just bought a used M55 (wish I could afford a new VanderPlas GigVibe, but can't foot the bill right now). The instrument needs some repair that I will do with my father. A few questions:
From reading other posts, I've learned that the stock, M-brace is NOT the best way to support my frame. I agree; the struts on my instrument are warped out of shape, do not always "behave", and don't provide support in all the right places. But I am unclear about what you've been recommending for a better solution. Could you specify (or link to) your description of a better support system? Any pictures/diagrams could also be helpful.
My M55 has the same banging damper pad that everyone seems to complain about. I am thinking about upgrading to the VanderPlas pad but was not able to find it on your website. How would I go about ordering one?
I'd also like to replace my posts with posts used on the Musser Piper. I think this will make my vibes sound better (by removing some more of that dreadful banging) as per Tony's video at John Piper's house (where Piper explains he has designed his posts so that the chord rests on the rubber insulators, not the posts themselves). Do you know/ can you tell me if this replacement is worthwhile? Do the M55 posts come out easily/ will the Piper posts need new holes drilled and filled? Perhaps you have an even better system at vanderPlas for such a thing?
Any information you share is appreciated!