Fontanophone /Mecanophone horn replica.

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Chapter 6, The cone gets a subtle enhancement

As you will remember, the cone was crushed and that kind of damage is very difficult to repair without damaging the triple ridge that it had.
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In addition, I agreed with the owner opinion that this Fontanophone/mecanophone horn was a little bit on the chubby side. Every other one that we had seen was taller and way more graceful.
This is one example:
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So, I suggested to the owner to make it a little bit taller, just enough to make it more proportionate but not as much as the other ones we have saw.
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Then , it was a matter of cutting the new pattern using the cardboard mock-up and making the triple ridge.
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For making the triple ridge, again, I do not have a tinsmith bead roller so I made a tool to make it to the exact dimensions as the original.
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Around one hour later, The cone was finished and soldered to the rest of the horn.
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Then it was a matter of soldering again the thread and it was ready to paint!
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Next chapter will be the process of painting it.

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WONDERFUL :!:
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AWESOME! Simply AMAZING! I admire (and envy) your skills!

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Grrrreat!! :)
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Wow this is really impressive. Great work!

I am excited to see the finished product.

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Chapter 7. Lets put some colour!

Based on the pictures of the old horn before it was massacred by the previous "restorer", I managed to mix similar colours taking into account what would have looked when new.
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The first coat is an etching primer to ensure that the paint will never flake off followed by 2 layers of Off White:
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Then I switched to a smaller aerograph nozzle and started painting the green borders:
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This was followed by a couple of satin varnish to protect them.
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Finally, the pinstripping brushes came to play to make all the gold lines. It was specially difficult to make the inside bottom part because of its shape that greatly limited the access.
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And..... The owner was so delighted with it that he sent me some pictures if the gramophone with the horn installed.
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And that's the end of this restoration. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did making it.

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Pedro Martinez
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No words... It has been a great labor of love. Thanks for allowing us to share this wonderful trip!
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Absolutely stunning work!

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:o :o :o :D !!!
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Beautiful replica!

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