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by blackalex1952
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster I think
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Disaster I think

How annoying after the amount of work the guitar represents!..I would stabilise with cleats behind, pitch pockets or not, the soundboard is obviously weaker. Then make sure that the voids are filled and sealed....a little cosmetic work to possibly disguise the checks and continue onward and upward!!...
by blackalex1952
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fret seating problem
Replies: 25
Views: 751

Re: Fret seating problem

These drawing guards are good for protecting the fingerboard against chipping when pulling frets-commonly available from a graphics supply or art store. If the frets don't seat properly, the string can loose energy when fretted which affects the sound. Gluing the frets in increases stability of the ...
by blackalex1952
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The compact workshop challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 2077

Re: The compact workshop challenge

So far my vote goes to Wayne (56nortondomy)...I have been in his shed, and the pictures don't do it justice...there are so many tools and items hanging from the roof as well, everything has its place (AND ONLY WAYNE KNOWS WHERE EVERYTHING IS :mrgreen: !!!)
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

Yes, I get StewMac ads showing up in my newspaper (Guardian Australia for me). The internet knows us too well! I get them, it seems, via the Age newspaper...I rarely look at Stewmac website, only to check the occasional 'how to vid' or to compare prices with other suppliers. I'm on Stewmac email li...
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget
Replies: 8
Views: 549

AAAH! The internet....luthierie on a budget

Make of the internet what you will, admittedly I am also on Facebook. But the connection with any of these things I do online....? When I was reading the Age newspaper on Mozilla Firefox today, and on numerous other occasions , I RECEIVED AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR STEWMAC WITH PICT...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: Timber identification

Agreed, from the close ups...Qld Maple....great material!
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New Year
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Re: New Year

Yes! Peace and goodwill to all, and a happy and peaceful year to all! With Love and human compassion, let's make this year a kind and sharing one on this wonderfully open hearted Aussie New Zealand forum. Thank you to the moderators for a dedicated one. To all contributors....take care of your famil...
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: Timber identification

I was going to build a couple of tables out of it but who needs a table when you've got guitars... For many years, I couldn't afford a table, because I used to mainly eat off my guitars....It's called "doing gigs for money!!!!!" :mrgreen: The other pathway to abject poverty, in this country it seem...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: Timber identification

The Aussie timbers are ,sadly, under represented on the international timber database. But the starting point for I.D. of this timber might be to get a close up of the end grain using strong magnification having cut the end grain with a sharp blade eg a hand plane, low angle if you have one, then a ...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Not a stringed instrument, but...
Replies: 0
Views: 312

Not a stringed instrument, but...

I hope I'm not totally off topic in this post but I find this fascinating! There is, in fact, a piece of string involved, but you have to watch until almost the end of the second video to see the aforementioned piece of string. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQnW7_5OMxw A soundboard is in one sense...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 1630

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

I just reviewed the original question posed by Trent I don't mind investing in a good setup but it is really just going to be this single type of use so I am not sure what I need and what I can skip. And later in the thread: I had settled on this https://www.zoom.co.jp/products/handy-r ... y-recorde...
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 1630

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Thanks for your personal info , Wayne...we may even have crossed paths at some stage...I was an AV Tech as there weren't really many pathways into sound recording in the '70's and also spent a bit of time in education in that era as well as being a guitarist for many years and worked at places like ...
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Compensated nut WIP
Replies: 19
Views: 1046

Re: Compensated nut WIP

Thanks once again to Trevor for a concise and clear explanation!!! Awesome!!!
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Thanks Trevor!!! :cl Of course, why didn't I think of that instead of relying on my memory!!!!! I have obviously forgotten that I have several of these kicking around the house and the shed... :mrgreen: !
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Increasing Acoustic Guitar Body Depth
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Increasing Acoustic Guitar Body Depth

My opinion as an amateur builder is this: The extra air means a little extra mass which usually equates to a lower resonant frequency along with more inertia in the air mass as well. The misnamed 'Helmholz" resonance acts as a spring, coupling the movement of the soundboard with the efficient moveme...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gore/Gilet/ Concepts & Falcate Bracing in a Uke Build
Replies: 78
Views: 23901

Re: Gore/Gilet/ Concepts & Falcate Bracing in a Uke Build

A great thread..thanks for resurrecting it. Only two questions: It's hard to get my 8yr old son's attention with anything these days. But when I showed him the video of the herbs 'dancing' on the uke, he said "Cooool. Where do you get those dancing herbs?" Yes...where did you get those dancing herbs...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Ukelele build

but with a soundboard the size it is on a uke what are the advantages of falcate bracing I was sort of joking and fishing for comments, Martin, not being a Falcater like you...but one of my ambitions of course is to try the design on a guitar at least. I'm too stuck on the Selmac experimenting...st...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: Go-bar rods

I just measured my go bar rods, which aren't rods at all. They are very old straight grained mountain ash floorboards with minimum runout, run through the bandsaw -ie REAL mountain ash! They vary in thickness and length. Some came in at 8kg, some as high as 17kg. The white 10mm rubber ends from Clar...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Ukelele build

"And the owl looked up to the stars above and sang to a small guitar, Oh, Pussy oh,Pussy, oh, Pussy, my love, What a beautiful pussy you are!"..... I guess with six strings it's a miniature guitar, by definition, but not the sound! Yes, the differences in scale and tension, the size and scaled up re...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

I always set an alarm on my mobile phone to go off after what I call the “bake period”, this way it’s never on for longer than the minimal time Yes, usually do, but getting a bit vague these days due to a medical condition... Sounds like you were lucky to catch it before any serious damage occurred...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Warning to be conscious!!!!

Thank goodness for residual current detectors...I made my own heat bending iron. It has a pid controller, but due to inaccuracies in the calibration, or the wrong sensor I have to plug it direct to 240v to get it warm before the controller will work. After that its fine and I connect the sensor to t...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Ukelele build

I have just come up with a tenor and a Baritone ukelele shape using the free software 'GTHANG'. I then printed the shape on large paper (Officeworks) and designed my own bracing. I wanted a shape which had a smaller upper bout and a larger lower bout, a similar look to a current build, a Gibson L-OO...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: Go-bar rods

All that remains now is where to get the plastic lattice. within very wide limits, it made no difference how drastically I bent them, the force they would exert was an extremely reproducible 7.0 kg. By that I mean, whether I was bending a 900 mm long rod into an 800 mm space or a 400 mm space, the f...
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 1630

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

I have an older version of Pro tools, some 'waves' software and record in my upstairs loft studio room. I record in an acoustic controlled environment in stereo, dry no eq or effects. Less is more. On some recordings I use X - Y microphone format with a matched pair of condenser microphones and mor...
by blackalex1952
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 1630

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Steve, the problem will be with the app on the phone or the phone itself. Rhode mics are pretty good although I have never used their USB mic. They have a great reputation to uphold these days. Test the microphone by downloading Audacity then use the mic on your computer. It will also work with Visu...