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by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 302

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

@Paul, when doing things like laying out a non-standard fretboard, a long rule is invaluable. Guitars are more or less standardized, but other instruments are not. The cumulative errors trying to use a short rule would be unacceptable. I build folk and world instruments, and a good yard/meter rule h...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 22
Views: 302

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

First, be very aware that rulers and straight edges are two entirely different things, and are not necessarily found together on the same instrument! If you need a straight edge, buy a straight edge. Our sponsor LMI sells some inexpensive acrylic straight edges designed for guitar making. I think th...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Tenor uke plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Tenor uke plans?

You missed one! The MIMF has uke plans here, and sales help support the Forum.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning The Rosette Mosaic.
Replies: 3
Views: 3315

Re: Planning The Rosette Mosaic.

The mosaic planner didn't disappear, it just moved. Try here: https://www.theedkins.co.uk/jo/mosaic/easy.htm or here: http://macropolis.org/banderillas/famosaic/easy.htm
by Jim McConkey
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: 50mm Spacing Saddles Needed for Hardtail Harmony Marquis
Replies: 1
Views: 519

Re: 50mm Spacing Saddles Needed for Hardtail Harmony Marquis

Welcome to the Forum, Kenny! This should probably be in Repairs, but I will wait to move the discussion until after you have seen it.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Five Years In The Making...
Replies: 6
Views: 1927

Re: Five Years In The Making...

Mark is still building and pops in occasionally, but not very often right now.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical approach to the tone hole position on a reed instruments
Replies: 4
Views: 5290

Re: Historical approach to the tone hole position on a reed instruments

Sorry, no pictures or old experiments laying around. Most got discarded in our last move. I think I mostly used the small reamer off a Swiss army knife to enlarge the holes, which works well on PVC. Very controllable, and you can easily hold it so it cuts the walls perpendicular to the flute. A norm...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: 3D Printed Rackett
Replies: 4
Views: 883

Re: 3D Printed Rackett

Very cool! I've always wanted one. Maybe I can print one at the library now. Here's another guy trying to 3D print racketts , with links to modeling software and historical info. That paper mentions that the Toronto Consort put out a A step-by-step guide to the construction of a Renaissance rackett ...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: slim hollow body with P90
Replies: 23
Views: 3696

Re: slim hollow body with P90

New Library, searched "Daniels slimline"
by Jim McConkey
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A different look for maple fingerboards?
Replies: 4
Views: 1243

Re: A different look for maple fingerboards?

Lots of cheaper violins have white fretboards that have been ebonized. Check your favorite supplier for fingerboard stain. Relatively cheap!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Maple log
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

Re: Maple log

That piece would make a couple great djembes!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: This got me mad!
Replies: 16
Views: 3275

Re: This got me mad!

Welcome back, Max!
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Happy 23rd Birthday, MIMF!
Replies: 4
Views: 1564

Happy 23rd Birthday, MIMF!

We don't seem to have big on-line parties like we used to, but the MIMF turns 23 today! Still informative and sane after all these years. Thanks to all the participants here who freely share their knowledge and experience and keep it civil, thanks to LMII and all our previous sponsors, and thanks to...
by Jim McConkey
Sat May 16, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 16983

Re: Anyone Building Spinets

Congratulations on retiring, Clay! But where are you going to get all that Formica from now?
by Jim McConkey
Thu May 14, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Luthier Workshop Liquidation - Lots of Violin and Viola Backs
Replies: 1
Views: 1487

Re: Luthier Workshop Liquidation - Lots of Violin and Viola Backs

Anthony, your link is apparently incomplete and does not work. Could you please post a complete link?

UPDATE: The link appears to be fixed now.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: New shop lights?
Replies: 17
Views: 6472

Re: New shop lights?

Don't even think about fluorescents for an outdoor shop! The LEDs are no more expensive these days, last longer, give better light, and are instant on. Win-win no matter how you look at it. Same opinion for CFLs indoor or out, they have outlived their usefulness and LEDs are superior in every respect.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar
Replies: 7
Views: 4729

Re: Help Identifying an old Parlor Guitar

I'm no expert on identification of guitars, but I own a Supertone banjo, and the inlays and fretboard wear are remarkably similar.
by Jim McConkey
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Intro
Replies: 5
Views: 3852

Re: Intro

Welcome to the Forum, Alessandro! We have a whole section on Bowed Instruments for discussing violins, etc.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Band instrument repair
Replies: 3
Views: 3454

Re: Band instrument repair

You might also look in our Library of archived discussions. One of our former staff members was a professional brass and woodwind repair expert for the Army, but he unfortunately not around this board any more. We have a lot of archived discussions on band instrument repair. One thing I found in the...