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  1. Prostheta

    Firebird "ish"

    Very much by the numbers, Peter. This is exactly how my Firebirds are being built also. Question; is the grain direction parallel with the body or the neck? The blanks prepared for mine both have the headstock and the body falling away either side of the neck plane. Sorry if this has already been clarified. I'm on the mobile at work!
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I hope you don't fall foul of citrus Hitler's recent fuckery having caused this at the IRS: From the empty, shutdown IRS, automated processes are sending out property seizure notices, and no human can stop them https://boingboing.net/2019/01/14/untouched-by-human-hands.html
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    Firebird "ish"

    People say a lot of things! Sustain is a silly concept and a poor marker for representing good vs bad. Subjective is putting it lightly. Of course differences exist however nobody puts anything real on the table when it comes to how great that difference truly is. Generally, building an instrument well and paying attention to good mating faces whether they're a glued scarf or a bolt on pocket produces far more favourable and measurable differences. I think people put too much stock in woo and paranoia.
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    Firebird "ish"

    I'd say that it doesn't. At least, not as much as people like to believe.
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    Firebird "ish"

    I guess it depends on what you want from the carbon rods. If it's additional neck stiffness, you've covered the areas where the neck bends most (fifth through say, over twelfth....depends on the neck in question) so the rest is cosmetics and OCD really! I've never been a fan of laminated scarf joints on the basis that they include unnecessary short grain paths through the neck profile. Essentially, the same short grain issue that plagues all non-scarfed Gibson-style necks! In general, scarfing a neck blank for a Gibson-type build is a good idea whatever the purists might say in that regard. Adding the problem back in can seem a bit weird though. In reality the fingerboard and acute angle of a scarf provides a broader plane within the cleavage area compared to a single piece neck. I had to say it. It's very nicely-done though, which is the main thing. I've seen a few people attempt this and make a right mess of the whole affair. When it comes to critical structural points, you can't afford to get sloppy or do half a job. Love the marking up. Good layout adds another level of checking to ensure good work. Like I said, a thread that I can't not watch
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Like an absolute god, @Mr Natural took it upon himself to stick it to the man and send over a festive care package (actually two, story in that) to good ol' Suomi. What was in my fridge? Well, amongst the garlic yoghurt we had these sweet little numbers: Natch advised swishing around that Alpha Abstraction due to the huge amount of unfiltered hop residue. Good advice as it turned out....I started out with the Tropicália: Straight off the bat, Nina stated it reminded her of the Mufloni (local hero brewery) mandarin IPA and saison. I didn't see that until the thorough examination was done to the end I'm not a sweet toothed kind of guy, however the smooth mango-y passion fruit-y smell and taste was fantastic. Juicy, and I'd imagine that far too many of these would be consumed if they were available, along with a nice sunny day. Glorious stuff. Not sticky and cloying, enough of a beer resemblance so that it doesn't start straying into "alcoholic fruit punch" territory. I'd like to see more of this over this side of the pond. I couldn't not break into the Automatic. That would be rude. Now this one hit me straight away with a flavour that I recognised, along with some spicy resiny herby notes. I couldn't get past how much it reminded me of lemon barley water....that soft dry mouthfeel with the light cleansing lemony citrus. I loved this one. Really sweet choice Natch. Pairing this with the Tropicalia was a great idea. How's the coincidence of me photo'ing it in front of oranges and some decorative juniper? I couldn't wait to get into this one. Natch's description made it seem like a Georgian parallel to my local fave, Mufloni CCCCC IPA. Unfiltered, hazy and unashamed. It poured thickly. Really thickly. The tropical fruit smells (mango? pineapple?) carried right over into a mouthfeel like it had been made from purée'd pineapple. Very heavy, which I guess is the massive amount of dry hopping this stuff has clearly had. You couldn't have many of these without cleansing your palate with a couple of Automatics (cough). It doesn't betray its strength, and could pass for a beer half its ABV thanks to the overwhelming blueberry and fruit coming from all that Mosaic hopping. I suspect Natch might have thought that this was in the same league as CCCCC IPA, however I'd disagree. Perhaps a different game than different or similar class. Both equally good at what they do in very different ways. CCCCC isn't thick or "full" with the hops themselves, and being more along the Citra (plus Colombus, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial) line than Mosaic it lets more of the base malt through. Enough that it isn't as hop-dominant as you'd expect for 100+ IBUs with heavy dry hopping. Regardless, both of these would be go-to's if they were available side by side. Wild Leap and Creature Comforts are doing Georgia a grand service with these offerings. As we've discussed, I just wish there was a stronger and more fertile market here. Finnish tastes are more refined than they used to be, but not so much that spectacular brews like these are popping up left right and centre. Mufloni seem to know the game and are pioneering some sweet brews, but still somewhat tame and mainstream in comparison. Time for a glass of Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Cheers!
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    Firebird "ish"

