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Alternative Gamba Frets?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bluesheart Aug 3. 1 Reply

I have a bass gamba and the frets easily come untied with frequent aggressive scale work. Is there an alternative fret material you've used before you can recommend? Like a stiff rubberband brand or…Continue

Estimating price

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris F May 17. 5 Replies

Some of you have a lot…Continue

Estimating price of labor.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Jordan May 8. 3 Replies

I"meant thinking of putting some of my builds for sale on Etsy. I already know how much the materials cost. Was wondering how to estimate my labor while still remaining price competetive. It looks…Continue

Viol Build Pics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Turner Apr 20. 3 Replies

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Tags: sized, cello, lyra, 3/4, gamba

 

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Michael Fred Johnson commented on Greg Turner's blog post Alternative frets for cello/ViolaDaGamba
"On this lute I built the nylon fret knots are sealed with the hot tip of a soldering iron to stop the coming loose.You could also notch each fret position on both edges of the fingerboard with a needle file to stop the frets moving,but if it's…"
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Alternative Gamba Frets?

I have a bass gamba and the frets easily come untied with frequent aggressive scale work. Is there an alternative fret material you've used before you can recommend? Like a stiff rubberband brand or plastic twisty ties for an arched fingerboard?Thanks,See More
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Alternative frets for cello/ViolaDaGamba

I have a 6 string Bass Viol and my fast scale technique is hard on the tied frets which pull loose easily Are there stiff rubber bands or twisty ties anyone has tried before to fret an arched fingerboard?See More
Jul 15
Chris F replied to Greg Turner's discussion Estimating price
"A few other common formulas are these: 1 - keep track of your material costs, then multiply by 4. 2 - keep track of your material costs, and your hours. Materials + $10/hr. But there are factors such as: - are you an established luthier with…"
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Taffy Evans replied to Greg Turner's discussion Estimating price
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Glenn Bukowski replied to Greg Turner's discussion Estimating price
"Just read a woodworker's opinion on this: 1) Put a value your time - at least $50/hour (you're an artisan with hard-won knowledge) 2) You put in a 10-hour day when you're working so: $500 per day for your time on a project. 3) How…"
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Taffy Evans replied to Greg Turner's discussion Estimating price
"Ha ha, I don't think I would take it on, and you possibly could not afford it if I did. Taff"
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Jerry Jordan replied to Greg Turner's discussion Estimating price of labor.
"I do plain Jane builds for $15 to $20 an hour.,.,max 3 hours.,.,I agree with Richard.,,.see what it takes to be competitive on Ebay and go from there.,.,.,.,I myself would not sell a build for $1800 a pop.,.,.,.,"
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Greg Turner replied to Greg Turner's discussion Estimating price of labor.
"Thanks, that's helpful."
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Greg Turner replied to Greg Turner's discussion Viol Build Pics
"Darn predictive text. "can't if fingering them.""
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Greg Turner replied to Greg Turner's discussion Viol Build Pics
"Good eye. The first three strings can be bowed individually but the others can'take if fingerings them. I need to file the bridge some more. I saw a seven string viol bridge for sale for 14 bucks also."
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Alternative frets for cello/ViolaDaGamba

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 11:28pm 1 Comment

I have a 6 string Bass Viol and my fast scale technique is hard on the tied frets which pull loose easily Are there stiff rubber bands or twisty ties anyone has tried before to fret an arched fingerboard?

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At 1:46pm on April 13, 2018, Clay Clark said…

Sorry Greg - I just saw your post. I've thought about using a cello body to make a bass guitar, but I need to significantly improve my skills before tackling such a project.

 
 
 

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