Standard size iron combining the shapes of the standard violin and standard guitar bending iron. This is produced from a solid aluminium billet and measures 75mm (3″) x 150mm (6″).
Hybrid Bending Iron
Back in 2012 when I started to make bending irons, I made two shapes; these were violin and guitar. The violin one was more slender with tighter radii and the guitar one was more “chunky” This “hybrid” as the name suggests is a combination of the two, combining the tightest of the violin shape with the widest of the guitar shape. I also offer this shape in 250mm height though if you are looking to make larger instruments such a double bases, I would suggest looking at larger irons based on a 5” or 6” diameter billet.
The iron is machined from a solid billet of 6082 T6 aluminium bar and fitted with two 350watt heaters (making a total power of 700watt) facilitating an even distribution of heat, a quick heat up time and adequate maintenance of temperature in use. The 250mm high irons are fitted with two 500watt heaters (making a total power of 1000watt) There is a choice of 230v or 110v power, both being the same wattage.
Beneath the iron is a piece of insulation which prevents excessive heat penetrating into the mounting box. This mounting box is custom made from 1/8” (3.2mm) thick aluminium which is TIG welded and in turn mounted on a base of 18mm birch ply. There is a choice of a tried and tested analogue thermostat (standard) or a digital thermostat to control the temperature. Power is supplied through a braded flex to resist the effects of heat; this is available in standard length of 1.5metre (standard length) or 2.5 metre (extra length).
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