Back in the shop, the '65 Slingerland went out the door to a very happy and satisfied drummer and in return I acquired an early to mid '60's Rogers WMP 22, 13, 16 shell set. It appears to be all there, but will need some fine tuning. It was definitely a players kit and it's showing signs of 50+ years of playing. The wrap is good and all the seems are tight. A little TLC and it'll be good to go. It should be ready to go out before Christmas, if anyone is interested.
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When I met with John Witt of Goodspeed machine, we talked about some of the obstacles I was having with the FH30. I explained to him I had a small hydraulic leak in the tail spindle and carriage rams, and he recommended that I fix them soon before placing the machine into production. In the past several days I've pulled the tail spindle ram to get the part number. I've ordered the rebuild kits from John to do the necessary maintenance on the rams.
Speaking of getting things done, I spent the better part of Sunday gathering up my thoughts and ideas for drumstick designs and putting them down on paper. I've been needing to do this so I can get these to the machine shop for Back Knife and template fabrication. It took awhile but it felt good once I was finished. I'm really excited about this. even though I used other drumsticks as models, the drumsticks that come out of Louisiana Backbeat will truly be crafted and unique. Looking forward to it :)
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Monday and Tuesday saw some good milestones in the shop. I made some adjustments to the template and tried another trial run for a stick. It's getting close and I'm very excited to see the progress! This machine is going to sing when it makes sticks and definitely different than anything I'm used to. After running a couple trials I decided it was time to teach myself how to sharpen the gouge. I have a gouge that had a bad edge on it and decided to clean it up and use the good gouge as a reference.
There's a lot more happening behind the scenes and I'll let ya know what's happening as it happens. I'm going to go head over to the shop and get a little done before lessons this afternoon. I've got a busy weekend coming up. A full day in the shop tomorrow and a double header gig scenario friday night. Saturday brings a short trip to pick up another machine for the shop. Exciting times with forward movement. Thanks everyone for keeping up with this endeavor.