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by Jim McConkey
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: New here
Replies: 3
Views: 10266

Re: New here

Hi Maxx, Welcome to the Forum! We do host media here, an even encourage it, though we ask that you stick to some reasonable size constraints. Instructions for doing so are here: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1656 Some members do post on other sites and link here. That is fine if you...
by Jim McConkey
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Woodworking Workbench
Replies: 11
Views: 7431

Re: Woodworking Workbench

I had to build a new workbench a year or two back. Taking a hint from MIMF member Arnt Rian, I got a wood table top (birch, I think) from Ikea which is roughly 3'x5' ( 1 x 1.5 m). The base is four 4"x4" uprights. I used 2x4s to frame around the top and another set about a foot off the floor, with ou...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: dying wood question
Replies: 7
Views: 5718

Re: dying wood question

Probably the same stuff, but most lutherie supply places carry black fingerboard dye. It is commonly used on violin fingerboards, but can be used any any instrument. From my limited experience, it seems to hold up well.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools I wish I never bought
Replies: 27
Views: 19119

Re: Tools I wish I never bought

And if you have a dog, they are used by many vets for trimming nails. Plenty of uses all around!
by Jim McConkey
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 7
Views: 10015

Re: Greetings!

Welcome to the Forum, Kristoffer!
by Jim McConkey
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Hello everybody
Replies: 4
Views: 6595

Re: Hello everybody

Welcome to the Forum, Anthony!

You can chisel out the kerf above where the brace should have fit in, and replace it with a larger triangle that sticks out far enough to secure the brace.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?
Replies: 19
Views: 11028

Re: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?

It is, but DC used in connection with motors almost always refers to the power source. The whole point is spelling things out only takes 2 more seconds, but prevents a lot of confusion.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?
Replies: 19
Views: 11028

Re: One of those offbeat ideas - a d/c-powered pipe organ?

The "DC" here is "dust collector". Ah! That is why is we strongly recommend taking the time to spell out all but the most common abbreviations. Not only do different people use different abbreviations for the same thing and the same abbreviations for different things, but our foreign readers often ...
by Jim McConkey
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?
Replies: 19
Views: 11028

Re: One of those offbeat ideas - a d/c-powered pipe organ?

I don't know about this particular motor, but DC motors are used all the time in CNC machines with motor controllers with no problem. The controller are more of a fancy automatic speed control that constantly regulates the pressure as needed rather than a crude on/off switch.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: One of those offbeat ideas - a dust-collector-powered pipe organ?
Replies: 19
Views: 11028

Re: One of those offbeat ideas - a d/c-powered pipe organ?

How much air is needed entirely depends on the size and number of pipes. Have a look at this discussion on portative organs, which are small, easily carried organs. There is plenty of info on-line about making organ pipes. If you can find a suitable pressure gauge, it is always possible to put the D...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????
Replies: 106
Views: 55703

Re: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????

The other thing about new strings is that it takes a while for them to stabilize under tension. They will keep going flat for a while, so you have to keep retuning. From the scale on the front, the two adjacent strings should be the same note, so C and C, not C and C#. Just go over it once a day for...
by Jim McConkey
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Transducer/Piezo Disc
Replies: 8
Views: 5351

Re: Transducer/Piezo Disc

Stew-Mac sells a Schatten soundboard transducer piezo disk. No idea if it is as good as a Fishman, but no doubt better than cheap Chinese ones. I have a Schatten, along with a Pick Up The World transducer on my cittern (wired to a stereo end jack). I definitely prefer the PUTW, but I don't think the...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Wood Used on Crappy Violin
Replies: 12
Views: 14606

Re: Wood Used on Crappy Violin

Thanks, Bryan!
by Jim McConkey
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Wood Used on Crappy Violin
Replies: 12
Views: 14606

Re: Wood Used on Crappy Violin

A few years back I hacked a similar cheap Chinese violin to turn it into an electric skeleton fiddle (see my avatar) for our $100 Electric Contest. It wasn't even a decent acoustic fiddle, but does much better as an electric. That being said, it would probably be less work to just build the electric...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????
Replies: 106
Views: 55703

Re: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????

Caley, if you read around the boards here, there are tons of stories where chisel slipped at an inopportune moment, something set a little off-center while gluing, and any number of other problems. These things happen to all of us, even the ones who won't admit it. But what you will also find here i...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: sharpening?
Replies: 4
Views: 3857

Re: sharpening?

The blade on my peg shaver is held on by two end cap bolts, so the blade can be easily removed for sharpening with an Allen wrench. If your blade cannot be removed, you can use a variation on the Scary-Sharp sandpaper sharpening trick by getting some old pegs and gluing bands of various grits of san...
by Jim McConkey
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: stainless steel as a material for a music box comb?
Replies: 6
Views: 12722

Re: stainless steel as a material for a music box comb?

There is another ongoing discussion on Kalimbas here, and the original video that spurred the project used steel electrician's fishing tape for the tines. It is probably stainless, and available at every DIY store. Also look for rakes with metal tines. they are usually about the right size, and ofte...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: New to Music Instruments
Replies: 57
Views: 47420

Re: New to Music Instruments

Caley, without getting into the math, from the bass end each tine should be 0.9438743 times the length of its lower neighbor (assuming a chromatic instrument). For example, assuming your bass note is 100 mm (about 4"), the lengths going up should be 100.00, 94.39, 89.09, 84.09, 79.37, 74.91, etc. Th...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????
Replies: 106
Views: 55703

Re: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????

To protect sides from the threads, pick up some 3/8" inner diameter poly-whatever tubing at Home Depot, then cut into pieces a little less than the thickness of your instrument. Place over the threaded rod between the spools. Since the clamps work with everything from fiddles to guitars, I keep a bu...