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by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Relic acoustics - The Session King
Replies: 10
Views: 6928

Re: Relic acoustics - The Session King

Oh man, doing distressed finishes are the best. No stress. Fun. No stress. And a lot less stress. https://scontent-lax1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/936654_10155513749400618_2919654003371920261_n.jpg?oh=1378afaa12ab82de9654781d1ed6f45b&oe=55C6AB3C Anodised aluminium top https://fbcdn-sphotos...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue May 12, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Getting tone woods in NZ
Replies: 19
Views: 11925

Re: Getting tone woods in NZ

I have never experienced the number of issues you continue to mention about importing or exporting, and I bet the volumes we do are more (over 150 to be exported this year). Crikey, I can only manage to make an average of 10 a year. 15 is the max I have done so far. Bigger volumes and your costs do...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue May 12, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Getting tone woods in NZ
Replies: 19
Views: 11925

Re: Getting tone woods in NZ

Crikey, I can only manage to make an average of 10 a year. 15 is the max I have done so far. Bigger volumes and your costs do go down. Perry isn't exactly a small time player. How many other people on this forum have employees? Or a Korean factory! :P Only 53 guitars this year will be made in our w...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon May 11, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Getting tone woods in NZ
Replies: 19
Views: 11925

Re: Getting tone woods in NZ

Aren't governments great. We are already at a disadvantage because of the distance and the fact that Spruce and Rosewood don't grow here, and tuning machines etc are not manufactured here. Then just to drive the nail in harder they charge us to import things that are not available locally. The late...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon May 04, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quiet in here
Replies: 41
Views: 12639

Re: Quiet in here

Got some nice axes there Perry (fan frets seem to be the order of the day! :wink: ), I notice the solid seven string bridge has your name attached, are the independent tailpieces your proprietary brand as well or did you source them commercially? I designed them, and unfortunately the manufacturer ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sun May 03, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quiet in here
Replies: 41
Views: 12639

Re: Quiet in here

Quiet in here? Everyone's obviously busy building. Building , planning, executing! Shipping this week. https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10383677_10155405893895618_1520888933709151189_n.jpg?oh=97c177afd5f3f1e17bc0a8b4a42f249d&oe=55C3B9D5&__gda__=1440521057_eabee57fe200...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: strange requests
Replies: 5
Views: 2640

Re: strange requests

I have had a few strange requests for builds over the years and this one is in that category this one requires a 6 string guitar with the bottom E and A strings tuned one octave lower than normal the enquirer proposes using bass strings with a 25.5" scale length a player called charlie hunter uses ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:06 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Metalwork Department opened up this month
Replies: 28
Views: 25747

Re: Metalwork Department opened up this month

I'll take it if its available :D
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Business Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 3713

Re: Business Advice

peter.coombe wrote: If your turnover is more then $75,000 then you will need to register for GST, and that is a pretty good incentive to keep your turnover less than $75,000!
:roll:
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Metalwork Department opened up this month
Replies: 28
Views: 25747

Re: Metalwork Department opened up this month

Damn.

I bought one of these AGES ago, and this thread reminded me. Need to use it. The apprentice spend three hours laying out machinehead holes the other day :(
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Quiet in here
Replies: 28
Views: 14887

Re: Quiet in here

Waiting for glue to dry

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by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Difficult Customers
Replies: 51
Views: 24450

Re: Difficult Customers

We all do :)

I found the less tolerance I had for customers crazy ideas, the better my clients became.
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Difficult Customers
Replies: 51
Views: 24450

Re: Difficult Customers

I love your replies on another forum, when he said he had proof, so you called him out and he disappeared :)
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Auspost troubles
Replies: 20
Views: 9909

Re: Auspost troubles

I sway between 'pack n send' and auspost for national deliveries. It amazes me that it takes twice the length of time to get a guitar from perth to melbourne, as it does perth to USA (and they both go on the same domestic flights). You want two day delivery? Same price as sending it 2-3 day delivery...
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Theres wood and then theres wood
Replies: 5
Views: 2974

Re: Theres wood and then theres wood

... and that collection is about to get bigger. Just dropped $10k on all sorts of yummy stuff :) Solid birdseye/flame/quilt bodies, one piece ebony necks (three species), crazy burls and grafts, etc etc etc, plus inked a deal to ship in Macassar Ebony direct from the mill, AND worked out how to do a...
by Ormsby Guitars
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Difficult Customers
Replies: 51
Views: 24450

Re: Difficult Customers

I think the problem is, too many people come into this trade not really as a builder first or with a background in wood but merely as a player, they assume that because they can play a guitar then they can repair a guitar, A customer I had about a year ago, asked can he watch us set his guitar up, ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Difficult Customers
Replies: 51
Views: 24450

Re: Difficult Customers

There was a time when the perth guys did somewhat have a 'shit list'. I knew if someone called and said "such and such recommended you" that meant "triple prices". The problem with Perth, is that there are a number of repairers. Id class three in the 'good guy' list, although one can be difficult to...
by Ormsby Guitars
Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Difficult Customers
Replies: 51
Views: 24450

Re: Difficult Customers

When he picks the guitar up, give him my details. I'll make sure that the quote he receives let's him know he's in trouble. PM his name just in case. If I get the job, I'll split the profit with you. Ive found that increasing pricing, means I lose some jobs. However, the people that DO go ahead are ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More marketing magic?
Replies: 10
Views: 4617

Re: More marketing magic?

Most new installations were brands less than $1000, with a majority of them being around that $500-700 range I'd imagine (I charge $280 to fit, so the real cheap stuff was not worth it). The retro fits to guitars that weren't 'broken' covered all values right up to a handful of brand new, one being ...
by Ormsby Guitars
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: More marketing magic?
Replies: 10
Views: 4617

Re: More marketing magic?

I've fitted maybe 60 bridge doctors. Half were fixes where a neck reset was not economical and the top was quite bowed. Half where clients loving the new sound and bringing other guitars in to have them fitted. Getting the tension right makes a big difference. Every guitars has a different requireme...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What to charge ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3822

Re: What to charge ?

In the end only you BELIEVE what you are worth, we sometimes charge more because we don't want the work, and usually then they say go ahead anyway...... Fixed it for you. I am working with some guys right now on their marketing. One of the students is awesome, he does EVERYTHING I say :) Funnily en...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What to charge ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3822

Re: What to charge ?

The market will bear the price you charge if: 1. You're good or great (quality and reputation) 2. You market your services properly 3. You simply ask for what you are worth (mindset really) Number three is important. You're more skilled than a bricklayer. What do they need to know? Start with one br...
by Ormsby Guitars
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What to charge ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3822

Re: What to charge ?

$280 and at that price I usually can't be bothered and send them to Steve :)
by Ormsby Guitars
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Bridge Binding...
Replies: 10
Views: 5678

Re: Bridge Binding...

I suspect we'll see this done a lot more often now! Such a simple idea, and a nice touch. I like!