I have an M55 that I would like to rebuild just the wooden harp on...I broke an inner rail sometime ago and although it is repaired, the pull from the spring makes the instrument uneven and spongy. I have a beautiful piece of wood that I want to use but I don,t want to either mess it up or have the cost of a professional woodworker include an unneeded amount of trial and error.. What I want to make is a minimal design, like the prototype for the M48 that GB had in the 80's - no big end caps just an even frame all the way around. I dont use a motor ...
Every time I set about trying to draw it out, I realize that it requires more perfection and knowledge then I have. I would imagine myself doing a bunch of the labor but also hiring my friend who is a cabinet maker, to cut the perfect angles and dovetail or otherwise join the pieces. I am hoping that someone out there has a plan. I imagine a wood frame much like the one that is there only out of beautiful hardwood and with all the extra wood taken away. That way, although it would not come apart into a dozen pieces, it would be as light and lithe a provibe frame as you could make (out of wood) and instead of having heavy metal bumpers and extra endcaps, I would just take really good care of it. If it attached to the legs (like the M48) with knobs, It would be pretty lean ....at least in the kind of car schleping I do.
I would appreciate any tips from people who have done this on a Provibe.
Thanks so much,