step Towards Buisness

No need to be scared of an accountant. All you need to do is to make an appointment to discuss what is necessary to start up a small business. Do what they tell you to do and then all you need to do after that is to give the accountant all the information they need at tax time. There is no need for ...
by peter.coombe
Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taking a Step Towards Buisness
Replies: 27
Views: 14029

Re: Taking a Step Towards Buisness

Starting a home business - first find an accountant. They will tell you what paperwork you will need to do before you start and what paperwork you need to maintain to keep the tax man happy. I'm lucky, the other half is an accountant, so that bit is easy. There is a lot more to a small business than...
by peter.coombe
Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Importing Wood
Replies: 30
Views: 14390

Re: Importing Wood

I have imported a lot of timber from the USA and from Europe over a 16 year period, but not from Stew Mac becasue their prices are not very competitive on timber. Never had any problem. Sometimes they open the package and it arrives looking like it had been run over by a truck, but there have been n...
by peter.coombe
Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I want to do what you do!
Replies: 36
Views: 14318

Re: I want to do what you do!

Geoff As already mentiioned, most Luthiers have a "real" job. The best advice I can give to you is first to get yourself a job that pays the bills and puts food in your mouth. If that involves working in the music business then great. If not then at least you won't starve. I have had lots of queries...
by peter.coombe
Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Metric
Replies: 24
Views: 9364

Re: Metric

I use metric unless there is no choice. Just had to measure an instrument for a case in imperial. Hated it. High probability of mistakes.
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by peter.coombe
Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Best way to get Instruments Overseas
Replies: 14
Views: 6102

Re: Best way to get Instruments Overseas

I have sent probably around 70 or 80 mandolins and mandolas to the USA and Europe. With one or two exceptions I have always used DHL. I tried UPS, but that shipment was nothing but trouble and never used them again. I have never used Aussie Post becasue of the package size restrictions, insurance un...
by peter.coombe
Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Table Saws..whats everyone got?
Replies: 21
Views: 16797

Re: Table Saws..whats everyone got?

Have you ever regretted not getting a larger 12" saw at all ? Not at all, those big saws are scary dangerous. A saw bench is probably the most dangerous power tool you will buy, so treat it with the greatest respect. My Durden came with a 9" blade and I have replaced that with a 7" narrow kerf blad...
by peter.coombe
Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Table Saws..whats everyone got?
Replies: 21
Views: 16797

Re: Table Saws..whats everyone got?

Mine is an old Durden Pacemaker. 2HP motor. Probably over 40 years old but built like a tank. Cast iron, weighs a ton, took 2 of us to move. Bought second hand 15 years ago. After regreasing the bearing and a good clean up has been running smooth and accurate and trouble free ever since.
by peter.coombe
Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How good is the dollar at the moment.
Replies: 42
Views: 18456

Re: How good is the dollar at the moment.

While it certainly is good for the spendorama's among us, it is not good for the exporters. I used to sell 80% of my instruments into the USA. That has now dried up completely, no sales, no queries from the US any more. I'm not the only one in this position.

Peter
by peter.coombe
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Recent Server Downtime
Replies: 65
Views: 37092

Re: Recent Server Downtime

Good on ya Bob. Glad to see the forum back. :cl I feel your pain, boy do I feel your pain. You are not alone. Unfortunately when things like this happens, Murphy steps in and it tends to turn into a nightmare. My web site was hacked earlier this year through no fault of my own. Basically the host pr...