piaffe

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  1. I’ve got Johnson’s book that I’ll sell for $75, with free media mail shipping.
  2. Tad Spurgeon's salt refined oil method is what I used for making artist's oil. Here are two versions I made in early 2015. They've been in a sunny window for the last 2 1/2 years.
  3. Beautiful! Don, do you know which maker's bow she played on Sunday?
  4. Conflicting report of a museum fire and the loss of violins: http://www.romaniajournal.ro/4000-violins-burn-in-fire-at-instrument-museum-branch-in-toplita/
  5. Clive Morris in Wales has made 5 string Amati copies.
  6. Thanks, David. We have a LaCrosse Technologies "humidistat" that tracks pretty closely with the humidifier. I suppose they could both be screwy! Yes, the problem is that the frames are wood and the ice eventually melts onto the frames. Last week it was below zero with nasty wind chills here - on the west side of Lake Michigan.
  7. We've got brand new Pella windows, in a circa 1970 house. At night, we turn the temp down to 61 degrees. During the recent cold snap, even with the humidifier set lower, e.g., at 30%, we still had ice inside. How low do we have to go? 55 degrees? Brr! But so far, my instruments are okay.
  8. David, At 30 degrees colder, and shop humidity still at 40%, how do you avoid condensation and/or ice buildup on your window sills? Thanks~
  9. Two books for sale: 1. The Art of Violin Making, by Chris Johnson and Roy Courtnall, 1999; 2007 reprint. With dust jacket. Pristine interior. Two small tears to top of dust jacket. I can send photos if you wish. $75.00 or best offer, plus shipping. 2. Known Violin Makers, by John H. Fairfield, Sixth Ed., 1999. Hardcover. Interior and exterior pristine. $10.00 plus shipping. Ship to US States only; no foreign shipments.
  10. The Krentz that Roger Hargrave mentioned above has worked like a charm on a friend's cello - took a "machine-gun" wolf and made it vanish.
  11. It seems that knowing the balance point of a bow you're thinking of purchasing can be helpful in one regard. I had a cello teacher who developed significant shoulder problems while using a bow which had a balance point much closer to the tip than "normal." (Well beyond 9 1/2" inches.) Once the bow was traded in, the shoulder problems subsided. The tip-heavy bow, even though it was not heavy by weight, seems to have been the culprit in this particular case.
  12. Thank you. I wasn't sure if the later (?) stamp of R&M meant perhaps a different supplier of bows for the shop.