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  1. Hi Daryl, I must say that I am also "secretly" really impress by your really nice work (Seen some pictures). Continue to make so nice instruments. I hope that I'll hold one of your instrument one day in my hands to look at it precisely Thanks a lot, Richard
  2. Hi Baroquecello ! I agree with you and some collegues mentionned the same thing about the sterility of the pegbox. It was exactly the term used by a big violin expert and restorer of Germany that saw this cello. You really have good eyes for a musician ! You're comments are really good and helpful. The sound is beautiful particularly on the bass side ! Powerful and rich. I am really happy with the result. Richard
  3. You're right ! The corners are a little bit long ! Thanks Chris
  4. Hi Ken number 2 ! Don't use the pictures of my corners to make your Montagnana model violin if you want to respect the style of Montagnana corners. I've used a Montagnana model to make this cello, but I did not respected the style of his work. My cello is too cleanly made to respect his style. Search a little bit on internet to find pictures of violins made by him when you want to copy the style of his work. It's sometimes a little crude what he made, but surely interesting. I don't have the courage to work like him at the moment. Thanks for your comments. Richard
  5. Hi Ben, Thanks for your comments and questions. I don't know how much time I've exactly worked on this cello because I am working for someone else in the Restoration of string instruments during the week and that I've made this cello during the weekends when I've had the time to do so. I guess 600 hours.... There's approximately 6 thin coats of varnish (5 to 7) on this cello. Bye, Richard
  6. I've prepared 2 varnishes for this cello. I've used a Colophony/Linseed oil ligthly colored varnish after the wood preparation and a Colophony/Mastix/Venetian Turpentine/Linseed oil colored varnish for the colored coats. I've made the first varnish by simply cooking it and the second one was also cooked but I've made a reaction with Nitric Acid to get more color (a little dangerous ). I've added some pigments to the colored coats to get the colour that I've wanted, but a really really small amout of it. Richard
  7. Hi everyboby ! Here's some pictures of my latest cello. I am really happy with the result and the cellist is also really happy to play with it. Please send comments about it. Richard
  8. I've already made that without any problems ! I was cooking everything together and gave Nitric Acid to varnish a drop at a time. Be careful with this stuff and wear some protection and read about the risks of using Nitric Acid. Richard
  9. I don't know if it's the right place for this type of announcement, but I am actually slowly starting to search for a new position in a workshop. I take this opportunity to propose my services only because I think that this topic is appropriate enough for this type of action. My main interests are the following : -Construction of violins, violas and cellos -Set-up and Restoration -Expertise I am flexible but for personal reasons I am searching for specific localizations : - Canada : Ontario and Québec or near the borders of those provinces - USA : New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts or near the borders of those states - Germany : Baden-Württemberg or near the borders of this state Training and Experiences : -Violin making school diploma -6 years of professional experience in violin making, set-up, repair and restoration in different countries Languages : -French -English -German I prefer to stay short in my personal description because I don't want to expose everything on this site. If there is someone interested about my profile, please send me an e-mail to the following address and I will be able to send more information about me and pictures of my work. rb_quebec@hotmail.com
  10. I think that Michael Darnton is a nice, a passionate and a special person always ready to help the others and to share what he knows and tried. I've never met him but I think that he has a lot of energy and that he tried a lot of things during his life. He should be a model for a lot of violin makers or simply for a lot of humans. I hope that I will have the chance to meet him in the future. I deeply think that this forum is a really exciting way of exchanging information and passions and that it's simultaneously easy and dangerous to get addicted to it. This is why that I am reading some of the threads but not sending a lot of posts. I will unfortunately never get the number 9999 on the counter like Michael . It's already a big task if someone wants to read every single message. It needs a lot of time in a day to read all this nice stuff and to reply to all those interesting threads and funny jokes . It takes more time and it's more complicated when english is not you're mother language (It's my case and the case of many contributors on this forum I think). I was starting to get addicted to Maestronet I think and I've decided to concentrate myself a little more on my personal life and on my work (I am still making exceptions...). I can understand that someone wants to cut the link with this forum for different reasons. I see more and more Maestronet has a reference guide like a good old dictionary or encyclopedia. I don't know why Michael's gone away but I don't think that it's a great loss for the forum if he's not there anymore because he already shared a lot with us and that this huge amount of information is still here for everyone to consult. He let a lot to all of us on this forum like many other contributors (I am thinking of Craig Tucker and of many other contributors that are still active on this forum). We just have to use intelligently, with respect and with conscience this great gift that everybody created together for the violin making community and that this monster of information is expanding every day.... Richard
  11. Here's another tip. Make a electric violin instead of trying to amplify a normal one.
  12. Here's a important tip for beginners. Find information about the measurements of a violin before making one.
  13. Don't you think that it might be possible for a future restoration to only polish this varnish with alcohol because of the propolis content on the surface ? Please wear protection while making this ! It might be dangerous ! I am really impress by your work Matthew !
