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Post by bryanbradfield on May 20, 2019 18:24:53 GMT
This post reminds me that my 1930s Regal Dobro was missing screen inserts when I acquired it in the 1970s. I bought new ones and aged them artificially with chemicals and judicious use of 000 steel wool and got them to approximate the aged look of the original hardware. Over the years I've replaced the cover plate (for string height reasons), the tailpiece (for cosmetic reasons), and the tuners (for practical tuning reasons). Now, I am unhappy with myself for having "aged" the screen inserts, and suggest that you be careful what you ask for. If you find some antique screen inserts for a reasonable price, hold on to those "nasty" shiny ones.