Melvin Goldsmith

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  1. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

  2. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

    It was all about the look for a quick sale . They didn't care any more about the longevity than Fender or Gibson did when they used what was available at the time. Strad and co were just an accident of fate who got lucky for our modern preferences by a complicated historic trail
  3. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

    My goal these days which I think you will understand is not to make a nice sounding instrument. The goal is to make an instrument that allows a very skilled player to make the sound they want.
  4. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

    Yes! Exactly....Thank you Nathan.
  5. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

    Dilworths summation is nonsense
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    The importance of varnish

    I doubt we are talking on the same level and the rest
  7. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

    Yes. I want the string to sound before you even think you touched it and you...well not actually you... but a great player to have that to form their pallete
  8. Melvin Goldsmith

    The importance of varnish

    I wan't my violins to sound as harsh as possible
  9. Melvin Goldsmith

    Instrument finishes...the missing link?

    The missing link is experience. Just the same as you can buy an instruction book on surfing if you've not done 10,000 hours on the waves you are easy routes apart from putting the work in
  10. Melvin Goldsmith

    Boxy, honky nasal sound.

    I also follow this approach and that's mainly for new work but I think it applies to anything that has been taken apart and put back together or even an instrument that has been left without strings on for a while. (By the way Jerry I don't regard you as a Bogie man at all! I have big respect for what you post here and always seek your post out. )
  11. Melvin Goldsmith

    Toothed blades

    I use toothed blades and love them! You see them on quite a lot of old Cremonese ribs. They need to be right. A lot of old toothed blades are simply fine toothed for scouring wood prior to gluing veneer and in old wood planes were set at almost scraper angles....these are not for us. The toothed blades on old violin ribs have teeth about 2mm wide with grooves in between. I make these by getting old tungsten blades and running the grooves in with a fresh wheel on an angle grinder in a few seconds and setting them in a normal Baily plane. They will bully down the thickness of difficult ribstock fast and are satisfying to use. I have a set of Norris thumb planes that probably were inspired by the likes of Hill in Victorian times and these come with un toothed fine and course toothed blades. Rasps were popular in the old was the similar concept in planes
  12. Melvin Goldsmith

    Boxy, honky nasal sound.

    if raising the overstand is beneficial how far can it be taken? If higher seems better on violins would 8mm be better? or 12mm? One thing to think about is where the overstand is measured from. I always measure from the purfling upwards because I am often dealing with copying very old worn instruments. In reality I measure from purfling to top of the fingerboard edge on treble and bass sides to get a real picture of what is going on. One thing to keep in consideration is the constants...BUT in reality if the 'Worlds greatest adjuster' decides the overstand is wrong that needs strings off to fix and in reality the whole set-up gets re done and if done commercially well the violin will sound supercharged long enough for the customers cheque to clear
  13. Melvin Goldsmith

    Boxy, honky nasal sound.

  14. Melvin Goldsmith

    Boxy, honky nasal sound.

    I think you are not looking so smart now you try to explain yourself
  15. Melvin Goldsmith

    Tonerite use

    I use Tonerites and get the feeling they might speed up the settling in process of a new violin or a newly restored one that is recently assembled. I don't think there is anything magical going on. One thing that does happen is that the vibrating weight on top of the bridge hammers the post into the belly for a 'perfect fit' if left long enough