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by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guitar makers festival
Replies: 46
Views: 22047

Re: Guitar makers festival

Will be there with around 16 guitars!
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Can you spot what is bugging me?
Replies: 23
Views: 11467

Re: Can you spot what is bugging me?

Curly Maple fretboard? Might want to ask for one with curls next time :P

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by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: ABC website article on luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 2156

Re: ABC website article on luthiery

Pretty sure it was this school that we supplied 50 sets of uke fretboards and machine heads to a few years ago. From memory they had a Cnc too. Good to see!
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

Damn, clicked post too soon! As we move forward, we are looking to get a large acreage on the edges of the metro area. Assuming we get approval for the idea and a block in the area we are looking at (this council though IS a pain), we want to build a 15 x 8 (or similar) workshop UNDERGROUND (so I ca...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

I will add that I started in a 6m x 4m "office" space, with a toilet as a spray booth. Did that for a few years then leased commercial property which was 200-220m2, split down the middle with a big wall to control dust / store cars and junk. Part of me missed the big workshop, but we arent really cr...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

We have a 6 x 9m (high roof), with a 3 x 9 m extension (low roof). The main area is for building. Two main benches, one side bench for junk, 90% of wood storage, racks for cases (about 45 all up), tool chests, surface planer, thicknesser, drill press, bandsaw, sanders and pickup winding area. All th...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Looking for pickguard material in certain colours.
Replies: 8
Views: 3420

Re: Looking for pickguard material in certain colours.

wdmusic.com have the largest range of pickguard materials.
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

Workspace rental. This can be anywhere from $300 a week to thousands per week. Most residential councils will not allow you to run a manufacturing business out of your home. Something to look into and then add to the cost of your guitars. While Perry and yourself might be classed as a "manufacturin...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

^^^^ Whereas my first commission was from Florida, my second from Perth, and my third from Sydney. From there, 30+% were USA up until the GFC, when I then concentrated on the areas less affected. Now its global, with 40% of sales in both Customs and the Korean line being USA/Canada, 15% are 'other w...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

demonx wrote:Most likely though you'll be a soul trader
Best tax related typo Ive ever seen :P
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

Funny though Perry mentioned a kickstarter that raised a bunch and then screwed up with tax etc. I used to go to high school and be in a band with one of the main guys that was running that IRL thing. He's now relocated to Thailand. Not sure if it was running away from anything! More than likely! I...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

demonx wrote:
Ormsby Guitars wrote:The fun is driving your Ferrari on the weekend after selling guitars all week because you didn't spend four days worrying about fret jobs :P
I've had a handful of muscle cars, it's about time I had a Ferrari!
The Ferrari Nationals is being hosted in Perth next year. You've got twelve months ;)
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

The fun is driving your Ferrari on the weekend after selling guitars all week because you didn't spend four days worrying about fret jobs :P
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

However we learnt a lot from the research, we learnt things like fretboards can be made in seconds not miunutes or hrs, necks can be made mintues not hrs, bodys can be made in hrs not days, its amazing how fast something can be made when you dedicate custom machinery to make it Steve I saw an aweso...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: "Business of Lutherie" forum?
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: "Business of Lutherie" forum?

What would be really difficult in Australia today would be to try to manufacture low or medium price guitars and sell direct or try to market them through dealers. If you can't justify a price premium over Maton or Cole Clarke how can you make a profit? Here we go! Why would you like to sell low pr...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

Im a fan of crowdfunding, but some see it as a good way to raise some money, with no thought, effort, or plans in place. Thats a disaster. I think most people can see that for what it is, and those projects ultimately dont seem to be funded. Exactly....generally the crowd can spot projects that are...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

The crowdfunding platforms are littered with failed luthier projects. And with good reason. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1473013727/custom-guitars-and-amps?ref=discovery https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/730216919/stem-guitar?ref=discovery https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1042770631/k...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

One thing I like about crowd funding is the _crowd_ gets to decide which project is worthy of it's support. There's a very high chance that given a choice of supporting a kid who needs a wheel chair or a start up luthier the crowd would go for the kid in need of a wheel chair. And the crowd speaks....
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

Yeah I'm along similar lines in my thinking as Steve voiced, with crowd funding you can advertise that you have the most innovative product about to be released onto the market....with funding. It says nothing in there about my ability (or lack of) to run a business successfully. I'm not aware of a...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

Some healthy open debate going on here.....let's keep it that way guys. I'm aware that some of you do very well making a crust out of your building but please resist the urge to rub it in....there are a few members in here who also build for a living and they may be doing it tough. No ones rubbing ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

See perry, both you and I do well in this field Some of us do..... very well.... http://falkvinge.net/files/2013/01/Dr_Evil-646x363.jpg and we both are in perth, the problem I believe which you have pointed out, is there is the trade lutherie which a person can be good at, but then there is busines...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

Whilst I do not agree with crowd funding for startups in luthiery, it's s great way to build the business if you handle it properly. Thanks for chiming in Perry :) What is it about crowd-funding in lutherie that you don't agree with? Being an innovator in the space, I'm really interested to hear yo...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Please help !!!
Replies: 62
Views: 26922

Re: Please help !!!

A good luthier, does not need help to start a business, a good luthier dose not need to advertise. There is such a demand for our services (the trade luthiery), that you will never be un-employed if you are good at what you do. So when I see or here people asking for handouts to get started, I need...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Carbatec Drum Sander
Replies: 35
Views: 19140

Re: Carbatec Drum Sander

Gee. You guys are doing something wrong. I bought my twin sander two years ago. 90 guitars later (we do both sides of the bodies, both sides of the tops, fretboards, etc), and a bunch of extra tops (30?) and we are on only the fifth roll of sandpaper (cloth 60 grit). Lots of ebony, rosewood and Blac...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:17 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: A bad Aussie dollar - Could it be a good thing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1797

Re: A bad Aussie dollar - Could it be a good thing?

Bad AUD = we can increase pricing. Sure, parts cost 20% more now, compared to 18 months ago, but overseas dollars buy 20% more Aussie products. A 20% increase = $800 more on a $4000 instrument. That more than covers the $100-200 extra in parts/materials costs. For overseas customers our pricing hasn...