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by Steve.Toscano
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Grants
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Grants

Thanks all. The grant that's being looked at (through a 3rd party mind you) is around manufacturing and job creation. Very, very early days yet. I dont really want to delve into details here. A few key prerequisites that apologies i wasnt too clear with, some of them have only just come to my attent...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: This level of confidence is scary
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: This level of confidence is scary

He's building in the traditional spanish style. His methods and techniques aren't too different to mine (and a lot of other traditional makers), only i'd say he's done it a lot more and for longer then I :) . The big exceptions that go outside the mold i notice - are the jointer and slotting the fin...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Grants
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Grants

Yo. Im currently going through the process of getting a government grant.
Anyone else gone through this successfully?
Anyone interested in banding together and applying as a group of totally awesome guitar makers ? :lol:
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Overseas payments
Replies: 12
Views: 346

Re: Overseas payments

I've used Transferwise for years. It's the only system I use as 95% of my sales are overseas. It is worth making up a few PDFs with detailed instructions for clients to print off and follow If it's this hard (they need PDF instructions) for international customers to pay you, i'd suggest any new(er...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Overseas payments
Replies: 12
Views: 346

Re: Overseas payments

I use Stripe payment gateway with my book keeping software (Xero). Integrates perfectly, took 2minutes to setup, didnt even need to activate my "tech brain". This puts a "Pay Now" link on my pdf invoices that allows online payment with any visa/mastercard. I encourage all overseas customers to pay u...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Sitka & blackwood OM 14fret falcate
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Sitka & blackwood OM 14fret falcate

Looking nice, love the execution of the bevels.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Feb 07, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Forum section for business
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Re: Forum section for business

I have left most fb luthier groups as too many participants and under unmoderated threads, means you have to sift through off topic comments. Yep, i find nearly all the luthier Facebook groups are just full of cr@p, bad information, and people selling ebony over and over and over again. If anyone t...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Forum section for business
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Forum section for business

Is there enough interest in a closed off (from the public and therefor from googlebot) section of the forum for "business" or such?
There's often topics i want to discuss on this forum that are more suited to a closed subforum/room, in particular around the business of luthiery.
Thoughts?
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New workshop to be
Replies: 17
Views: 1320

Re: New workshop to be

If i had my time again to design a workshop this would be my bare minimum: Machine room | Dirty room (possibly in same space as machine room) | Clean room (for general glue ups, handtool use, and french polishing etc) | Wood store | Finished Guitar store. Also spray booth if you are spraying. Assumi...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Ziricote Spruce Classical #155
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Ziricote Spruce Classical #155

Some special timbers used on this one. I had in my rack for a number of years what i considered a very very special top piece, extremely stiff and light with nice bearclaw. I held onto this piece waiting for the right back and sides to match it up with, then along came this stunning set of Ziricote,...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Building a flamenco guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 1937

Re: Building a flamenco guitar

Awesome video... Well done Trevor, and well done to the student and video creator.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Seasons Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 1586

Re: Seasons Greetings

Happy new year all.
And thanks to Martin and Jeremy for another year of keeping the forum in tact. :)
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Website research
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: Website research

HI Trent,
I wrote a long response here, but realised I don't feel entirely comfortable sharing all the info publicly.
That's why this forum needs a seperate closed off section for "Business" :toi :toi

Will PM instead.
Cheers
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Cedar Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 965

Re: New Cedar Classical

Thanks Gents!
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Frequency # 30 guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 640

Re: Frequency # 30 guitar

My question is , in order to raise the top resonance Hz do I need more weight or less weight ? These are classicals guitars spruce/ rosewood all the same brace pattern . Thank you Zef In a nutshell - You need less weight (mass) and/or more stiffness. Both in the soundboard. However why do you feel ...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Anyone here got any experience of Crowdfunding?
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: Anyone here got any experience of Crowdfunding?

I have with my previous business. We didn't use any crowdfunding directly ourselves, but we had a number of clients who did use if for a number of different reasons and products with mixed results. We acted on a consulting basis.

Happy to answer any specific questions.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: New Cedar Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 965

New Cedar Classical

Just completed a cedar classical, it's rare for me to do a cedar soundboard and I hadnt done one for awhile. With a break in my guitar making school's classes throughout covid lockdown i decided to build a few (different) guitars to my norm alongside the usual commissions. This is one of them. Cedar...
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Flamenco Blanca
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Flamenco Blanca

Hey all. No photos but instead a video. Flamenco Blanca built for Paco Lara between July - September 2020 Spruce soundboard, Cypress B&S, Toona neck, Macassar Ebony fretboard, Ebony trim, Brazilian RW bridge. No need to talk about the guitar, check out the chops of the guy playing it..... :o :o :o [...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: Reducing BOBO neck weight
Replies: 12
Views: 3923

Re: Reducing BOBO neck weight

Am I right in thinking that the 'wedge' for the BOBO classical neck might not be required for a flamenco, where the desirable saddle height is 7-8mm, rather than 10-11mm for a classical? To get the desired string height at the bridge the neck must have a forward angle. In my case I put a 2mm drop a...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping
Replies: 11
Views: 5690

Re: StewMax Membership and Free Shipping

peter.coombe wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:41 am
I am also into my second year of this. Pays for itself quickly, but the free shipping is slow, very slow now.

I do the flat rate expedited option for ~$30 on every order now.
This way most orders arrive within a week (even in the current climate).
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: thickness sanding Gold Coast
Replies: 2
Views: 2540

Re: thickness sanding Gold Coast

Lads, I normally thickness my tops and backs at the Mens Shed, but due to the current situation, the sheds are all closed. Anyone in the Gold Coast got a thickness sander I can come and hire for an hour? Nigel, you've probably found one by now, but if you haven't i'd think that Aaron Fenech would b...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical
Replies: 8
Views: 2398

Re: Black Heart Sassafras and Spruce Classical

That's a gorgeous bit of Sassy, well done.
by Steve.Toscano
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Crystalac
Replies: 2
Views: 3218

Re: Crystalac

Ive used it on electrics. It applies (with a brush) quite well and somewhat self levels. Still requires a rub back and a buff of course to get to a high gloss. No where near as hard wearing as nitro or a poly. I wouldn't use it on acoustic instruments as its high solids. Not sure about applying over...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A few latest builds
Replies: 6
Views: 5233

Re: A few latest builds

All gorgeous builds Peter!! Well done.