Pat's Slingerland Maybell
Stripping checked varnish
binding sealed, ready for sealer
Repaired the one broken stanchion and fabricated one that was
New felt will go on at the end.
This must have happened in shipping, I saw it upon close
Close up makes it look worse than it is, I will dress that up.
Sidewall stripped, the back will be cleaned and sealed, then
clear over existing finish and applique.
You lose it if you sand at all, so a light scuffing is all it
I will hide the old checking in the new coatings.
Taking on clear
The Walnut of the neck is much lighter in color now that you can
see the clarity of the grain with the new clear.
The process used to get the anodized gold hardware with shiny
highlights was something easily done when you were making them
Acid etching, bead blasting, with templates and stencils were
some of the methods and when you are in a production run and
setup it is normal work.
Now, that process cannot cost effectively be reproduced unless
there is some really special reason to go that far.
So I am cleaning up the brass, and will use Nikolas Brass
Lacquer with gold infused.
This is an industry standard since the 1800's for brass
instruments like Trumpets, Sax's...
The satin look will be left inside the tone ring where it is not
Buffing parts and cleaning/laquering
That is its new look.
Waiting on head and tuners from supplier, I will have it fretted
and ready to assemble in the mean time.
Will install 147 Stew mac wire.
Level , crown, polish
DR string and Remo head provided by www.bedfordbanjoshop.com
Banjo plays very well with good downforce and string action
New tuners are very smooth, Nikolas finish added to the raw
Thanks for watching and thank you Pat, for your patience.