    Hey Peter! Looking like a great project. I've got two 'birds on the back burner which have been sat there for about a year. I'll be looking forward to seeing this one progress voyeuristically on that basis
  8. Triton are a distinctly budget-end brand, producing many of the basic power tools and machines a guitar-maker could take advantage of at a very reasonable price point. Their thicknessers, routers, cordless hand tools, etc. all sit within very tempting price ranges that makes one consider whether the saving is worth a potential lack of quality, cheesy looks, performance and end results. Triton is a sub-brand of Powerbox International Ltd. who also control Silverline, GMC and several other brands. The TSPS450 is your typical Far East mass-produced import, not specifically a Triton design; they are simply bought in under the orange livery and branded "Triton". A casual search turns up the same unit branded in several different branded guises.... The list of brands this machine appears under is almost unending. We've got Sheppach, Draper, Performax, Harbor Freight, Grizzly and Shop Fox in there along with Triton and some random in-house or "online only" brands. The only commonality between these brands is their target market; the home gamer. Triton is actively levering itself into the tool-buyer's consciousness as a more mainstream alternative to real name brands than some generic obvious-import fringe company....even to the point of them heavily sponsoring YouTubers, furnishing them with masses of cheap orange and black plastic tools, or putting their tools into the hands of prominent reviewers for free....nothing generates biased positive reviews, glosses over low quality and rounds over the rough edges as much as sponsorship or free stuff, right? At €230 this wasn't the most expensive or cheapest unit out there, but on paper it seems the most likely "go-to" machine. Unlike sponsored reviews, we can honestly tell you if this hurts or not. On some levels it did, however Triton seem to thrive at this price point; there is little else at this one. The alternative of course is paying a lot more or not having a spindle sander at all. What it all comes down to is whether the unit performs as expected, that the underlying design is good and that the value is there. Are you getting a good enough machine for the money? Underneath it all, one has to bear in mind that these are produced in numbers that have flooded the spindle sander market and are primarily built down to a price, not up to a spec. Everything that can be made cheaper generally is, and they are often engineered for disposability on some level that isn't necessarily covered as an issue of failure under warranty, or fail just beyond your warranty period. Welcome to the 21st century. ----==---- What is an oscillating spindle sander? Oscillating spindle sanders are a simple machine from the cheapest to the most expensive. A spindle centred in a flat work bed rotates at a few thousand RPM (in this case, 2000RPM) whilst simultaneously oscillating vertically. A sanding sleeve fits over a (usually rubber) drum which is in turn fitted to the spindle. Unlike a simple single-action spindle, the oscillating motion hugely reduces scoring lines from waste buildup on the drum, recycles a larger area of the abrasive media and produces a cleaner, more uniform result. More advanced units have tilting tables, several sizes of spindle, flush-fit inserts, more powerful motors and highly durable drive mechanisms with precise concentric action. For guitar-makers, a spindle sander is an ideal tool for any number of operations. Most apparent is their ability to shape and refine the edges of a workpiece such as inside the cutaways of a body or headstock profile. Equally, they are adept at shaping your routing templates, dialling in contours around the back of the neck, sanding in tummy cuts or working within any other sort of light profile. ----==---- Description The Triton TSPS450 is a light-duty benchtop spindle sander. It features a 450w fixed-speed brushed motor driving a single spindle and its oscillation motion through a dual belt drive. Five drum sizes are included; 19mm, 26mm, 38mm, 51mm and 76mm. Six corresponding sizes of sanding sleeve are supplied, including a small 13mm sleeve designed to run directly on the spindle without a drum. Each of the six sizes have a matching plastic table insert allowing for fine work up to the drum itself. An extraction port at the rear allows the unit to be hooked up to a shop vac or central extraction system. Controls comprise a single covered magnetic safety power switch at the front. The working area is a 370mm x 295mm cast iron