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by Bob G.
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Router Fretboard Radiusing Bits
Replies: 7
Views: 5090

Re: Router Fretboard Radiusing Bits

I ordered 1 of the 16" radius bits from Steve Evans (No relation to Steve Evans from Beltona Instruments whom Anne and I stayed with when he lived in NZ). I have no problem with what I thought to be a reasonable announcement of the tool on this forum, as well as a generous offer of bits to try. As a...
by Bob G.
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tim Spittle ukulele building workshop
Replies: 1
Views: 915

Re: Tim Spittle ukulele building workshop

Wayde-Very nice detailed write-up. You spent some major time on that and it should be very useful to any builder who is thinking about taking a class. Especially nice to see your honesty in regards to things you had problems with. I've taken and presented lots of lutherie classes over the last 40 ye...
by Bob G.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Exporting music instruments to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 7182

Re: Exporting music instruments to the USA

I bring in small quantities of shell from Australia for resale to local builders here in Hawaii. Here's the way import goes in the U.S. for commercial purposes. I am required to have a U.S. Fish & Wildlife permit, which costs $100.00/yr. Each shipment I bring in, whether it is worth $1.00 or $1,000....
by Bob G.
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukulele friction tuners
Replies: 4
Views: 1930

Grover #4's are a knockoff of the Gotoh and they come in chrome, nickel, or gold with black, white, pearloid, or grained ivoroid buttons. The ivoroid or pearloid buttons cost more. This particular friction peg works very well on soprano and concert ukes. A few people I know use them on tenors, but I...
by Bob G.
Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New Zealand travels
Replies: 24
Views: 5718

Looks like the replies have dwindled, so I guess there are not many builders on the South island. I expected that. So, on to other important stuff. What kind of beer might we find on tap that's worth trying when we are escaping the rain? We like the darker, thicker, kinds.
by Bob G.
Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New Zealand travels
Replies: 24
Views: 5718

No golf for me. I'm a tennis player. One of my friends, who makes clubs and has been playing for 60 years, advised me some years ago to never pick up a club. Says he wasted way too much of his life on the course. He's still doing it, and still gives the same advice. It's an adiction I believe. The w...
by Bob G.
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukulele Pickups and Amplification
Replies: 12
Views: 4326

Like Rick, I'm not a big fan of soundboard transducers either, but they are powerful and cheap, and that makes them fit the budget for many folks. In ukes, they don't work quite like in guitars. In general, they are just too hot for many ukes. They definitely don't want to be out in the middle of th...
by Bob G.
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:27 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New Zealand travels
Replies: 24
Views: 5718

Paul, We had a similar problem with our "plastic" on a trip to Spain a few years ago. Nobody there offered us $ or much help. New Zealand gets very high marks from anyone who has traveled there and that's part of the reason we are choosing it. Looking forward to a New Zealand adventure.-Bob
by Bob G.
Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New Zealand travels
Replies: 24
Views: 5718

I'm afraid Australia will have to be on another trip. Hopefully we will be able to do that in the future. Thanks for the offers.-Bob
by Bob G.
Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New Zealand travels
Replies: 24
Views: 5718

Thanks for the replies. By the way, there is no "usual luthier's workshop". I've seen evrything from closets in a bedroom to plastic tarps outside in the rain. Everything has it's place. It's always interesting to see how builder's cope. Hopefully I'll get to meet some of you. Thanks for the tips so...
by Bob G.
Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New Zealand travels
Replies: 24
Views: 5718

New Zealand travels

My wife and I will be traveling on the South Island for 3-4 weeks in January-Feb. 2010. Just wondering if there are any stringed instrument makers there. We like to visit makers who are open to it when we travel. Any kind of stringed instruments. All luthiers, at any skill level, are interesting to ...
by Bob G.
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sound Board
Replies: 71
Views: 12828

I was trying to follow along on this thread to see if I could learn something about woods in NZ. You guys digress a wee bit! My wife and I will be traveling on the South Island for 3-4 weeks in early 10 and it would be great to look for some of these trees that you are talking about. Always fun to s...
by Bob G.
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: "Williams"-style binding channel router jig
Replies: 16
Views: 12597

Allen- Sorry I did not follow through on the post. Over the last few weeks I've only had a few hours when my connectivity worked. I'm working on it. I'll be back! Thanks, Bob G.
by Bob G.
Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: "Williams"-style binding channel router jig
Replies: 16
Views: 12597

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Having never posted in your forum, I'll see if I have figured out how to post an image and then do another post if it works. If it doesn't, oh well!