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by blackalex1952
Wed May 29, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back in Business
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: Back in Business

Thanks Leigh! I recently explored the possibilities in the North East where I live, Mirrortone out of Albury was more costly than the Durobond nitro including freight to my home, which was almost as much as you would have paid. I also explored the Mirrortone health hazards and felt that the Nitro an...
by blackalex1952
Tue May 28, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Back in Business
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: Back in Business

Nice finish. Is that Mirortone or nitro?
by blackalex1952
Tue May 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RATS
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: RATS

oxalic acid Yes, of course!!! otherwise you're going to end up with a "ratty" sounding guitar Well, a recent build rattled due to a loose brace! Ha ha! I now check all brace gluing with a feeler guage prior to assembly. Rats love a warm environment in winter. Where I live there are many rats, in su...
by blackalex1952
Tue May 28, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RATS
Replies: 4
Views: 394

RATS

I have had some winter rats find their way into my humidity controlled space and there is some disturbing staining from their urine on two completed soundboards and also on a couple of soundboards which need thicknessing, especially a lovely light (coloured) piece of Alpine spruce. The issue? Has an...
by blackalex1952
Thu May 23, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Thickness Gauge
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Thickness Gauge

I made an aluminium thickness guage, but have concluded that a marine ply structure is way superior...the aluminium is extremely temperature sensitive and the guage jaws move with temperature, even from the body heat of hand contact. I would surmise that the Chinese aluminium thickness guages also m...
by blackalex1952
Thu May 23, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Fly in Nitro Finish
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: Fly in Nitro Finish

Make up a frame out of scrap to hold a large piece of shade cloth...errect in the prevailing wind and spray in the lee.
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun May 19, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: The Humidity issue!
Replies: 8
Views: 856

Re: The Humidity issue!

I have a humidity controlled underbench cupboard. However running a dehumidifier uses electricity, about as much as an extra refrigerator and no one likes warm beer in this country! There is a broken down station wagon at my place and in the daytime the humidity is quite low inside...it can be used ...
by blackalex1952
Sun May 19, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What difference lacquer makes to sound
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: What difference lacquer makes to sound

I use Durobond nitro as mentioned in "The Books" by Trevor and Gerard. The idea of using the sanding sealer doesn't rock my boat because the sealers are a type of vinyl base and seem to me like they deaden the sound. So I apply the nitro straight to the soundboard, or perhaps with a layer of shellac...
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Light Bridges

I made this rosette using a few tricks...firstly ebonised pearwood, then I used gold MOP and Walnut. The Walnut is a lot softer than the MOP so I saturated the walnut with superglue to harden it up so that I could scrape the rosette flush. Another good trick I have used for restoration work is to u...
by blackalex1952
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Light Bridges
Replies: 20
Views: 1609

Re: Light Bridges

I made this rosette using a few tricks...firstly ebonised pearwood, then I used gold MOP and Walnut. The Walnut is a lot softer than the MOP so I saturated the walnut with superglue to harden it up so that I could scrape the rosette flush. Another good trick I have used for restoration work is to us...
by blackalex1952
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GS Guitar Build Started
Replies: 20
Views: 2696

brace carving chisel

Lovely! I just checked out some build pix and noticed your brace carving chisel..I have had one of these on my wish list for too long now, so what is a good brand to get?
by blackalex1952
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go Bar Rubber feet
Replies: 16
Views: 1581

Re: Go Bar Rubber feet

From rubber feet to the plane truth in this thread...rubber feet are available from Clark Rubber if you can find a shop! Bunnings also. The white ones don't leave a black smudge, but given time they go hard and slip off the work rather than grip. Martin's (Trevor Gore's) cauls are a good solution......
by blackalex1952
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some tutes
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Some tutes

Repairing cracks in the butt area??? :lol:

Hope the ticker has settled, Steve. Hospitals aren't nice places, I'm stuck in one myself at present! Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acoustical effect of back woods
Replies: 25
Views: 2970

Re: Acoustical effect of back woods

I have been playing and assessing acoustic guitars for many years now. Has anyone noticed a "compressed" sound from blackwood B&S guitars? It seems to me to be a bit similar to using an audio compressor... Also as a Gypsy Jazzer, there seems to be a correlation between what is referred by players as...
by blackalex1952
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 1328

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Dropbox works and is free...you just upload your files then click on 'share' then up load a link for those interested to download. Here is a link to me playing a Jazz Manouche tune:https://www.dropbox.com/preview/Phoebe%20%26%20Dad/Mystic%20Minor.mp3?role=personal (I won't leave this link active for...
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 1328

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Also.... Did you 'spring' the bass bar? Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: First Double Bass Build Completed
Replies: 12
Views: 1328

Re: First Double Bass Build Completed

Excellent! Any chance of some soundbytes? What pickup system did you use and what kind of strings have you fitted? Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: Posting photos

Nice work Mark! The pic is the right way up on my iPhone. More pics of that build please! I like your f holes too!
Cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3552

Re: What am I doing here?

Although we have segueyed off the original topic here, in a way, the discussion is probably quite relevant to you Gassy. Jack Spira who is a very good luthier and great guy to boot makes a nice Irish Bouzouki. You could google his website and have a look at them. Anyone who tells me that they are in...
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3552

Re: What am I doing here?

My favorite Potuguese guitar is the Combirra. 20mm longer scale archtop with a curved fingerboard. Played with special finger picks using a "pinching" finger movement with the picking hand plectrums. Faster single notes played with picking finger upstrokes. The tuners have been adapted from the Engl...
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3552

Re: What am I doing here?

I thought I'd chime in as I'm stuck in a hospital for a while! My opinion is that the techniques for playing a Bouzouki need to be accommodated ie the "feel" to the player along with the tuning and tonality. The shape is not as important. But definitely string tension, neck shape, action, responsive...
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: Posting photos

blackalex1952 wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:29 am
iPhone and iPad users-go to app store and search for "photo size comprrssor". Some free apps there to download. Cheers Ross
Typo there, its "photo size compressor" that found some for me, but all the old iPhone 4's won't run anything past OS7 which excludes me from most new apps!!!!cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: Posting photos

iPhone and iPad users-go to app store and search for "photo size comprrssor". Some free apps there to download. Cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Current archtop build
Replies: 24
Views: 2993

Re: Current archtop build

Thanks Rod. Love yr work! Yeah it's an electric world and I'm a good hand on a strat, an archtop or an acoustic Selmer, having learnt how to play using the traditional downpicking with a plectrum that evolved from India and was carried by the Gypsies to the West thousands of years ago....Hendrix, St...
by blackalex1952
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello everyone I am Pete
Replies: 18
Views: 1589

Re: Hello everyone I am Pete

Hey Pete. My early career as a performer and guitarist in the 1970's saw me doing three month seasons in a huge theatre restaurant in Melbourne. The previous occupant of my personal dressing room on one of those three month engagements where I worked every night, was Mick Conway of Captain Matchbox ...