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by JC Whitney
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: It's Been a While
Replies: 11
Views: 730

Re: It's Been a While

Yes, welcome back.
I look forward to seeing your posts again.
by JC Whitney
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: MIMF Redirection Errors
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: MIMF Redirection Errors

It is indeed working great now - thank you o’ Great and Wonderful Keepers of the MIMF.
by JC Whitney
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: MIMF Redirection Errors
Replies: 12
Views: 769

MIMF Redirection Errors

Is it just me, or are others also currently unable to open up the good old MIMF by simply typing “mimf.com”? This problem is new. Recently (last couple of days?) doing so using safari I get an error msg that “load cannot follow more than 20 redirections”. I also recently updated my iPhone OS, so the...
by JC Whitney
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud
Replies: 8
Views: 745

Re: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud

... one more thought. Beware of bridging finish across wood/brass/wood.
by JC Whitney
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Can woods used in the manufacture of pianos be repurposed?
Replies: 7
Views: 1728

Re: Can woods used in the manufacture of pianos be repurposed?

In my experience, the hardest part is disposing of the significant (and mighty heavy) portions left over after salvaging the good stuff. Apparently a smoky bonfire followed by metal burial is one way to go, but that wouldn’t have gone over well with my neighbors. I’ve disassembled one piano and an o...
by JC Whitney
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud
Replies: 8
Views: 745

Re: Brass binding on Garcia tiger/rosebud

It’s the different rates of expansion/movement that’s the real bugger... but the Tiger guitar is still apparently hanging together, even the brass binding on the fretboard (!). No surprise it weighs a ton. Am I right in thinking that the brass you’re considering for the body will be in the middle(is...
by JC Whitney
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Taking care of dust in the shop
Replies: 14
Views: 733

Re: Taking care of dust in the shop

Paul - That youtube link includes a clever little DIY shopvac filter cleaner... why the heck didn't I ever think of that?
Thanks for posting.
by JC Whitney
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: PVC Slap Organ
Replies: 5
Views: 675

Re: PVC Slap Organ

This might be helpful, especially the formula for determining pitch down near the end: https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Instrument-1/
I think this type of instrument is a “tubulum”...?
by JC Whitney
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: I am looking for parts for a 60s era KAPA Minstrel
Replies: 3
Views: 1945

Re: I am looking for parts for a 60s era KAPA Minstrel

Have you considered taking the guts off off a stock item like the one in the following link from StewMac and fabricating a new (or "relic-ed") custom face plate that matches the original? Could likely make the flat face plate from easy-to-work brass and then have it chrome plated locally... https://...
by JC Whitney
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Pet Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: Pet Thread

... and would it be safe for use on lead players who won’t turn down their Marshall Stack from eleven?
by JC Whitney
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: build challenge?
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: build challenge?

How about, “It used to be a ______, but now it’s a _____”
Every entrant fills in the blanks for themselves.
Could run the gamut from a six to eight string conversion to “It used to be two bicycles and a kitchen sink, but now it’s a saxophone”
by JC Whitney
Fri May 03, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar into guitar amp?
Replies: 8
Views: 1727

Re: Bass guitar into guitar amp?

I’ve long heard stories of torn speaker cones caused by unwary bassists plugging into guitar amps and turning up - but haven’t ever met someone who it happened to first hand. Is this just a tall tale?
by JC Whitney
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: I need the collective knowledge of the MIMF and fast.
Replies: 13
Views: 2210

Re: I need the collective knowledge of the MIMF and fast.

This would take absolutely all of the fun out of making it yourself, but given the tight time frame... apparently party rental places rent this sort of thing - if the Dad-skit budget allows, might be a quick fix.
by JC Whitney
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: tuners
Replies: 3
Views: 1126

Re: tuners

Hello Bob. Unfortunately your pics don’t seem to have posted - but if they’re the kind of heads I think they are they’ll have a knurled knob on the backside and a recess in the post that appears to be where the string should go. Unscrew the knob all the way and the string hole will slowly open up in...
by JC Whitney
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Gibson lost his head(stock)
Replies: 25
Views: 6226

Re: Gibson lost his head(stock)

“Gibsons are the best guitars ever made for Luthiers” ... I think somewhere in the great beyond Leo Fender is chuckling and nodding his head in agreement.
by JC Whitney
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Tremelo Part
Replies: 3
Views: 1273

Re: Tremelo Part

Hi Richard, and welcome. I believe you're looking for what FR calls a replacement "saddle assembly". If you go to Stewmac.com and search for "Floyd Rose Tremolo Instructions" you'll be presented with a choice of parts diagrams for the different types of Floyd Roses. At worst, if you call StewMac the...
by JC Whitney
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 1875

Re: Ideas

Go to Amazon and search for "air wedge". Lots of neat options for a fairly small investment.
I saw these a while ago but have yet to get around to trying one. If you do, please share your experiences with a post.
by JC Whitney
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Woodworking Workbench
Replies: 11
Views: 4117

Re: Woodworking Workbench

My two cents: Build it like a battleship; heavy and thick. Bolt it to the wall or floor if you're able. Provide enough overhang at the perimeter to allow clamping all along the edge. Include a sacrificial tempered masonite top secured with a few countersunk brass screws around the perimeter. Don't m...
by JC Whitney
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 2660

Re: Looking for a school for luthiery

The North Bennet Street School in Boston has a three year full time violin family building/repair progrm.The school has been around since the late 1890s, and also offers a number of other programs including cabinetry, preservation woodworking, and a number of other things that I wish I could take a ...
by JC Whitney
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Washtub cello
Replies: 6
Views: 3069

Re: Washtub cello

That’s fantastic - especially like the f holes.