Premier Series 1 timps (part 2) (Job No: 1228)

It is a long time since I wrote part 1.  This is what happens when I don’t get paid; all incentive to do the subsequent jobs fade away.  Then of course when I do finally get paid, the work has to be rescheduled.  In the mean time I have a hundred and one other jobs to do and the weeks roll by.  The other side of not getting paid of course is that I can’t buy food, or pay my bills, but that whole concept fails to register with many of my customers!


Anyway, I digress (as usual).  So in part one I got to the point where the bases could be welded.  As you can see below, I have totally reformed and trnasformed the under side of the casting.


Another classic bodge job is just bolting a caster on when the big tilt stem has been lost.  The caster was held on with a 10mm bolt, the hole in the casting for the tilt stem is 19mm.  I find it staggering that anyone would think that that was going to work.


There is little that I can do with the resulting damage.  Fortunately, the casting is thick and the thread is coarse, so after re-tapping the holes, replacement tilt stems works well.  Easy job really if you have the equipment and the parts.  If you don’t have either, they shouldn’t be doing the job!


3 comments on “Premier Series 1 timps (part 2) (Job No: 1228)

  1. Karl Sheen

    OOH! shiny!! premier should hire you as a technical consultant! too often are instruments made by “engineers” who dont understand the practicalities. Instruments should be designed by musicians for musicians, if not a musician then someone who knows the practical mechanics of these things……reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons where Homer Simpson designs a “family car”

    • pauljefferies

      I would argue that instruments should absolutely not be designed by musicians. Musicians play instruments, their skill set is different to that of an instrument maker. As an instrument maker my job is to interpret what musicians are saying to me, then I design and make the solution. So for me, musicians are obviously involved in the process, but they have limited input in the process because they have little to offer at that stage, it is at the culmination of a project that their opinion is the final assessment. I will however take your advice and see what Homer has to say because I might have it all wrong!

      • pauljefferies

        That reply is not quite right. You said instruments should be designed by musicians for musicians. Yes and no. The observations and feedback from musicians has been instrumental (no pun intended) in the way I approach my job, and has led to concepts that I have been exploring for years. So musicians have an empirical understanding of how the instruments work, but only from one perspective. I have spent 20 years learning that life is not that straight forward.

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