1957 was a very good year...
Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Eddie
Cochran was on the radio
blazing new musical trails, Fender, Gibson, and
Gretsch were making
the guitars that would define music for
generations to come, and American
engineering, technology and styling was the best
in the world at any price.
This is a 1957 Monarch 10EE toolroom metal turning
Since 1939, versions of this lathe were sold to NASA, Boeing
Aircraft, General Motors,
Western Electric, and anyone else who needed what
was considered the finest manual
metal turning lathe ever designed. Even today,
this machine tool is highly sought after
by machinists around the world for its accuracy,
strength and adaptability, not to mention
its cool Art Deco design... so much so that brand
new ones are available here right now
monarch.com website... if you can afford it.
I have to admit to me the coolest part of this
tool isn't the accuracy
or the eye candy. It's the real honest-to-Tesla
vacuum tube power supply
the original 1950's models like mine came with
brand new. Check it out...
I bought this lathe to make pickup parts and
guitar parts, like volume and tone knobs,
truss rods, bridge saddles, tuning key bushings,
strap buttons and string retainers.
This lathe is currently under restoration, and I'm
looking for repair parts and information.
If you know of any parts I can buy or information
about this lathe, please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org