After Dexter turned down the tail spindle and I got it back from him, I was able to reinstall it and make some much needed alignment adjustments. As it turns out, the FH30 is in really good shape, but nearly 40 years of production have put some wear on the way causing the tail block and carriage to not align with the head spindle. My big challenge was aligning the tail block. I spoke with John @ Goodspeed about shortly after I was in New England. He recommended shims under the tail block. He stated that this element of the machine was set at the factory. I can understand that after working with this machine for the past several months. I took John's advice and scoured my shop for a suitable shim. Something a little thicker than 1/16" and that turned out to be one thing... drum wrap. I had a piece of scrap inexpensive wrap from a job, supposedly .020' thick. It was and it did the job. The tail spindle cup center is now in alignment with the head spindle.
I also taught my regular days of lessons on tuesday and thursday afternoon at Acadiana School of the Arts, along with saturday in retail at Scott's Drum Center. I've been helping my brothers out for the for the holiday season. Brad and I have been discussing getting my sticks in the shop. Everything is going very well. As soon as I have the product, they will be at the drum center. Keep an eye out in either January or February.
The coming two weeks I am on holiday from lessons. It will be very productive although very tight. It will be good to be around family and friends over Xmas and New Years. I'm finding that the presence of friendship and family is helping through my holiday blues. Lately, when I feel the blues of missin' my momma, I remind myself of how proud she was/is that I am doing what I chose in life and being successful with my life's endeavor. Music, Drums and Craftsmanship have been a powerful part of my life ever since I can remember. I am happy that I am finally bridging the gap to put all my skills together.
Thanks Mom and Dad!
'til later... HAPPY HOLIDAYS!