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by Steve.Toscano
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Starting a start up

I found this very inspiring Steve. I want your life! :D I was articular struck by the statistic of 30% of people not being guitarists. I am also very pleased for you that it only took 18 months to get your order books full, that is amazingly good work. As others have suggested I will spend some tim...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 2170

Re: New GST rules

Ive recently been able to secure pretty good pricing from stewmac/LMI.
However am yet to get charged GST from either, buying monthly from both.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ??? Glues and high pressure laminate
Replies: 14
Views: 218

Re: ??? Glues and high pressure laminate

So you are wanting to glue a bridge plate ontop of the fabric? What's your reasons for not wantng to use epoxy? My first guess would be one of the thicker epoxy's that also gap fill eg techniglue. As opposed to west systems which when applying enough to take into account the fabric soaking it up wou...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Hey Trent. I have- Mic: https://www.musoscorner.com.au/akg-p170-project-studio-instrument-condenser-microphone Interface: https://www.storedj.com.au/native-instruments-komplete-audio-6-plus-komplete-elements Connected to my laptop. This setup is used to record all my audio, eg: https://www.youtube.c...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Starting a start up
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Starting a start up

Hi Alan, I went full time into the guitar making and teaching realm 18months ago (from a 16yr corporate IT career). I own the Sydney workshop of the Australian Guitar Making School, i find teaching to be fun, enjoyable, most rewarding, and certainly helps pay the bills and put food on the table. The...
by Steve.Toscano
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Routing bindings/purflings
Replies: 24
Views: 1231

Re: Routing bindings/purflings

I used to cut mine by hand..... :toi True story. Now i use the Stew Mac jig with a makite laminate trimmer. Works ok, go full depth in one pass and honestly have never had a tear out issue. Make sure to keep the cutter sharp. I dont bother sharpening mine, instead replace it every ~15 guitars or so....
by Steve.Toscano
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Classical neck reinforcement. Yes or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: Classical neck reinforcement. Yes or no?

MY question is: what do other classical makers do. 1. No neck reinforcement or 2. A hardwood insert or 3. Carbon fibre. OR 4. Truss rod? I put a truss rod in most my nylon string instruments nowadays with spanish heel body joins. The exception to this is flamenco blancas where im trying to keep wei...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 2170

Re: New GST rules

I did a $200 order with LMI on July 5th, arrived last week, I wasnt charged GST.

Have done some ebay orders and noticed ebay is charging the GST at the checkout like Simso mentioned.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1822

Re: First commission

Sorry for continuing off topic Trent.... I also find it hard to justify a cost of greater than 3500 when I know what a person can buy in this price range. Dont take this the wrong way Steve (and i understnd your situation is very different to most builders as your focus is on repairs), but I think t...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1822

Re: First commission

simso wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:21 pm

For other note, typically I build a custom acoustic for 3500, the same time spent doing repairs will net in around 6000 so I only build acoustics on the rare occasion.

Steve
Why charge 3500 for a build then? Doesn't seem like a wise business decision.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First commission
Replies: 36
Views: 1822

Re: First commission

Well done Trent, and i hope you get many more!! Some advice (or moreso - things i wish someone told me when doing my first lot of commissions). - Don't cut yourself short when quoting, you are offering a premium product so charge a suitable price. - Provide realistic time frames so to not end up rus...
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back burner jobs
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: Back burner jobs

Wowsers... Following to see the finished repair.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Advanced Hard Shellac Finish from Gore/Gilet
Replies: 4
Views: 565

Re: Advanced Hard Shellac Finish from Gore/Gilet

This one below was my first full body hard shellac finish.
Trick i found was to let the finish harden for a good ~6 weeks before hitting it with the micro mesh. I final buffed with the micro mesh liquid polish.
Classical-Guitar-Australia-Back.jpg
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Trevor Gore Modal Tuning Course - Sydney
Replies: 3
Views: 563

Re: Trevor Gore Modal Tuning Course - Sydney

Thanks Martin.
2 spots available for anyone interested.
by Steve.Toscano
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 15
Views: 1406

Re: Using Abalone

It should, yes, ensure you sand the shell to a high grit. Typically 800 is enough.
You can do this in your finish prep stage.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Trevor Gore Modal Tuning Course - Sydney
Replies: 3
Views: 563

Trevor Gore Modal Tuning Course - Sydney

Hi all. For anyone interested, here's a great opportunity to extend your guitar design knowledge with the guy who literally wrote the book on the subject. Trevor Gore will be running one of his 3 day Modal Tuning courses in my workshop later this year. Some dot points about the course: • Guitars rad...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sydney get together
Replies: 4
Views: 891

Re: Sydney get together

Not much interest. Im not that bad to hang out with..... am i? :shock:

I'll probably end up arranging something with my students as heaps of them are keen and host in my workshop on a Friday evening.
Mark, and Martin (and anyone else) are welcome to join us.
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Cutting notches in braces
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Re: Cutting notches in braces

I realised that we already use a depth stop on our fret saw to cut specific depths and this could be used to do a series of cuts in a brace to be followed by a chisel. It worked well for me. Great idea!! I have a small fine Japanese saw which turns out the teeth are cut exactly 2mm into the blade. ...
by Steve.Toscano
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 15
Views: 1406

Re: Using Abalone

So do we have to get the shell inlay to exactly match the final surface of the top? Or is there a way of thinning it down, maybe with fine abrasives? I dont use it much myself, but a lot of my students do. I get them to cut the channel so the shell is just proud of the top. Talking less then a quar...
by Steve.Toscano
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Broken drill bit in tie block
Replies: 6
Views: 752

Re: Broken drill bit in tie block

Does the hole go through to the otherside? If so as Martin mentioned push it through with some wire or a nail from the saddle side. Otherwise maybe you could drill a temporary hole from the saddle side at an angle over the top of the saddle slot to meet up with the end of your drill bit then push it...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon May 28, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sydney get together
Replies: 4
Views: 891

Sydney get together

Anyone local (or willing to travel) interested in a casual Sydney based catch up / get together, possibly on a monthly basis to talk shop, guitars, the weather etc over a few beers and a bite to eat??

If there's enough interest we can start looking at dates that will work for the majority.
by Steve.Toscano
Tue May 08, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 2096

Re: bandsaw opinions

I have the Hare and Forbes BP-310. 1HP 305mm machine. I bought it not knowing where my guitar making journey would take me - thinking if i got more serious i'd just replace it. Well i did get more serious, and this saw is still cuttin the mustard - see what i did there? :lol: The last 12months it's ...
by Steve.Toscano
Wed May 02, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

Jarrah, QLD Walnut, Cooktown ironwood, and Mulga are some others that come to mind that i've used successfully.
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side splints
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Side splints

I like this idea. Simple, gets the job done. For my classicals i laminate 2x ~4mm thick strips of Indian Rosewood (usually side offcuts), cut them up and glue on so the glue line of the lamination is perpendicular to the sides. Depending on the size of the side blanks I can usually slice these down ...
by Steve.Toscano
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Rosewood article

blackalex1952 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:47 pm
If you are growing it in your workshop it won't get big enough for B&S sets unless your workshop is as big as they say Noah's was! :mrgreen: -R
160sq m, 6-7m high ceilings. 8)

But it will be in a pot, im sticking to headstock veneers :lol:

Nah seriously it's just decoration.