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by peter.coombe
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gidgee
Replies: 13
Views: 767

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: 767

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: 767

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: 767

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: 767

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: 1279

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: 856

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: 21
Views: 1643

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: 21
Views: 1643

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: 856

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: 21
Views: 1643

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: 544

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: 1956

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: 1956

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: 991

Re: alternative fingerboard woods

I like Lancewood for mandolin fingerboards.
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 1303

Re: Rosewood article

I am not so sure appearance is all that important in regard to what actually sells. For some it is important, but I think they are a small minority. My experience is that if I have a particularly pretty mandolin then that is the one the potential customers will always pick up first. However, if anot...
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 1303

Re: Rosewood article

I don’t think we could expect to see Aussie Rosewood in our lifetimes. A great pity. Unfortunately it would not survive where I live or I would have planted some. I have also been growing Acacia Melanoxylon , it grows in the forests here but most have been cut down. We planted 50 on our 2 acre bloc...
by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 1303

Re: Rosewood article

Well Indian Rosewood is still available, and is likely to be available into the foreseeable future. You do need CITES documentation, but it is still legal to export rosewood from India. The Indian suppliers need to get the permits, and if it is to be re-exported then CITES documentation is needed. T...
by peter.coombe
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Wood Identification
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Wood Identification

King Billy Pine would be my guess as well.
by peter.coombe
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Taylor "V Class"
Replies: 2
Views: 868

Re: Taylor "V Class"

  • Because falcate bracing is too hard to do in a factory..... :P
Yep, that is exactly what I thought when I saw this.
by peter.coombe
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Skill sets.
Replies: 15
Views: 3146

Re: Skill sets.

If you want to sell your creations, I am with Nigel, marketing. Marketing is something most of us are not good at, and don't spend enough time on.
by peter.coombe
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sending veneer to Oz
Replies: 11
Views: 3004

Re: Sending veneer to Oz

If it has no bark, no rot, no evidence of insect activity (e.g. borer holes) and it is not rosewood, it should be fine.
by peter.coombe
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Looking for Zipflex
Replies: 5
Views: 1727

Re: Looking for Zipflex

CITES has nothing to do with the trouble getting shell from the USA. No shell species that is listed on CITES is used for inlay work. The problem is with the rules associated with the USA Lacey Act so it is specific to the USA only. The paperwork and fees involved make it uneconomic to import or exp...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pau Ferro fingerboards
Replies: 17
Views: 5378

Re: Pau Ferro fingerboards

Gidgee does go darker when oiled, but not black like Macassar Ebony. I have successfully used Gidgee, NSW Ironwood, Lancewood, Indian Ebony, African Ebony and Macassar Ebony for fingerboards and tuning knobs. I like the Macassar Ebony because LMI have very good quality quarter sawn fingerboard blank...