Jeffrey Holmes

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  1. Probably just a canvas 'cello bag (In an open cart, and a stable where the horses could lick it) As I said, we don't know. Could just have been a bad case that let the bow slap the instrument continually, or the previous owner could just have been a careless slob. Anyway, I'd be tempted to leave it alone at this point.
  2. You all probably have no idea how and in what the cello was stored and carried...
  3. Some (especially the ones in the center) look a little like bats! Cool!
  4. 14 1/4"... approaching Gagliano viola size. :-)
  5. That's pretty much the standard cleat shape I now use. 60 degree angle at the ends. Jerry's shop uses something very similar... I leave a little more in the center than you do, I believe. When things (cracks) get close, I also may alternate diamond shaped cleats (with the grain running off at about a 45).
  6. I've played around with lengthening the bevel as well... but haven't gone near 1 mm (I think I usually end up at about 3 or sometimes approaching 4 for violin). I also played with shape and (for the time being) settled on a few I like. Bass bar cleats: Yes... like most things, some like 'em one way, others like then anther way. I found the pointy ones easier... especially on 'cellos.
  7. Past being old enough to be stable (which pretty much all my repair wood is), I'm not that fussy about the age. I do try to get the grain close, and the color being close is a nice bonus.
  8. Yup. They're staggered. I think the direction the light is shining exaggerates the edges a little, but they were full when I snapped the photo. These cleats aren't a style I normally use for cracks (though others do and they work pretty well). I was playing with the shape on this 'cello as I needed to cleat under a bar on another, and felt it might be easier to relieve the bar to fit to this shape. I found it was. I did reduce the edge in the end.
  9. I think it looks kinda cool as it is!
  10. Yup. I understand. It wasn't nearly as expensive 12 years ago (and I got mine from the air brush instructor who taught at Washtenaw C.C. at the time; he got them at quite a discount). Having used it for this many years, I'd be prepared to buy another one if it ever poops out. One of the co-administrators at Oberlin has something similar from Iwata with a single output that's pretty quiet. Smaller, less expensive (by quite a bit as I recall) and close to as quiet as mine. Maybe he'll see this and list the model.
  11. Hi Mark! Yes, it's still available. It's the Iwata Hammerhead Shark. If you don't need the capacity and the dual output, there are single output compressors available from Iwata but they may not be as quiet. Prices are better through art supply houses. Hammerhead Shark
  12. Done oval and straight sides... properly installed they both work quite well. I'm most comfortable with the straight sided variety, but I'd do an oval patch if I thought it appropriate for the repair at hand. Square with rounded corners never made sense to me. Whatever you do, do it well.
  13. Enough. Take it to facebook.