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Thought I would share some machine ideas with you guys. I like building single coil machines so here are a few designs. The first one is an antique looking standard sprung machine. I love building knarly old looking stuff. The second is an adjustable compression spring design that I came up with that works really well. The third is a design that took me a while to get the right setup but I finally got it. Really lite weight due to no sideplate and these things are badass. Larry

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Larry - the single coils are really cool. What can you tell me about the way they run vs any conventional machines you've put together in the past? I had someone once waxing tattoo with me about how his side-by-sides ran but I got the sinking suspicion he was regurgitating what the guy who sold 'em to him said. I'd love to hear your thoughts about the efficiency and comparitive readings.

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I guess the first thing people want to know is what there power capabilities are compared to 2 coil machines. These single coil machines are set up as shaders and have no problem pushing needle groups up to 13 mags. I personally don't use groupings bigger than that though. I would say there is definitely some difference in power between the two set ups but it isn't drastic. When set up as shaders I like using them for 7-11 mags. I do go to a 2 coil machine when I use a 13, it just has that little more oomph I like. Set up for lining they can perform just fine for most groupings.

As far as the numbers go, wether its a single or dual coil I adjust both with similar numbers. Larry

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Larry - do you find there's a certain finished, healed prodcut that you can acheive with the single coil that you actually could NOT with a more traditional 2 coil set up? I'm wondering if you can get some softer, broader shading in the healed product when you're using something that, like you said, has less oomph.

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To answer the first question....no not really. The main factor in a good healed tattoo is in the artist's technique. I can setup a single coil machine to hit hard or soft as well as a dual coil machine. With a dual coil machine your going to have a stronger magnet basically so it would be a better and more capable choice for larger groupings.

Matt I'm not quite sure what the Sailor Jerry setup is like and how it compares to the setup I have on mine. I will say that my design does have its limitations with this layout. By looking at it you would almost think its a liner but this is indeed a shader. I played with quite a few setups and this is what I settled on. The speed is fairly low and good for shading but I could not get this design to work as a liner, just to slow. Larry

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Very cool stuff, I actually signed up for this forum based on finding these images when searching for single coil machines. I love the rustic look and woven cloth covered wires. Something about these speaks to me. Awesome work!

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that's an intelligent way of placing the "front" spring on a reverse machine. I'm sick of seeing tons of these with abused springs!

nice to find you here Larry, I know this thread is quite old, but I don't visit the forum very often. cheers mate! always amazed to see your machines!

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