David Burgess

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  1. TBSmithy knife

    Maybe it's because I wasn't willing to go through the process of registering in order to make contact. People can simply pick up the phone and call me. The other day, I even picked up the phone and talked to Frigidaire. I can pick up the phone and talk to just about any fiddle maker or dealer anywhere. What's up with needing to "register" to make contact? Screw that. That's not the kind of customer service I'm interested in. I can talk to John Schmidt or Ron Hock on the phone. And Hock publishes two addresses, two phone numbers, a fax number and an email address.
  2. TBSmithy knife

    Did you actually try it? I did....
  3. TBSmithy knife

    I was interested, but Etsy was unable to answer my questions, and refused to give me information to contact him directly, so that's the end of it for me.
  4. Neck Overstand

    Rather than going through all the calculations, I found it simpler and faster to glue two pieces of wood together at a 158 degree angle. One end rests on the saddle, and the other rests on the fingerboard, with shims attached to the fingerboard portion to approximate the height of the strings above the fingerboard. Spend ten minutes making this, and be done. You can use it forever. Simply place it on the fingerboard when setting a neck (or on any fiddle for that matter) and you know right where you're at, or which direction you need to go.
  5. Cleat Dimensions for Post Crack

    I think it's highly important to know the moisture level in your working environment, and agree that assembling things in a drier environment is better than in one which is too moist. Wood handles compression better than it does tension.
  6. Neck Overstand

    Or around 1.7 pounds. What would you consider to be negligible, non negligible, and why?
  7. Fitting New Fingerboards to Old (Not new) Violins

    Perhaps, but Russia these days very much resembles a capitalistic society, as does mainland China. Casualties during the Second World War were only around five hundred thousand for the US, versus around 20 million for Russia. I won't hold it against them if they continue to place a high priority on protecting from invasion, including buffer zones, based on their past experience. The trip to Moscow was a very enlightening experience. We interacted with some "old school" communist era folks, but also with some younger folks who were somewhat apologetic about the "old school" folks. In the end, it was one of the "old school" guys who ended up giving the most numerous and lengthy toasts to my wife and I at the closing dinner, saying things like we had been excellent ambassadors, and hoping for continuing better relations between our nations. That was interesting, because we didn't even try. We simply went there with open minds and a desire to learn. That's all it took. Another thing that many of us don't realize is that when "the wall came down", the accompanying changes resulted in major hardship for Soviet citizens. The whole system went into a temporary state of chaos, resulting in everything from food supplies to garbage collection breaking down.
  8. Fitting New Fingerboards to Old (Not new) Violins

    When I spent a little time in Moscow recently, I didn't find that our differences were nearly as great as our politicians would like to make them out to be.
  9. Fitting New Fingerboards to Old (Not new) Violins

    I wouldn't do that on a new fiddle. I'd rather save that for someone down the road, who needs to correct for distortions which inevitably occur over time under string tension. An actual "rocket scientist", with a foot in both worlds, has stated or implied that violins are much more complicated.
  10. Mold Material

    I've mostly used junk plywood, recycled from some previous usage in many cases, from a scrap pile. I can understand how a better quality and denser plywood, like baltic birch might hold up better to knocking the blocks loose, without pulling out any chunks. With MDF, the pulling out of chunks when knocking the blocks loose was much worse than with the cheapest plywood. But if one is only going to make one or two fiddles off a form, it probably doesn't matter. MDF also needed to be varnished (or otherwise sealed) to avoid permanent swelling while cleaning glue squeezeout from lining installation. So I don't expect to use it again.
  11. Fitting New Fingerboards to Old (Not new) Violins

    Not if you hollow the sides of the fingerboard.
  12. Fitting New Fingerboards to Old (Not new) Violins

    I might do this, if fitting a wedge-shaped fingerboard to raise to the fingerboard height at the bridge end, so the bridge end doesn't appear excessively thick. I'd probably only do this though if other ways of "raising the neck projection" involved even greater compromises.
  13. Fingerboard Geometry Poll

    It does, as MJ has illustrated.
  14. Neck Overstand

  15. Neck Overstand

    A string does not need to be deflected or angled to "stop" the string. One can simply attach a mass, for example. Bridge height and the break angle over the bridge, all other factors remaining equal, will have no effect on the vibrating frequency of the string, or the tension required to achieve that frequency.