brad

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  1. I am looking for a simple varnish touchup kit for small dings and scratches. By "simple" I mean that I want to avoid buying powdered pigments and dyes. Any other suggestions for small touchups? Thanks in advance, Brad
  2. contact Metropolitan Music Mountain Road PO BOX 1415 Stowe,VT 05672 802.253.4814 They are sole importers of Juzek instruments.
  3. contact Metropolitan Music Mountain Road PO BOX 1415 Stowe,VT 05672 802.253.4814 They are sole importers of Juzek instruments.
  4. katie, i think you'd be surprised at the salarie of the concertmaster of the philharmonic! check it out between practise sessions.good luck!
  5. Du Du hast Du hast mich Du Du hast Du hast mich Du hast mich Du hast mich gefragt Du hast mich gefragt Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt Willst du bis der Tod euch scheidet treu ihr sein für alle Tage... nein Willst du bis zum Tod der Scheide sie lieben auch in schlechten Tagen.... nein
  6. Hello John, I believe that Ifshin Violins and Scott Cao Violins, both based in the SF Bay Area, CA., have factories over there. I can dig up their websites if you email me. Brad : I'll be in China in a few months and would like to visit some violin makers or factories. Do any of the people in the business have any contacts in China that they could recommend to me? I'd like to purchase a better quality cello and ship it back to the states. Perhaps contact/exporter/builder info is a closely guarded trade secret but if not, please share with me. You can email me directly. : thanks,
  7. The 3rd sentence should say"...to the saddle of the TAILPIECE..." Brad : : COULD SOMEONE EXPLAINE THE 1/6 RULE OF THUMB TO ME? : : I HAVE READ SOME POSTINGS ON THE SUBJECT ,BUT STILL CAN'T GRASP 55mm vs 330mm ,what measurement would that be in inches? I WOULD BE MOST GREATFULL FOR ANY INFORMATION. : Hello Dwayne, : I understand the math part of the rule. The vibrating string length, from bottom of nut to top of the bridge, is supposed to be around 330 mm. From the top of bridge to the saddle of the TAILPIECE (the afterlength?) should be 55 mm, which is 1/6th of the 330mm string len
  8. : Hi Brad, : I havent ever really noticed a purposeful difference in ankle widths on bridge blanks.... On the custom bridges we've had made for the shop, the ankles are even. Really it wouldn't matter to me as I don't leave any area of the blank uncut.... : The most common bridges in the business are those from Aubert (Mirecourt, France). Most shops using Aubert stock choose the deluxe model for better instruments. They are available "treated" or "untreated". : There will certainly be some personal taste concerning wood for posts, but 3 winter grains in a soundpost sounds like too fe
  9. : COULD SOMEONE EXPLAINE THE 1/6 RULE OF THUMB TO ME? : I HAVE READ SOME POSTINGS ON THE SUBJECT ,BUT STILL CAN'T GRASP 55mm vs 330mm ,what measurement would that be in inches? I WOULD BE MOST GREATFULL FOR ANY INFORMATION. Hello Dwayne, I understand the math part of the rule. The vibrating string length, from bottom of nut to top of the bridge, is supposed to be around 330 mm. From the top of bridge to the saddle of the nut (the afterlength?) should be 55 mm, which is 1/6th of the 330mm string length. My understanding is that maintaining the 1/6 ratio provides optimum tone, all other
  10. Hello Mary, I hope I am not the last word on this, being a rookie, but I found a reference to that name (Ehrhardt's Book 2) on violins made by Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, the well-known French company. The "Le Celebre Vosgien" violins were in the "Not Purfled" category, at least for the 1891 catalog, and there is not much of a description. "Vosgien" seems like it might be connected to the name of the Mirecourt Factory as one title reads, "Factory at Mirecourt (Vosges)". I suppose one way to further link it to the 1891 JTL catalog would be to see if the purfling is real or painted on. Br
  11. : one of these days there will be plans for a big get together i guess? where will it be though, given the fact that we have people from all over the world? Then any place would be central...how about your place? We will bring an LP, treats for the pets, wear bright colored clothing sans antlers, and a donation for your latest violin rehab project.
  12. I just noticed, thru looking at several bridge blanks, that the bass ankle is about 1 mm thicker than the treble ankle. Is this by design? I do not see this discrepancy on several cut bridges. Do the different ankle widths owe their existence to design, and is the retention of same a matter of the cutter's preference? I just recieved soundpost stock from a mail order co. and it seems very soft and has but 2-3 annular rings, or grainlines, in the diameter. What should soundpost stock look and feel like? Any suggested sources and "brands" for bridges and soundpost stock would be apprecia
  13. I have been following the board for last couple months, asking some question, and using the archives to learn more about playing (fiddler) and setup. It is great! (the second best way of learning and sharing this obsession). After stagnating on folk guitar for 15 years, I picked up a violin at age 34 and for last 8 years have tried to give voice to some of these melodies that were stuck in my head (self-taught, teacher not very disciplined). I listen to many types of music - mainly Celtic, old-timey, some bluegrass, cowboy, swing, and classical - and want to play everthing I hear (with
  14. I am reminded of the poem, "A Fence or An Ambulance" wherein the townfolks debate whether tis wiser to build a cliff on the fence or put an ambulance down in the valley (good, entertaining poem by Joseph Malins that applies to our society's lack of emphasis on prevention - the swelling ranks of the police force and overcrowded prisons comes to mind as examples of the "ambulance pushing" philosophy.) I agree that all packages should be insured, but also feel it is important that unnecessary damage to violins and bows be prevented thru a list of do's and don't's provided to sellers. Read the
  15. Since I just got my feet in the water fairly recently, it is an easy choice between the "french nut" and the neck graft (and I don't believe the factory in Germany will object to a leetle frenchification of their hand(?)iwork). Anyway, I appreciate all the information and your willingness to help out. Many thanks, Brad : I consulted privately with Oded--what he calls a "French nut" is what we in Chicago call a "T-nut". The "T" is for "theraputic" (also for the shape of a theraputic cello nut, which is t-shaped). It means, saw off as much as you need from the north end of the board, and