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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: 5073

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: 4031

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: 3634

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...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Rebuilding an old Hungarian Citera
Replies: 8
Views: 5775

Re: Rebuilding an old Hungarian Citera

Is your 32" length the whole instrument, or just between the bridges (the metal rods across the top and bottom)? You need the distance between the rods. To figure out the string gauges, the most obvious first choice is to measure the strings that are on there, if you have a caliper. If you can measu...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Rebuilding an old Hungarian Citera
Replies: 8
Views: 5775

Re: Rebuilding an old Hungarian Citera

Welcome to the Forum, Peter! Very similar to some old German hummels. Most modern instruments use square tuning pegs. I don't know anyone who makes these flat ones. You might have to take a hammer to the end of a screw and make your own. The strings, at least over the fretboard, would be very simila...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Does the library search work for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 14629

Re: Does the library search work for you?

Duck Duck Go is a search engine, not a browser. It may be what he has set for his home page, but that will not affect the MIMF search engine. Safari, Chrome/Chromium, or Firefox should all work equally well on a Mac for the browser.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Does the library search work for you?
Replies: 24
Views: 14629

Re: Does the library search work for you?

Both work for me, and are reasonably quick. Firefox pops up a security dialog: "The information you have entered on this page will be sent over an insecure connection and could be read by a third party. Are you sure you want to send this information?" and I have to confirm before it will search on e...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?
Replies: 11
Views: 8369

Re: What do you use a router for in classical/acoustic guitar making?

I use a router for making recesses for door hinges. That's about it. For me, they only let me screw up 50x faster. The only time I have used a router on an instrument was using a Dremel with router base for cutting binding channels. Even then, it helped to pre-score by hand to limit tearout. But I b...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Modern Cittern or Irish Bouzouki just completed
Replies: 2
Views: 4553

Re: Modern Cittern or Irish Bouzouki just completed

A number of our members, including me, have built these as well. What style of bracing did you use? Any interior pictures? This is a builders' forum, so everyone is interested in construction details. Please feel free to share parts of the build process as well.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting
Replies: 23
Views: 13638

Re: open discussion about binding/purfling fitting

It has always supposed to have been 30 minutes for editing. Maybe it was broken before.
by Jim McConkey
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 19
Views: 10917

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

Nice job, Peter!
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: ordering plans
Replies: 2
Views: 4283

Re: ordering plans

Hi Matt, we just had a major upgrade on the software that runs the Forum, and unfortunately the Donate button got lost in the process. We are working on restoring it and the button should return soon. Thanks for your patience.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Inspection Camera
Replies: 4
Views: 4901

Re: Inspection Camera

I got a Fantronics wired USB endoscope (also from Amazon, but currently $21) for Christmas. It is about 8 mm in diameter, has adjustable 8-LED lighting, and has a long semi-rigid cable, so it is maneuverable, but doesn't flop around. I just hook it to a laptop, but apparently it will also plug into ...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Ex-wife ran over guitar
Replies: 19
Views: 10917

Re: Ex-wife ran over guitar

Peter, I did an almost identical repair and documented it here nearly 20 years ago. Simply sliced off the bad part and attached a new head. I did have to buy new tuners, but the wood was scrap - cheap repair. First time I'd ever done anything like that, and it turned out great. Have a look: http://w...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Cello Jig
Replies: 5
Views: 4688

Re: Cello Jig

Officially, build questions belong here and repair questions belong in Repairs, but we realize at times the lines are blurry. You will probably get a better response here because of the instrument-specific knowledge required.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: "Search user's posts" not working for me
Replies: 11
Views: 5612

Re: "Search user's posts" not working for me

The software that runs the forum was updated a few days ago after it hadn't been updated in a while. The active topics are still showing up color coded for me, but the old icons have disappeared and the color change is subtle. I have heard the old icons and style may come back as the update progress...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 3717

Re: Peg shaver idea

That is the standard version. I use an adjustable one like this: https://internationalviolin.com/ProductDetail/t39_peg-shaper-adjustable-violin--viola that can be adjusted to handle pegs from smaller violin to viola size. There is a separate model which handles cello-sized pegs. Both versions work f...
by Jim McConkey
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Peg shaver idea
Replies: 6
Views: 3717

Re: Peg shaver idea

The internal helical cutters of that type of pencil sharpener are usually fixed, and are way too steep of an angle for instrument makers. You would have to pull out the internal mechanism to see if there is any way to change the angle of the cutters. Barry, by 90 degrees do you mean perpendicular or...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: 1/10 violin
Replies: 1
Views: 2202

Re: 1/10 violin

I have always had good luck with https://internationalviolin.com (and they happen to be local to me). I had a quick look and saw 1/8 and 1/16 size pegs, but I didn't look very hard. My guess is the 1/8 pegs would work fine.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Old Member Quit Building for 1.5 Decade Becomes Ukulele Builder
Replies: 12
Views: 8717

Re: Old Member Quit Building for 1.5 Decade Becomes Ukulele Builder

The forum software was confused because the links did not point at actual images. I changed the OP's image links to URLs, and the links now work, but be forewarned it will not show you the images unless you are logged into Google's services. It would be better to attach the actual photos here instea...