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Apr 15, 2021 - 5:23:20 AM
86 posts since 4/9/2019

I picked up a nice ARCHTOP tone ring in a swap... was going to use it on an existing Archtop but afraid of damaging rim as the existing ring is on too tight to work off.. Looking for something to put her in - any thoughts... anyone willing to sell an ARCHTOP missing a tone ring?

Edited by - DocSavino on 04/15/2021 05:23:56

Apr 15, 2021 - 6:55:05 AM
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615 posts since 7/10/2012

I bet you could get that tight tone ring off, have you tried a little heat on it?

Apr 15, 2021 - 8:42:12 AM

86 posts since 4/9/2019

Heat ( hair dryer); cold (freezer for 1hr) ... wedges.... all fail.

Apr 15, 2021 - 9:12:40 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9893 posts since 1/22/2003

I've heard that the frying pan method always works. Put the rim/ring in a frying pan (no oil or butter needed) with the tonering on the frying pan and heat really well… Don't burn you fingers…

Apr 15, 2021 - 9:36 AM

86 posts since 4/9/2019

Gave up , heading to Luthier $75, best $$ spent!

Apr 22, 2021 - 6:47:58 AM
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RioStat

USA

5495 posts since 10/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by DocSavino

Gave up , heading to Luthier $75, best $$ spent!


Well......it's been a week...how'd it go with the luthier?

Inquiring minds want to know ! devilsmiley

Apr 22, 2021 - 6:56:05 AM
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57438 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by RioStat
quote:
Originally posted by DocSavino

Gave up , heading to Luthier $75, best $$ spent!


Well......it's been a week...how'd it go with the luthier?

Inquiring minds want to know ! devilsmiley


I am not surprised that your question was not in SPANISH!

Apr 22, 2021 - 7:53:46 AM

86 posts since 4/9/2019

Sorry, luthier could not get it done in time before we head away for the season... scheduled to have a luthier do it in Illinois when we arrive in Chicago.

Apr 22, 2021 - 8:36:05 AM
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Helix

USA

14060 posts since 8/30/2006

Dry skillet. 130 F is good to start
No water
No vinegar
Patience = 2 Tbsp to taste

I have read hide, titebond, epoxy & super glue all let go at 160 F
Some get assembled with wet lacquer

For a rig that’s been together for a while this can be like taking a barn apart 

wedges and such are logical,  a hairdryer is the right temp , but too dinky
That’s why low even heat is the perfect thing to expand your ring when upside down in a skillet


Now you know in case another luthier might be less experienced w banjos


 

Edited by - Helix on 04/22/2021 08:51:16

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