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  1. tamiya

    New workshop

    Oh. Great to hear back from you, well not quite in those circumstances but. Was thinking of you & your location, wondering why sudden radio silence... hoping you weren't involved in the fireball bushfires & now crazy rain and flooding and mudslides.
  2. No bassbar? How's the bridge & soundpost meant to do their job? Is the back thicker than the top?
  3. I'm told wood bursts into flames in the microwave. Dunno if it's just maple. Haven't tried myself.
  4. Is that for a EU citizen or a foreigner visiting temporarily? Might be different if bearer is Korean national entering Korea? Dunno about Korea but some Asian countries have enacted zero tax on "culturally positive" items like music instruments. Probably helps their elected officials buy Steinway concert grands to decorate their sitting rooms with! ... Hermes Birkins, less so
  5. (I have zero experience nor do I play luthier on TV... ...but) Suspect what hull you end up designing might be a cross between a 1/8 cello and a large viola? Or a 1/4 cello with a shorter neck! Stringwise these days there are some makers of specific 1/8 cello strings, some say "1/8-1/4" as per Pirastro link above... it's all down to designed string length & they should sound designed note with 'ok' tension for that length. Go checkout a 1/8 cello see what strings sounds good/ok on it.
  6. String length of kids 1/4 cello 49cm gets close to that of a large viola 43cm+ https://www.pirastro.com/public_pirastro/pages/en/Vibrating-String-Length/
  7. O.wait... did you mean 5-string Violin C-G-D-A-E or a "octave" strung Violin G-D-A-E an octave lower... or you want the whole C-G-D-A-E an octave lower...? I'm confused...
  8. Have you actually held a cello &/or string before? yeah it's waaaay thicker. String resonance is a function of vibrating length, tension & mass... plus a cello C is A WHOLE OCTAVE LOWER Or did you mean Viola? You can buy VIOLA strings for a 14" viola, that'll give you the correct C below the violin's G-D-A-E. These days i've seen string sets offered for 5-string violins so that's probably the easiest way to go. I'd assume 5-string violins would be 14". From the junk that I've left my fingerprints on, a 14" viola is only slightly thicker in the ribs than a 4/4 14" violin. Haven't measured exactly how much, at guesstimate it's about 3-5mm at most.
  9. Umm... contents already revealed 4 posts above!! Its a "community school" isn't it, aiming to bring music exposure to neighbourhood kids etc etc Not exactly a college of excellence doing masters workshops, where you might expect Ray Chen to visit... and need somewhere 'safe' to store his instrument.
  10. Why beat around The Bush? Just offer outright to clean His Pistol for him!
  11. tamiya

    Rant Rant

    Hell no! Ain't giving up without a decent fight!!
  12. No point, Kraft (USA) bought Vegemite in 1935!! Sold it to Mondelez (USA) 2012 who then hived it off to Bega (oz cheese coy)... Bega's got the recipes to original Kraft Cheddar & Kraft Peanut Butter and they continue to sell it rebranded to Bega. But now Kraft themselves have reentered the market with "Kraft Cheddar" and "Kraft Peanut Butter" but they don't taste the same... IMHO unpalatably worse. Tried them hated them... (how does one even screw up cheesemaking so bad that it don't even melt the same way under the grille!?) plus Vegemite just smells like stale beer...
  13. Menthol... if it's proper menthol... that's like Deep Heat, no? Feel the burn, baby!
  14. btw not sure if any of you folks are a Fountain Pen geeks..err users Over the past decade FP ink nuts have gone crazy over "sheening", then came "shimmering" and now (sadly!) it's becoming "stinking" Yeah, SCENTED inks Even the big luxury marque Montblanc has gotten into the game, last year they offered Elixir Parfumery (for the Europeans?) Wood+Tobacco and they've recently announced (for the US?) Whiskey and Cigar https://www.montblanc.com/en-shop/collection/refills/writing-accessories/119597-ink-bottle-50-ml-james-purdey--sons-cigar-scent-brown.html ewww... That said I did buy a bottle of stinky ink... De'Atrementis made Coffee scented brown ink... bought one mainly 'cos it might be Limited Edition & I might never see it sold again. But everytime I see the concentrated dregs of my coffee glass... hmm...
  15. Spot on... Ozzies ain't Croc Hunters no more, the average urbanised Australian is a pansy that smells of COFFEE Proper coffee! 30yrs ago we'd have said McD's filtered coffee was the best, percolators & plungers were for fanatics... then came espresso wave, now it's cold brews & pourovers... (waaaaitaminute... that's still just another filtered coffee ain't it?) Melbourne seems to have become worlds capital for coffee expertise, from roasting to barista skills... just as well, otherwise Australia's manufacturing industry is deader than a dodo. Other than digging up & exporting dirt, "education" is the next biggest export earner I avoid stinks 'cos it'll interfere with my nose... can't enjoy latest batch of fresh roast, the aroma & crema is all I seek. Ditto with making coffee for a smoker... their smell sense is so numb, even if I brew the stalest beans they wouldn't know
  16. Is your teacher a full timer with dozens of students? Good music teachers often organise soirées every few months where all the students are invited to play for a and audience of fellow students & their families. Others do jam sessions amongst small groups which can be fun too.
  17. Back during uni daze we did an Industrial Design electice and another student investigated Perfume manufacture. According to her report commercial perfumes are designed to stay stable in a sealed bottle, but once applied to warm skin different components waft off at different durations so the signature scent evolves over the 4-6hours after applying. Applying it to a slip of paper at room temperature & waving it around in the air doesn't do it justice I've got a vac chamber just gotta evacuate the Swatch sitting in it. Managed to get some spirit solvents (was trying to clean the battery contacts) seeped into the dial/face cavity & won't evaporate out again... so I thought I'd leave it under vacuum, that'll make it evaporate faster... nope, no luck yet last weekend's metho spongebath seems to have done the trick so far. Has cut down on the stink, not much transfer to skin since. But might be just a 'surface' cleaning, wait a while and it'll bring up more from deep down. Previous owner could've been soaking the scent in for years!
  18. ...crickets...? No follow up even on their bookface https://m.facebook.com/pg/thirdstreetmusicschool/posts/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0
  19. tamiya

