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WillFly

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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in Merry Christmas!   
    A very merry Christmas to everyone on the forum. Have a great day.
    Cheers,
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from sperki77 in Your favourite music thread.   
    "Hector the Hero" - on solo tenor guitar
    I've been working on a lovely lament by the Victorian Scottish composer, James Scott-Skinner to commemorate the death of a  legendary Scottish soldier, Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald, KCB, DSO (1853-1903), known to everyone as Fighting Mac. MacDonald, the son of a crofter, rose rapidly from the ranks to become a Major General, fighting in campaigns in the Middle and Far East. Jealousy of the fame and popularity of a down-to-earth, lowly-born soldier in the upper class ranks of the army led to rumours of homosexual behaviour in Ceylon - never really clarified. MacDonald was in Paris in 1903, en route back to Ceylon, and shot himself. A tragic end for a gallant man, demonstrating the attitudes of the establishment of the time.
    The MS of the score is labelled "coronach" - a keening or improvised singing at a death. I've chosen to treat this piece a bit in the style of a pipe lament with no backing chords - just the melody played more or less in slow march time - twice through. In the (written) key of A on the tenor guitar (G voicing, capo'ed on the 2nd fret to get the open strings). I've added some grace notes here and there - and tolled the bell for Hector at the end of the piece.
    Hector the Hero
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    WillFly got a reaction from HurleySG in The precision of a Precisionist   
    I haven't worn my Bulova Precisionist for, probably, over a couple of years. It's been sat in a case, along with others of my collection, ticking gently away. Anyway, I thought I'd get it on the wrist today - what with the clocks going back an hour this weekend.
    I took it out of the case and checked the time against the atomic clock - it was exactly, to the second, one hour fast. In other words, though not changed to compensate for changes in BST and back over two years or so, it had otherwise kept completely accurate time. The second hand is sweeping as smoothly as you would expect from a Precisionist.
    I think that's pretty good, and also a tribute to the Bulova brand. This is one of a very few quartz watches that I own and, I have to say, it's a beauty.

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    WillFly got a reaction from SSTEEL in The precision of a Precisionist   
    I haven't worn my Bulova Precisionist for, probably, over a couple of years. It's been sat in a case, along with others of my collection, ticking gently away. Anyway, I thought I'd get it on the wrist today - what with the clocks going back an hour this weekend.
    I took it out of the case and checked the time against the atomic clock - it was exactly, to the second, one hour fast. In other words, though not changed to compensate for changes in BST and back over two years or so, it had otherwise kept completely accurate time. The second hand is sweeping as smoothly as you would expect from a Precisionist.
    I think that's pretty good, and also a tribute to the Bulova brand. This is one of a very few quartz watches that I own and, I have to say, it's a beauty.

