Well, I have bought my The Martin. Pics above, description below text. Its an Indiana and its bashed up a bit and I have paid 250 usd for it. Its another 80 odd to ship to Spain and I hope to get away with the duty. I usually do. Having read up since, I think the tone hole problem is a bit more serious than I thought, but I am fairly confident I can solder or braze the thing back on fair and square, though I may have to remove the guard as I guess the surrounding metal will be depressed. I have many questions about overhaul, I have read a good many of the threads here and am very impressed and have learned a lot. I have also followed links to other sites and have investigated online a good deal. Couple of questions to start off with, any help as always appreciated.
1. Thinking of removing the tone hole guard, I think by the pics its soldered on. Off, then on again, how will the metal react? Actually, writing this has slung me back 45 years to my days as an apprentice. There are different ways to cool heated joints. Leave them, put them in water, put them in oil. Age hardening rings a distant bell. Does that apply here? I have been out of that stuff for 35 years now. I can see that too much heating/cooling will not be good for the horn, would weaken it if not done right.
2. It seems that many people favour Reg Thorpe´s repair manual, any views? These books are dearer than I thought, I want to buy the best one.
3. Where to shop for a blowtorch and solder/brazing rods? I am not going to buy anymore tools or stuff till I get the horn and see what I need. I have basic tools and a few other bits and bobs. I also have an electric soldering iron but I cant see it will have enough clout to deal with this stuff. I use it for wiring in guitars and stuff.
I´m not so frightened of the repairs, its the final set up that I may have to send it away for. But we shall see.
horn has some dents, dings, scratches and worn finish .. keys move freely
resoldering has been done in spots .. tone holes are beveled .. pads are showing some age but most still look operable
the bottom back tone hole edge is separated from the body where the keyguard has dented in the back of the stack
there is an indian head on the bell .. comes with a neck, geo m. bundy #3 mouthpiece, neck plug and neck strap
case is worn and vinyl nicked in spots .. still operable with 2 latches and a handle
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