Author Topic: Readers' Instruments  (Read 42505 times)

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #275 on: December 31, 2018, 09:22:24 am »
Thanks!  Unfortunately I couldn't try it for more that five minutes.  It was a Christmas present for my daughter, and she was here yesterday to pick it up. I made the bridge and put on the middle string about an hour before lunch and found I had a short somewhere. Worked for two hours after lunch to find it and finish stringing & testing. I got done at half-past four and she had to leave to catch her train five minutes later.

I've been going flat out at this guitar for the last two weeks. Utterly knackered last night, still am today.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #276 on: December 31, 2018, 01:57:14 pm »
And then there were four:


Shop now looks like a bomb hit it.

I'll post a pic of my bench next time I'm doing an aeroplane build or refurb.  It really does look like a bomb hit it.....  At least you can see your bench top.

Mind you, my music teacher also services saxes, flutes and clarinets.  Her bench looks a bit like yours, come to think of it.  Must be a musical thing.

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #277 on: December 31, 2018, 04:51:04 pm »
More like a blind panic thing.  There was meant to be a lizard transfer to the left of the strings but by the time I got that far my hands were shaking so much from the coffee I just gave it to the lass along with the guitar.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

menthel

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #278 on: March 29, 2019, 05:50:56 pm »
Accidentally bought a Mexican strat second hand for a decent price. Will post up piccies when it arrives.

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #279 on: March 29, 2019, 06:03:24 pm »
A couple of weeks ago I picked this up on Gumtree:



Got it in DADGAD, just need to learn how to play the thing!


road-runner

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #280 on: March 29, 2019, 08:31:10 pm »
What is that Taylor? Mini, Baby, Junior, Parlour?

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« Reply #281 on: March 29, 2019, 09:07:30 pm »
Glad to see that the title of this thread is now correct! :thumbsup:

The Movers

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« Reply #282 on: March 29, 2019, 11:49:46 pm »
Some mods are grammar pedants...  ;) ;D

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #283 on: March 30, 2019, 05:39:43 am »
What is that Taylor? Mini, Baby, Junior, Parlour?

It’s the Baby so essentially a 3/4 size. Was finding my Dreadnaught uncomfortable to play so decided o try something smaller.

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« Reply #284 on: March 30, 2019, 06:27:25 pm »
Got it in DADGAD, just need to learn how to play the thing!

I take it you've got Kashmir down then?  :P
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Steph

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #285 on: March 30, 2019, 07:12:22 pm »
Arsebollocks!
Picked my fiddle up for a play this morning, and it is borked. For those who don't know fiddles, the strings attach to a 'flooating' piece of wood called the 'tailpiece', which is secured to the fiddle by way of a loop of 'catgut' (tail gut) round a dowel (end pin) pushed into the instrument's base.

The tail gut has snapped, so I will need to find someone who can fettle it--it's not a huge job. The violin is one I have had since new, at the age of 11, and so is coming up to its half century. Not too shabby in the way of longevity, then.
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #286 on: March 30, 2019, 07:26:25 pm »
Got it in DADGAD, just need to learn how to play the thing!

I take it you've got Kashmir down then?  :P

Well it sounds like Kashmir to me....

menthel

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #287 on: March 30, 2019, 07:54:49 pm »
New (to me) Fender Strat Mexico. by Jim Swales, on Flickr

Bloody flickr on the mobile ddn't allow for the BB code sharing option so here it is now from the laptop.

Still haven't plugged it in yet but it plays nicely not plugged in!

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #288 on: March 30, 2019, 08:04:08 pm »
Arsebollocks!
Picked my fiddle up for a play this morning, and it is borked. For those who don't know fiddles, the strings attach to a 'flooating' piece of wood called the 'tailpiece', which is secured to the fiddle by way of a loop of 'catgut' (tail gut) round a dowel (end pin) pushed into the instrument's base.

The tail gut has snapped, so I will need to find someone who can fettle it--it's not a huge job. The violin is one I have had since new, at the age of 11, and so is coming up to its half century. Not too shabby in the way of longevity, then.

