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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: 537

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: 4622

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: 192

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: 22
Views: 945

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: 434

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: 1355

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: 1549

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: 776

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: 14424

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: 1011

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: 4792

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: 3647

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: 3153

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: 2832

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: 4500

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: 4500

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: 11271

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: 11271

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: 7399

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...