Jeffrey Holmes

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  1. I was under the impression it was the Bromelain (same stuff that's in many meat tenderizers). I believe fiddle doug put up a link pointing that out. Some schools of restoration use commercial meat tenderizers... though I do not. Anyway, wish I had something helpful to offer concerning cleaning the crack, but I can't tell what it is that needs to be removed from this side of the screen. I have at least a half a dozen surfactants, detergents and solvents I empty from time to time... but there's always that ugly one that none of them touch! If it can be successfully cleaned, and has not been scraped (which I think it may have been), there are certainly ways to solve the puckering, or potato chip, texture.
  2. Just have to throw 2 historical cents in here... Your advice (you need to look for a material-added polish) is good, and not that what's above is a bad question, but you might want to ask some dead makers the for their reasoning. I don't believe they will answer, however. Any solvent manipulation of the varnish (polishing or whatever), should be approached with the same careful testing procedure that one would follow with solvent cleaning should be followed (water and spit on up). Not doing so may not cause problems in the majority of cases, or with the general group of instruments one works on regularly (or your own instruments)... but when it is a problem... well. Some instruments (especially 19th century French) will react negatively to some alcohol driven polishes, Heineke varnish does not "like" many spirit touchup formulas or polish and will craze like crazy when exposed to them. Pressendas (especially in the 1830s) will also react strangely to some spirit based polishes. Etc, etc, etc.
  3. Ummm... really? Grammar debates? Come on.
  4. This board was started to host these types of discussions (making, restoration, id, etc.). A reference thread for general varnish topics can easily be created and pinned to the top of the page. URLs for the topics can easily be accessed there, and they will naturally be bumped up to the first page, even if they are ancient history, when someone adds a comment. All we need is a volunteer to keep it up to date (Julian).
  5. Most new members posts are approved within 24 hours. This one took 13. Patience please.
  6. In my old shop (studio attached to the house with a separate entrance) I used a split as described above and a separate heat source (oil filled baseboards) and a humidifier for the winter. I was very happy with it the two systems. It was very easy to control humidity. When laying out the shop, my advice is to carefully consider your work flow and any natural light available.
  7. Hope all is out of our collective system. Back to the intended subject of the board!
  8. Yes, Burgess worked there... as did Jerry Pasewicz, David Orlin, Mark Norfleet, Anton Smith, Oliver Radke, Todd Goldenberg, Rod Mohr, and myself to name a few. Once upon a time it was a very different company than it is today... which housed American Case Company, Continental Publishing, a very decent workshop (which eventually was expanded to Toronto as well) in addition to the catalog company which sold/sells plastic crap. Although not loved by all, the owner/ceo was never incarcerated. Careful of those glass houses.
  9. The "investment" question comes up often when I'm speaking to those interested in the purchase of an instrument or bow... and at pretty much every price level. There is a noticeable appreciation advantage for instruments by dead makers *if* they were good, the market treated them well historically, and if your buying one that's authentic. I have suggested to many living makers that it might attract more speculators to their product if they listed dangerous hobbies they might have (like sky diving or race car driving) on their web sites. No takers so far. Seriously... I think it's enough to find an instrument one really likes, that one can afford, that will hold its value relative to the market segment it belongs to. I "invest" in instruments (I travel, identify, buy, insure, restore, and sell them.. or sometimes I find one that doesn't need work that I like and is priced reasonably enough that I can resell it with minimal work required). In return, I make a fair profit. Please note I din't say anything about "holding" them for upturns in the market. Over time, this does happen, but it's enough for me that the market is strong enough that the instruments don't go down in value while they are waiting for restoration or being restored.
  10. "I'm tired Sick and tired of love I've had my fill of love From below and above Tired, tired of being admired Tired of love uninspired Let's face it I'm tired"
  11. Forgive me... but the moderator just doesn't have the time to keep up with this thread. It's closed.
  12. The main language for the forum is English... Possible to have someone translate for you?
  13. Aaaah... so it says in Wikipedia.