I recently restored an old Clark Model A and keep dithering about the blades, so would appreciate thoughts and comments. The blades do work as designed and the sound is very sweet in open position. But there’s no getting around the fact that blades distort the tone more than modern sharping devices.
My choices are as I see it: a) sell it to someone who digs those beautiful instruments as designed or b) replace all but the last six blades with modern levers (I like Truitts). The bass six strings do not have bridge pins – I could add them but not too keen on that option.
Questions that scurry around my cranium:
Does historical accuracy trump tone (I’m thinking “yes” for me, “no” for collectors)?
What would Melville have done (replace I’d wager)?
If I go the lever route and later decide to sell it will that reduce the value (that’s the major one at $16/lever)?
Do I really care if it does at this stage in my life (no need to address that one, heh heh)?
My teacher will have opinions no doubt, but it’s always nice to have others.
Thanks for the feedback!