Re: [CR]Sacrilege Was: Sending for repaint (lug thinning prep)

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From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Sacrilege Was: Sending for repaint (lug thinning prep)
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 20:24:41 -0700
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On Sep 4, 2007, at 8:09 PM, sasha eysymontt wrote:
> On 9/4/07, Chuck Schmidt <> wrote:
>> I can't actually believe what I just read... you, Garth, are going to
>> file, sandpaper grit, methodology Mr. Yoshi Konno's lugs?
> Chuck, there's a good chance that the frame that Garth has wasn't
> built by
> Konno himself. I've owned many 3Renshos at this point, and the
> differences
> between the ones that were worked on by Konno, those by Yamaguchi,
> and those
> by Makino (and those by anonymous shop employees) are pretty apparent
> (though, sadly, not 100% confirmable all the time.) Konno by then
> was more
> of the 'shop supervisor' and designer than the sole hand that built
> 3Rensho
> frames -- not to take anything away from the later frames, which are
> certainly nice. My Makino-built early 90s track frame (
> is a fabulous
> rider,
> with lugs designed by Yoshi Konno, but no welding by his hand.

Well in that case, I guess I have to agree with Sasha. Go ahead and use the 3Rensho for your first try at thinning other people lugs. If you foul it up Garth? No matter... there are plenty more 3Renshos out there to practice your filing technique on. However, bear in mind the Yoshi was paralyzed in an auto accident and isn't making anymore so there are a finite number of 3Renshos in the world.

I always felt 3Renshos didn't get the respect they deserved... what did I know?!

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, CA USA (reprints, t-shirts & timelines)