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by Jim McConkey
Sat May 16, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Anyone Building Spinets
Replies: 30
Views: 10503

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: 503

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: 15
Views: 2126

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: 1400

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: 1402

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: 1274

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: 7
Views: 3075

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: 7
Views: 3075

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: 8197

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: 8197

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: 5934

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: 3244

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: 9166

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
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: ordering plans
Replies: 2
Views: 2822

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: 3520

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: 6855

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: 2682

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: 2841

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: 2373

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...