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by Celeste Hall
Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Guitar amps
Replies: 20
Views: 10425

Re: Guitar amps

Valve Wizard. When you out grow Merlin's web site, his books on guitar preamps and powersupplies take it farther. As a disclaimier, I was a proof reader for his books. AX84 P1 and P1Ex theory documents do a good job of circuit analysis for a specific amp, and are deep enough to transport to other ci...
by Celeste Hall
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Methylene Chloride Dangers
Replies: 10
Views: 5556

Re: Methylene Chloride Dangers

Methylene chloride, now that brings back fond childhood memories. It was the "safe" alternative to chloroform in the HPLC columns Dad used at work. He brought the used stuff home to use as solvent on whatever. When my sister was 7, she got an oil plaint set, Dad showed her how to use the chloroform ...
by Celeste Hall
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: 1900 Hamlin Mason sound board
Replies: 5
Views: 5651

Re: 1900 Hamlin Mason sound board

Yeah, I know about the uprights, we have burned a few of them, back in the days when my brother was a piano tech, kind of makes you feel like Napoleon in Moscow. I would expect it to be above average as well, given the quality of the instrument it was removed from. I don't currently have a pic of it...
by Celeste Hall
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: 1900 Hamlin Mason sound board
Replies: 5
Views: 5651

1900 Hamlin Mason sound board

My dad has the sound board from a 1900 Hamlin Mason grand piano in the shop. It was cracked, so replaced in a major rebuild of the instrument 2-3 years ago. Neither of us have plans or inspirations for it, and we both would rather see it used to make something that sings again rather then trash it. ...
by Celeste Hall
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:00 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mistakes made while building early guitars
Replies: 59
Views: 39887

Re: Mistakes made while building early guitars

The only one I have not yet recovered from was choosing to bind my first body, without bothering to read anything about how to do bindings. I usually get away with just "going for it", but that was 2005 and the body is still wrapped in a T-shirt waiting for me to finish it as is, or swallow my pride...
by Celeste Hall
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Pickup types
Replies: 15
Views: 7599

Re: Pickup types

I believe it is Ibanez that use F(front) for the neck, and R(rear) for the bridge. Also if the pickups are intended to be a set, then the bridge will likely have a higher DC resistance. The strings move less the closer you get to a fixed point (nut or saddle) so a pickup closer to the saddles, will ...
by Celeste Hall
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Why Is Thickness Sander Motor Stalling
Replies: 48
Views: 28905

Re: Why Is Thickness Sander Motor Stalling

"Note: to discharge a capacitor, using the tip of a insulated screwdriver (plastic handle), short the two terminals of the capacitor together."

Expect to lose some metal from the tip of the screwdriver and shaft it the cap is well charged. So don't use your good SnapOn screwdrivers for this
by Celeste Hall
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Why Is Thickness Sander Motor Stalling
Replies: 48
Views: 28905

Re: Why Is Thickness Sander Motor Stalling

If it is not TEFC construction, I would look at dust having jammed the start winding switch closed, but also if it were built with shielded rather then sealed bearings, the bearings would be jammed with dust. Actually, the more I think about it, it sounds like it is never getting up to speed enough ...
by Celeste Hall
Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: saddle design
Replies: 10
Views: 7060

Re: saddle design

If the strings are terminated with a tail piece like an arch top, then it would seem to me that saddle width would be an important in what and how energy is transfered to the top. If the strings terminate on the bridge itself, then all the energy at the bridge end of the string is going to end up in...
by Celeste Hall
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 10297

Re: "Large" On/Off/On switch

NKK is giving away free samples, up to 3 switches

Check out their site to see if they have something you can use
by Celeste Hall
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: String through instead of top loading -- Thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 9693

Re: String through instead of top loading -- Thoughts?

I prefer string through for a couple of reasons. One being that my sense of engineering aesthetics is not pleased by a string mounting that distorts the bridge and tries to rip it off the body ( I know guitars are not race cars, but I get kind of obsessive with stress management) Another being that ...
by Celeste Hall
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 10297

Re: "Large" On/Off/On switch

would a rotary switch work? You can get them with up to 12 poles, but with adjustable stops so you can block off unused poles. Up to 4 throws if complex switching is your thing
by Celeste Hall
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 100 mile guitar - what woods to use?
Replies: 27
Views: 17445

Re: 100 mile guitar - what woods to use?

Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia is an invasive species in BC, so cutting it for lumber would be a good thing. I have an octave mandolin neck made from cherry with a locust FB. Its yellowness might not be aesthetically pleasing to you, it seems to be a bit polarizing, but it is hard enough
by Celeste Hall
Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass Guitars "Own" section?
Replies: 20
Views: 16838

Re: Bass Guitars "Own" section?

Being the lazy bugger that I am, I don't want to have to hunt to many different forums, I don't want to have to deal with ambiguity about where something should be posted. Keep it as simple as possible
by Celeste Hall
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Custom made guitar parts?
Replies: 12
Views: 4077

Re: parts you have custom made or customized?

Machined up a "G E Smith" tele bridge in A11 bronze. A few one piece string through ferrules "Tone Bar" things in several woods, bronze, Aluminum. Can't think of anything else.
by Celeste Hall
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Been awhile...
Replies: 5
Views: 4269

Re: Been awhile...

That is really beautiful, I love the understated inlay on the head stock
by Celeste Hall
Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Viper clamping system
Replies: 3
Views: 3782

Re: Viper clamping system

I have been looking at this thread, but never read it because I thought it was kind of a shill, just why I looked in today, I am not sure, but that picture sure made it worth it. That'll keep you on your toes
by Celeste Hall
Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: ...all this earthing stuff..
Replies: 8
Views: 4674

Re: ...all this earthing stuff..

whether you went overboard or not depends on how electrically noisy your environment is and how much noise you can tolerate. Some people find commercial guitars unplayable in some environments because of their lack of shielding and poor grounding/earthing scheme. If what you have done is well execut...
by Celeste Hall
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Last MIMF Newsletter from Deb: So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya!
Replies: 40
Views: 21843

Re: Last MIMF Newsletter from Deb: So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya!

Best of luck Deb. The new USDA zone map is out this week, bet you moved up zone, maybe just a half zone (semizone?). So here's to garlic, those who love it enough to cultivate its best varieties, and those who love it enough to buy the best varieties.
All the best
by Celeste Hall
Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Urea in hide glue
Replies: 7
Views: 5278

Re: Urea in hide glue

Ron Belanger wrote:Try Fish Glue. It has similar properties to hide glue, but has a long open time and clamping time.
How is fish glue to take apart?