Here's a functional piece of banjo history:
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Looks like a modified bottle capper.
Whew! I had no idea. I'll have to ask Corky about that. This is funny (to me).
I agree that it looks like a modified bottle capper. In fact, I had considered making something like this at one time, but had very little success finding an inexpensive bottle capper, so I have stuck with the trusty "pound 'em in" method."
For what it's worth, I once had an orange squeezer that also could have been made into a fret press, but by the time I started doing any fret work, the darned thing had disappeared.
One of those things people use to crush cans for recycling might also be turned into a press, and there's always the drill press adaptation, too.
Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 10/30/2020 16:44:48
I was thinking a modified old reloading setup, but I think the bottle capper is the right original use for this.
It looks like it would work very well. I happened on an older 1/4 ton arbor press at an estate auction for $14 about 6 years ago and have been using it ever since, with brass cauls for different radii or flat fretboards. Anything that gives some leverage could be made to work, I imagine.
I brewed beer in the '60's in a 10 gallon crock with an aquarium heater. I had a capper with this taller throw for taller bottles, It's a viable press for an adaptive sub genius like Mr. Wirick. The reloaders I've seen have a shorter spine or reach. Start a banjo hangout museum to conserve certain items or instruments. Non profits are allowed to have some assets.
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Edited by - Helix on 10/30/2020 18:32:47
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