Dan,HandyDan wrote:I'd LOVE to see some photos (step-by-step) for replacing staffs, fine adjustments, etc.
Even straightening bent pivots would be helpful. I have a 100% failure rate at straightening pivots. I suspect brute force is not a requirement but these things are so small that it's super easy to totally screw it up.
The best tool I've used for pivot straightening is nifty little piece made by Seitz.
Basically, it's just a round plate with a bunch of jewels set into it in incrementally smaller sizes. Essentially, what you do is put the pivot in the smallest jewel into which it will fit. You then use a pegwood to gently press on the "high" side of the wheel until the wheel sits level in the jewel. You then move onto the next smaller jewel, and repeat this until the pivot is straight along its entire length.
My success rate with this tool is about 50%-not great, but definitely better than tweezers and some of the other methods.
I should also add that I will typically burnish the pivot lightly with a sapphire burnisher after straightening , although this may not be strictly necessary.