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by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Kantare guitars and the "Lens resonance system"
Replies: 16
Views: 6925

Re: Kantare guitars and the "Lens resonance system"

Alain Bieber wrote: I wish sometimes to have an idea that would allow me to start a business in China <G>.
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:mrgreen:
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please help with classical setup
Replies: 12
Views: 6627

Re: Please help with classical setup

Ron, Excellent. It looks like you are pretty close to "standard" action. "Standard" action is, however, kind of like "one size fits" socks - they really should be called one size fits nobody. So essentially in this case it is now just a question of taste whether you prefer higher or lower. You will ...
by Simon Magennis
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Please help with classical setup
Replies: 12
Views: 6627

Re: Please help with classical setup

Ron.. Just checking that everyone is talking about the same thing. When you give the clearances, are you measuring from the string to the top of the fret or from the string to the wood on the fretboard? My reading of your post suggests you mean from string to wood whereas most (but not all) people u...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Supplied air face mask?
Replies: 34
Views: 25610

Re: Supplied air face mask?

I recall there having been threads here before discussing mask options. 3m was definitely one of the options discussed but i don't recall if it was this system or one taking air directly from outside. Hopefully some of the mask users will chime in.
by Simon Magennis
Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?
Replies: 18
Views: 10155

Re: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?

... I have in mind a later guitar (from the mid thirties, in BRW) MAYBE directed toward a player with a more classical repertoire. The differences are, compared with Courtnall's example chiefly a much thicker spruce top and a five legs fan strutting. ... @ Alain Do you recall whether this fan is wi...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: bending machines vs bending iron?
Replies: 23
Views: 19439

bending machines vs bending iron?

I watched a demo on uTube of the updated lmii bender. (Fox style). As far as I can see the only benefit of a bending machine is consistency. It looks to be to be slower than hand bending on an iron. The model in question seemed did one side at a time. I can easily understand using a bending machine ...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Hide Glue Clamping Times
Replies: 7
Views: 5069

Re: Hide Glue Clamping Times

Depends on the component. Some things, finger held for 30-60 seconds and call it done if it sticks. No clamps at all. Other components where there is more pressure (bends with stress involved) backs braces and the like, I leave for at least an hour and often much longer because I do it at night and ...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Rain drums - drums played by the rain.
Replies: 6
Views: 6261

Re: Rain drums - drums played by the rain.

I would call them "rain drums", but the idea is that when it rains and it rains alot in the Seattle area, that the rain plays the drums. Obviosly I would use a commercial drum hardware and drum head, but wonder what you would use if you made a drum to be left outside all year round for the rain to ...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Straightening warped fretboards.
Replies: 3
Views: 2571

Re: Straightening warped fretboards.

Can't really make a good suggestion about the boards as I have never used shellacked maple fingerboards. However, it seems to me that you need to get humidity under control in one way or another. If you look in on anzlf (Australia New Zealand luthier forum) you will find that humidity control on the...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: Pronunciation guide?
Replies: 4
Views: 6205

Re: Pronunciation guide?

Then if you pronounce it "correctly" you have the next problem: what does the name mean? Is Rosewood Aniba rosaedora or Dalbergia X? Which is Pau Rosa? Or does it just depend on who is using it and for what? We don't even have to go exotic. How many different timbers are sold with the name Maple whi...
by Simon Magennis
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Glue for laminated sides
Replies: 17
Views: 12434

Re: Glue for laminated sides

No personal experience. I have also heard Urea mentioned in this context. Personally I would avoid epoxy as the allergy risks would put me off and I find the smell way to overpowering for me.
by Simon Magennis
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What to consider when building a luthier workbench?
Replies: 11
Views: 9739

Re: What to consider when building a luthier workbench?

Hi, to be honest I think spending time think about a "luthiers workbench" is a total waste of time until you have built a good number of instruments. If you already have some tools and some sort of workbench or a stable kitchen table, just go ahead and build. Once you have some experience you can bu...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?
Replies: 18
Views: 10155

Re: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?

Thanks both.

@Alain. Yes I agree about the finishing. I have long suspected that most of the thinning around the edges is to do with scraping/sanding the edges/purfling/binding and may have a fortuitous effect of allowing the top to move more freely. :-)
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?
Replies: 18
Views: 10155

Re: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?

Thank you Alain, That is very useful. It is interesting about the thickness. Curiously, my guitar that my teacher likes best is more or less (I don't worry about a little deviation from the paper plan) based on the H.S. in Courtnall but the top is definitely thicker. I didn't record the thickness. R...
by Simon Magennis
Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?
Replies: 18
Views: 10155

Hernandez Santos lower harmonic bar position?

A question for the H.S. experts/fans here. In the Courtnall book the H.S. plan shows a straight across harmonic bar and the braces are 7mm wide and 3.5mm high. In the text he says that H.S. slanted the harmonic bar on some instruments. So far I have used the straight across variant. The bracing in t...
by Simon Magennis
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.
Replies: 20
Views: 23858

Re: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.

Thanks.

The KMG gizmo is the kind of thing I have in mind. Are there any others on the market that would be compatible with the Bosch Colt style laminate trimmer?
by Simon Magennis
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.
Replies: 20
Views: 23858

Re: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.

Thanks for the replies. I am looking for something handheld. Not one of the production oriented big jigs. In fact with my current favourite search engine (https://duckduckgo.com) I found this plan right here: http://www.mimf.com/archives/binding_jig2.htm What I am looking for is a reasonable price c...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.
Replies: 20
Views: 23858

Please recommend a jig for routing binding ledge.

I am finally going to get myself the European version the well-known Bosch colt laminate trimmer (palm router) kit. It comes with various bits and pieces. My plan is to use it to route the ledges for bindings on classical guitars so I will need to get an appropriate cutter and more importantly some ...
by Simon Magennis
Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Damaged goods
Replies: 25
Views: 15703

Re: Damaged goods

Really sorry to hear about that. I also have no practical experience in this. So this is pure conjecture. If I were guessing I'd say you'd have to reckon with something between 25% and 40% depreciation. But I would say it also depends on how nice the guitar sounds to a potential buyer. Someone who r...