T.D.'s
BD #4 TENOR
23489

RESTO PAGE

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Restoration with plating


Original writing in rim, 4 Gold Eng is the designation


Copper clad ring in tone ring as it should be


Original plating on these pieces


Only flange and armrest had an older replate


Resonator is original the logo plate has never been off and the imprint matches the plate perfectly



Resto Work


Stripping the Varnish


Gold Eng on rim as well, all orig finish


And on inside of rim


Off comes the factory brown tinted varnish, revealing a stunning red birdseye maple back


Now for the rim
 


 


And neck


Coat of sealer makes this look like another Planet
 

Now for some retint on the back



PLATING
NASHVILLE PLATING SERVICE


The parts look better than new, and it is always a pleasure to install plating that is done by an experienced plater that also loves banjos.
Please write to Ron Satterfield on all your plating needs

THANKS RON



Rim assembled on clear head
Out of stock on Renaissance
Mute assembled and held in by dowel for now


Buttons reinstalled


Still adding finish to the  remaining wood



FRETTING


Pulling old wire while protecting from wood chipping


New 147 StewMac wire installed, leveling


Recrowned, now doing the ends and 0000 wool


All oiled up and ready to rumble


I opted out of binding change, there is very little "Land" on this neck and it would be too hard to try and cut new channel, its OK as it is



As usual with Birdseye, the pockmarks suck  in lacquer for days, no matter the sealer used.
After a wetsanding they are easy to see, little depressions that must be "Drop filled" then leveled before adding final coats


A few times of this and I will go forward


Down to final 1200 wet sand
 


Then 2 stage compound and after that, back to the machine buff for final polish


Inside retreated with "Gold plate" enamel


After I buff the neck I will assemble
I have located a mute pedal in CA, and it is on the way here and then to plater.



ASSEMBLY


A little entertainment makes the wee hours go by in good fashion
Johnny Baier , at the Eureka Springs 2012 show.
Thanks to Alice and Ray Jaworski for filming the events.
Where would we be without them as far as historical records.
Everyone that cant go should buy all the shows and support them in thier efforts!


Next to Tyler Jackson's newest tenor that is in process


Reso flange attached, ready to string up


Head and strings brought to tension


Preferred gauges

New Orleans Krewe just a gettin it in the background

                         
I will let it settle in and tweak it before the mute handle gets here from the plater.
MORE TO COME
 



 
 
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