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Offline JDB3

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Clavinet D6 Logo restoration
« on: March 01, 2020, 02:10:33 PM »
Thought I would share what I know so far.

Like others I'm about to do a tolex replacement as part of a total D6 restore and have been wrestling with what to do about the printed factory logo.

Silk screen seemed like a logical start but based on what little I know about SS, I was concerned about ink bleed thru on the embossed surface of the tolex. The original covering is much thinner with little emboss depth compared to modern day Fender, Levant style tolex and it probably was easier to deal with ink-wise.

Decided to start with a bit of bench testing with a "Home" SS kit. These are really just stencils and have no frame to mount in a press where you could maybe use the SS offset function to control ink flow.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_DeB7CtbNxjQzGZzH06OnnFj0fZAvjaG/view?usp=sharing

So not really impressed with this. You can see both bleed and failure to print in this shot. The local silk screen industry is dominated by the T-shirt crowd and after speaking with a couple of these I came away with the feeling I'd be better off at the beach with a beer in my hand.

Decided to walk into a architectural / CAD / printing company and hope that: A. I didn't get thrown out with my little wanky tolex project and B: They might have some suggestions.. They said:

"What you need is a large scale flat bed digital printer. We have one and we can do this for you"

Wow... That never happens... What followed was some test prints on scrap tolex to check for ink compatibility and an approach for aligning the print area on the tolex. We used the second "H" in Hohner as a center-line as the "H" happens to center below the middle cabinet latch and just enough top margin so that I could create a finish edge inside the cab as per original.

Digital printing by ARC in Cincinnati OH

Here's the (very large) project tolex about to go back for printing..
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VNl_vUBZroao3gXpXdJDzJ2c-_JP0Sn0/view?usp=sharing

Here's the finished job..
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wAD4uweziJhY_9gKJyyhZ2VYEvI6BMUJ/view?usp=sharing

And a close-up. Nice clean print edges.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XKY5d4raPh-LnpxFagDrw3xb7205eQI8/view?usp=sharing

And FYI Ken Rich is selling front plates once again and he does a great job with these.
All I gotta do now is not *-up the gluing......
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kcv6uNEJ-Rhk_68oCsWY4dMHL4xXkWne/view?usp=sharing


Thanks again Peter Hayes for your .pdf logo. Couldn't be done without it. BTW - I'm the guy who sent Randy V. (sax player) over to you with his 88 Rhodes repair/rework. It sounds great and he's hugely pleased. Thanks again.  - - www.elecedge.com


JD



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Re: Clavinet D6 Logo restoration
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2020, 08:06:19 AM »
Thanks and thanks. But, I have to fess up. My dear wife (and boss) Mary Sue Campbell, with her background in graphic design, scanned and created the .pdf of the Clavinet logo.
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Re: Clavinet D6 Logo restoration
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2020, 09:55:33 AM »
...............Thank you! Ms. Campbell !

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Re: Clavinet D6 Logo restoration
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 03:29:31 PM »
The printing on the tolex is really impressive. Good work!

Fingers crossed for the re-tolexing, have to admit I've found it tricky on the D6.
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Re: Clavinet D6 Logo restoration
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2020, 08:36:43 PM »
Tkx Tim,

Any tolex tips or advice you want to pass on, would be welcome.

JD