LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No. 121 - Friday May 2, 2003
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Index to Today's Digest
01 RE: Facetron Evaluation
02 NEW: Gustavos's new designs
Subject: Facetron Evaluation
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 15:49:13 -0400
To: "Lapidary Arts-faceting" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: "Rock Peddler" <email@example.com>
Doug Turet recently posted:
"On to dilemma No. 2", as you'd put it. Now, here's yet another area
where that "no rights -- no wrongs" law comes into play. In 1985, I bought
my first faceting machine, a Facetron... and had to send it back to the
factory for recalibration over, and over, and over again during the mere 11
months of my contact with it! The machine was the single worst piece of junk
I have ever had the misfortune of coming into contact with, and cost me
numerous cutting orders (which, of course, had to be refused, each time the
machine's tensioning wire would bend out of whack again, requiring
reshipment to the factory, on the other side of the country), not to mention
all those weeks it was in transit, to or from there. More than once, the
first stone of what was intended to be an identically-matched pair came out
perfectly brilliant, while the second stone of the pair (when cut to the
exact same numerical settings) wound up with a lifeless window at its
center. Finally, after being repeatedly condescended to and finally, roundly
cursed out by the machine's manufacturer (the late Norm Jarvi), I became so
enraged that I threatened to sue him for fraudulently representing that his
machine was "the best", received my investment back, and soon thereafter,
purchased the Ultra Tec machine I have since cut many thousands of stones
on, without so much as a hint of difficulty. I mention this to you not only
because the owner of Ultra Tec recently invited me to become their
Boston-area representative (and yest, I've accepted), but also, to
illustrate a point: at least as many awards have been won on one
manufacturer's machines as another. Ultra Tec makes an outstanding machine.
So, in some cases, does (gulp) Facetron, apparently, since several great
cutters own and use them. Ditto with a half-dozen others. For my money,
there's nothing better in the world than the old, blue Ultra Tec on my
workshop's faceting desk, and I would be glad to discuss the pro's and con's
of it and the others available with you, if you so desire."
Before I comment on the Facetron, I want to say that I know Doug Turet
fairly well and respect his skills as a faceter. Also we have been Facetron
dealers for 10 years and are former Ultra Tec dealers. The only reason we no
longer sell Ultra Tecs is that the company went to a different sales program
deciding to have "exclusive" sellers who would only sell Ultra Tecs at full
price. As most of you know we are discounters.
I am sure Doug is recounting his bad experience with Facetron accurately -
I have reason to doubt him - but to describe the Facetron machine as "the
single worst piece of junk I have ever had the misfortune of coming into
contact with" is way over the top. He may feel that way, but it is not an
accurate assessment of the quality of this machine. Also, if the "tensioning
wire" he talks about getting "out of whack" is the sensor needle, that is
something most faceters who may have had that problem (which is occasional)
are able to remedy themselves, often with a new wire from the factory,
without sending back the machine. However, if the sensor needle is not the
depth indicator one desires on their faceter, Jarvi now has a built-in dial
indicator in it's place that also makes the machine a hard stop faceter. It
can be used to calibrate the faceting head without the need to send it back
to the factory.
There are probably more award winning competition cutters using the Facetron
than any other machine on the U.S. market. To say that ..." in some cases,
does (gulp) Facetron, apparently" make an outstanding machine is misleading.
Jarvi Tool makes an outstanding, affordable faceting machine - period.
Norman Jarvi passed away in Feb 2002. Jeff Jarvi, Norm's son, has taken over
the business and stands behind each and every machine with a lifetime
warranty and fast, effective service. My husband has cut on 7 different
brands of faceters over a 25 year period - which does he prefer? The
Facetron, for accuracy, reliability, ease of learning, ease of use. Even
more so now with the dial indicator.
Jeanne Ridolfi - Rock Peddler
www.bestrough.com, our new faceting rough site
800-416-4348; M-F, 10:30am - 4:30pm, eastern time
Subject: Gustavos's new designs
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 17:23:21 -0700
To: Lapidary Digest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gustavo's new designs
I have good news and bad news. Gustavo Castelblanco
is moving back to his native Colombia. He will soon be offline
until he is setup in Colombia. He left some of his designs with
me and I will post them on his design page as I verify them
and convert to PDF. I looked at one design today and
converted it to PDF. It is called Di Bella Square.
A tribute to his first faceting mentor. I think you will like this
cut corner square for emerald and higher RI. If you want to
cut it in quartz you should TR the pavilion unless your machine
will cut 0.2 degrees from CA without windowing.
Gustavo's desigsn page is ( Di Bella Square is the last
design on the page)
or go directly to
happy cutting and best of luck to Gustavo.
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