David Burgess

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  1. This fiddle, she got loong linings,,

    For the most part, the best repairers and restorers don't insert text about repair history inside a violin. The best strategy seems to be coming and going, leaving the fewest artifacts of ever having been there. Documentation of the history of an instrument can be important, but I don't think it should take the form of graffiti.
  2. Researching information on super light violins

    I have heard comments about an instrument being either too light or too heavy, but it was mostly in the context of first picking the instrument up, and trying to predict how well the instrument would sound and work, based on that initial impression. Some of these initial impressions turned out to be quite accurate, and others did not, depending on the person involved, and the extremes of weight involved. Isn't that always how it is? When I've run across people who really liked the tonal and playing characteristics of an instrument, their weight-based-judgements pretty much went out the window. My personal opinion is that while an instrument can come across as "too light or too heavy" to a good player, it didn't have much to do with the force of gravity. It was more a description of playing characteristics. Player descriptions of fiddle properties can be quite different from those of engineers.
  3. Researching information on super light violins

    Isn't that what helium balloons are for? Or are those just an attempt to make violas look festive and fun, and divert attention from the playing?
  4. Researching information on super light violins

    Andreas, some impressions of light experimental violins from having heard and played quite a few: Some of them have sounded quite good from an audience perspective, but I don't recall any that "felt and played right", from a player perspective. Maybe some exist, and I just haven't happened to run into them? Better players still seem to be using the better old Italians as the reference standard. Perhaps that will change someday. After all, general acceptance of synthetic and steel strings (and the changes in playing styles they enabled) didn't happen over night. It was more like a gradual process spanning decades. The lighter amongst the old Italians? My impression has been that many of these don't handle the modern playing styles you mentioned very well, like playing close to the bridge, styles which have partly been enabled by modern strings. So I don't happen to be one who is on the quest for a lighter fiddle bandwagon. If one was looking for a reduction in weight alone, and not a performance improvement, maybe the accessories and fingerboard would be the easiest place to look? I can remove a bunch of wood from the top without changing the total weight of a violin very much, but a conventional solid ebony fingerboard is pretty heavy. However, when I've run across thin or weak fingerboards on older instruments, or experimented myself with removing a lot of mass from a fingerboard, the sound and playing qualities seemed to suffer. Just my impressions.
  5. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    You know what they say about "all work and no play"...
  6. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    Now don't make me go on another tirade....
  7. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    Captain Virtue.
  8. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    What scandal pertaining to me? Just post any alleged such scandals, and I will be happy to respond publicly in this thread. Didn't you once allege that I'd had issues associated with employment in New York, despite the fact that I have never been employed in New York, and have never even applied for any sort of job in New York? You and others (Carl and Jacob?) might want to consider more reliable sources of information than whatever y'all have used in the past. My track record is actually really clean, and I'm willing to take on superstitions and fantasies alleging otherwise.
  9. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    Slander and free speech? Not all forms of speech are protected. Here's something to help you out with the legal definition of slander, since you have asserted that "you're never too old to learn what words actually mean." https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Libel+and+Slander
  10. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    Carl, the Federation does not have the law enforcement or prosecutorial powers of a police department or the criminal court system. During the application process, there are opportunities for others to question, or comment on an applicant's level of integrity. if it isn't good, the applicant doesn't get in. If that level should deteriorate after one has become a member, or past misdeeds surface, about the only recourse the Federation has is to kick that person out. Under US law, punishments like beatings and whippings are no longer allowed. Which past president was a "BIG crook", and when did he/she serve? I've been a member for decades, have served on the board once or twice, and know of no such situation. It sounds like you really have no clue what you're talking about! So yes, I don't think one should criticize if they really don't know anything about it, or are just making stuff up.
  11. Run over violins - whos fault?

    That's a hard one to nail down. Courts and juries "of our peers" have rendered judgments on both extremes, from walking away, to serving major prison time.
  12. How much do you charge for your work?A reasonable comparison.

    Seventeen years have elapsed. Where are the photos?
  13. Run over violins - whos fault?

    In most automobile collisions, one of the drivers is at fault. Insurance companies pay anyway, even though causing a collision might be considered an act of stupidity. Human beings are widely acknowledged to be fallible, and make mistakes. If you have never made a mistake, good for you, and I would hope that your insurance premium would be lower for having accomplished that.
  14. American Federation of Violin and Bow makers

    I didn't stick around for the "Makers Meet Players" event on Sunday, since I don't have anything to exhibit or sell. Thanks for the review of the event though. There are some really fine makers among the bunch, and you have done a service to both players and makers.