Bacon Silver Bell #7
WORKPAGE 12- 16
Assess Playability, repair as
Banjo has a lack of tone
The first thing I notice is head is way too slack
And neck has a pronounced bow under tension starting at
around the 8 fret and it is severe.
Even with no tension..... if you have an eye for these
things you can see the bow even with no tension.
The bad part is this is a later model BD and one that
already has a steel bar inserted into it from the factory
You can tell by the laminate stopping in the neck center and
that block of wood instead, they all look exactly the same.
This is no easy fix, there is little hope of compression
fretting driving the neck back
Heating with celluloid is tricky and usually doesn't go
On Celluloid cover boards they have to have all the blocks
removed if they are cupping.
This one is a little, I will study it more
Or if Im lucky a heat knife can get up under the whole board
(sans binding) and come off without any breakage.
Either way, its pretty useless as a player even before we
get into the rim.
I'm wondering if the rhinestones are orig, they are not set
Removing old wire, it is barely in the slot, the celluloids have
shrunk back, allowing the tang barbs to lose retention.
A lot of sound is lost in loose fret wire.
My plan of attack is to remove the binding and all the blocks to
see if I can plane the board, reslot and reinstall them
If not, I will have to go it, re-truss, and come all the way
New binding and frets will be installed
Removing the blocks under 100 F heat lamps
It will be slow going but I do not want to break any.
Pearwood board under the blocks
OK, time to rest my back, always an arduous task but it went
Now to heat the board off
I'm trying to save it, its a hard replication so slow going
That's a pretty darn clean board removal, I should be able to
Im going to run stiffeners down each side of that square bar to
compensate for softness.
Then a maple laminate over the top to add height since I
will have to level the fingerboard.
The addition and then the reduction so leave me at the same
Then I will deepen the slots and replace the celluloids
I heated the beejesus out oif the truss bar and softened the
glue around it, bowed the neck back, injected new glue and
Then added a top laminate for more rigidity.
Fingerboard reinstalled, I will level it and resl;ot before
adding the celluloid blocks back on.
Wood stripped and cleaning the carvings down in the recesses
Ready for a sealer, then some celluloid
Leveling the board
Gluing the celluloids back on
All must be cleaned and flattened and compsenation given for
All lining up OK ...Tedious!
One to go
Time to bind it with new Ivoroid
Ready to fret
Stewmac 147 wire
Sealing the new wire with #10
Drilling for side markers
Finish completed, time to finish frets
Black filler added to graved lines
End dresser and burr chaser file
Buffed back to high shine
ready to paint detail witjh acrylics
Not the multi color it had on it, just a Black and Red to
match Peg head.
Its color coat, then clear to protect them.
Ready for clear and new stones.
These are Dale Small's old Stones and boxes that you see.
Bottled Hide glue is good for these.
Any excess will flake off.
Only gold in the top crown, red the rest of the way
Rim all tightened and head adjusted, was very slack
Banjo plays well up and down the board, I
think its much improved, but only Bill can tell
if we made progress.
Kathy O. doing her "Cover up"act!
She is ready to go into the box and go back
It was a challenge, and the outcome I feel,
Such a pretty banjo, it needs play time
Thanks for watching
MORE TO COME