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by peter.coombe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood article
Replies: 13
Views: 341

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: 341

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: 341

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: 545

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: 542

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: 2194

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: 2237

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: 1320

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: 4111

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...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Shellac. A story and some questions.
Replies: 11
Views: 2571

Re: Shellac. A story and some questions.

Yep, shellac does have a shelf life. The actual length of time it is good depends on how white it is and the temperature and humidity it is stored at. Keep it cool and dry and it will last some years. The clear transparent stuff has the shortest shelf life, it does not last long at all, the dark she...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I'm retiring
Replies: 45
Views: 9866

Re: I'm retiring

All the best Bob in your new venture. Sorry to hear of your troubles with your hands, but we all get old eventually. Had a recent scare myself, but that seems to be working out ok, and I intend to keep going until I can't physically do it any more. This forum has been a great help when I started mak...
by peter.coombe
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What do you do when,,,,??
Replies: 11
Views: 2272

Re: What do you do when,,,,??

What to do? Put it aside and forget about it for a while. Start the next instrument, finish the next instrument. Maybe start the next. One day get back to it and fix it or put the bandsaw through it and chuck it out. By then the impact of the time spent on it will have lessoned and you don't care so...
by peter.coombe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pickups??
Replies: 8
Views: 1901

Re: Pickups??

I use McIntyre feather. Sounds very good, no eq required (but does require a preamp), and is easily reversible if the customer wants to change to their favourite pickup. So far none have. I tried a few pickups some years ago on mandolin and Schertler gave the best sound, but they are expensive. The ...
by peter.coombe
Tue May 30, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Picking a Drum Sander
Replies: 18
Views: 4041

Re: Picking a Drum Sander

I have the Carbatec one also. Now is about 18yo and has not broken anything yet. Only complaint is that it is a PITA to change the paper.
by peter.coombe
Mon May 15, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Not a guitar...
Replies: 7
Views: 2146

Re: Not a guitar...

Nice.
by peter.coombe
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: help contacting a luthier in NSW
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Re: help contacting a luthier in NSW

Well I live in Bega NSW but unfortunately don't know an Ian Bartholomew. No Bartholomew is listed on Telstra White Pages in the Bega region, but that just means he doesn't have a Telstra landline. PM me the address and I can knock on his door.

Peter
by peter.coombe
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ebony on CITIES 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 638

Re: Ebony on CITIES 2018

Yes I have heard that rumour too, but have not seen any evidence to show that it is actually true. What we need to see is a proper CITES draft proposal and no one has come up with one covering all Ebony species yet so this is still rumour.
by peter.coombe
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new mandolin
Replies: 2
Views: 1606

Re: A new mandolin

Good to know some kbp is still around. I bought a whole kbp tree about 20 years ago and had it cut on the quarter (mostly), and shared the cost and some of the wood with other local luthiers. That was before it was illegal to cut a living kbp tree down and I could see the end of the line for commerc...
by peter.coombe
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Adjusting sound
Replies: 38
Views: 6624

Re: Adjusting sound

For what it is worth, I made a flattop mandolin from Engelmann and Sassafras and did not like the treble sound. Built 2 more from European Spruce and Sassafras and the treble sounded great. Just finished a guitar from Adi and Sassafras and it sounds pretty special. I love the sound I get with Sassaf...
by peter.coombe
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A different side of life in the workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 3539

Re: A different side of life in the workshop

And never ever ever let them take the instrument withouy paying the full balance outright, regardless of how nice they may be. Yes, it is the only way to protect yourself from ripoff. Also never ever send the instrument before the funds have been cleared and are in your bank account. I have had a f...
by peter.coombe
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stringing up a new instrument
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

Re: Stringing up a new instrument

Yes, absolutely.
by peter.coombe
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A different side of life in the workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 3539

Re: A different side of life in the workshop

Mmm, my experience is if there is money involved you need to wait. Patience is required, although 6 weeks is getting a bit long, but then I have had to wait for longer periods. Have you contacted the customer? Please don't put the instrument on the open market without contacting the customer and exp...
by peter.coombe
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A new mandolin
Replies: 2
Views: 1606

A new mandolin

This mandolin is the end result of a project I have been working on and off for around a year. The aim was to design a completely new arch top mandolin, based on my two point Lyon and Healy reproduction, but simpler and easier to make and cheaper for the customer. It is a bit like a modernised Lyon ...
by peter.coombe
Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Build a mandolin
Replies: 40
Views: 11075

Re: Build a mandolin

Thanks for the bit of info there Peter,[ hope to see you at Port Fairy again this year] I think Siminoffs plans will be very useful although i find it strange that he suggests to carve the inside of the plates before the outer, somehow i don't think ill be following that directive! Ah yes, forgot a...