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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, Ver
  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 tha
  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
  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
  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
  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
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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 al
  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 pr
  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 t
  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