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Monday, March 10, 2008

Fine tuners
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.
8:49 am pst

New links page
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.
8:37 am pst

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Recreational music making in groups (having fun, socializing) does not define the scope of using the autoharp. Some like to play alone, perhaps with special tunings, and some want to excel and be credible solo or band performers. Using the autoharp at whatever level just to sooth your soul is fine too, call it "fun" if you will, but advancement of the autoharp is not in having autoharps owned in greater numbers, more folks "just like me". It is in making an impressive public presentation and in providing instruments of a quality that inspires people to spend time with the autoharp and to be better players.