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by Jim McConkey
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????
Replies: 106
Views: 51975

Re: Repair of Zither (Harp Mandolin) ??????

Hi Caley, and welcome to the Forum. Sorry there hasn't been much interest in zithers here lately. I was given a similar one last year, but I have yet to get around to cleaning it up. Don't worry about your lack of skills, we have all been at that point before. You have the interest and drive. Just t...
by Jim McConkey
Tue May 29, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: For feeler gauges
Replies: 3
Views: 4662

Re: For feeler gauges

Lining the dividing walls with outdated calendar magnets would go a long way to help with that problem.
by Jim McConkey
Thu May 03, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Cutting rosettes by hand?
Replies: 11
Views: 7041

Re: Cutting rosettes by hand?

I looked and found a number of discussions that mention the popsicle stick tool (apparently originally described in Cumpiano & Natelson), but no actual pictures of one. I did, however, find a couple fancier homemade tools using the same principle. At least one of these is probably the same tool link...
by Jim McConkey
Tue May 01, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Cutting rosettes by hand?
Replies: 11
Views: 7041

Re: Cutting rosettes by hand?

Here is a very old method, and I'm sure there are some references to it in our library. Stick an X-acto or surgical blade perpendicular to the length in one end of a popsicle stick, then drill small holes at the inner and outer radii. Put a small nail at the center of the rosette, and turn away. It ...
by Jim McConkey
Tue May 01, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Soon...
Replies: 38
Views: 23060

Re: Soon...

I give you a week before you start wondering how you ever had time to work.
by Jim McConkey
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Looking for information on Portative Organ construction
Replies: 3
Views: 8744

Re: Looking for information on Portative Organ construction

This guys has some nice diagrams and says he will send a booklet with his plans for free if you ask: http://www.johnboersma.nl/mini-orgelconstr.html
There are also some homebuilt portative organs on YouTube, some with wood tubes, and others with PVC to give you some ideas.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build
Replies: 11
Views: 10696

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

Great job! How does it sound?
by Jim McConkey
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 67171

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Also see this discussion, about how to view "hidden" Photobucket pictures: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=5328
by Jim McConkey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: Historical approach to the tone hole position on a reed instruments
Replies: 4
Views: 4933

Re: Historical approach to the tone hole position on a reed instruments

Welcome to the Forum! It has been a few years, but I used to experiment a lot with PVC "wood"winds, and can share my experience. First, as an engineer, I was drawn to all the spreadsheets and calculators, but was greatly disappointed and gave up on all of the quickly to do it the old fashioned way: ...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Adding a reinforcement to a neck...
Replies: 18
Views: 15279

Re: Adding a reinforcement to a neck...

Nothing new about an offset shape. I stole the idea years ago for my cittern, and love how it feels. The hand is nowhere near symmetric, why should a neck be? The simple answer is just that it is easier to mass produce.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Where is silver solder used, good ,bad?
Replies: 17
Views: 14115

Re: Where is silver solder used, good ,bad?

Pain, and more expensive. The melting point is much higher than normal solder, so you risk damaging semiconductors and other components much easier. The resulting joints are stronger, but also much more brittle and sensitive to shock.
by Jim McConkey
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop
Replies: 11
Views: 10118

Re: Recreation of 1900's Gibson O archtop

Please post any construction shots here so that everyone can see them! We'd love to see them.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Adapting guitar playing for ex-special forces guy who lost finger
Replies: 6
Views: 6692

Re: Adapting guitar playing for ex-special forces guy who lost finger

If your friend has time to travel, an east coast summer music camp might be of interest: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/index.html They have a special program for veterans, and even scholarships to enable them to attend, and s/he would find a lot of camaraderie and support from fellow veterans...
by Jim McConkey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for amazing knobs
Replies: 17
Views: 13232

Re: Looking for amazing knobs

Spend some time in our Library for ideas. Quite a few members have produced interesting knobs over the years, from turned wood laminations, to molded plastic knobs in a rainbow of colors and finishes. I remember we have a number of good picture tutorials in the archives.
by Jim McConkey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Has anyone ever tried making their own strings?
Replies: 21
Views: 20291

Re: Has anyone ever tried making their own strings?

Our old staff member, Amy, once made her own gut strings and described the process here (probably still in the Library), but I can't remember anyone trying metal strings here. Have you looked at electric double bass strings? D'Addario makes some. Double bass strings should be long enough for extra-l...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?
Replies: 19
Views: 13994

Re: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?

A friend of mine made his first violin on a clothes iron, but admits it was a royal pain. Outside curves work OK, but tight inside curves are difficult to impossible. I never got that desperate, but I used a homemade copper pipe bender with an industrial soldering iron successfully for many years. A...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Recognize this tool?
Replies: 10
Views: 8696

Re: Recognize this tool?

It is a precision router edge guide for a Dremel base. Mine was designed by Waverly, and sold by StewMac. It attaches to the bottom of the router base with the two hex head bolts and sets the precise offset of the router bit from the side of your instrument, as for cutting binding ledges. StewMac st...
by Jim McConkey
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Titebond liquid hide glue
Replies: 6
Views: 5554

Re: Titebond liquid hide glue

I used some many years ago before I read all the discussions and warnings, and I have had no problems with the joints to this day. I still prefer and use hot hide glue almost exclusively these days, but my experience is the worries over the bottled version are likely overblown.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carve inside or outside first?
Replies: 6
Views: 5538

Re: Carve inside or outside first?

For fiddles, I was taught outside first. You want the final curves just right before hollowing the inside. If you do the inside first, you might not get a smooth outer curve if you try to hold to your thickness template.
by Jim McConkey
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 10933

Re: Measuring Hide Glue Temperature

Since you are using baby food jars, I want to add a warning. If you refrigerate the leftovers, let the water cool before taking the jar out to put in the fridge, and allow the jar to warm to room temperature before putting into the hot water bath. If you take the jar directly out of the fridge and p...