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  1. I do some pro bono work for a charity in Phoenix. They have some outstanding students. Perhaps they can find a nice home for it. Would you like me to give them a call ? steve
  2. What ever happened to our project? The last I heard of it was in Feb, when someone from Washington contacted me about changing the setup.
  3. You can get a table-top still from William Sonoma and distill your own cognac from cheap wine. These spirits are acceptable, and I prefer them to store bought ethanol, or de-natured ethanol. The hydroscopic nature is nice because it will slow the drying time down somewhat as the wine spirits absorb water.
  4. Please visit the new website of my good friend Prof. Jose Vasquez. http://www.orpheon.org thanks
  5. a picture is worth 100 words http://www.alpine.net/~steveg/hellmer_tail.jpg
  6. It is a consignment sale for a freind of the family. He used to be a first chair in the Sacramento symphonie. But is now elderly and retired. It will go for about $8000.00. I have seen the instrument, it is nice. But the addendum was added by Hill after Craskes' death. The tone can best be described as "constipated". steve
  7. A picture is worth 1000 words......sometimes even 2000 words. Oh maybe just a grunt and a chuckle. http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?V...item=1492073558 [This message has been edited by steveg (edited 12-02-2001).]
  8. looks like a fine violin by mister Vaseline Gliga.
  9. he needs to edit his description and simply say that it is a bathtub Stainer copy from Germany. And describe the color and appearance as simply being similar to a childs undershorts skid mark.
  10. I always ship USPS instead of UPS. UPS does not pay damage claims without a huge fight. USPS has never damaged one of my shipments, and is far less expensive. DO NOT go to Mail boxes etc. There are packaging supply stores stores that sell direct to the public and you can package the instrument yourself for less than $10.00 Call me and I will talk you through the process. 800-648-6383 steve
  11. I need a 3/4 wood bow, not glasser. How much do you want ? I can rehair it. Call me. 800-648-6383
  12. J-B Colin, Luthier artistique, top quality Mirecourt work from the Duchene marquee. I sold one 2 years ago for $1800 US, ButterFields sold one for $2200.00 in 2000.
  13. No that is not a Banks, and regardless of how it looks it is not from 1780. But since most bidders on Ebay pay for the name on the lable, it will probably go for $2000.00.
  14. And THAT is why one should always be an appentice. Instead of trying to learn violin making from only a book.
  15. go to the hardware store and buy "japan drier" same type of stuff, only using cobalt.
  16. Are you reffering to a baroque period violino da bracha?
  17. shucks!! for some reason I can't get all the pictures, only slices that add up to about 350 kbyts.
  18. If you have a light box, put it in for a few more days. I sent the violin out to you as soon as it could be polished. It is probably still soft enough to have a fingerprint form with the heat of your hand. Also, I color my varnish, not stain then clear-coat. This will give nice results in a few years as the varnish slowly wipes away in the high traffic areas. sg
  19. Can you imagine what the shipping costs will be for a bass going to 20 or more luthiers? Holy COW!!
  20. I have a number of old pernambuco bows with respectable fittings, but none with a pedigree. sg
  21. Don (pro-am) was the last person to have the instrument. He has not made a post to Maestronet since 9/27. His last sale on ebay ended 9/17. [This message has been edited by steveg (edited 10-04-2001).]
  22. Pad laq is a bleached shellac with a high percentage of isobutanol which slows the drying time to allow you more time to work the polish and oil. It should be used very sparingly when french polishing finished items. It should never be used on fine stringed instruments. It is frequently used on guitars and mandolins. I removed it with a little 150 proof everclear and a lot of elbow grease. As soon as the patina and crackle of the original finish showed up I stopped rubbing.
  23. It's not mine, I only did the neck change, edge doubling, and removed the crappy pad laquire. It belongs to Mike Chuang, he told me found it in a BlueGrass music shop. Nice find.
  24. the varnish has a nice patina, but my photos are not that good. Plus there was an hugely excessive layer of pad laq applied to the instrument which I pulled of (35gr) the old neck was pretty much useless, it had been shaved to 21mm wide at the nut, had 4 grafts, and 2 bushing jobs in differnt locations, a heel graft, a button graft, and a 4mm dowel from the finger board surface into the heel to shore up a fracture in the heel. back=355mm stop=198mm ub=161mm mb=104.5mm lb=200mm upper rib=28mm lower rib=29mm arch=14mm table graduation=2.8mm center to edge back graduation=2.5mm center to edge rib thickness=0.8mm there are tool marks in the back, and plane marks on ribs
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