It was mentioned in a recent thread that the distance between the top sockets need to be right if the top is going to fit right. I bought a set of new bows a long time ago. They are marked for 26/27 and are numbered as to position. They are shorter than what is currently in the top, however. If I installed these, the sockets would be about 3" closer together. Does anyone have the correct measurements from the end of the top sockets on one side to the other for 26?
I guess I just need to spend a little more time reading. I just found a recent thread with a link to measurements, photos, etc. from Dan Treace. I will be printing out that thread and using that as a reference. Thanks Dan.
One thing that I didn't see in the other thread is whether you use heat on the little tabs before bending them. I wouldn't want to break any of them off. What are others' experience in regards to that?
On a new set of bows,you should be able to bend tabs without worrying about breaking them. it is best to anneal the old ones.
Thanks, Jack. That's what I thought. These are definitely old sockets. They have been reworked before. The tack wood in the sockets is not sound enough to reuse so I need to get it out and replace it. I am no metallurgist, so give me a lesson on how to best anneal the tabs for bending. I know to heat them, but how hot? Quench or slow cool? Teach me!
I just pass the acetylene torch over them till they become red and let them air cool. A propane torch may also work. Just heat the area where it will bend.