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Howard Emerson

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  1. Hello, Although it's way too late now, in preparing the cabinets for veneering I actually used a cabinet scraper on the front and back 3/4" edges to be more precise in the the removal of the paint. Believe me, there was NOTHING there, and I've since seen several black Heresy originals where the serial # or initials are clear as day. The MI on the back side edge was the only vestige of anything, and it now resides under veneer. Regards, Howard Emerson
  2. Hi Bruce, They're finished with Tru-Oil, a polymerized linseed oil that dries very quickly. I did it with 3 coat, lightly sanding in between coats. It basically looks like the wood is wet, but really doesn't change the color much. Howard
  3. Thank you kindly, Billybob! The final product looks good to me, and I'm sure it'll sound really good too! I should have them loaded up and situated in a day or so. Now I have to make a worthy 'hi-fi table' of some sort..........It's always something..... HE
  4. Hi Bruce, Thank you! I'm in Huntington Station, NY on Long Island. Here's the pair finally side by side, empty, waiting to have all the drivers, crossovers, etc re-installed:
  5. While I'm at it: A question regarding the Logo badges on the grill cloth: What are they attached with? I'm reasonably sure they're anodized aluminum that was then filled and wiped with black lacquer. The anodizing is funky on mine, and before I go doing something stupid it would be helpful to know what I can possibly do to 'renew' them just a little bit. If not they'll just be a badge of a life lived rough. Thanks! Howard
  6. Thanks for the kind words! I guess my reason is that I wanted something small, and when I saw these units that only required a round hole to install, I got them. It was simple and inexpensive, and frankly if all the JBL drivers I own have spring clips to hold the wire, then this is good enough for me! Long ago when I worked in a hi-fi store, I quickly grew immune to the nonsense products that people swore up and down would 'improve' the sound, but I'm in no way inferring that about binding posts. I've spent over 40 years touring & recording with major acts, doing studio work, and 5 CD's of my own compositions, etc, and if it sounds good to my ears then that's all that counts. 14 gauge lamp cord is all I need. It ain't sexy, but as long as I can feel the ridges on the 'positive' leg, I'm good:-) The other thing was that in searching older Heresy speakers I saw some really basic speaker connectors, compared to which the ones I got are high-tech. The ones mine came with were thick panel Switchcraft 1/4" jacks for phone plugs, although there were 2 small holes on either side which hints at something different from the factory. I did see some rather large binding post units on some newish Heresy models. Anyway.......thanks again! Howard
  7. More progress: Improved grill attachment & back fitting. Super Magnets instead of Velcro for the grill. Flush finish washers with SS oval head screws makes for a very clean look. Next up is adjustable height legs with pivoting feet and a skirt to cover them..... Howard Emerson
  8. Hi Bruce, Although I don't currently own a lap steel, I've owned a bunch of Gibson EH models and at one point while out on the road I found a Fender Champ set with the lap steel and amp. Glorious Mother Of Toilet Seat in all its splendor! Here's a shot of me playing it in 1976, somewhere, when I was touring with Billy Joel.....and no, I'm not plugged into the Acoustic 360 Bass amp in back of me:-). At this juncture I was playing through a Fender Twin Reverb with JBL's.
  9. Hi Marvel, I noticed the lap steel in your avatar is probably a Gibson, and isn't that the infamous P-13 pickup? Very cool. I've played lap steel and dobro since 1970 or so. Howard
  10. Hi Jimbo, I somehow missed your post! I'm clearly going in the nice furniture direction as you can see, but that Duratex would be great stuff if I get the incentive to refurbish the guitar case that originally came with my 1930 Gibson L-5 archtop guitar. It is REALLY beat up, and there's no way to find a covering that has the original look, and this Duratex looks like it would cover a host of issues easily! Thanks! Howard
  11. One down, basically.........aside from finish sanding, staining, finishing, an angle base, etc........but I like it.
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