bed, whilst the body of the unit is a large moulded plastic shell. Drums, inserts and tools can be stored around the unit for easy access. Setup of the unit is very straightforward. Fit a sanding sleeve over the correct drum, drop it onto the spindle, add the top washer and crank down the nut until the rubber compresses slightly, gripping the sleeve. Drop on the appropriate table insert for the drum size, and you're away. Internally, the unit is simple. The mains lead hooks up directly to the front power switch. The power supply circuitry appears to be a simple full-wave "AC to almost DC" rectifier with basic noise suppression to prevent it pushing dirt back into your local supply. Nothing amazing by any means. ----==---- Breakdown 450w is powerful enough for most needs, however it easily labours with the larger drums when defining deep contours and sanding larger surface contact areas. Its stock removal capability is adequate, but it must be borne in mind that 450w is still on the low side for this kind of work and sanders are not really stock removal tools. This is definitely a machine more suited to refining and light shaping. Taking a neck blank from square and dialling in a contour around the back soon pushes the motor to its limit. Within those limits however, the machine operates admirably. The spindle is concentric enough that it doesn't vibrate or chatter against the workpiece and doesn't easily deflect if you get heavy-handed with pressure. The magnetic on/off power switch is a nice simple safety feature that I appreciate fully. Should the unit experience a loss of power (breaker going, power cut, etc) the switch automatically defaults to its off position, ensuring the unit does not restart unexpectedly when power returns. The power cable itself is permanently attached with no provision for it to be stowed in the unit when not in use. The best you can hope for is to weave it around the drums at the back of the unit or over and around the spindle....neither of which is ideal. The unit is recommended as being mounted to a benchtop via the bolt holes in the base, however a detachable/replaceable power cable would be a very welcome feature. Rubber feet under the bolt holes keep the unit in place if not secured and reduce vibrations through to the bench if it is. Extraction is as adequate as it can be; when working on pieces any thicker than a couple of inches, or sanding anywhere above the table dust escapes rather than being drawn down through the perforated inserts. This is common to any machine that offers 360° access around the spindle; only an extraction shroud could guarantee 100% waste removal, but these restrict freedom of work and reduce machine usefulness. The plastic table inserts aren't entirely flush with the table surface, and simply sit in place with no magnetic retention or securing mechanism. For the most part this is of little issue, however working small components using narrower diameter drums can leave you hunting for a good 90° reference; if the workpiece is not firmly seated on the iron work surface, the plastic inserts leave little guarantee that your work will be presented to the drum evenly. In the long term I would opt for making a set of specifically-thicknessed inserts (possibly with epoxied magnets to better secure them in place) that fit flush. Analysis You can't make any bones about this; the unit is LOUD. As to the cause of this excessive noise, I'm unsure. Certainly, having the rotary and oscillation action driven by two toothed belts doesn't help matters, and neither does having an enormous plastic echo chamber. Under no load the machine measured 84dB at 1m. Considering that extraction and sanding add their own noise factors, plus closer proximity than 1m during work....you need to be wearing proper ear protection around this machine. No joke. The internal design demonstrates directly how it's built down to a price and not up to a standard. Important parts such as bearings for the main spindle are housed in plastic; thankfully one that appears to be more appropriate for the task even though any plastic is far from ideal in this context. No markings were visible, however glass fibre reinforcement could be felt when scored with a blade and guessed at by how worn out the moulds look from the finish. Another clue on how cut the corners are is material choice; common reinforced engineering plastics such as glass fibre reinforced polyamides (PA6-GF30 for example) are not expensive of themselves, however they wear moulds out in no time. Replacing those is a very real cost factor and significant manufacturing choices are often made off the back of this. Even when reinforced plastics