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Peegoo
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May 20th, 2018 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used a Planet Waves doohickey on the end of the strap to grip the groove in the end-pin jack of my J-45 for almost a year. But even that was not the most secure option. Too fiddly and not exactly confidence-inspiring. I wanted something that was easily removable and really secure when fitted.

While I was modding the bridge on this, I also looked at the end-pin jack to see what the heck I could to that allowed a removable strap but used a very secure attachment scheme.

The answer was so dang simple that it eluded me for an entire hour of head scratching. Which reminds me--I really need to do something about these fleas.

Just gotta think outside the box.

Click

Peegoo
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May 20th, 2018 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is the Planet Waves Clinch Fit strap lock thing.

Good idea in concept, but execution is not so good.

That little rubber keeper puts skidmarks in nitro finishes, and the nylon cord rubbing against the binding wears the finish down.

YooToob video right cheer

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May 20th, 2018 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah!!! That video!

It looks like one of those pre-dawn info-mercials that sell all the Ronco & Popeil crap!

I love how they show some feckin idjit doing the most simple thing, but making it look *so* exaggeratedly difficult.
*That* formula hasn't change for decades in advertising.


Peegoo
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May 20th, 2018 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All they were missing was the frustrated housewife with messed-up hair, doing the hands-up shrug, with

the 'whaaa whaaaa whaaaaa' trombone sound.

Mick Reid
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May 20th, 2018 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, and, nice job on the fix too!

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May 21st, 2018 05:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good stuff, that.

wrnchbndr

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May 21st, 2018 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a number of clients bring this problem to me. The output jack/strap button is a real problem but I hesitate to drill another hole in a valuable acoustic. I have some kevlar/polyester 300lbs test kite string from my flexifoil that I tie to the jack. No returns so far.

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May 21st, 2018 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dude! I've been flying Flexifoils on Spectra line since the 1980s. Who knew?

If you've never flown a Revolution quad line--you need to git'cherself one. The Shockwave is a killer kite.

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May 21st, 2018 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check this out.

A quad-line kite is a blast.

wrnchbndr

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May 21st, 2018 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a 10' and had 12' flexifoil. The 12 took me for a ride a few years ago despite having a safety anchor and I determined that it just wasn't fun abusing shoulder sockets and falling anymore. The 10' is sane but a 12' can get away from ya in a high speen horizonal sweep. It just builds up too much lift when you traverse and a crossbreeze comes out from nowhere. I've made a number of them from scratch. 20 years ago, it was a career choice to either make hi-end kites or go into luthery. The idea was a kite shop on the shore and I was going to wear some sort of silk kimono, sandals, John Lennon glasses, sell wind chimes, incense, spirit rocks -- maybe become a Buddhist. Seasonal work - ...spend winters on a sailboat in the Med... ...didn't have the support of my ex in this endeavor. But then she didn't like the luthery idea either.

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May 21st, 2018 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's the aeronautical version of making lemonade when all you have is lemons:

"Go fly a kite," you say?

I'm ON it!

wrnchbndr

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I'm back with the otters again
May 22nd, 2018 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Flying a kite is just one of the easiest peaceful paths to zen. The kite takes you there as you become one with the breeze and join the fluffy cloud pictures and dance with birds. Its just you, the air and a fair bit of sunscreen. Troubling thoughts of relationships, the IRS, your failing septic septic system just disappear as you float in the sky in a gentle invisible wind.

Doing it

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May 22nd, 2018 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No helmet.

No brains.

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