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by peter.coombe
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: travelling south
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: travelling south

I am in Bega. You are welcome to drop in and tour the workshop. I don't know of any timber suppliers down this way.
by peter.coombe
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some mandolin thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Some mandolin thoughts

Thanks Trevor Yep the principles in the book have now been applied in the mandolin world, but whether or not anyone in the mandolin world actually takes any notice is another question. Tradition is a powerful thing. It has been a bit of, duh why didn't I think of that before. I have read the books, ...
by peter.coombe
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some mandolin thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Some mandolin thoughts

In a thread a few months ago I presented a pancake type of mandolin with a Gidgee back and sides, and asked if any had used Gidgee because it sounded better than any other pancake flattop mandolin I had made. Trevor Gore commented that with Gidgee, the back would be a dead back because it was so hea...
by peter.coombe
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Timber identification
Replies: 14
Views: 865

Re: Timber identification

Looks like Queensland Maple to me.
by peter.coombe
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 716

Re: Go-bar rods

Me too. Dowel from Mitre 10, chopped up. They work fine, are cheap and only a couple have snapped. Easily replaced if they do snap.
by peter.coombe
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Removing old shellac?
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: Removing old shellac?

Yep, also done more times than I care to remember. Sometimes use a scraper, or alcohol, but usually sandpaper and lots ends up in the bin. Lots of sandpaper, lots of elbow grease, and lots of patience, but always I am happy I got it off and start all over again. Second attempt is always much better.
by peter.coombe
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Gillian
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: RIP Gillian

Here she is at the 2011 National Folk Festival, before she retired.
Gillian Alcock.jpg
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by peter.coombe
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: RIP Gillian
Replies: 4
Views: 556

RIP Gillian

I have just heard that the great hammer dulcimer maker Gillian Alcock has passed. She was one of my greatest and longest friends, an inspiration when I first started making mandolins. I have one of her dulcimers and it is one very fine instrument. Gillian has been battling MS for many years, and wha...
by peter.coombe
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Exporting music instruments to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 7714

Re: Exporting music instruments to the USA

I have not looked at this thread for a while, but it bothers me that anyone would advocate exporting CITES listed species without the paperwork. What I outlined is the LEGAL way to export instruments to the USA, assuming they are worth more than $2000 USD. Exporting any species of rosewood from Aust...
by peter.coombe
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Exporting music instruments to the USA
Replies: 12
Views: 7714

Re: Exporting music instruments to the USA

Assuming your declare your banjo ukes are worth less than $2000 USD, then you do not need to do the Lacy Act paperwork. That might explain the zero issues.
by peter.coombe
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 1565

Re: Gidgee

What did you use for kerfing material on this lil beauty please Peter?
King Billy Pine.
by peter.coombe
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 1565

Re: Gidgee

Well it sold on Tuesday to the first person apart from me to play it, so I have started work on another one. I have enough Gidgee for 2 more.
by peter.coombe
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 1565

Re: Gidgee

No it is a Red Spruce top.
by peter.coombe
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 1565

Re: Gidgee

Finally some pictures of the mandolin.
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 1565

Gidgee

Anyone used Gidgee for back and sides? I have just strung up a flat top mandolin with ringed Gidgee back and sides and it is the best sounding flat top mandolin I have made. 1hr after putting the strings on it beat what is now the second best. When I started this mandolin I said I would never use Gi...
by peter.coombe
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Using Abalone
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Re: Using Abalone

I use solid Paua Abalone and glue the strips in with CA glue. Some woods will stain with CA, so try on scrap first. Myrtle, Qld Maple, NSW Rosewood, Huon Pine which is what I have used so far are all ok. One wood stained badly, can't remember what it was, but I think it was Sassafras so bad idea to ...
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

Re: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard

Looking at the last fifty or so years I would describe it as a burgeoning craft, like nowadays you can buy a kit. Yes exactly. There is also a heck of a lot more information readily available nowadays. The old ways when I first started was to keep what you learned to yourself, not let any "secrets"...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3772

Re: New GST rules

Is a good time to stock up before this comes into effect.
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3772

Re: New GST rules

Ok, but that is likely to mean delays. How do the forwarding companies contact us? There is usually not an email address on the package, and not necessarily a phone number either so that leaves snail mail. The forwarding companies, and that must include Australia Post had better have big warehouses!...
by peter.coombe
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

Re: "Dying" craft & radial soundboard

I saw that and it is interesting, although I don't agree about the dying craft thing. I listened carefully to his mandolin, and I am not concerned about any potential competition. His concepts might work, I dunno, but he hasn't got it right yet.
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New GST rules
Replies: 25
Views: 3772

New GST rules

Anyone have any idea how the new GST rules for imports under $1000 is going to work. As I understand it, the bigger companies such as Ebay will be charging customers and paying it, but what about the smaller companies such as LMI and Stew Mac? There are millions of small companies all over the world...
by peter.coombe
Sun May 13, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ceramic bandsaw guides
Replies: 2
Views: 829

Ceramic bandsaw guides

Will all the talk about bandsaws, I got onto the Fielder web site and noticed they are now offering ceramic guides as an option. I am thinking about upgrading my Hammer and was wondering if anyone has had any experience with ceramic guides. Coming from Fielder they are not likely to be cheap, but sh...
by peter.coombe
Wed May 09, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 3062

Re: bandsaw opinions

Here is the INCA web site. They have 2 reconditioned machines for sale right now for quite a reasonable price considering the sort of quality you get. They do ship international. You can cut veneers, or even use it as a fretsaw, it is so damn accurate. http://incamachines.com/english/buy-inca-machin...
by peter.coombe
Wed May 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: bandsaw opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 3062

Re: bandsaw opinions

My main motivation is to buy a tool of quality, that will last me a long long time, and be a pleasure using. I'm sick and tired of making do. And I've grown to loathe needing to fiddle and tweak second rate gear every time I need to use it. I was in exactly that same predicament 25 years ago. Ended...
by peter.coombe
Wed May 02, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: alternative fingerboard woods
Replies: 7
Views: 1508

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

I like Lancewood for mandolin fingerboards.