  14. Hi Michael, Thanks for the link. Might try to read the articles that he wrote in the future when I find the time for that. I don't have enough time to make everything that I would make.... How is your Nitric acid varnish ? Are you able to send pictures of your tests ? Are you satisfied with the results or would you use other varnishes on your next instruments? Just curious about your thoughts! Hi NewNewbie, Thanks for the comments and I really think that the nitric acid varnish is a good start, but surely not the only solution for varnishing. It's surely possible to mix this type of varnish with other things like pigments or lake dye. I really don't know if there is a residue of nitric acid in the varnish after cooking it, but we might get strange reactions in the future between the varnish and the different additives added to it. This is why I am still carefully testing this varnish. A friend of mine made Nitro-varnish mixed with pigments to get the color that he wanted (The varnish was not red enough). The results are OK and the color seems to be the same since the last 5 years. Bye, Richard
  15. Hi Taylor, I can only say that it's surely possible to stain bare wood with a nitric acid varnish. It only depends on the intensity of the color of your nitric acid varnish. It 's possible to get little color or a lot of color. using this method. I am sorry to say that, but it's possible to get deeper colors with a 53% Nitric acid (See the link below). Take a look at my samples. Here's the link to see the nitric acid that I am using: "http://kremer-pigmente.de/shopint/PublishedFiles/64520.pdf ">http://kremer-pigmente.de/shopint/PublishedFiles/64520.pdf Hi Giuseppe, Nice work for a beginner ! Nice varnish, but maybe not dark enough and too thick for my taste ! Hi Melvin, Thanks for your precious comments. Hi David Tseng, Where could I get articles about Condax ? I've unfortunately never read anything from him.
  16. Hi Melvin, Thanks for the comment, but what do you think of the varnish procedure that I've tried. Too much unnecessary steps at the beginning (Borax and Water glass.....). I am now testing the same varnish in a simplified way and it's also giving good results (A Potassium nitrite, B clear-yellow coat and C Fry inspired varnish). Melvin, I would like to hear your opinion about a relatively dark varnish soaking into the wood. Is it preferable to get nice lively flames or is there other alternatives like tee. I've seen a nice violin made by Vuillaume that had a dramatic look because the flames where full with varnish (I think so ). I find that It's giving a dramatic look to a violin. A little bit like the Vincenzo Rugeri in the last strad magazine. Critics, questions and comments are always welcome. I will be out during the next days but will give answers when I'm back. Richard
  17. quote: Originally posted by: rb_quebec " font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">...... style= " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">(Nothing, Clear varnish, Dichromate, Potassium nitrite, etc… and I can get final colors that areredder........ Sorry but a strange problem occured. You are supposed to read " font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">.....(Nothing, Clear varnish, Dichromate, Potassium nitrite, etc) and I can get final colors that are redder.....
  18. " font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Hi Michael and the others! " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Please give me more comments about my results, technique and recipe! " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Thanks Michael for you comment. The varnishing procedure is not the same depending on where you are looking at on the samples. Here’s a list of 3 different processes that I’ve tried and the results are similar for the color but not for the way the flames on the maple reacts (See the procedures below). " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">I think that the color of the final varnish is highly determined by the ground. I’ve made different tests using different types of ground coloring material (Nothing, Clear varnish, Dichromate, Potassium nitrite, etc… and I can get final colors that are redder, browner or greener but I am still using the same varnish. " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">I am not sure if you are right when you say that you cannot let a dark varnish soak into the wood because you will get a dirty job. I’ve tried it because I wanted to test that since a long time and it’s not so bad on maple because the flames are getting a really nice dramatic look with a lot of contrasts. I’ve tried that in the PROCESS B (See below) and I am planning to test a little more in this direction. " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">THE VARNISHING PROCEDURES " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">VARNISHING PROCESS A " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">(The flames are not really apparent and the ground is not dark enough) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of Water mixed with 5% Borax " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of water mixed with 3% Kaliwasserglas (Potassium silicate - Water glass) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of a simple almost clear colophony oil varnish (a little yellow varnish) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">4 coats of oil varnish inspired by Fry’s method " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">VARNISHING PROCESS B " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">(The flames are really nice but this method would give a bad result on spruce) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of Water mixed with 5% Borax " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of water mixed with 3% Kaliwasserglas (Potassium silicate - Water glass) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of a simple dark colophony oil varnish (Simple brown varnish) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">2 coats of a simple almost clear colophony oil varnish (a little yellow varnish) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">3 coats of oil varnish inspired by Fry’s method " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">VARNISHING PROCESS C " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">(Nice Flames and works on Spruce) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of Water mixed with 5% Borax " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of water mixed with 3% Kaliwasserglas (Potassium silicate - Water glass) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">1 coat of water with Potassium Nitrite (Highly concentrated (15%-30%) but Sorry I don’t know exactly) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">2 coats of a simple almost clear colophony oil varnish (a little yellow varnish) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">2 coats of oil varnish inspired by Fry’s method " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">THE VARNISH " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">The varnish that I’ve used inspired by the Fry method is going like this: " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Cooking the following ingredients during 1 hour at approximately 200 Celcius grad " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-30gr