are used, it is common to see moulds being pushed beyond their best with poor quality moulded parts as a result. The main housing and its bottom plate are manufactured from cheap polypropylene with zero structural reinforcement; roughly half the material cost of stiffer and far more durable reinforced polyamides and cheap to mould. PP has a comparatively-low melting point and below freezing, becomes tough and brittle. It looks and feels cheap, mostly because it is. Only the crucial parts that require a good quality plastic seem to receive it, and even then I presume that conversations were had around the cooler in Mao's Dollar Store as to whether these could be made even cheaper. The real coffin nail is that the review unit developed an electrical fault in use. Lightly edge sanding a small piece of 20mm Birch, a loud arcing was heard along with the ozone smell and an immediate reduction in motor speed. How damaging this was is unknown; it seemed to work after powering down and back up again. No magic smoke seemed to have been let out of the power supply board so it can only be assumed that the fault occurred in the commutator. Damaged insulation on the windings? Needless to say, the unit went straight for return. ----==---- Conclusion An electrical fault wasn't the failure mode I would have expected based on initial examination, and I didn't expect a failure this soon either. Whilst I went into this review with expectations of mediocre performance and long-term durability issues, I was surprised that the opposite was more or less true. In use, the machine performs wonderfully within its range of capability but shit the bed with less than a couple of hours on the clock. Would it suit a weekend or occasional builder? Yes, I think it would if this fault isn't a common one. Beyond that - occasional light use - its reliability from basic build quality really needs to be called into question. Bearings and drive mechanisms that see significant vibration and sideload retained and aligned by plastics is a bad sign, even when engineering plastics such as a PA66-GF30 are used. Occasional use will see it through the three-year warranty, and PowerBox can wash their hands of it. Any reasonably demanding expectations will call the strength of that warranty into question. This machine demonstrably costs a tiny fraction of its retail price to manufacture, and a failure in the field is easy to soak up through a straight replacement over repair. Whether your warranty is honoured without it costing you money for returns is a different matter altogether, especially with online or big box store warranties having obstructive procedures. Often that alone is enough to discourage customers chasing a warranty claim. If you're an occasional hobby builder, it's a good purchase whichever guise you find it in, Triton, Sheppach, or whatever. It is recommended that you establish the conditions of the warranty and returns process prior to purchase wherever you buy it. Fire an email and get it in writing, or buy it from a brick and mortar store who will personally handle a returns procedure if required. Beyond these recommendations, you will more than likely find this machine running through its warranty period with little real issue. Keep your eyes open for vibrations developing in the spindle, that kind of thing. Given the right circumstances this should be a champ, but it might just crap out from being churned out in thousands with no appreciate QA/QC. note: The "Triton Guarantee" of 3yrs is only valid for 30 days from the day of purchase unless the product is registered with Triton directly! This of course does not necessarily affect your statutory consumer rights.... ----==---- edit 1: In preparation for this review, contact was made with Triton/PowerBox International's media relations over the problem experienced with this unit. ProjectGuitar.com's policy is to allow manufacturers to have a voice in the event of us intending to publish negative comments as part of a review. It makes sense to clarify any potential misunderstandings and relate as factual a review to you guys as is possible. Electrical issues however cannot be subject to simple misunderstanding. Even if a machine seems to operate correctly after a fault occurs. Straight out, it needs sorting. Triton/PowerBox have refused to engage meaningfully, so we can only report what is seen in front of us as this is what you would see in front of you. The machine is out for return to the local supplier who have graciously agreed a replacement with no questions asked. Props to our supplier. edit 2: Unpackaging the replacement unit, we found the 1,5" sanding drum to be missing.
  9. Prostheta

