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
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
Coat of sealer makes this look like another Planet
Now for some retint on the back
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
Rim assembled on clear head
Out of stock on Renaissance
Mute assembled and held in by dowel for now
Still adding finish to the remaining wood
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.
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
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