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Nov 26, 2021 - 4:03:42 PM
2 posts since 2/28/2018

Is anyone using titanium for banjo any banjo parts?

Nov 26, 2021 - 6:31:18 PM
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TLG

USA

1620 posts since 10/11/2004

There was a guy in Florida , I think, that made RR spikes , I installed them on 1 banjo for a client & have a couple left.
There are also titanium fret wire.

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:31:02 PM
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Nov 26, 2021 - 9:21:30 PM

92 posts since 12/27/2019

Carter Vintage guitars has a current listing for a custom Rickard open-back banjo, configured with a whyte laydie tone ring in titanium. Makes me very curious to learn more about the tone characteristics of titanium vs. brass.

Nov 26, 2021 - 10:21:35 PM

rmcdow

USA

1053 posts since 11/8/2014

I use 5 mm titanium rod for coordinator rods and the rod through a Rudy rod. I thread them and bought hex nuts to fit.

Nov 27, 2021 - 4:36:55 AM
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Helix

USA

15048 posts since 8/30/2006

Rives sent me a piece of rod, it won't stop vibrating, the sustain is long lasting.

Just sayin', it take s a ton of ore to make a tablespoon of titanium.

Nov 27, 2021 - 2:38:27 PM

rmcdow

USA

1053 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

Rives sent me a piece of rod, it won't stop vibrating, the sustain is long lasting.

Just sayin', it take s a ton of ore to make a tablespoon of titanium.


Actually, ilmenite, the black sand you see in streaks on beaches in southern California, and is the primary mineral mined for titanium (90% of mined titanium comes from ilmenite), is 31.552% titanium by mass.  It also contains iron, and is magnetic.  I use it in my black sand tray, and interesting patterns can be made with magnets.

Nov 28, 2021 - 5:33:33 AM

14144 posts since 6/29/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rmcdow
quote:
Originally posted by Helix

Rives sent me a piece of rod, it won't stop vibrating, the sustain is long lasting.

Just sayin', it take s a ton of ore to make a tablespoon of titanium.


Actually, ilmenite, the black sand you see in streaks on beaches in southern California, and is the primary mineral mined for titanium (90% of mined titanium comes from ilmenite), is 31.552% titanium by mass.  It also contains iron, and is magnetic.  I use it in my black sand tray, and interesting patterns can be made with magnets.


I'm familiar with the black sand on the beach being titanium, and always thought that to be strange since the most common white oil and acrylic paint of the artist variety is titanium white.

Nov 28, 2021 - 8:18:44 AM

rmcdow

USA

1053 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Ken LeVan
quote:
Originally posted by rmcdow
Actually, ilmenite, the black sand you see in streaks on beaches in southern California, and is the primary mineral mined for titanium (90% of mined titanium comes from ilmenite), is 31.552% titanium by mass.  It also contains iron, and is magnetic.  I use it in my black sand tray, and interesting patterns can be made with magnets.

I'm familiar with the black sand on the beach being titanium, and always thought that to be strange since the most common white oil and acrylic paint of the artist variety is titanium white.


The white in paints is TiO2, which can be made by heating up titanium until it is white hot and catches on fire (not recommended without welding glasses and done outdoors).  Ilmenite is similar to hematite as it contains iron.  Both are oxides, but in titanium dioxide there are no unpaired electrons, which makes the material reflect white in color and not magnetic.  Titanium white is typically derived from ilmenite.  When I am hiking in the mountains or on the beach, I almost always carry a magnet with me to locate ilmenite, magnetite, and franklinite, as those point to other interesting minerals in the area.  When panning for gold, one of those three minerals is usually the black sand that shows up in the bottom of the pan with the gold after the lighter sands are washed away, as they have a higher specific gravity than the other minerals (around 5).

Nov 30, 2021 - 7:19:08 PM

115 posts since 2/7/2017

The company Materialise can 3D print titanium parts. I've never tried it though.

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