    Triton TSPS450 Oscillating Spindle Sander

    Definitely. It might be light duty and made to a price rather than a standard, but it fits the bill for jobs such as those. Thickenessing headstocks would be easier if the cast top had more flat areas under the skirt. Clamps just need a bit more support there.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    You're not wrong!
  11. Sorry that you feel this way. It isn't and never will be the simplest discussion to have since there are people firmly entrenched in both camps. It has to be realised that both arguments can be fought for equally well since there are so many variables and caveats. Knowing this helps further understanding, rather than dig oneself into dogmatic thought, man.
  12. It's also very easy to refer to information that confirms one's bias whilst ignoring those to the contrary. Darrell's videos are good in many ways however don't have a thorough methodology. Making assumptions limits the scope of what you're attempting to "prove". I think what WAS proven is that the guitar used was thoroughly dependant on pickups for driving the sound, if anything. That said, I challenge him to do this again with a good example of a 50s Strat!
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Bit of copper wire, base plate and some steel. Not so much.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Damn, dude.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I know a joke here.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Better than a goat or a corpse.
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    Bronze guitar

    Very very cool. Never apologise for anything when you're a productive creator. Think, do, make, repeat. If you need to play around with form and space, how about physical models in 1:1 from something like floral foam or whatever? That's easy to shape with knives, hot wire, etc. and gives you an immediate sense of scale and ergonomics. Other than the piercing bits, which don't hold up in foam
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    Let's give this another try

    Oddly enough, I spotted the ball handle mount and it screamed "old school" to me. You don't see those much.
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    Let's give this another try

    I love it. I think that style of bench with the extended skirts is going to be better for working pieces. Perhaps with a few holes drilled for dogs/clamps and you're good to go! Nice potentially vintage vise there?
  20. Sorry guys - going to post this one right away. Living without a permanent desktop computer, so routines have become a bit up in the air. January/February should see a bit more of a return to normality at this end. My fault entirely! Congrats on your second GOTM bagging Chris! Hoping to try and snag your second GOTY?
  21. "Good wood" is always better than so-called "tone wood". Straight grain, stable for it's intended use, etc.
  22. I'm of the opinion that you can factor out material contributions in most cases. Dump an EMG-81 into any instrument and this becomes abundantly clear. The opposite is true of say, a PAF clone in something like an ES-335. That combination is highly influenced by the woods. Body shape. Hmm. To a degree. I'd be more inclined to say that thickness, density, etc. have more effect than the mere outline. My thin 32mm bass has a rather large shape in spite of the thin body. The result is a spanky and quick sound, both acoustically and through the Music Man pickup. The relationship is there. Like I say, plenty of cases prove what people want to hear and plenty disprove. It's best saying that it can be made a factor if one chooses to. That sweet '59 LP will sing like a turd with EMGs.....
  23. I neglected to add in about microphonic pickups. Lightly potted pickups can be pretty responsive to the wood also. Not so much that you'd regard the wood as "tone wood" or whatever, however I didn't see it as useful. Mostly because you can't design for it that well in most cases. Still, a nice Les Paul with low wind count lightly potted pickups speak from the wood and not just the strings. As Wes says, we're not here to convince. Just to illustrate and further the conversation. It's a shame that you "can't ever be convinced" as this leads to dogmatic thinking and a lack of openness man. There's always something to learn and new things to discover which is what makes guitars a lifelong obsession, not simply a static thing.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Ol' Brown Eyes Is Back?
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