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by Gassy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: shipping overseas
Replies: 6
Views: 1392

shipping overseas

Not sure if this is the right place to ask but I assume some of you ship guitars etc overseas and might be able offer advice. I have received a faulty instrument, ie. crack in the neck, and I am looking to send it back to the retailer. The issue is despite Australia post delivering it, they now say ...
by Gassy
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rope bindings advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1855

Re: Rope bindings advice please

I have very successfully used Selleys 308. I think it was also called Aerolite. It was developed to build Antarctic sledges in the sixties! It is water and heat resistant. Was used a lot for boat building. I never had laminated bindings disintegrate. Its a powder that is mixed with water and then a...
by Gassy
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

Yep Ross, Jack's instruments are very impressive indeed, a number of pictures by proud owners in the Irish bouzouki group on Facebook. Jack is moving at this time and I was impatient, plus I am not certain about what I want or even if the instrument will suit me. Although I tried a friend's cittern ...
by Gassy
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More mandolin thoughts
Replies: 12
Views: 2006

Re: More mandolin thoughts

Fascinating stuff Peter, it will take me quite a while to wrap my head around it. As with many things in musical instrument making, there is so much to do and learn and so little time. So true, and thus the effort you have put into this has incredible worth and is amazingly generous. When I got into...
by Gassy
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

Sorry to hear you're in hospital Ross, best wishes for a fast recovery (unless the nurses are extraordinarily cute). Actually, funny you mention the Portuguese guitars, I've ordered a bouzouki made by a Portuguese maker which is then setup by an Irish Luthier. The maker actually calls it a Portugues...
by Gassy
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

Thanks guys, that's a fair point. I often use cheap timber to try out a new technique or visual design element, but in the grand scheme of things time is by far the biggest input cost.
by Gassy
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

Hehe Miguel, I'm sorry to hear that. My wife is still working so she won't be around to keep me on task for most of the day. I'm sure I will still be time poor though.
by Gassy
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

Mark McLean wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:06 am
http://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/wh ... -bouzouki/
Nigel frequents this forum so he might drop in with a well informed opinion.
Thanks for that. The depth and sustain on that arch top guitar bouzouki is very impressive.
by Gassy
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

kiwigeo wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:31 pm
The body is that of a guitar but the strings and tuning are that of a Bouzouki. My bet is it will sound more like a Bouzouki than a guitar.
Even more so if it's tuned with octave pairs on the 2 lower pitched courses, which is not standard but also not uncommon.
by Gassy
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

Sorry.....IMHO ....I cannot see that instrument as being called a Bouzouki. It's a fair question Pete, it's to do with it's historical basis, shortened version is; an Irishman in the 60s brought a Greek Bouzouki to Ireland, it worked well with Irish music, other people wanted one, there was no Inte...
by Gassy
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Acacia dread build thread
Replies: 133
Views: 25218

Re: Acacia dread build thread

Just had to say this is a brilliant thread, thanks.
by Gassy
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

Re: What am I doing here?

The name is Gavin, but my wife would more agree with the forum nick. Yes, I have Graham's book on the way, the one on actual Bouzouki making, but I'll get the mandolin one too now that I know it exists. I am not trying to put you off but I must advise you that in order to succeed you must be very de...
by Gassy
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What am I doing here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3911

What am I doing here?

The subject is half what I'm asking myself, and half an introduction. I am an about to be retired electronics engineer, which means I am about to be a close to full time musical instrument maker. However, it's not guitars or stringed instruments I make, nope it's bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes to be ...