So I bought the 1940s Craftsman after taking it for a test drive. No vibra
tion and, with the exception of a power cord plug that can stand replacing,
seems in great condition. Here's the kicker:
The seller is a master luthier who makes and repairs guitars. We spent abo
ut an hour in his shop where he showed me guitars he was repairing for Eric
Clapton and a guy from Guns N Roses (somebody who calls himself Flash or S
plash). He had a couple of barrels of cutoffs and gave me about a dozen pi
eces. Half of them were flame maple boards about 1x5x30. A couple were 3x3
x24 spalted maple. He gave me some gorgeous exotic ebony. I believe the woo
d was almost equal to the cost of the saw.
Finally, I have an old mandolin with a crack in the back and he's going to
take a look to see if it is worth repair.
I know that there are some musicians in the group. This gentleman's name i
s Larry Brooks, if that rings a bell.