Tuesday, December 05, 2017

What’s been happening?

I haven’t posted properly for a couple of weeks, so here’s a bit of an update of what’s going on in the 'shop. As you can see the archtop mandolin has had the neck fixed/glued on and more about that in the next video.
But for now it’s on the back burner whilst I’m French polishing Brendan’s mandolin. The Macassar ebony is looking so pretty!
 And whilst I make a start on Carl’s English walnut mandola.
 Also I thought that I might make a “True channel” style binding router jig. You can see that I’ve bought myself a Katsu laminate trimmer- these seem to be faithful copies of the Makita machine at a fraction of the price. I’ve mounted the router on what I’m calling its carriage. Some high quality ball-bearing drawer runners are used to allow the router to rise and fall. ………………….
 
Just figuring out the next step!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Black Friday Special! E-mando sale!

Black Friday Special! I’m now offering for sale this new electric mandolin at the reduced price of £700 (from £800) the price includes a gig bag but shipping is extra. The base price for my e-mandos is £750 and this one has a much higher spec so a rare chance for a bargain. This offer is for UK buyers only and is valid until 12 noon GMT Sunday 26 November 2017.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS E MANDO HAS NOW BEEN SOLD;
THANKS FOR LOOKING

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Open wide

I’ve just been fitting the Headway under-saddle transducer in Brendan’s mandolin. You may remember a few posts back I showed you an old scribing block that I had picked up; from that same chap came this dentist mirror.
 
It’s just the thing to double check the insides of a mandolin after you’ve drilled a hole through its soundboard. The dentist mirror coupled with the sickly smell of burning bone (sanding the saddle!) is very evocative of childhood dental visits!
 And another interesting item for the luthier is, green gardening wire- perfect for threading pick-ups through holes!

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A couple of things......

Just a couple of things to share with you today. Brendan’s mandolin is going through the setting-up procedure and looking very cool……………
And here’s episode 3 of the archtop videos.

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Friday, November 03, 2017

More Great Music

We’ve just seen these recently posted, brilliant videos by Chris. He’s really putting his Standard Plus through its paces and Amanda and I were delighted to see and hear them.
Great stuff Chris, thanks for posting!
Cheers Gary

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

You’ve got to have vision!

When I saw this rather sad looking scribing block on sale for 50p at the local car boot sale, I knew exactly what I wanted it for.
To cut the rebate for the archtop’s bindings, I made up a cradle to hold the body steady. The scribing block allowed me to check that the edge of the top plate was at the same height, all- around prior to routing………..
The video will be out soon!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Top plate video

Here’s the second instalment of my archtop mandolin videos. In this part you’ll see all the work on the top plate; carving the shape, cutting the sound holes and fitting the tone bars.

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