Monday, March 10, 2008
8:49 am pst
I have decided not to use Oscar Schmidt
fine tuners any more. I have a custom set that is all aluminum with
hard anodized cams that will resist grooving by the strings. These work
better, are half the weight, and are perfect parts that do not require
rework effort like the OS fine tuners typically do. These custom tuners
are more expensive than Oscar Schmidt, but I am not so sure the OS
tuners are better than none, any better choice at a lower price. They
are not for me, given any choice
My model B custom tuners are universal to
model A and B mounting. My model A luthier set is for 37 strings and
uses a cheaper cam, not hardened because they sit behind a bridge on a
model A type design.
Since these tuners are expensive,
installing them on a vintage Oscar Schmidt instrument may not be a
popular idea like it once was. The tuners may be worth more than the
rest of the instrument. Even OS dramatically increased the price of
their fine tuner assembly a couple years ago.
I recommend fine tuners. I just suggest that one accept that good parts made in the US are going to be relatively expensive.
I do not sell the fine tuner assembly as a part for do-it-yourself. I only install them in my shop on instruments I sell
or which are sent to me for upgrading. I could provide a quote, if interested.
New links page
8:37 am pst
Over the weekend I completed a long
overdue cleanup and update of my Links page. Everything works, and
there is some new stuff too. See the "Hot Links" object on the Home
page. Hope you find it useful.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Strap button no-nos
A customer's autoharp arrived back with a
strap button punched through the chipboard case. I had placed the strap
button on a US vintage model B down on the frame rail just around the
slight corner in the shape. So, the button would only partially rest on
the case bottom when the case was stood up. Well, apparently the box
was dropped. No other damage, but the strap button went right through
the case. I have cautioned before about strap button placement in this
area and now would say that the button needs to be completely around
that corner, so that when stood up the strap button would not quite
touch a flat surface. I believe that means the hole would be drilled
about in line with the pocket cut in the top to accept the slotted
aluminum anchor bar. A good location is not hard to judge. One can just
stand the instrument up on its broad edge and see about where the strap
button will freely slide under.
4:18 pm pst
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I have established this blog site to
centralize and organize all my musings about the autoharp, including
playing it, building it, repairing it, enhancing it, my business,
issues encountered with customer's instruments, any and all things
directly relevant to autoharps from my perspective and for the
consideration of others.
5:38 am pst
I am not the only one who knows anything about autoharps. I do however
enjoy writing and will take the time to share my experience and what I
have learned in over 30 years with the autoharp.
This blog is meant to engage other autoharp players and those with some
interest in the autoharp. It is not expressly intended to promote my
business. You will not find any hyperbole here or any persistent
suggestions that you buy something. You may become informed of what is
available. On the other hand, this site is not intended to promote
competition, so you may find some editing of anything that would
suggest that Autoharp Works would not be your first choice in where to
buy something that is in fact offered by Autoharp Works.