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Post by RevDoc on Fri May 29, 2020 10:19 am

On my Spectrum LXs Bendmaster.
Anyone have a spare?
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Post by corsair on Fri May 29, 2020 4:46 pm

Option 1. Drill a hole in the adjustment lever, just behind the claw for the string to pass through, or
Option 2. Visit whammyworld and buy a Kahler item, which work with a little fettling...

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Post by gittarasaurus on Fri May 29, 2020 5:51 pm

check out the Westone Website link at the top of the forum
then click on the Fix Me topic
then look at the section for Hardware Repairs
there you will find a topic for Bendmaster FT Broken String Claw Repair
the thread includes pictures and description of how to go about it, it is a quick and easy repair job
or, just use this shortcut
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Post by RevDoc on Fri May 29, 2020 11:11 pm

Thanks guys!
I remember seeing the repair post in my early explorations here, I may give it a bit of electric drill unless I just break down and
buy a new bridge altogether. Interestingly my break was in the same location as the ones in your photos.
Now that I've looked at the other claws I can see stressing in the same place. Poor casting or weak material perhaps.
Ok, the drill is out. Wow, this metal seems too soft for its purpose. This IS an easy fix.

Might as well drill'em all at this point.
Mmm vintage Westone shavings...........shiny.
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Post by Barry on Sat May 30, 2020 4:39 pm

RevDoc wrote:...Poor casting or weak material perhaps.
Ok, the drill is out. Wow, this metal seems too soft for its purpose.
One of the few flaws in an otherwise stellar design run by our beloved Uncle Mats.
Every once in awhile he cocked up!  Rolling Eyes

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Post by RevDoc on Sat May 30, 2020 5:42 pm

It is done!
Despite my reservation about my lack of a drill press, I clamped them up, drilled new holes, a bit of filing and on goes a new set of strings.
Works quite well!
Took the opportunity to replace the T-bar the previous owner installed with a proper locknut assembly and the Bendmaster
finally works as intended.
Much better.
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