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by Jim McConkey
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?
Replies: 8
Views: 9174

Re: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?

Sounds like your kit is missing a few parts. If the instrument was made to have a guitar-style paddle head, the neck would extend long enough past the nut to allow for a scarf joint. Given the age of your kit, I would NOT expect a paddle-style head. For a traditional peg box, it is most common to at...
by Jim McConkey
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Australian Uke
Replies: 5
Views: 7289

Re: Australian Uke

Welcome to the Forum, Marcus! How about a bigger picture that we can actually see?
by Jim McConkey
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Drying Wood Quickly
Replies: 13
Views: 10268

Re: Drying Wood Quickly

If you just want proof of concept, get two cheap 2x8s, join them, together and mill that. Or ask the hardwood laminate place for scraps and laminate those into a block that is big enough. Unless you can use their kiln, April is too soon for such a thick board.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools for building a solidbody electric?
Replies: 14
Views: 13463

Re: Tools for building a solidbody electric?

Scrapers are only a few bucks a piece, cheaper if you make your own. Dirt cheap compared to sandpaper, they do a better job, and produce no sawdust to sneeze at. One of the most underrated tools, IMHO.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 13601

Re: "Large" On/Off/On switch

Brian, no problem. We are still discussing the old rules, so feel free to throw in your two cents in the TNG Forum Feedback discussion in the Jam Session. Auction links were never allowed because they are temporary at best, and there is no easy way to tell if someone is directing people to their own...
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 13601

Re: "Large" On/Off/On switch

All Electronics has some larger On-Off-On switches. Just Google them, a lot of parts suppliers have them.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: "Large" On/Off/On switch
Replies: 15
Views: 13601

Re: "Large" On/Off/On switch

Brian, links to auctions are still not allowed. The switches that you posted were the same size micros Joshua was trying to avoid anyway.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Questions for a William Cumpiano interview
Replies: 14
Views: 15152

Re: Questions for a William Cumpiano interview

We seem to get regular questions about building cuatros and similar instruments, I understand William has a strong interest in these. Public information on these instruments is sorely lacking. Maybe he could share some of his parts suppliers and construction details. Has he ever thought about a cons...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 45701

Re: TNG forum feedback?

We are experimenting with bigger icons, but the software seems to override the size right now. We'll keep trying. The Library is in the process of being transported. Unlike normal TNG transporters, the process is more like the slow boat to China. Give us a few weeks, but the Library will make its gr...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 45701

Re: TNG forum feedback?

I just had a look at this discussion with Chrome and the images show up fine. The image I asked about 5 messages back was a small arrow pointing to a page at its right, not taller than a capital letter in the sentence, but maybe twice as wide. It is just a standard GIF image, so there is no reason a...
by Jim McConkey
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: African Lute
Replies: 4
Views: 5615

Re: African Lute

Where the strings are attached to the end of the neck, there should be rings of leather, or some other material, which I can see in your pictures. You should be able to slide these up and down to tune the strings. This web site should give you some more details.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:10 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 45701

Re: TNG forum feedback?

If you are using the default display style, it should be at the top of each page, just under the MIMF banner, on the extreme right. There are four links labeled FAQ, Search, Members, and User Control Panel. If you have the other layout, it is on the left, again underneath the MIMF banner at the top ...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: TNG forum feedback?
Replies: 59
Views: 45701

Re: TNG forum feedback?

On the User Control Panel, under the Edit Display Options page, there is a checkbox to allow or disable displaying of images in messages. How is your set?

Bob, can you see this image: Image ?
by Jim McConkey
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?
Replies: 8
Views: 9174

Re: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?

Dick, how about a shot of all the parts you DO have. I suspect you are missing a few. And please tell us if what appears to be pencil lines on your fingerboard look like they are the fret lines. The nut will go at the end with the widest-spaced frets, and the bridge will go a few inches from the las...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: banjo mandolin??
Replies: 12
Views: 13391

Re: banjo mandolin??

Nothing too difficult to fix there. If you have a source of compressed air (or just blow hard!), blow any loose stuff out of the places to be glued first. Make yourself a caul with the diameter of the pot, work some hot hide glue into the delaminating pot side, and use the caul to clamp it (with som...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw
Replies: 14
Views: 18453

Re: Jim McConkey's Quick and Dirty Frame Saw

If it was in the Library, it still is in the Library, and will eventually be in the Library here.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Making a Case Fit the Bass Better
Replies: 8
Views: 9139

Re: Making a Case Fit the Bass Better

I had to modify a double fiddle/mando case this summer and found the same thing: cheap white crumbly Styrofoam underneath the fabric. The fabric is attached with a spray adhesive. If you work carefully, you can separate the fabric from the foam. Use a real sharp X-acto-type knife to cut the foam or ...
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?
Replies: 8
Views: 9174

Re: Mountain Dulcimer Headstock?

Do you have picture, Dick? Short on the nut end sounds wrong. If anything, sometimes the fretboard ends short of the tail block. Not having the fretboard firmly attached to the tail block really opens up the sound. Usually the fretboard will end at the nut, which is at the end of the soundbox. The p...
by Jim McConkey
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Tools for building a solidbody electric?
Replies: 14
Views: 13463

Re: Tools for building a solidbody electric?

I built my first electric with nothing more than a cheap scroll saw, a hand drill, a screwdriver, and some sandpaper. Not that I would do it again that way now that I have better tools, but you really do not need a whole lot of tools to get started.
by Jim McConkey
Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: New site and a beef
Replies: 11
Views: 13630

Re: New site and a beef

Years ago the MIMF allowed no links at all. Those rules were indeed greatly relaxed a year or two back. There is no disagreeing with that. There were certain vendors who were banned over the years, not for minor policy infractions, but for egregious violations, and Deb chose to ban them. It is her f...