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  1. Well..........call me a procrastinator or something else.....it's been a long time since I originated this thread. I have been very busy with work and some other things. As well, I have been tweaking my inside work space (spare bedroom) and garage work space so that when the day comes that I resume build attempts, I will be better prepared. I guess the end of the story is that I did order a bending iron from Luthier's Bench on 8/14. It was on my door step in Texas today, 8/21. I'd say that was was pretty good service/shipping on their part. The bender looks great and I think I am glad that I hemmed and hawed for so long. Sooo, I think I'll smoke a brisket in preparation for the double hurricanes coming in a few days.......and maybe bend some ribs (violin ribs, not spare ribs) while I wait for the brisket.
  2. Thanks to all for the responses. I'm leaning towards Luthier's Bench aluminum.......................and a strap.
  3. Please forgive me for doing this. I have read almost every post on this forum, from as far back as it goes. I've been a lurker for years. I need to purchase a bending iron. I realize that there are many many posts about bending irons on this forum and I have read them all over a considerable period of time. I don't mean to try and split hairs or re-invent the wheel by any means. I need to buy a bending iron. Budget is not a concern, nor is delivery time for that matter. I guess I'm a wimp and just need somebody to make me feel good about the purchase of a bending iron. So.............StewMac (w/optional bolt-on piece), LMI, Ibex, Luthiers-Bench, and Chinese e-Bay.............there, I said it. From scanning the archives, and there is a lot of information, but there seems to be no consensus on what the "in the know" luthier should go directly to. Am I making any sense? There is not a fist full of U.S. dollars separating the options. There only seems to be iron shape and heat setting/monitoring features that distinguish one from another. Frankly, I'm not concerned with knobs indicating setting nor digital reading showing actual temperature.....when it's dialed in it's dialed in. I build acoustic guitars and I use a Fox bender/heating blanket...no brainer. I have also built 2 F5 mandolins using a pipe and propane torch. As the years have progressed, I have finally set up a "build room" inside my house for doing the fine non-messy operations indoors. I want violin rib bending (and mandolin) to be one of the "clean" operations. You guys are the Pro's. What do you do in my case? I respect the opinions from guys/gals. Thanks..........curtis