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
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
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[ Thanks, Craig, I'll place the photos at the MMD Tech site,
[ http://www.mmdigest.com/Gallery/Tech/index.html -- Editor (Robbie)