Hi everyone! I just picked up a used cutter and some of the strings are broken on a couple of frames. Do I neeed a special tool to loosen the bolts on the frame so I can replace strings?
updated by @greg-gould: 03/14/16 04:50:36PM
Also would you mind giving other advice?
What width strings should i use?
Can you recommend ganache frames? Whats the highest I would want to go? Are acetate sheets preferable to silicone mats? I will be making two layer ganaches. I also make pate de fruit.
Im thinking of buying the cart built for the cutter but its $300. What I like is I have no room for the cutter and i can store my 5 frames underneath perfectly. Any reason to get something else?
You should try to replace the strings with ones of the same diameter. If you are uncertain what that is, contact the manufacturer or a reseller here in the US, who would also have the tools.
Some people I know put their guitars on a half-size (short) bun rack (speed-rack). They can found for $60-$120 through online stores. They can also cost $300+ but a search should reveal a good price.
You can try a silicone mat to see if you like it. Most people I know use acetate as you'll get a smoother surface.
Greg - you want 8 guage stainless wire - aka 0.05mm (some people are using 13 guage as well) - attaching a discussion here.
Are the bolts the same on both ends of the wires?
Clay is right - if you can find a half size speed rack or a stainless table with speed rack shelving under it - it will make a fine holder for your guitar.
I use guitar sheets which are flexible plastic instead of acetate or silicone.