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21 Oct 2021

New Drill Press

Last week I decided to replace my old trusty drill press with a newer model. Still 45 years old but this new machine will allow using a sturdy crosstable. It runs like it has never seen any use. All the machine upgrades of the last few month have a positive impact om the workflow and quality of the products. The next machine to be replaced is the milling machine.

10 Oct 2021

Another new machine day

I bought a beautiful vintage tablesaw that needs a bit of work mechanically and more work aestetically, but I am sure it’ll be worth it. Looking forward to work on it.

9 Oct 2021

New Hardware

Finally found a good table for my lathe tools. The only problem with it was that it was blue. Not anymore!
16 Sep 2021

Welcome CNC lathe!

Finally got a suitable cnc machine! A big investment but also a dream come true. It will need quite a lot of work to get it to turn mouthpieces and it will be a steep learning curve from here but I am very excited to let that happen!
14 Sep 2021

Picking up a new machine!

A long awaited investment. The reason for selling some tools and saving up…this is going to be quite the project
13 Sep 2021

Making way for the new mystery machine

Moving lots of heavy machines to create a path to get the new machine into a corner of the workshop. It’s a mess with things out of place and my ADD doesn’t like this at all..

9 Oct 2021

Bye Bye little lathe!

The trusty Schaublin 102 lathe will go to a new home in Berlin. I sold it to my colleague Jake Kline from the “Berliner Tuba”. But sold it for a good reason. See next post!
4 Nov 2020

Tuning slide making for a brand new project! Traditional rotary trumpets in C for orchestral playing. Got to test new tooling for this. The result is flawless.

5 Oct 2020

In preperation on the move

In preperation of the move in the end of the year I am making new collet organizers after work hours. I have quite some different machines with different style collets so I have some work to do.

3 Oct 2020

More prep for the move

Found a new workbench that matches the style and (much more important) the quality of most of my other vintage industrial benches. My aim is to have a functional but also pretty new workshop after the big move in the end of this year. This bench weighs a ton (ask me how I know) and will be my new main bench after the move. 
2 Oct 2020

A new engraving machine

My love for manual machines is strong! I picked up another pantograph engraving machine. The other three machines are set up for dedicated jobs like bell engraving, rotary valve cap engraving and tube engraving. After a clean and maintanance (picture taken during all this) this “new” machine will be set up for a little deeper engraving in mouthpieces, receivers and valve sections. In the new workshop I need a bigger engraving space!
23 Sep 2020

Making design decisions 

I’ve been working on this “twugelhorn” design for a while and today I am taking some big decisions about the proportions and design to balance this instrument out perfectly.

16 Sep 2020

The twugelhorn design is taking shape!

This is a first “fitting” of a twugelhorn bell. If you look closely you can see the long seam of my “one piece” made bells. This is an exiting project!
9 Sep 2020
Voca-T 2.0 for Bert Lochs
Voca-T 2.0 for Bert Lochs

Making a new voca-T for Bert Lochs.

What is a voca-T and what do you need it for? Ask Bert! 

http://www.bertlochs.com
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