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Oct 30, 2020 - 2:00:44 PM
770 posts since 5/31/2004

Here's a functional piece of banjo history:

Thanks for looking!

Oct 30, 2020 - 2:27:05 PM
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7840 posts since 1/7/2005

Oct 30, 2020 - 2:32:02 PM

770 posts since 5/31/2004

Whew! I had no idea. I'll have to ask Corky about that. This is funny (to me).

Oct 30, 2020 - 4:42:38 PM

7858 posts since 8/28/2013

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

Oct 30, 2020 - 4:58:52 PM

1148 posts since 5/19/2018

I was thinking a modified old reloading setup, but I think the bottle capper is the right original use for this.

Absolutely genius.

Oct 30, 2020 - 6:04:01 PM

2960 posts since 2/18/2009

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.

Oct 30, 2020 - 6:23:56 PM



13072 posts since 8/30/2006

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.  

Best dreams through the next new years  (   ):)===='== : : }

Edited by - Helix on 10/30/2020 18:32:47

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