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by Stephen Bacon
Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Resin for woodwinds
Replies: 8
Views: 3910

Re: Resin for woodwinds

I forgot to mention the resins. Delron works well. Many high end makers use polyester faux ivory. Acrylic is hard to polish out clear. Having helped 'fix' proto type plastic recorders for a manufacturer all I can say is acrylic wreaks havoc on reamers.
by Stephen Bacon
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Resin for woodwinds
Replies: 8
Views: 3910

Re: Resin for woodwinds

As stated, harder wood than maple or pear will be more stable, and in a better quality instrument it is less problematic. But be prepared to pay more money. And it will sound closer to your plastic recorder. Have you tried a drop of dish soap in the wind way. It is a surfactant. It breaks up the wat...
by Stephen Bacon
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Are there any recorder makers here?
Replies: 6
Views: 8074

Re: Are there any recorder makers here?

Yamaha now is producing a recorder from plant derived plastic. I hate working in plastic. Get one printed. Also though I agree there are some nice contemporary instrument designs. Very few recorders can stand up to the designs of "100's of years ago" . I would suggest the bulk of modern recorders ar...
by Stephen Bacon
Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ramirez Harmonic bar
Replies: 15
Views: 5182

Re: Ramirez Harmonic bar

Trevor, thank-you that is quite informative. Oddly enough, as I am primarily a violin shop focusing on historic instruments and typically only work on guitars over 100 yrs. old, I have had quite a few Ramirez come thru mostly 60's and 70's, 1A's and 2 A's. I prefer not to make a judgment on the timb...
by Stephen Bacon
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ramirez Harmonic bar
Replies: 15
Views: 5182

Re: Ramirez Harmonic bar

Michael, Thank you,My own experience in having success in getting more low end has been in thinning around the edges of the top. I agree intuitively that thinning braces sounds as a possible solution, to adding more low, but also adding more wolf. My concern is that I have seen a great many 'improve...
by Stephen Bacon
Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ramirez Harmonic bar
Replies: 15
Views: 5182

Re: Ramirez Harmonic bar

Here is the deal, a friend crushed the top of his Ramirez and had someone quite proficient replace the top, the workman ship is flawless but it is not Ramirez bracing. The sound is good and complex but lacking a strong low end and tends to be overly bright in comparison to the original top. As there...
by Stephen Bacon
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Ramirez Harmonic bar
Replies: 15
Views: 5182

Ramirez Harmonic bar

Does any one have an understanding of the function of the slanting "harmonic bar" on Ramirez guitars. Is it possible that it cuts the brightness and adds more low end ?
by Stephen Bacon
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: C Melody Saxophone Restoration
Replies: 28
Views: 18657

Re: C Melody Saxophone Restoration

If the horn is lacquered, as many horns are, the heat gun can damage the finish. A soldering iron used to loosen screws can as well loosen solder joints, been there. Liquid Wrench is what I suggest to use. If the rod is rusted in, heat and damaging the finish may be your only hope. You may be doing ...
by Stephen Bacon
Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: First Wind Instrument... help?
Replies: 16
Views: 11964

Re: First Wind Instrument... help?

Gull reeds are some screwy idea out of the catacombs of my warped mind. It is not the reed for your pipes as it is too stiff for a free reed and needs the lips to control it. Really it would be much easier to make the cane reeds that are specific for your instrument. Your reed is like a very skinny ...
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: First Wind Instrument... help?
Replies: 16
Views: 11964

Re: First Wind Instrument... help?

Oops missed out on editing . The straw reeds shown are of thin plastic and work well free blowing(without lips) some heaver straws need wire bent around them to keep them flat. I have as well has success with this style reed made out of gull feathers. Here is the type of reed usually assorted with t...
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: First Wind Instrument... help?
Replies: 16
Views: 11964

Re: First Wind Instrument... help?

These straws are skinny and thin . You do have to flatten them at the playing end. The flexy part helps the reed speak. All I do with these is rough sand the tips by putting the tip between folded over sandpaper between my thumb and forefinger and pull. Thicker plastic straws need a small wire wrapp...
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: First Wind Instrument... help?
Replies: 16
Views: 11964

Re: First Wind Instrument... help?

Plastic drinking straw reeds, used with balloon bagpipes and other obnoxious inventions. They can be trained, tuned, and refined. Time to construct-10 seconds.
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique
Replies: 59
Views: 41490

Re: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique

That is a great question. I know good sources of box still exist, some commercial and some thru friends and not public. However, I agree alternatives should be sought out, especially in the learning years. Crocus, Ebony, African Blackwood and the other high end rosewoods are going up and up in price...
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique
Replies: 59
Views: 41490

Re: Historical Renaissance recorder boring technique

Nicholas, Good point on the PVC oil treatment. My variation is using a venturi vacuum device (as used with vacuum bag gluing) along with my compressor, then letting in the oil after the vacuum has begun. I only use hard drying oils of cold pressed linseed or walnut. Concerning box wood, be carful no...
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Whistles/flutes/recorders--Why is the bore round instead of square?
Replies: 11
Views: 9066

Re: Whistles/flutes/recorders--Why is the bore round instead of square?

Logical and factual if it weren't for the fact in this instance that the squire bore instruments were made of plywood , allowing them to be thinner.
by Stephen Bacon
Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: syrinx
Replies: 7
Views: 5304

Re: syrinx

Not stopped , interesting, had not thought of that. My first response is that they are somewhat short and the blowing technique is quite different, not very seamless. Like Aulos, variations on the theories of Greek music abound, I just gave you a little piece that might help you in your tasks. Boeth...
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Outdoor drum played by rain
Replies: 4
Views: 3439

Re: Outdoor drum played by rain

Google reheading djembes with synthetic heads. Just glue no hardware. But you have got to learn how to stretch and rehead.
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Outdoor drum played by rain
Replies: 4
Views: 3439

Re: Outdoor drum played by rain

Synthetic heads are plentiful, google is your friend. Remo makes some nice 'natural ' looking ones that are easy to work with. Cool idea, I love the sound of rain on a roof.
by Stephen Bacon
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: simple windway cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 5686

Re: simple windway cutter

don't worry bout the #7.