LMI binding carrier

Use it for the first time on Wilfred's guitar.

Despite the uneveness of the body on either side of the upper and lower bouts, I manage to level the guitar with the carrier's micro adjuster.
Applying the elastic cord before tightening the 16 holding screws
 Flip the back around, but one of the side keep coming loose
due to unevenness on either of my sides! (uneven sanding of the back!)
Happy that the tool could even out my imperfect guitar!

Last respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

I decided to join the queue to the Parliament House to pay my last respects to Mr Lee.

I felt I cannot not at least do something. It took 4hours instead of 8. PTL.

The wait was hot, started close to 3pm at the Padang, snake to Esplanade, under the Anderson bridge.

When I neared the Parliament House, as they play the tribute on TV, emotional overwhelm me almost to tears. The charismatic man who when he was alive could change the atmosphere of a room. I never had a chance to be in a room when he was alive, but I feel that even today, in his casket, he exudes that energy!

When there, saw his photograph, then the 4 solemn facedown guards, as I near the casket, I stopped barely a second, and took a "thank you Me Lee" bow from my heart. Then I saw the group of solemn group of chair people. It was all gone too soon.

But I am glad I made this 4-hour wait, to pay my last respect to this great man.

Binding broke!

Today, was bending the binding w/purflings for Wilfred's guitar in pairs, as per Cumpiano book, which I have been doing I think, for the last 4 guitars (I did not bound Caleb's ukulele).

But it just wouldn't bend at the waist enough! Eventually, without warning, while holding it cool, it broke!

I was devastated, but immediately, there was a force that comforted me! (Not because Hooi was with me, doing his lining for the back, and he did not ask why I exclaimed) I fixed it by super glue, and I did! Not so perfect, but at least I dun have to make another pair!

Then......having to bend them separately, I found out that one strip bends like wire!!!

Praise Jesus!

Guitar Repair #185 & #86th - Side Crack/Machine Head Installation - 2008 Esteve PS70/2007 Esteve 7SR - Bass/Classical

1 Esteve PS70 2008 1) New guitar machine head plus
(Bass)     installation  
2 Esteve 7SR 2007 1) Side crack repair – 15+”

Touro Kobayashi

Touro, Kelvin and Jomel visited me today at 6:30pm. Thought they will come at 7pm, I was still halfway in my first Tiger at the canteen!

They had fun with Tia and I sense his disappointment when I didn't have anything to show him.

So I showed him my langtingtang and he played on it! Ha

Also told him to his surprise that I can only hear on my left ear.

Also he played Sor variations skillfully on GuoJing's Classical.

Also finalized his guitar order :-
German spruce too
Maple b/s
Mahogany neck
Torres headcrest
Chosed his rosette
Binding up to me
Only want to keep the shape of the pg 20 guitar in the book he gave me.

Done all but talk about $!

Had dinner at Savere French restaurant in Pervis Street.

Touro Kobayashi in SG

Kevin called yesterday and I spoke to Koba, welcoming him to SG again!

He wants to visit me in my studio this Tues!

Met Shital again

Got 4 more Ebony FB from Shital at IBIS hotel today.

Also met his wife and daughter.

Talked a bit on Hozen (he got suppliers in China) and Guangjin from Tombalek, he only want electric bodies, not FB which he wants slotted. ( he got them from LMI)

So that means:-
35 x $1.50 (RW FB) = $52
6 x $8 (Ebony FB = $48
Handling FREE


Visit Mr Goh

Tried his new Marian flamenco.

Got my angbao for the capo stand. $100!

Super hot day.

Tone Wood Fraud Seller visits Singapore

Made a preorder with this Indian RW supplier, which is way cheaper than Ashok!

Ordered 40pcs of RW FB for guitarron supports (for 20) and
RW bridge and 1 Grade A luthier set.

But Shital Goradia came in at 9+ instead of 8:30am and brought only 33 RW FB, 8 thinner ones, 5 RW bridges and 2 ebony (1 jet black 1 brown!) FB.

He only charge me for 35 RW FB and 2 ebony FB - $2 x 35 + $8 x 2 + shipping = US$100 or S$137.

We chatted well and further chat at 111 coffeeshop about guitar productions info, like Gibson and Fenders produced in India. I also ask to work with him to sell his wood.

He will be giving me a list of price breakdown.

We parted and he suggested having dinner on Sunday night with each others family.

Interesting meeting.