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Ahh, the smell of sweet music

In Antique Repair and Service, Clocks and Time Pieces, Guitars and Amplifiers on January 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

there was an old blokeOne of my husband’s latest jobs was to fix an amplifier that lead to fixing a guitar.  I hope the next line will be just like “The Old Lady who swallowed a fly“, or in his case, “There was an old bloke who swallowed a chook.”  At this present moment however, Mike does have two clocks backed up in waiting for attention. Can you swallow the clock along with the amplifier and the guitar?  Of course, we had to look up what chook meant.  My Australian friends are probably laughing at me.

Mischief & clock

Now of course, this is how all the projects begin.  The cats, a.k.a. our furry children, must first approve what we work on.  Maybe something like, putting their scent of approval on it?  Leaving a lasting impression shall we say?

Lady in Guitar Case

And then as you can see, Lady P (short for Lady Pavlova, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova) begins to take her nappy nap.  Mischief, the fat cat, does the same.  It’s tiring you know?  All these antiques & other people’s stuff that hold such smells?

Sacked out with the guitar

Since I should have some meat on the bone, and not entirely writing this entry about our three furry children, we will share with you the sweet sound of this guitar repair.  (The other cat Noir, rarely naps or investigates the goods.  He’s another story all on his own)

This particular guitar (owned and played by Jeff Baldori from the 60’s band, The Woolies.  He also played with Chuck Berry) was an
Epiphone Riviera Deluxe  finished in cherry red.  Pretty, and pretty beat up (Mike called it “well loved”).  As stated above, this project came directly after Mike had worked on his Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.  We love chain reactions! Plus, it’s ridiculously fun to work on musical equipment and with their owners.  The complaint per our client was that he couldn’t select the bridge pickup with the selector switch; only the neck pickup.  He said that the guitar tech that previously worked on the Epiphone told him that the switches go bad from time to time and that the one the tech put in would eventually go bad as well.  Mike couldn’t understand why the original tech didn’t offer to put in a good switch (switch craft) instead of constantly replacing inferior switches.  So that is what he did.

This process is fairly intricate because the switch has to be brought out through the F hole of the body of the guitar.  Fat fingers not recommended. After the switch was extracted the wires were desoldered from it and the new switch soldered to the wires.  I must brag at my husband’s meticulous soldering technique.  I am always amazed at how perfect his joints look.  Switch was then reinstalled going back through the F hole.  That darn F hole :-).  Test that new switch and then “see how they run”!

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The next step was to clean all that DNA off the guitar.  From many exciting performances there were plenty of sweat streaks and smudges all over from head stock to strap button.  Removing the Bigsby vibrato /Whammy Bar in order to begin the cleansing process, Mike decided to use 0000 steel wool to remove some of those stubborn stains.  Yes, that bad.  He then further disassembled the Bigsby and lubricated the pivot points with silicone grease.  Setting aside the Whammy Bar after reassembling it, Mike then went after the body of the guitar.  Satisfied with the Epiphone’s shine the fret board was cleaned and oiled with fret board oil. To match the tone control knobs, two new volume control knobs were installed.  Not as hard as that switch and cleaning DNA.  The Bigsby was reinstalled and then the guitar was restrung with a new set of GHS Boomers 09-46 strings, a company right here in Battle Creek, Michigan!


I photographed this grand event and partook in the wine drinking as well.  Mr. Baldori was needless to say, extremely pleased and has just finished his latest album using his Epiphone and his amplifier fixed by yours truly, Michael DeBruin from MidWest Antique Sales & Repair/Forever Bound Art.

I think it’s time for a nap.


My Tarzan Call

In Furniture, Inspirational, Uncategorized on December 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

TarzanYodelAhhhAhhhAhhhAhhh!  Mind you that The Tarzan Call is quite like a yodel and has many octaves. Carol at her finest.  Or maybe it’s her silliest?  Like my other favorite star, Lucille Ball, these women played many roles.  From Miss A’ Wiggins to Scarlett O’Hara and Lucy as a chocolatier to a grape stomper.  My life ladies and gentlemen.  Where’ve I been?  Why Stomping grapes and wearing curtains.  Well, not exactly, but close.


Since my trip to the Country Living Fair you haven’t seen much in the blog entires.  Those of you who follow us on Facebook have had a better time keeping track of our busy growing business! Let me tell you, boy have we played the roles!  Mike and I decided to lease a 12×12 space in an antique mall since writing to you all this past October.  What fun and strategy that took.  Getting our antiques moved there (first locating them throughout the entire house!) and how to decorate our new store proved time-consuming!  Like I said, fun but lots of thought-provoking strategy.  With grand adventure that meant refinishing furniture a tad faster.  I’m here to tell you, people are buying American Furniture!  We’ve sold more furniture “than you can shake a stick at.”   Side story: yes that last phrase is a bit strange, I admit.  My husband, the former cop.  When I met that man I never knew that he’d come with more lines “than you can shake a stick at.” I guess they’ve stuck on me now.  Apparently, police officers spend a lot of time standing around coming up with very descriptive ways to describe the situation better than another.  You know how important cop stories are don’t you?  Wait till you get the opportunity to hear a bunch of RETIRED cops chatter.  Oh boy.  You might end up “Hauling the Mail” to get out of there, or maybe you will hang around to make sure “everything is according to Hoyle“.  I mean that is “S.O.P.” (standard operating procedure) Honestly, it’s just part of my adorable husband.  That man keeps me humored all day.  So needless to say with us,  part of these past months must be chartered to how much fun we’ve had!

LeapingCarolAs some of you may know, I am the lead singer in a rock and roll band.  Sigh, it makes me so incredibly happy!  I LOVE TO SING!

Elf Loves to Sing!But the VERY best part….. My best friend just joined the band!  That’s right!  I get to sing in a band with the sexiest guitarist EVER!  Mike finally brought his guitar and ended his ‘groupie’ career.  Woohooo! Not only do I get to spend my days in a fun day job with my husband, I get to share with him my most favorite way of expressing myself (and letting off day job stress)!  Awww man, Smiling IS my favorite!

Smiling is my Favorite


It’s obviously the holiday season and therefore we’ve also been busy making jewelry.  Came up with a few new designs.  My most popular and the most fun to make I might add, have been my original designs.  I have gotten into taking vintage costume jewelry and creating new designs! Head over to our Facebook page and check out Forever Bound Art’s jewelry.

Mike has been also taking on clientele.  My handyman fixes clocks, vintage radios, and amplifiers (among everything else he touches).  I am so incredibly happy to see him hard at work and loving every minute of his ‘retirement’.  His talent is not going unforseen.  I caught him in one of the worst parts of his job.  Testing the vintage amplifier out after fixing it.  Oh how terrible!  Inject sarcasm here.

Michael Amplifier testing

Michael Amplifier testing

Happy Holidays from Forever Bound Art and MidWest Antique Sales & Repair! May your holidays be filled with best friends, laughter, music, and a bit of wearing a curtain rod over your shoulder.  Be the best you can be and bring out the best in your friend!  Rock on Vintage Friends!




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