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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, : John
  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 length. My understanding is that maintaining the 1/6 ratio provides optimum tone, all other factors being equal. Usually, the position of the bridge is more or less given by the f-hole notches. So, to get the 1/6 ratio, you lengthen or shorten the tailpiece adjustor to get the proper afterlength measurement. I can't address what happens if you use fine tuners. : There is also supposed to be some way of checking for this "optimum" tone. Plucking the A string behind the bridge is supposed to give a high E pitch. : I will let others fill in and correct. Most of my violins do not meet the 1/6 rule, the afterlength being too short. So, I don't know whether one would hang the tailpiece just off the end of the top, file it down, or try a 3/4 tailpiece. : Brad
  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 few for me. When I make soundpost stock, I usually split the same type of spruce I'd use for a violin top. Unless the instrument I'm working on has a top with really wide or narrow grain, I try to use SP stock which is a bit similar in grain width. I prefer wood which is hard but light. : Good luck! : Jeffrey : : : 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 appreciated, either by post or email. : : Thanks, Brad
  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 factors being equal. Usually, the position of the bridge is more or less given by the f-hole notches. So, to get the 1/6 ratio, you lengthen or shorten the tailpiece adjustor to get the proper afterlength measurement. I can't address what happens if you use fine tuners. There is also supposed to be some way of checking for this "optimum" tone. Plucking the A string behind the bridge is supposed to give a high E pitch. I will let others fill in and correct. Most of my violins do not meet the 1/6 rule, the afterlength being too short. So, I don't know whether one would hang the tailpiece just off the end of the top, file it down, or try a 3/4 tailpiece. Brad
  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. Brad : I have a young french student whose mother brought in a violin : today which belonged to her grandmother. It has a small label : inside which reads CELEBRE VOSGIEN. It is a deep reddish-brown : and has a one piece back. Does anyone have any information : about this violin? The case it came in is an exquisite hand-made : wooden case labelled caressa & Francais, 12, Rue de Madrid, Paris.
  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 appreciated, either by post or email. Thanks, Brad
  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 classical, I am content, or forced, to just listen). I have attended the Weiser Fiddle Festival 5 years running and enjoy the camping/music sharing there as well as at other festivals in my home state of California. I have been involved in public education for last 11 years (outdoor environmental ed, substitute, and classroom science) after a shorter career in water quaity regulation. My original goal in fiddling way to play for folk dancing, but lately am trying to learn about violin setup and gathering some tools, and am slooowly setting up several Ebay purchases...sometimes, this seems like a bigger obsession than fiddling...what is it about these stringed wooden boxes?? : Hello, : Kinsel (below) was wondering how many maestronuts were professional symphonic/orchestral musicians. Perhaps it would be interesting for each of us presently using this BB to briefly identify ourselves. : A. Brown
  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 post which started this thread... Brad : Hello -- I can't agree with you that eBay should be responsible for mishaps such as this -- and this comment comes from someone who had exactly the same thing happen to him. I bought a nasty little student violin on Ebay last January, and the moron antique dealer who was auctioning it stuck it loose into a case, wrapped the case in Brown paper, and consigned it to the USPost Office!!! Now how is eBay supposed to deal with fools like that? It took five months for the Post Office to reimburse me for my insurance claim, but reimburse me they did. This is your one protection when buying on eBay -- ALWAYS require the piece to be shipped insured.
  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 make a bigger nut to fill the space. Cut a (concave, if oyu're fancy) ramp on the back of the nut, so the top width is the same as it should be, and the extra on the back is below string level. Or do a neck graft :-( : : Yes, the 136 mm is to the top edge. The stop, measured to the inside notch is 198. Using Al Stancel's formula, the neck length should be 131.3. Although the nut space is already at 5 mm, should I move fingerboard south to get closer to the 131.3? What are the implications of move vs. no move? : : Thanks, : : Brad : : : No, I understood that the neck is attached, but even though it is, you can still measure to the end of it--so the question is, where are you measuring to--the end of the neck, or the edge of the top? You should be measuring to the edge of the top. Additionally, you should look at Al's response re: proportions. With a stop of 197 the 130 measurement should be more like 130.6. The nut is then sized to fit the available space, after other things are right. I find it hard to believe that your neck length, free of the body would be 135! If so, the person who set the neck really didn't have the foggiest idea what he was doing! Total string length is relatively irrelevant if the proportions are correct. : : : : : : : Thanks for the response, but I think I may have misled you in believing the neck was not attached - it is - and I meant to say the string length, based on existing fingerboard location, would be at least "335" mm, probably more with slight back tilt of unmade bridge) Sorry for any confusion. Also, maybe I should have mentioned that the f-stop is 197mm. :
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