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Comment by Rick Heenan on August 11, 2011 at 4:54pm
Beautiful work Edward.
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 4:42pm
Nope the piano was old and untunable but still they kept it. When they went to move, being too poor to get piano movers it decided to fight going up the ramp of the rental truck and took a dive to the side halfway up! What was left was not worth or afford-ably repaired, so she chipped off the tops of all the keys and bagged them for me. Alas, the piano is gone, the girl is gone, but the tops of those keys will go on forever imbedded in my guitars! Thanks, Ed
Comment by Jay P. on August 11, 2011 at 2:28pm
I have to agree with Christopher, stunning work Edward. I'm convinced I'm in the right place. Been an AG subscriber since forever, I kick myself for waiting so long to log on with this site.

Re: Ivory...Did they have to shoot the piano to get at the Ivory??:-)

Jay P.
Comment by Christopher Cozad on August 11, 2011 at 9:23am



and regarding the ivory - Name Cleared!  and kudos for such clever recycling ;~}



Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 9:19am

Thanks Christopher,

Just as a side note to my ivory bird inlays...ivory is illegal and so just to clear my name...

The inlayed doves adorning the fingerboard and head are made of ivory culled from the tops of old piano keys from a piano that no longer needed them.


Here is a closeup of the inlay on the body of the 8 string...




Comment by Christopher Cozad on August 11, 2011 at 6:40am
Nice work, Edward! Very nice.

Comment by Edward Sparks on August 10, 2011 at 9:28pm

Hi Jay P.  Yes, I have lots of experience with inlay...when you are ready for Q&A, just give me a holler! Here are a few of my instruments that I inlaid.  The falcon and the birds on the 8 string are ivory.   Edward

Comment by Jay P. on August 10, 2011 at 7:00pm

Thank you gents, and pardon my lag in reply; sometimes I am far from computerland. Ed, your link is spot on, and I never thought to look to Stewart-MacDonald. I have a copy of catalog #127, and some of the bits on page 30 look perfect. Robin, I have to go with the probability that the worse glue to use is what was used. I think I can do this with my flex shaft on my Dremel. I do have a magnifying work light that will give plenty of light. I plan to use the saddle from my Framus 12-string as a starting point for the new saddle. 


Edward, if this goes well, I may try my hand @ some simple inlay work on the ebony bridge, have you and experience with inlays?


Thanks again Gents!


Jay P.

Comment by Ed Mehollin on August 5, 2011 at 9:17am
Yep. It is free and informative.
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 5, 2011 at 5:14am
Since I build instruments, I use Stewmac alot!  You should go to their site and sign up for the Trade Secrets Newsletter.  Even if you don't built or repair they are really interesting!  Edward

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