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A Tokai Book

Post by iainblack » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:43 am

Folks, a colleague turned me on to an excellent website (blurb.com) where you can import photos into a book template and it is printed in Holland and delivered to you (much like Moonpig). His 56 page book is 8x10 collage cost ?24 plus ?5 postage and it looks the business. He used a 5mp camera and the images are excellent. You can also scan them in but the sharpness is not too good. It took him about 3 hours to compse the pictures and text.

I was thinking that we could bring together a group of our Tokai Strat photos and have a page or two per guitar. We could agree a text format with Owner, model number, date of purchase / manufacture and any other spec items.

The postage is ?5 up to 5 books but I am not sure if we can send to multiple addresses. If we were to order 10 or over then we get a 10% discount. We may even have non contributors who would be happy to buy one or if you wanted to get a bulk order of 100 we could even sell them on amazon!

I am going to do one of my Daughter over Xmas holiday so if anyone is intersted in doing this I would be happpy to coordinate. We could even have a page for photos from the Tokai convention. PM me if you are interested or have any questions. You may want to check out the website.

I think it would be pretty cool for the money and we don't tend to print out digital photos so it would be a great coffe table book to drool over. Let me know what you think,

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Post by iainblack » Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:03 am

58 viewers, no takers or comments?

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Post by JohnA » Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:52 am

Cracking idea Iain! Only problem I see is getting people to sign up, we had enough of a problem getting more than 10 of us together for the convention, but if we can get past that then It would be great to have a nice printed book with some lovely Tokai pics, especially if they were our own guitars,

If you can get something going I'll happily contribute pics and a bit of text of my limited Tokai collection :D

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:21 am

I'm in..... let me know how I can help

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Post by colinhotrod » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:39 am

I think its a great Idea too, Def up for that

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Post by blake375 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:19 am

Readers' wives? :D

They guy who sold me my sonic blue ST-55 was a portrait photographer, so I've got some decent (though unfortunatley small) photos of that.

I could offer my services as a proofreader too.

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Post by imosdad » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:55 am

I'm in. Sounds a great idea. Let me know details later.
Cheers.
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Post by iainblack » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:29 am

Cool, that is six of us and I would suggest 2 pages per guitar (centre spread!). I have 4 strats so that is 8 pages. Let me know how mnay guitars you want to feature and I will work out an individual price.

Are we making it strat only as I think a separate Les Paul one would be excellent.

I will look into whether we can share the template to look at the layouts / final draft. You would have to download the software but I may be able to send the file for you to view the book. I would be looking to do the 8 x 10 collage layout which will use about 6 photos over the two pages including a text box. I would think at least one full length photo with another close-up of the body and maybe the headstock. I was only going to include photos of the guitars but you could have one of you playing it?

jpeg files of 1.5 mb and above will give the best results however you can try a high resolution scan of photos and they will work but may not be as sharp.

I will have a look further over the Christmas holidays and maybe set up a questionnaire to cover all the options and variable you may want.

Is everyone happy to offer the book to other members who may not want to contruibute but would want to buy a copy to drool over?

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Post by JohnA » Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:57 pm

Afraid all my Tokais are Les Pauls so if we're going Strats only I would have to wait for the next one, but I think a book containing both would be nice.

Happy for other forum members to buy copies :D

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Post by Jockai » Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:11 pm

wasn't someone supposed to be writing a book about Tokais ??

the ideal person would be Tony Bacon ...he's produced some great stuff..

you'd need a "house style"...of decent photography ...

we don't want to see strats draped over a clapped out old sofa with the

missus knickers drying off in the background :lol:


...or maybe we do :P

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Post by Jockai » Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:20 pm

just out of interest how many Tokai forum members are there....?

is it enough to tempt a publisher ???

a local newsreader i know..... has just published his "autobiography"...and

hardly anyone knows who he is ....so maybe it's worth there while ...

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Post by colinhotrod » Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:40 pm

Just the one Strat for me. More than happy for others to get a copy.

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Post by iainblack » Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:52 am

Would everyone be happy with a mixed book - more pages, economy of scale. I just thought that from the convention there were more than enough strats to do one book to inpsire the many les paul owners to do a separate one, some of their photos have been fantastic and the majority have visible wood grain whereas most of the strat we see are a coloured finish.

p.s. Jockai - as long as the knickers were ironed!

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Post by stratman323 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:37 am

I have one or two Tokai Strats I could contribute. :wink:

So the idea is that we each take pics of our own guitars & they are compiled into a book? If that's so, then I concur that we need to agree on a minimum resolution & a "house style" of pics so that it doesn't look like a random collection of low quality pics stuck together in a book. We need decent quality images & a standard (non-distracting) background.

Should be achievable shouldn't it?

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Post by JohnA » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:20 am

Have to disagree about the background Mike :wink:

I think some of the nicest shots are out-door shots with something interesing in the background, scenery, furnature, whatever, a pile of pics with a neuteral background would be dull IMO.

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