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Etched Brass Name Plate for Regina Musical Box
By Craig Smith

Hello MMD,  Here's something that some of you might find helpful.
I wrote Paul Manganaro about this in case nobody comes up with the
Nelson-Wiggen name plate he needs.

Many years ago I bought a Regina #1 musical box that wasn't quite all
there.  One of the things that was missing was the brass name plate
across the top.  I knew it used to be there because I could see the
outline and the holes where the screws used to be.

Some years ago, I got a couple photographs of this plate, which was
about 14-1/4" wide.  It's just like the one shown in the Encyclopedia.
Using PhotoShop, I was able to create a graphic that matched the
original design.

My intention was to get some brass, spray on the photo-resist, make
a film of the artwork, expose it with ultraviolet light, wash off the
resist and then etch it like a circuit board.  But I was uncertain
about using the resist chemicals, about the exposure time and a few
other things, so I put it off.

A couple weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and get it done.  After
a fruitless search for someone to do the photo resist steps, I called
the supplier of etching materials here in Rochester, New York, and
asked for help.  I was hoping that he might take pity on me and offer
to do me a 'sample'.  No such luck, but he did put me in touch with
a company on the West Coast that he sold materials to.

I e-mailed them the graphic and the next day they shipped me the name
plate.  It's etched in 0.060" thick brass and looks just like the
original.  I used black paint to fill the letters and mounted it on the
Regina and it looks super.  I'll send a picture of the unfilled plate
to Robbie and another of the filled plate mounted on the machine.

Since I did the artwork myself, it was very reasonable -- only $80 plus
postage.  I suppose they'd do the artwork for you (from a tracing or a
picture) but I suspect that it would be a little pricey.  Lastly, I had
them make a couple extra name plates in case someone else needs one.
The cost would be the same as mine ($80) and I won't add anything for
the 10+ hours I spent making the graphics.  E-mail me if you need one.

Craig Smith - in western New York [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

 [ Thanks, Craig, I'll place the photos at the MMD Tech site,
 [  -- Editor (Robbie)

(Message sent Sat 19 Mar 2011, 01:00:39 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Box, Brass, Etched, Musical, Name, Plate, Regina

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