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by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

I just reviewed the original question posed by Trent I don't mind investing in a good setup but it is really just going to be this single type of use so I am not sure what I need and what I can skip. And later in the thread: I had settled on this https://www.zoom.co.jp/products/handy-r ... y-recorde...
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Thanks for your personal info , Wayne...we may even have crossed paths at some stage...I was an AV Tech as there weren't really many pathways into sound recording in the '70's and also spent a bit of time in education in that era as well as being a guitarist for many years and worked at places like ...
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Compensated nut WIP
Replies: 19
Views: 2768

Re: Compensated nut WIP

Thanks once again to Trevor for a concise and clear explanation!!! Awesome!!!
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Thanks Trevor!!! :cl Of course, why didn't I think of that instead of relying on my memory!!!!! I have obviously forgotten that I have several of these kicking around the house and the shed... :mrgreen: !
by blackalex1952
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Increasing Acoustic Guitar Body Depth
Replies: 5
Views: 1233

Re: Increasing Acoustic Guitar Body Depth

My opinion as an amateur builder is this: The extra air means a little extra mass which usually equates to a lower resonant frequency along with more inertia in the air mass as well. The misnamed 'Helmholz" resonance acts as a spring, coupling the movement of the soundboard with the efficient moveme...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gore/Gilet/ Concepts & Falcate Bracing in a Uke Build
Replies: 79
Views: 30267

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

A great thread..thanks for resurrecting it. Only two questions: It's hard to get my 8yr old son's attention with anything these days. But when I showed him the video of the herbs 'dancing' on the uke, he said "Cooool. Where do you get those dancing herbs?" Yes...where did you get those dancing herbs...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

Re: Ukelele build

but with a soundboard the size it is on a uke what are the advantages of falcate bracing I was sort of joking and fishing for comments, Martin, not being a Falcater like you...but one of my ambitions of course is to try the design on a guitar at least. I'm too stuck on the Selmac experimenting...st...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 2081

Re: Go-bar rods

I just measured my go bar rods, which aren't rods at all. They are very old straight grained mountain ash floorboards with minimum runout, run through the bandsaw -ie REAL mountain ash! They vary in thickness and length. Some came in at 8kg, some as high as 17kg. The white 10mm rubber ends from Clar...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

Re: Ukelele build

"And the owl looked up to the stars above and sang to a small guitar, Oh, Pussy oh,Pussy, oh, Pussy, my love, What a beautiful pussy you are!"..... I guess with six strings it's a miniature guitar, by definition, but not the sound! Yes, the differences in scale and tension, the size and scaled up re...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

I always set an alarm on my mobile phone to go off after what I call the “bake period”, this way it’s never on for longer than the minimal time Yes, usually do, but getting a bit vague these days due to a medical condition... Sounds like you were lucky to catch it before any serious damage occurred...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Warning to be conscious!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Warning to be conscious!!!!

Thank goodness for residual current detectors...I made my own heat bending iron. It has a pid controller, but due to inaccuracies in the calibration, or the wrong sensor I have to plug it direct to 240v to get it warm before the controller will work. After that its fine and I connect the sensor to t...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

Ukelele build

I have just come up with a tenor and a Baritone ukelele shape using the free software 'GTHANG'. I then printed the shape on large paper (Officeworks) and designed my own bracing. I wanted a shape which had a smaller upper bout and a larger lower bout, a similar look to a current build, a Gibson L-OO...
by blackalex1952
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Go-bar rods
Replies: 13
Views: 2081

Re: Go-bar rods

All that remains now is where to get the plastic lattice. within very wide limits, it made no difference how drastically I bent them, the force they would exert was an extremely reproducible 7.0 kg. By that I mean, whether I was bending a 900 mm long rod into an 800 mm space or a 400 mm space, the f...
by blackalex1952
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

I have an older version of Pro tools, some 'waves' software and record in my upstairs loft studio room. I record in an acoustic controlled environment in stereo, dry no eq or effects. Less is more. On some recordings I use X - Y microphone format with a matched pair of condenser microphones and mor...
by blackalex1952
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Home/workshop recording studio setup help
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Home/workshop recording studio setup help

Steve, the problem will be with the app on the phone or the phone itself. Rhode mics are pretty good although I have never used their USB mic. They have a great reputation to uphold these days. Test the microphone by downloading Audacity then use the mic on your computer. It will also work with Visu...
by blackalex1952
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: Disaster?

I have used both methods to route the slot, both on and off the guitar. The saddle blanks I have average around 2.8mm wide. So not quite 4mm! Easier to establish the correct intonation by routing the slot on the instrument. I wish I had 4mm to play with but at the moment I don't. Do you make your ow...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: White purfling strip

Veneer can be stabilised with a size coat of thin HHG, then it can be worked and sanded if there are problems with the material. Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: Disaster?

I'm a little concerned re the power of the Dremel for the right size bits, which are also hard to find. At least where I live. I do have one Dremel router bit, but it's very easy with a bit that size to overheat. I mainly use the Dremel for inlay work. But DEFINITELY open to a source of the bits tha...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: Disaster?

Martin: A plane landing is a "controlled stall"..........making a guitar is a "controlled disaster" :mrgreen Yes. There is also a saying in aviation:"The outcome of any manoevre shall never be in doubt"!!!! Aslo: I use the Stewmac slot cutting jig and adjust the width by fractions until I reach the ...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: Disaster?

Thanks, guys, for the replies. Yes, I don't expect any problems now the repair has been successfully executed. It would be nice to be able to source router bits ie end mills which match the thickness of the bone bridge blanks. Also, does anyone know of a source of 3 degree taper bridge pin reamers o...
by blackalex1952
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: White purfling strip
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: White purfling strip

I go to a veneer supplier and donate to the "Christmas party" a small sum of cash and the storeman shows me lots of nice veneers that I can choose from. One simply needs to ask the right person in the right business. Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Disaster?
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Disaster?

I was routing a slot for a saddle. I wasn't quite "in the zone" for this move...I had ignored the faded scribbling on my saddle router jig which said originally "USE PLUNGE ROUTER ONLY!!!" It had faded since the last build, and due to a bout in hospital, I had suffered an extended break from the wor...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: uke rope binding
Replies: 4
Views: 1518

Re: uke rope binding

Graham, I would like a read of your draft as well if possible. In the meantime, DoMo have rope binding here: http://japarts.ca/DoMo/DoMo-Purfling-Wood.asp Scroll down to the 760B and see if the dimensions suit the purpose. Bear in mind that this is a Canadian website, prices in Canadian $$s are very...
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Gotoh SXG 510
Replies: 0
Views: 947

Gotoh SXG 510

Has anyone used the Gotoh SXG 510 open back series of tuners? They seem to be a direct competitor for the Waverleys but have what looks like a more solid build and are cheaper.
https://g-gotoh.com/international/product/sxn510.html
Cheers! Ross
by blackalex1952
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Case for a Gibson L-OO
Replies: 3
Views: 998

Case for a Gibson L-OO

Can someone recommend a case for a Gibson L-OO please? I have checked out the Hiscox, but as I have to order one, not being in a city, it has been getting a bit tricky to work out if the instrument will fit any of their cases. The guitar I wish to fit is 1000mm long, body length 500mm,upper bout 270...