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    WillFly got a reaction from Vich in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (UK TV)   
    Don't know if anyone was watching this on TV this evening. Antiques expert Natasha and chef Aldo Zilli were two of the guests, and visited Jill windmill on Clayton Down in East Sussex. They were very pleased when, in spite of there being little wind, the sails started to turn...
    ... that's because Muggins here was pushing the sails round (out of camera) with a 20-foot pole!
    Four hours of filming for about 5 minutes of screened footage...
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    WillFly got a reaction from Blacklab in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (UK TV)   
    Don't know if anyone was watching this on TV this evening. Antiques expert Natasha and chef Aldo Zilli were two of the guests, and visited Jill windmill on Clayton Down in East Sussex. They were very pleased when, in spite of there being little wind, the sails started to turn...
    ... that's because Muggins here was pushing the sails round (out of camera) with a 20-foot pole!
    Four hours of filming for about 5 minutes of screened footage...
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    WillFly got a reaction from wls1971 in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (UK TV)   
    Don't know if anyone was watching this on TV this evening. Antiques expert Natasha and chef Aldo Zilli were two of the guests, and visited Jill windmill on Clayton Down in East Sussex. They were very pleased when, in spite of there being little wind, the sails started to turn...
    ... that's because Muggins here was pushing the sails round (out of camera) with a 20-foot pole!
    Four hours of filming for about 5 minutes of screened footage...
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    WillFly got a reaction from Geo in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (UK TV)   
    Don't know if anyone was watching this on TV this evening. Antiques expert Natasha and chef Aldo Zilli were two of the guests, and visited Jill windmill on Clayton Down in East Sussex. They were very pleased when, in spite of there being little wind, the sails started to turn...
    ... that's because Muggins here was pushing the sails round (out of camera) with a 20-foot pole!
    Four hours of filming for about 5 minutes of screened footage...
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    WillFly got a reaction from R1C4 in Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (UK TV)   
    Don't know if anyone was watching this on TV this evening. Antiques expert Natasha and chef Aldo Zilli were two of the guests, and visited Jill windmill on Clayton Down in East Sussex. They were very pleased when, in spite of there being little wind, the sails started to turn...
    ... that's because Muggins here was pushing the sails round (out of camera) with a 20-foot pole!
    Four hours of filming for about 5 minutes of screened footage...
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    WillFly got a reaction from Vich in The precision of a Precisionist   
    I haven't worn my Bulova Precisionist for, probably, over a couple of years. It's been sat in a case, along with others of my collection, ticking gently away. Anyway, I thought I'd get it on the wrist today - what with the clocks going back an hour this weekend.
    I took it out of the case and checked the time against the atomic clock - it was exactly, to the second, one hour fast. In other words, though not changed to compensate for changes in BST and back over two years or so, it had otherwise kept completely accurate time. The second hand is sweeping as smoothly as you would expect from a Precisionist.
    I think that's pretty good, and also a tribute to the Bulova brand. This is one of a very few quartz watches that I own and, I have to say, it's a beauty.

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    WillFly got a reaction from Lambchop in What is your Favorite Watch.....   
    I have several favourites, for different reasons. My most treasured pocket watch is my Hamilton 992B. My most treasured wristwatch movement is my Hamilton Intra-matic.
     


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    WillFly got a reaction from anilv in The precision of a Precisionist   
    I haven't worn my Bulova Precisionist for, probably, over a couple of years. It's been sat in a case, along with others of my collection, ticking gently away. Anyway, I thought I'd get it on the wrist today - what with the clocks going back an hour this weekend.
    I took it out of the case and checked the time against the atomic clock - it was exactly, to the second, one hour fast. In other words, though not changed to compensate for changes in BST and back over two years or so, it had otherwise kept completely accurate time. The second hand is sweeping as smoothly as you would expect from a Precisionist.
    I think that's pretty good, and also a tribute to the Bulova brand. This is one of a very few quartz watches that I own and, I have to say, it's a beauty.

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    WillFly got a reaction from ro63rto in Look at this I came across on Youtube   
    The insane thing is that they're mainly impossible to tell the time with.
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    WillFly got a reaction from Vich in Woodworking for the clock DIY enthusiast   
    I'm a complete amateur when it comes to woodworking, but one of my favourite guys on YouTube is a carpenter called Paul Sellers. You might be interested in his 8-part video series on making a wallclock (case).
    Episode 1 here
    Cheers,
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from R1C4 in The precision of a Precisionist   
    I haven't worn my Bulova Precisionist for, probably, over a couple of years. It's been sat in a case, along with others of my collection, ticking gently away. Anyway, I thought I'd get it on the wrist today - what with the clocks going back an hour this weekend.
    I took it out of the case and checked the time against the atomic clock - it was exactly, to the second, one hour fast. In other words, though not changed to compensate for changes in BST and back over two years or so, it had otherwise kept completely accurate time. The second hand is sweeping as smoothly as you would expect from a Precisionist.
    I think that's pretty good, and also a tribute to the Bulova brand. This is one of a very few quartz watches that I own and, I have to say, it's a beauty.