Something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Violin-Tailpiece-Tailgut-Tailcord-Replacement/dp/B00FVSQMQW ? Not familiar with fiddles but should be a simple DIY job I’d have thought?

Steph

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« Reply #289 on: March 31, 2019, 04:04:10 pm »
Ta! Will save up. If it's on Amazon, I should be able to source it from a music shop locally.
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

PaulF

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #290 on: March 31, 2019, 04:20:31 pm »
Ta! Will save up. If it's on Amazon, I should be able to source it from a music shop locally.

Just saw the price with postage - plus you’re buying 2. And I’m pretty sure that when you need the second one, in another 50 years, you’ll have forgotten where you put it :)

If you Google “violin tailgut” you can find them for 99p delivered on eBay which may be more cost effective? But I know nothing about them so you may need to check that the fitting matches what you need.

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« Reply #291 on: March 31, 2019, 07:56:30 pm »
Nylon tailcords cost pennies not £10 each!!

Eg
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SODIAL-Violin-Nylon-Brass-Fiddle/dp/B018WWCQKY
seller is in China though

Yes, fitting is straightfoward but there some things to take note of, such as putting back the bridge in the "correct" or original  position, removing and refiting the chinrest, checking the soundpost, ratio of string length to the distance between bridge and tailpiece.

Or go to a specialist violin shop, where the price you'll pay is mainly for fitting and checking with the cost of the tailcord itself being negligible.

Woofage

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« Reply #292 on: April 01, 2019, 01:22:53 pm »
Arsebollocks!
Picked my fiddle up for a play this morning, and it is borked. For those who don't know fiddles, the strings attach to a 'flooating' piece of wood called the 'tailpiece', which is secured to the fiddle by way of a loop of 'catgut' (tail gut) round a dowel (end pin) pushed into the instrument's base.

The tail gut has snapped, so I will need to find someone who can fettle it--it's not a huge job. The violin is one I have had since new, at the age of 11, and so is coming up to its half century. Not too shabby in the way of longevity, then.

That's an easy repair. Your LMS will have the bits (or complete tailpieces in stock if you decide to buy a replacement). May as well re-string while you're at it.

I was taking part in a carol concert a few years ago and my violin got knocked from my hand while I was holding a door open for someone. Cue detached fingerboard :o. Luckily the I was able to borrow in instrument from the conductor but it felt completely wrong :-\. It's been fine since it was repaired, thankfully.
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« Reply #293 on: April 07, 2019, 03:14:58 pm »
One for them there luthiers about the place. Laying it on with a shovel.

http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com/shovel-guitar.html

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #294 on: April 08, 2019, 09:29:50 am »
$450???? Nice shovel.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

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« Reply #295 on: April 08, 2019, 12:27:51 pm »
I think the $450 also buys the expectation (for at least the time from parting with the dosh to plugging it in) that you can make it sound as good as he can.....

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #296 on: April 08, 2019, 12:53:05 pm »
The way I play these days I'd have a hard time selling mine for $10.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #297 on: April 09, 2019, 10:10:19 am »
And then there were four:



Build n°4, made at breakneck speed with workshop often too cold for the glue to set.
Neck in Pin du Jura, fretboard in mahogany, 20x30 cm box in Obeche & ply,
double piezo at bridge, 4-pole pickup at neck. No pickup switch, it's all
done by pots. Home-made Gibson-style truss rod.

Great sound, best I've done so far.

Shop now looks like a bomb hit it.

Some inspiration for your next one. An oil can guitar being seriously rocked:

https://youtu.be/eNoRUfz4jxc
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

T42

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Re: Readers' Instruments
« Reply #298 on: April 09, 2019, 01:32:31 pm »
Yeah, but I promised my daughter a real bass.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Reader's Instruments
« Reply #299 on: April 10, 2019, 12:46:40 pm »
Some inspiration for your next one. An oil can guitar being seriously rocked:

https://youtu.be/eNoRUfz4jxc

My grate frend Mr Woolrich has seen her playing that one though she didn't bring it out when we saw her at the Borderline last year.  Instead bringing a trumpeter and saxophonist who were way too loud and rendered her guitar practically inaudible chiz.  She's playing at The Garage at Highbury Corner next month1 so I may give her another try.

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