Paramount Artcraft Tenor
Refret -Restore wood-Partial re-plate
Send to ACME PLATING
Good example of Artcraft
with the MOP peghead.
Late model, scalloped trim skirt, neck
I will pull it down for
plating and onto the bench for the wood refinish.
The Page Tuners will only
be lubed, not chancing a re-plate as they are still just fine.
Things that are visible when together will go to ACME, the
inside stuff is all still good.
This is the economical way
to do a re-plate in gold.
Good inlay, setting next
to an English "Paragon", a well designed instrument that emulates some of the Lange
It will get a synthetic
head on the reassembly
The main parts are not
pitted and should re-plate nicely.
Hooks , Armrest,
Tailpiece, big parts will all go in, shoes and bolts and dome
other stuff will stay.
Sending the metal off ahead of time helps me keep things in
Plating to go to ACME, and what is in the bag will remain
Stripping whatever this finish was.
Bear in mind I have been stripping finishes on everything from
Planes,Trains and Cranes but have never seen one lift in
sheets like this did!
Like some Poly coating, not Urethane.
That took some time, Methyl Chloride barely raised it.
Ready for new Mohawk Classic Instrument Lacquer
Rim finish complete and partial assembly
Resonator colors "pop" now that they are not hidden by Ambered
4 coats, 4 to go
Buffing to high shine, then some polish and wax
That is it until plating returns.
Plating returns from
Spectacular...what a way to finish out
Thanks for all of your good work Bob and Priscilla , and I
hope you enjoy retirement, you have earned it!
High quality buffing before plating, never a complaint from
them about anything.
And the outcome is just wonderful
And for once , I had a wrench plated...its pretty!
I should have a head by tomorrow
All assembled on a Remo Renaissance provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Acme Plating, you will be missed!
Pulling old wire to install 147 Stewmac
Slots will have to be deepened and widened for the new wire
Ready to work the slots
Slots repaired, installing Stewmac 147 wire.
Trimmed and filed edges and starting on the leveling
Rim assembly is hidden from dust .
After polishing, oiling the board
I decided that the moderate divots at 2 position be left alone.
They could be filled, and then look like filler and since they
pose no playability probs, I deemed that a step to leave out.
Final oiling completed, Lacquer wet sanded and buffed ready to
These parts were things not sent in for plating.
The tuner bodies are cast metal and too fragile to take the
The other pieces are not seen, so they all got Nikolas Brass
Lacquer with Gold
Ernie Balls for this setup
Remo Renaissance head provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Extra tie straps for resonator clips, I always tie back
Paramount, its a weak design.
If you had seen as many broken fallen off resonators as I
have. you would as well.
The tuner buttons as will all old MOP's is loose and I am
taping the shafts for more retention, a simple fix.
Housing are nice and bright, gears greased, tuning as they
The dowel set is flat in this Artcraft and the last guy made
a block to get the heel right for the action, perfectly
acceptable and I re-used it.
Banjo plays very well with good action up and down the board.
I enjoyed working with Joe on it and I hope he enjoys playing
this baby for years to come.
Now for a safe trip home!
Thanks for watching,Vinnie