1920s Orpheum 1
Modified tone ring (Archtop)
Shipping damage, dowel broken out of heel.
Heel sides unaffected
Heel cap came off clean
neck laminate separation
Sides unaffected, will be a straightforward glue/clamp/reset
It was knocked loose here too, will glue and clamp
All sealed back down
Clamping the side back inward after glue injection
After it sets up I will install dowel and the broken off
All this is not orig
It used to be a standard Orpheum 1 archtop rim, just in
Rim was cut down, this was all made up
Not bad, added weight for more volume , but crudely done in a
The job is not bad, th holes in the tube are pretty lined up and
the solder job was not terrible.
The second solid ring is another add on.
That hoop was not centered, and will be deleted, too many loose
Rim has been decked
That is the nickel plated orig arch ring that used to set
up on the fence staples before rim was decked
Decked right to the logo plate.
Still see the vestiges of the staple holes here.
Amazing, that is the orig tension hoop, notches are perfect.
Is not a great solder job, its not terrible, I can bend it
around to make it hit the rim/head better
Bent and twisted to hit rim properly.
This will be better, skirt down lower, touching shoes, using
only the big tube thats solder to orig ring
Skirt is flipped back to proper side down and neck notch like it
used to be.
Head back to tension and sanded/waxed/burnished, much better
Still arched, but bearing on a much stabler platform
All tight and sealer applied
Reaming new tenon hole, dowel repaired where tenon was split
Neck angle set, I want it to have a high bridge and a lot of
Assembled loosely while glue cures.
100 percent heel contact now that skirt is flipped right
Extension roughed in
It was already divoted from playing all the way to the end,
which dips rapidly at the tip, no fixing that.
Ready to pull neck lay re-bar across the break, will pull 2
frets , make cavities and add brass rod over the crack then fill
with dust and re-fret 2
Replaced one strip, Bass side, other had mismatched gears
Happy so far
Waiting on strings
Will try real Mandocello first, see is there is room at the
Mike Amato at www.bedfordbanjoshop.com is acquiring a set of
"Mediums" for me
That puts the C at .074" :)
We will see!
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