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    WillFly got a reaction from RyMoeller in Watch of Today   
    Oh, I think I'll join the pocket watch set - I have several. Here's the one I wear with a nice silver and gold waistcoat when I'm playing at weddings: An Elgin "Father Time" Grade 388.
     


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    WillFly got a reaction from digginstony in Pocket Watches and Others   
    You're absolutely right. Until the Swiss domination of the wristwatch market from the 1950s - followed by the quartz revolution - American watch movememts were some of the best in the world. Elgin, Hamilton, Waltham and others had brought the art of mechanical, hand-wound, machine watch manufacture to a high point.
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from atimegoneby in Woodworking for the clock DIY enthusiast   
    I'm a complete amateur when it comes to woodworking, but one of my favourite guys on YouTube is a carpenter called Paul Sellers. You might be interested in his 8-part video series on making a wallclock (case).
    Episode 1 here
    Cheers,
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from bobm12 in Woodworking for the clock DIY enthusiast   
    I'm a complete amateur when it comes to woodworking, but one of my favourite guys on YouTube is a carpenter called Paul Sellers. You might be interested in his 8-part video series on making a wallclock (case).
    Episode 1 here
    Cheers,
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from SSTEEL in Woodworking for the clock DIY enthusiast   
    I'm a complete amateur when it comes to woodworking, but one of my favourite guys on YouTube is a carpenter called Paul Sellers. You might be interested in his 8-part video series on making a wallclock (case).
    Episode 1 here
    Cheers,
    Will
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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in Looks like Chinese crap.   
    The eBay ad says antique reproduction. What a daft asking price for what is obviously a cheap repro - the movement looks to be pretty crap.
    The irony is that you can buy a nice, 1930s mantel clock in a solid wood casing, with a simple but better French movement, for about £30 on eBay, or at an auction house.
    Caveat emptor indeed!
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    WillFly got a reaction from MilTimeCan in Interesting A.T.P Unitas WW2 watch on eBay   
    So do I, Geo. I know I'm a bit paranoid about possible cons on eBay, and I could well be suspecting something from nothing, but it strikes me as a little odd.
    [After edit]
    Here's one of mine by the way - Unitas clearly marked on the face. They're lovely little movements, well made and keep good time. Hacking as well. I've got a new strap for it, but kept the original 1940 strap as a souvenir.
     
     




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    WillFly got a reaction from anilv in Interesting A.T.P Unitas WW2 watch on eBay   
    So do I, Geo. I know I'm a bit paranoid about possible cons on eBay, and I could well be suspecting something from nothing, but it strikes me as a little odd.
    [After edit]
    Here's one of mine by the way - Unitas clearly marked on the face. They're lovely little movements, well made and keep good time. Hacking as well. I've got a new strap for it, but kept the original 1940 strap as a souvenir.
     
     




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    WillFly got a reaction from Geo in Interesting A.T.P Unitas WW2 watch on eBay   
    So do I, Geo. I know I'm a bit paranoid about possible cons on eBay, and I could well be suspecting something from nothing, but it strikes me as a little odd.
    [After edit]
    Here's one of mine by the way - Unitas clearly marked on the face. They're lovely little movements, well made and keep good time. Hacking as well. I've got a new strap for it, but kept the original 1940 strap as a souvenir.
     
     




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    WillFly got a reaction from WileyDave in The precision of a Precisionist   
    I haven't worn my Bulova Precisionist for, probably, over a couple of years. It's been sat in a case, along with others of my collection, ticking gently away. Anyway, I thought I'd get it on the wrist today - what with the clocks going back an hour this weekend.
    I took it out of the case and checked the time against the atomic clock - it was exactly, to the second, one hour fast. In other words, though not changed to compensate for changes in BST and back over two years or so, it had otherwise kept completely accurate time. The second hand is sweeping as smoothly as you would expect from a Precisionist.
    I think that's pretty good, and also a tribute to the Bulova brand. This is one of a very few quartz watches that I own and, I have to say, it's a beauty.

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