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David Burgess

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  1. I've seen lots of them on Hill bows. Haven't examined nearly as many Tubbs, so can't say about that.
  2. Some of us have been in this business a lot longer than ten years.
  3. Most any sort of semi-hand-guided machining process can eff things up in a hurry... faster than human reflexes can react. Been there, done that. I don't know of anyone who has been able to construct a really good violin by machining processes alone. There is always some following handwork, and in my opinion, being skilled at the preceding handwork steps contributes a lot to bringing the final handwork to fruition.
  4. "A perusal of practically all the books available for violin makers inevitably leads to the conclusion that those who had knowledge of how to make a good fiddle made fiddles, and those who knew nothing about it wrote books — more foolishness, if not outright charlatanism, has been written about the violin than perhaps any other branch of work." L. Kaplan 1941
  5. Won't there be an app for everything pretty soon? Drag a cursor around on the touch-screen to carve a scroll?
  6. Agreed. The skills needed or acquired for honing transfer over to making, and vice versa.
  7. I wonder why he didn't just tape and rubberband all the pieces in place, and then dip the whole fiddle in a bucket of Titebond?
  8. https://www.yinfente-shop.com/Violin-Purfling-knife-Violin-Making-carving-clean-groove-knife-Luthier-Tool-p2345269.html
  9. Can't rule that out, but who are you, and what qualifies you to make that assessment?
  10. That ebony probably came from Robichec (spelling?), the person who also supplied Siefried with his boxcar-loads of pernambuco. On the recommendation of Jerry Pasewicz, I purchased a bunch of cello fingerboards from this guy. They were amazing! Unfortunately, those I purchased have all been used up now, so I am dipping into my inventory of the cello fingerboards I purchased from Larry Kass (also now deceased),
  11. That's the one I needed to heavily modify. Notice that the horizontal portion protrudes so far inward from the cutting blade position, that it will inevitably have a conflict with the arching (or at least a somewhat normal arching) in the C bout. The OP's marker/cutter doesn't appear to have that issue.
  12. Can you share your source for that purfling marker/cutter? It's very much like the one I prefer to use, but mine took a lot of dinking to get it to where yours is. I like to have backup tools.
  13. I'm wondering if using shell from naturally deceased shellfish, or small sea skeletons is carnivorous? For example, can a hard-core vegan use natural chalk to fit patches etc ?
  14. I'm switching an item on my price list from new thumb leather, to thumb lettuce.
  15. From the article: "I thought how many vegans are there, potential musicians whose ethics won't allow them to play the violin - it must be awful." Downright heartbreaking! I wonder if a vegan would be OK with glue made from an animal that died of natural causes?
  16. Just because a carrot can't scream, and doesn't have legs to try to escape, doesn't mean that it isn't a sentient being, experiencing pain and terror when it is killed or eaten.
  17. I have used something like that with reasonable success for marking, but my preference is to use only one blade in the marker, enabling it to cut to the full depth of the purfling. Then, one can reposition the blade to cut the other side of the purfling channel, or keep a separate marker/cutter, also with a single blade, which is already set up to do that. The one I have found most useful only costs about 85 bucks, so about 170 bucks for two, if that's preferable to dinking around a lot between inside and outside cuts. I also prefer a marker/cutter which is gripped below the plate (as Davide's appears to be), so that a big-ol' hand gripping the marker/cutter from above the plate doesn't impede the view of what's going on.
  18. I was thinkin' a booth at a VSA Convention.... At Oberlin, they often use a vacuum pump when making plaster casts of tops or backs. For this other purpose, that would be cheating.
  19. Oh no! Are you suggesting that Maestronet's "Plaster Caster" is actually Cynthia Albritton, now moved on to memorializing the tallywhackers of those in the violin trade?
  20. Please forgive me for failing to comprehend what you are trying to put across. Would you be willing to re-state it in more concise language, to better communicate your idea to all the nerds (like me) who are here?
  21. Agreed. There is nothing stopping a wolf note from being either on a note, or anyplace in between notes. And the exact location or pitch can change from season to season.
  22. A perfect fit on an older instrument, including every little divot and irregularity, might make it difficult to knock the feet sideways a bit... something I like to do before removing string tension, to release any adhesion which has formed between the bridge and the varnish. Without this, some varnish can be pulled up when removing the bridge, sometimes with bits of wood from the top attached.
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