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  1. Thicker strings have higher tension. Adjusting string after length can also affect the tension.
  2. Looks interesting and seems like it would actually work. http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/Merchan...tegory_Code=THG BTW, there seems to be 2 "Tools for woodworking" websites. the urls are a little different, which one do you guys go to? http://www.toolsforwoodworking.com http://www.tools-for-woodworking.com When you do a search for tools for woodworking you get the second link. Vincent
  3. I will always try and support the local brick and mortar shops first before resorting to internet. The price may be slightly higher but the service they provide is priceless and it is always nice to be able to take to a person in person. Vincent
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    quote: Originally posted by: scratchy rosin http://japanwoodworker.com/dept.asp?dept_id=12702 A selection of sweeps is shown here. Are they any good? These are made with a different type of steel vs the 'violin gouges' they sell.
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    quote: Originally posted by: David Tseng The reason I take pains to make my own tools is because most of the commercial tools are too soft, in the range of Rockwell C-scale 55-57. I bought two sets of violin makers gouges before. as many of you would know that I spent more time sharpening than using them because the edge would never hold for long. The violin gouges/chisels at Japan Woodworker are hand forged from laminated blue steel and hardened to Rc 63 -65. The only complaint I have is that the gouges do not have different sweeps. If you go to the site, the violin gouges are had to find. They list them under Carving Tools/Japanese Laminated Tools/Violin Carving tools. Vincent
  6. Thank you for the reply. I've noticed the same on a few of his other instruments I've seen.
  7. I forgot to add that this is for one of his cutout violas. Apparently, there were only 35 ever made.
  8. quote: Originally posted by: HongDa I just got a Scott Cao viola sent in for repair from a nearby shop. Apparently the father cracked his kid over the head with it and caused some nasty gashes under the tailpiece and a crack from the f-hole to the end-block. The bridge is missing also so I'm not sure what condition the poor kids' head is in. To add insult to injury; the father asked the shop if he could have a discount on the repair charges Should I fix it or call the child abuseauthorities? While I've had my fair share of being chased around the house by my mother holding a cane above her head, I think wacking your kid with an instrument is a bit harsh. I would notify the authorities and let the know the whole situation (only hearsay, did not see the kid's injuries etc) and let them decide to investigate or not. Vincent
  9. I am in the process of shopping for a new viola and have an opportunity to purchase a really nice Eredez viola at a very good price. It is a little big for me but nothing I cannot realistically handle, has beautiful tone and is in excellent shape. I know its total history, from the time it left Eredez's hands till now and the information is accurate. I've done a search here and have dug up very little, but the article in the Strad was very enlightening. I did not know that Eredez and Rivka Golani were married at one time. My viola teacher was a one time student of Golani's and this is her (my teacher) viola. Or that Joseph Curtin actually started learning the craft from Eredez. I would like to know the board's opinion on Eredez's instruments in general. Are they generally good? Workmanship? Any known issues? TIA Vincent
  10. I like the Veritas Honing jig II. It has a fast adjustment and an angle guide so you get a consistant bevel angle. Micro bevels are as easy as turning a cam that adds a additional angle to the grind and you get a choice of 3 micro bevel angles. http://www.tools-for-woodworking.com/index...ROD&ProdID=6695 The Kell honing jigs are very well made as well and very precise but not as idiot proof as the Veritas one. http://www.tools-for-woodworking.com/index...ROD&ProdID=6756 Vincent
  11. One thing that has helped me is to think of arm weight instead of bow pressure. When you concentrate on adding pressure to the bow, instinctively you press down with your index finger. I try to imagine my arm, esp my elbow gets heavier instead. Also check to see if your elbow is too high or your right shoulder is raised up. Vincent
  12. quote: Originally posted by: falstaff Easiest way to note phishing expeditions is to hover the mouse over the helpful link they snd in the email. And then look at the explorer status bar. You will see that the actual address it links to is nothing like the link as typed in the email. Becareful when you do that hover over link mouse thing. If the crooks are smart enough, they'll program a mouseover line in the html that will show you the same thing as the link. Best is to right click on the email and select 'View Source'. Scroll down till you see the actual code which will show you where the link is going to send you. Safest bet is to open a seperate window and go to the website by typing in the url or your own bookmark. Vincent
  13. quote: Originally posted by: Terry Maurice "If you will do a search on earlier posts, you will discover that this subject has been well covered. Let's not go through it again. " Mike, Ethanol can indeed be toxic. Any intoxicant can be lethal in large doses, but methanol is toxic in very small doses through breathing and skin adsorption. I don't think it hurts to re-state these facts to those that might not even be aware that their denataured alcohol contains a potentially lethal substance. The example you gave for the overconsumption of whiskey is tragic, but while it is well known that high consumption of drinking alchohol can kill, it is not well known that denataured alcohol can have such harmful effects through just breathing the fumes, as Japes post below so clearly illustrate. Terry I indeed did not know that DNA (DeNatured Alcohol) is that toxic. I've been using DNA as a degreasing agent while working on bicycles for a long long time now. Wonder how much of it I got into my system!?! Now I know to be extremely careful, to use as little and avoid as much contact (breathing in and touching it) as possible. Many thanks Vincent
  14. Technically, violas don't have a standard full size. So any size from smallish 14+" to a giganomous 17.5" can be a standard size for a particular person. As such, bows are just as personal. I would have her try them all and find one she likes in terms of size, weight and balance. Some very famous violist actually use a heavy violin bow instead of a "viola" bow. If you compare them, the only real visual difference is the frog which sometimes has a rounded corner instead of a pointy one (but on the flip side, I've seen violin bows with frogs that have a rounded corner). I've actually come to like a carbon bow that was on loan to me. At 69.5g, it is ideally weighted for me and has excellent balance and bounce. The clincher was it actually draws a very nice tone from my instrument compared to similarly priced wooden bows (pernambuco and brazilwood). Good luck with the hunt. Vincent
  15. I recently tried a Trabucci Viola at the Creamona show and absolutely fell in love with it. It had everything I could ask for. Sonority was perfect, response on the C string was excellent, overall tone was very very even. The instrument could sing, yet had the presence to that would instantly turn heads. Vincent
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