Michael Richwine

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    Shawnee, KS
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    Making music, Chinese internal martial arts, Taoism, cooking, my dog Clyde, learning stuff.

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  1. I've seen / sold a number of those, usually with Amati style f-holes and an Amati label in them, same narrow edges and all. I always thought them unquestionably German / Bohemian.
  2. I worked with methylene chloride almost daily for years. While it is hazardous if abused, for a one-time use like this, it's OK as long as good nitrile gloves, some eye protection and good ventilation are used. You don't want skin or eye contact, and you don't want to breathe the fumes, but mild exposure, acute or chronic, is not a problem. It has been listed as a probable carcinogen, and when inhaled, it metabolizes to carbon monoxide. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+66
  3. What kind of tool skills do you have? Can you sharpen a plane or knife really, really sharp? Sharp enough to shave curls off a hair if you choose to? Can you set up a plane so that when it cuts maple it feels like cutting pine? Sharp tools make everything easier. I'd suggest that you start doing, any way you can. That way, when you do get some instruction, you'll have some kind of foundation to relate to. I don't know about other people, but I learned what skills I have in stages. There was stuff that I learned, but didn't understand until I had developed enough foundational skill to be
  4. Please consider posting that on the Amazon site to help deter others from wasting their hard earned money?
  5. Because it's the best way to get really good playability: low action without buzzes. It's only a few thousandths of an inch, but it makes a big difference.
  6. You can buy a #5 (25mm) laryngeal mirror on Ebay for a few dollars. They work better than a dental mirror because the shaft is thinner.
  7. The Chinese variety with the knurled nuts are shaped better and get better reviews. Have only used Herdim, but have been considering buying these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LUTHIER-TOOL-32-PCS-violin-viola-top-and-back-clamps-/252030821854?hash=item3aae3525de:g:zh4AAOSwjVVVqkr3 Your seller has a 14 day guarantee. Might be worth considering.
  8. Based on actual research from the people who used to make custom glue for my furniture factory, the strongest joint for hide and PVA glues is produced right off a sharp plane or well-tuned jointer. The second strongest (very close second) is right off a well-tuned straight-line saw. The weakest joint of all is one that is sanded, not to mention that sanding distorts the plane of the joint. Wood joints should not be toothed or keyed, since hide glue sticks by electrochemical attraction and there is relatively little mechanical bond. With hide glue, the thinner the dry glue line, the b
  9. Ahhh! We just call that mineral oil over here. Probem is, it doesn't readily evaporate, although it may, eventually. Some of my colleagues use it, but not after I introduce them to Behlen's paraffin oil.
  10. You can buy paraffin oil from Behlen in the US. It's great for rubbing and French polishing, and for sanding / dressing fingerboards and nuts. It's a very good lubricant, but unlike regular mineral oil, it evaporates completely overnight. I don't know whether this is what Jacob was talking about, because, at least in the UK, the same term is often used for lamp oil or fuel for oil heaters.
  11. Most of the violins with just two lower blocks came from the Markneukirchen / Schoenbach area, which also explains the crude bass bar. Just an inexpensive trade fiddle. Corner blocks are just there to fool people when they look inside. You can see they don't really fit.
  12. I didn't realize that Kafka was still alive and writing in New York.
  13. Looks like "the usual" to me, based on corners and scroll and varnish: Decent Markneukirchen / Schoenbach trade violin, maybe early 20th Century. As for labels, https://substandardpoodle.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/substandardpoodle-violin-labels-being-sold-beware.jpg?w=490&h=879
  14. My colleagues down the street (where I was trained) make their own isinglass glue from sturgeon swim bladders. It is extremely strong and has a longer open time than regular hide glue. From my point of view, it's a bit too strong for some applications, but for necks and center joins, it's great!
  15. Just a German "Fancy Fiddle" Circa 1900. Thought it was like one I have at first, but was wrong.