Dark Colophony " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-10gr Venetian Turpentine " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Get the mix at approximately 110 Celcius grad " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Add the following ingredients " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-10gr Mastic " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-15gr Turpentine " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Let the mix get liquid " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Add the following DANGEROUS ingredient DROP BY DROP " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-2gr Nitric Acid (HNO3) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">PLEASE GET INFOS ABOUT THIS PRODUCT BEFORE USING IT. IT’S A DANGEROUS PRODUCT AND YOU NEED PROCTECTION WHEN USING IT." font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> I know Michael that you’ve already used that product and that you know how to use it. It’s only for the other readers. " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Add the following ingredient and let cook a little bit " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-41gr Linseed oil " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Add the following DANGEROUS ingredient DROP BY DROP " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">-9gr Nitric Acid (HNO3) " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">I REPEAT! PLEASE GET INFOS ABOUT THIS PRODUCT BEFORE USING IT. IT’S A DANGEROUS PRODUCT AND YOU NEED PROCTECTION WHEN USING IT. " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Let Cook at approximately 150-200 Celcius grad " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Let cook and make regularly a check with a drop of varnish to check if you get a nice string (This test is used by Bease to check if the varnish will dry or not). When you get a 10-15cm long string it means that your varnish is finished and will dry. " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> " font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 12.0pt; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-left: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"> " font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">Remove the varnish from the heat plate and let the temperature sink. 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  19. quote: Originally posted by: Mike_Danielson I was thinking about what Manfio said. He has been very open in reporting his method of finishing--the use of nitrite and fuming with ammonia as two steps in the process to brown the wood. In my opinion, the process must start with getting the bare wood in a brown state. We know that exposure to the sun is a slow browning process with inherent dangers to the instrument as the seams open up from excessive heating. What if the masters used horse urine to accelerate the browning process? It would contain ammonia and nitrites along with other stuff (some probably brown colored). I would presume you would seal the spruce first before an application of urine. Any historic data on this? Mike D What are you thinking about when you say: "It would contain ammonia and nitrites along with other stuff (some probably brown colored)." Please elaborate about the other stuff... Richard
  20. I am still testing the Fry type varnishes and get good results I am able to get a dark colored varnish without any pigments and I think that I get a nice color. Please look at the two pictures of the same sample and tell me what you think about it. One picture was taken with the camera using normal bulb lights and the other picture was made with the scanner. The original color of the sample is between the two pictures. Not too red, Not too brown... Still waiting for other pictures.... Be courageous Richard
  21. Hi David, Which suppliers would you recommend for maple and spruce in Germany ? I am planning to do a little trip to buy some wood and I would like to have your opinion about the subject if you don't bother. I was already in Bubenreuth in the Gleissner company and they are really nice and it's always possible to find nice things. I would like to try a new supplier to find other types of tonewoods. It's possible for me to go to mittenwald. Do you plan to try the dead canadian standing trees of the Northern Tonewood Company ? Hi William, I think it's pretty hard to pretend what type of wood was used to build this violin based on the poor quality of the pictures. It surely possible that he used a violin picture that he found in internet because it seems that he has already taken some pictures from the Eastman Strings internet site.... Ok Bye bye, Richard
  22. Hello everybody, Sorry, I am a little late on this really interesting topic... But I just want to share a link of another supplier selling tonewoods from dead standing trees: http://hvgb.net/~tonewood/tonewoodviolin.htm Richard
  23. Hi, Sorry, I am a little late on this topic, but it's still an unanswered question I think. There is still a lot of interrogations. Why tapered ? With or without tension on the tables, With or without tension on the bass bar, Tapered on the back or on the table ? etc... It's hard for me to say what's the best solution or explanation because we don't have enough or serious theories of this making technique (Acoustical, Structural or Esthetic benefits ?). I agree with David and Magnus, that it might be the result of something else (planning of the neck, correction of the surface for the table), but I also think that it's not the only explanation. When I am thinking about that subject, I am always thinking about the basses and the viols. They are tapered on the back ! It's really apparent ! It might be possible that the classical makers made the same thing on violins and cellos to give some tension to the back for acoustical reasons or also esthetic reasons... When you put a table with a bass bar without spring or tension on the gluing surface, it might be possible to close the instrument depending on the amount of spring on the back. If there is a lot of tension or spring on the back, you might have to taper the sides on the table side also to close the instrument. If you have a tension or spring on the bass bar, you don't have any choice I think. You have to taper the gluing surface of the sides on the table side also. I don't think that it's good to force a banana shaped table with a lot of spring on a flat surface. There is another interrogation I think. How to taper the sides ? A flat surface between the upper block and the corners or maybe a slightly rounded surface ? It would be nice to get more information from bass and viol makers... Richard
  24. Hi Michael, Thanks for the information you gave to us and for speaking with the man behind the Old wood products. We are now waiting for more information directly from him. We only had a little misunderstanding but I must admit that my post was not clear enough . I did not wanted to get the prices of the Hammerl stains, but every Maestronetters would like to get the Old wood ground at the price of the Hammerl stains if they were in a legally dangerous situation... You were there to tell them that there is maybe a problem with the product and it was maybe possible to get a special price.... It was just to clarify my post . Richard