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by Tom Owen
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Neck removal on Martin 12 string
Replies: 1
Views: 18

Re: Neck removal on Martin 12 string

No...the neck tenon is glued in the mortise. The neck bolt is basically a clamping device. You still need to steam the neck off.
by Tom Owen
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 8
Views: 2169

Re: Machete

Mahalo!
by Tom Owen
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 8
Views: 2169

Re: Machete

A little different... with the longer scale there seems to be more sustain and depth.. I have not used it but the original tuning would probably change things also. It was a non reentrant open G tuning.
by Tom Owen
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 8
Views: 2169

Re: Machete

It has a soprano sized body. Here is a comparison shot with a concert banjolele, concert resonator and the machete
by Tom Owen
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 8
Views: 2169

Re: Machete

It's a 15" scale, and uses nylon strings.
by Tom Owen
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Machete
Replies: 8
Views: 2169

Machete

So this is a machete, the forerunner of the ukulele. Originally made in Hawaii in the late 1800's by three Portuguese luthiers. As they became popular in the islands the shape changed a bit, the tunings changed and well as the scale length and it became the ukulele. This one has Koa back and sides, ...
by Tom Owen
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 3689

Re: Vintage tuning pins

Well I am at a dead-end. I don't think the pins hand made or manufactured from where ever will help your identification of the instrument. Nor will the spruce help. Picea abies, so-called German spruce grows all over Europe very little of it (if any) comes today from Germany. Also Picea abies was co...
by Tom Owen
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 3689

Re: Vintage tuning pins

Does you instrument look somewhat like this? If so it is probably American made, by Charles F. Zimmermann. If that is the case you still have a very rare autoharp, as Zimmermann patented the deign in 1882. It is not known if any exist.
by Tom Owen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Banjolele
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Re: Banjolele

No, Remo fiberskyn.
by Tom Owen
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Banjolele
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Banjolele

Just finished. 8" walnut block style rim, concert scale Peruvian walnut neck. Still stretching the strings out but sounds good so far.
by Tom Owen
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 3689

Re: Vintage tuning pins

Alan is right. I wasn't thinking when I suggested harp pins. Zither or piano pins have been around a lot longer then the autoharp. Just think of all the variants of what we call a hammered dulcimer, cimbalom etc.
by Tom Owen
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 3689

Re: Vintage tuning pins

If you are using a PC just down load a free program called Paint.net. You can easily resize photos with it. Autoharp pins now days are machined. If they were hand made, steel would have been drawn to diameter then hammered to make the square, or in your case rectangular, end to accommodate a tuning ...
by Tom Owen
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 3689

Re: Vintage tuning pins

I can't really comment on the pin origin from the photo. If I could see the instrument in a whole pic I might be able to help more. It is possible that they are harp (not autoharp) pins or hand made.
by Tom Owen
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Vintage tuning pins
Replies: 18
Views: 3689

Re: Vintage tuning pins

Pictures?
by Tom Owen
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: MIMF News & a giveaway
Replies: 33
Views: 27288

Re: MIMF News & a giveaway

I'm in!
by Tom Owen
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 6407

Re: Formica guit AR-7

Or... just go with a Kala Waterman ukulele. All plastic, sort of a modern take on a Macaferri ukulele. Plus they are under $100. Also they sound pretty good.
by Tom Owen
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Formica guit AR-7
Replies: 21
Views: 6407

Re: Formica guit AR-7

Martin still does make both all Formica (they call it HPL as Formica is a trade name) and spruce top HPL back and sides. They are built in their Mexico plant. Biggest problem with them is they cannot handle impacts very well the glue joint just tend to pop open. Also the HPL tops are lightly braced ...
by Tom Owen
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?
Replies: 6
Views: 3393

Re: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?

I did a little more looking and even without seeing it, assuming the numbers you gave are accurate, it was made in 1925. The UG is the model, the 174 on the inside is a batch number, the 3994 is the serial number. From what I found this model was discontinued at serial number 4000. They were made fr...
by Tom Owen
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?
Replies: 6
Views: 3393

Re: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?

I reread your post and realized that you were looking for wood pegs. This brings up a couple of issues. If the ukulele is circa 30's wood pegs would not been used, virtually all manufacturers had switched to "patent" peg, still friction but made from metal. Number two, Washburn (named for George Was...
by Tom Owen
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?
Replies: 6
Views: 3393

Re: Where to get vintage wood tuner pegs?

Pictures of the ukulele and pegs would be helpfull