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by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Thermochromatic paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1455

Re: Thermochromatic paint

That is exactly what the customer was after, something that would be transitioning in colour whilst on stage
My lighting tech does that! :mrgreen: -Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sugar Gum - have access to one being taken down; any tips/advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 1743

Re: Sugar Gum - have access to one being taken down; any tips/advice?

The tangential and radial movement figures are the ones you should look at first when comparing with other well used timbers. Then as it is a eucalyptus, gum veins might be an issue. Also look at cross grain vs long grain strength and stiffness. If no info available, resonance once dried. Weight whe...
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: strobotuners
Replies: 9
Views: 1625

Re: strobotuners

Thanks Martin. Yes there is a company website AP Software which is a bit high end, so I was in the wrong territory here. Will try download tomorrow, I'm off to the acoustic night at Yackandandah Pub.
BTW did you get my pm, Martin?
Cheers Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: strobotuners
Replies: 9
Views: 1625

Re: strobotuners

I think I just wasted a bit of time with this AP software...There doesn't seem to be a version available anymore that will run on an old single core PC running win 7 pro which is my case. I did get the oldest version I could find to start on my computer but it seems to need their hardware interface....
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Finishing using Hard Shellac
Replies: 7
Views: 1507

Re: Finishing using Hard Shellac

I did not do any pore filling, have to maybe try that on the next lot of guitars, (i read some part of a thread here about exposure to to the epoxies) I readily admit that I'm not the greatest finisher around. Here is what works for me and what has been not so good. I first started with the nitroce...
by blackalex1952
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthiery Practice for Sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

Re: Luthiery Practice for Sale

Martin : Why is Barry selling up? Health reasons. Barry is a friend of mine. Barry is selling as a business. He also resaws and sells wood, so a great bandsaw there with a stellite blade and probably some o/s contacts for timber supply for the resaw side of things. Barry is also offering training fo...
by blackalex1952
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Luthier tips du jour - Inlay tool tip
Replies: 6
Views: 1311

Re: Luthier tips du jour - Inlay tool tip

Damn! Does this mean I need more tools???
Seriously though, is there ever an issue with a bit overheating at this speed, particularly with hi silica content woods? -Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: strobotuners
Replies: 9
Views: 1625

strobotuners

I use a strorbo tuner on my iPhone to do my intonation. Can someone who uses both a phone and a computer let me know the advantages of using the software version on a computer, and any pc based cheaper comparisons?- Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gore/Gilet/ Concepts & Falcate Bracing in a Uke Build
Replies: 77
Views: 21739

Re: Gore/Gilet/ Concepts & Falcate Bracing in a Uke Build

What a great thread...don't loose this, guys! Is there a 2017 progress report on your builds, Clancy?
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil/ Nitrocellulose question
Replies: 1
Views: 645

Tru Oil/ Nitrocellulose question

I have a job to do where I have to apply a Rothco and Frost logo transfer to a Telecaster headstock. I have done the lacquer and cotton bud test on an area of the headstock underneath the tuning machine and it checks the nitro box. However the guitar's owner tells me that a few years ago he had some...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Visual Analyzer set-up
Replies: 19
Views: 3189

Re: Visual Analyzer set-up

I'm still not all that clear on the oscilloscope input. Normal scopes have probes which measure directly from AC circuits. It doesn't seem like a good idea to use an audio line or mic level input for this purpose. -Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Visual Analyzer set-up
Replies: 19
Views: 3189

Re: Visual Analyzer set-up

While I think of it, can anyone explain to me how to use the oscilloscope in VA please? What kind of interface do I need for the input channels?-Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Visual Analyzer set-up
Replies: 19
Views: 3189

Re: Visual Analyzer set-up

An attempt to contact him might bear fruit perhaps?-R
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Visual Analyzer set-up
Replies: 19
Views: 3189

Re: Visual Analyzer set-up

I'm probably stating the obvious...but are the developers of VA still around and if so what do they think of our concerns? -Ross
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ancient spruce
Replies: 8
Views: 1792

Re: Ancient spruce

I might have to bury a guitar for a couple of thousand years to break even
I'm sure given that amount of time, Trevor Gore or his descendants will have worked out how to do this in a much shorter time! :mrgreen:
-R
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 3093

Re: How to top swap

I looks in your tute that the binding once the top is off is still there. After the top is glued on you jump to routing flush then cut a new binding ledge...when do you remove the binding? I assume that you do this when removing the top, it would be better for beginners if this was a little clearer....
by blackalex1952
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Superglues in luthierie
Replies: 12
Views: 2343

Re: Superglues in luthierie

Mark wrote: You only need a strip of marking tape on each of the surfaces you want to stick together. It is not necessary to completely cover them. You then use CA glue to stick the strips of tape to each other. It is very strong for resisting lateral force. Personally, I like the sellotape double s...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some of my current methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Re: Some of my current methods

I forgot to make it was clear in my post that the bolts with the holes and the wing nuts hold the bridge in position without having to glue it on. I drill the hole for the treble pin, put the bolt in then line up the bridge and drill the for the 6th pin. Then I drill and ream the remainder of the pi...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some of my current methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Re: Some of my current methods

Martin write:
Like the bolt with the hole drilled through it for the intonator.
Is that "I like" or is it a comment on something else in my posts?
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some of my current methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Re: Some of my current methods

It's easy enough for the intonation tools to be replaced with drill bits or even end pins on their side. I made the brass rods with the idea of continuing on to end up with a clone of the stewmac doover. But this works well enough for me followed by fine tuning the intonation on the saddle with file...
by blackalex1952
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some of my current methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Some of my current methods

Just thought I'd post some of my current tools that I have made and the methods I've been using. Stewmac sells similar more refined tools like this but I made these due to the usual budgetary restraints. They work for me. Firstly, I have drilled some holes through two bolts which have allen key ends...
by blackalex1952
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: How to top swap
Replies: 17
Views: 3093

Re: How to top swap

I love seeing pix of your workshop Steve! Green with envy this end! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: -Ross
by blackalex1952
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Tru Oil alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 4451

Tru Oil alternatives

Firstly, where can I get Tru Oil for a reasonable price and not in a 90mm bottle for an exhorbitant price. The Tru Oil seems to vary in price quite a lot, the cheapest I found in Australia was $15 for 90mm. This is about $166 a litre! Most expensive finish on the market it seems. I was thinking of u...