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Removing nickel plating
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Hi, I wonder if anyone has detailed  instructions for removing old nickel plating from brass banjo hardware and sanding/polishing in preparation for new plating as part of a restoration?I seem to…Continue

Tags: removing, hardware, brass, remove, silver

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Mar 16, 2017.

Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
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Hi All,I have a few pics from kind parties already, but really need close-up pics of all the identical CE patterns as are indicated in the attached photo for a restoration of my CE Special XX.  Can…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruari McLennan Mar 15, 2017.

CE XX Special Vancouver
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Hello, I'm a new member,I'm from Victoria, BC but first learnt to play clawhammer banjo in Aberdeen, Scotland from Ray Stewart. After years of fruitless searching for a Clifford Essex XX Special, I…Continue

Tags: restoration, Whyte Laydie, tone ring, restore, Special

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Nov 25, 2015.

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thereallyniceman replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Removing nickel plating
"I had no problem with the MOP inlays after the heat treatment and it has been a few years now. I am not surprised that your Special untwisted itself under tension.   Wood is not as thick as it looks ;-) Maybe keeping the heating temperature…"
Mar 16, 2017
marc dalmasso replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Removing nickel plating
"Well done , Ian  ____ and did the inlays had move up  after the job was done ?   BTW , the backward bow is usually more on the maple necks , i noticed ; On an early Spencer made ' CE special i buyed in 2004 ,…"
Mar 16, 2017
thereallyniceman replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Removing nickel plating
"When I bought my  CE Special XX it came from the estate of an old man who had died. The banjo had been in the loft storage are for at least 40-50 years and it seems that the strings had been removed but the banjo case was stood up leaning…"
Mar 16, 2017
Ruari McLennan replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Removing nickel plating
"Wow!  Count me in!  That would be great!  (You will know better than me, but if you have a YouTube account you could stick it up there and just post a link?)  As mentioned, because of the existence of full width 3 ply…"
Mar 15, 2017
Ruari McLennan replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
"Thank you very much (both of you) for the pictures!  Also, please thank Mrs.TRNM for the pics, they show the engraving quite well even where the blacking has disappeared!"
Mar 15, 2017
marc dalmasso replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
Mar 15, 2017
thereallyniceman replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Removing nickel plating
"I intend to prepare a banjo for re-plating in a few weeks time and will do a video of the full procedure if people would like to see? It could be a bit tricky for people who find practical things a challenge, but I strip the nickel and polish the…"
Mar 15, 2017
thereallyniceman replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
"Hi Ruari, I have taken a few photos but the quality is a bit poor. i hope can see most of the engraving, but the black filler has long gone. My camera has recently died and I had to recruit Mrsthereallyniceman, complete with mobile phone and wobbly…"
Mar 15, 2017
Ruari McLennan posted a discussion

Removing nickel plating

Hi, I wonder if anyone has detailed  instructions for removing old nickel plating from brass banjo hardware and sanding/polishing in preparation for new plating as part of a restoration?I seem to recall someone (Ian?) who had a chemistry background doing this and polishing before re-plating began, which led to a superb result.I did have something re-plated previously, but it left a line where the old finish met the brass, because the plater did not do a good job of removing the old plate and…See More
Mar 14, 2017
Ruari McLennan replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
"Hi, it's been 7 months since I last asked for help with engraving patterns for my "in restoration" CE Special X.  I wonder if TheReallyNiceMan could send me close-up pics of the inlays at frets 1,3,7,12,19 & 22 of his…"
Mar 14, 2017
thereallyniceman replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
"Hi Ruari, I added your photo to show close up of your banjo MOP. My Special XX is shown below but, as with Jody's, the MOP patterns are different to yours."
Aug 3, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?
"My Special XX has an entirely different inlay pattern."
Aug 3, 2016
Ruari McLennan posted a discussion

Engraving Pattern pics for CE XX Special?

Hi All,I have a few pics from kind parties already, but really need close-up pics of all the identical CE patterns as are indicated in the attached photo for a restoration of my CE Special XX.  Can kind members please help?…See More
Aug 2, 2016
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Nov 28, 2015
John Cohen replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion CE XX Special Vancouver
"I think high action is necessary to get more out of these instruments. 4-5mm action at the 12th fret is good (Measure from the top of the fret to the bottom of the string). Both of my CE banjos had been unmolested and had 5mm action at the 12th with…"
Nov 25, 2015
Ruari McLennan replied to Ruari McLennan's discussion CE XX Special Vancouver
"Thanks! Yes, my luthier Jim Ham is an expert and lover of old open back banjos as well as other stringed instruments and will take neck relief into account. Actually, the thing is warped quite a bit but I will investigate playing it as is, because…"
Nov 25, 2015

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