    New workshop

    How olds the house? If it's ~50yo+... it's probably originally built as a weatherboard with overlapping wooden boards. Very popular in the 1950-60s alongside the "Brick Veneer" (which to the non Ozzies is cladding your house with glued-on thin slices of redbrick). Then after 20-30yrs of neglect from not regularly repainting etc weatherboards would've been consumed by the QLD sun if not boarders & whiteants. Big industry in the 1980s replacing them with floppy vinyl facsimiles... yeah I've never seen them add board behind the vinyl, it's just rip off the rotten boards and tack on plastic in place. 1980s were also the time that new suburban houses started getting full secure garages as standard... so existing neighbours got envious and started boarding in their "car ports". Yep did that in our 4BR BrickVeneer family home... added a B&D Tilt-a-Door, framed up the space between pillars and boarded up with non structural pine. Plus a door for side access. I'm down in VIC and where that house stands, it's cold enough in winter to find a layer of crunchy frost on the grass some mornings. Wasn't too comfortable wrenching in that converted carport... i'd rather be working indoors, spare bedroom much better Lotsa hungry termites around too.
  20. It's now Boxing Day downunder in Oz & I'm digesting off food coma from last night. By sounds of the socialmedia pings my usual posse of cronies have already hit the shops for the crazy sales even though it's only been a couple weeks since "Black/Brown/whatever Friday/Monday/whatever" crazy sales that comes after Halloween/Thanksgiving/whatever... meh... crazy consumerism. Happy Shopping all! Those types of killjoys bring Sad to this world. Our schools have stopped singing carols yet they're blasted out adnauseum in every shopping centre & shop... and feels like they start shortly after Easter
  21. I'm just a weird meatbag full of contradictions I'm afraid, Dave... I don't particularly care for floral scents but there's jasmine, camellias and azaleas planted in the garden... which IMHO don't have much purpose other than scent. Flowers meh... only interesting as a precursor to fruit I can eat. Then again I don't go dabbing smelly gear oil on the insides of my wrists and cleavage on purpose either... get anointed with that stuff enough just by being in the line of fire. Mucking about with ancient British machinery as I do, every fluid leaks out... whenever anything stops leaking - it means it's empty & overdue for top up. Hypersensitive olfactories, hyperallergic everywhere else... I gotta stick with natural fibres and avoid all unnecessary unnatural scents. Don't use aftershave, deodorants or antiperspirants and the only Toilette Water I own stays in the cistern. Fun!
  22. Further to original saga, I went dug up my giant bottle or methylated ethanol. Pulled out Miss Stinky and liberally gave the neck and chinrest a spongebath with metho. Think the perfume must be oil based as the spirits did manage to pull some scent out & onto the papertowels. Much less smell transfer to skin when I tried playing it after it dried off. Previously had only been cleaning with waterbased. Hmmm... evil thought... would "makeup remover towelettes" work better still... pretty sure I know where to steal some from...
  23. Yes spot on... Hypoid helical diff gear teeth need EP additives which are usually sulphur or phosphorus... these EPs can leach copper out of brass parts if wrongly used in other gearboxes. Classic car maintenance needs so many different bottles hmm... hope there's no brass bits in a SturmeyArcher 3spd hub... relubed a few this year with the Hypoid bottle ah well, they've survived 40yrs, it'll take a few more decades to discover missing copper... oh wow, you were with AirAge? Cool! I'm likely the last surviving subscriber to RCCA amongst my social circles came close to not renewing this year, because international rates have just about doubled from what I paid last year... RCCA is getting thinner & thinner too... even though just about every second page is pure advertisement. Been a sucker subscribing for decades even got issue #1