cadiz wrote:I have also an EMS lute. The strap button should be placed here (picture). But not being at all handyman, I preferred to entrust the operation to a luthier. For him, it was very easy. For me, too dangerous... for me and the lute...!
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Thanks for this thread Yorgon. I have a question for Michael regarding tapered strap pins on a lacote. You mention not going through the inside of the lute does this apply to a lacote guitar as well? I can't seem to find any interior examples on google; all I could find was Martin guitars where the pin goes through. Would this effect the sound on a nylon or gut period piece? As the lacote 620-630 scale tail block seem to be small would drilling through compromise the structural integrity of the block?Michael.N. wrote: ↑Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:02 pmviewtopic.php?f=11&t=110426
As for drilling the hole. Be very careful, you need a very sharp, very good quality lip and spur drill bit. I use an eggbeater drill (the type you turn by hand). That type of drill allows a lot of control, so you don't burst through the inside of the lute. You have to go very slowly and apply very little pressure. The idea of using a Dremel (that someone posted earlier) might not be the worst idea. It's almost certainly a better idea than using a poor quality drill bit that has been put into a 18V cordless drill.
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