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Old 10-03-2011, 11:58 AM
Little John Little John is offline
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Hi, I am new to this and have never engraved before. I am seriously thinking of engraving trumpetís bells. Any advise would be appreciated. Currently I do not any tools .

I have visited with an engraver and he advised me to buy Lindsayís tools. After visiting Steveís web page I am thinking about a foot controlled Classic AirGraver. I would like to purchased used tools if possible.

Thanks, Little John
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:34 PM
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John,The Lindsay Classic & the templates for sharping would be a good choise to start with.If you have any other questions just ask this forum has many talented engravers with good advice.J.J.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:20 AM
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Hi Little John,

Firstly Welcome to the Engraving Forum.

At one time I also wished to get a used Lindsay air graver and subsequently ended buying a new one as it is not very often that engravers who have the Lindsay air-gravers wish to part with them.

I would advise you to go for a new classic,either w/foot control or palm control, and templates, with a sharpening system,either the bench-stones or the power hone.

AirGravers and sharpeners have a three week trial return and three year parts and labor warranty. "

On used ones you loose out on the warranty.


I can understand it also depends on your budget.
This is my opinion.

All the best.


Learn from those who know more than you do and teach those who know less than you do. - I.M.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:56 AM
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Roger Bleile Roger Bleile is offline
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Little John,

Traditionally, brass instruments have been engraved with a flat graver using a technique known as wriggle tooling. If you check out this link you will see Jason DuMars using the technique on the bell of a saxaphone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5OEDVrOtRg

Click on the link under may signature to go to my illustrated glossary where you can learn about terms like flat graver and wriggle tool.


C. Roger Bleile
Author of: American Engravers series of books. FEGA Historian and Founding Charter Member
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