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    Best contemporary luthiers

    Tina Turner knows.
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    Poster sale at The Strad

    yes, because:
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    Poster sale at The Strad

    If this is the poster (Messie) you started a thread about a while back, then I think your expectations were a bit unrealistic.
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    2018 Joe Thrift workshop

    So why is PVA/titebond OK for high stress joints on guitars, but not for violin centre joints?
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    2018 Joe Thrift workshop

    why you ask if you know answer?
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    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    I worry a little about the "improved" carbide blades. The idea, I gather, is that they'll never need sharpening, but, well, y'know.....
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    calculate wood density

    It's not rocket science
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    High resin content varnish

    Thanks, Tets. The beeswax idea sounds interesting.
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    High resin content varnish

    Without solvent?
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    High resin content varnish

    I think using "raw" weights would lead to a lower resin content in the final product
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    High resin content varnish

    For the past few years I've been getting good results from a fairly simple colophony/mastic/linseed oil varnish (all ingredients pre-cooked) with a resin:oil ratio of 1.5:1 This produces a viscous varnish that needs to be thinned with solvent, but once thinned has excellent brushing properties. With the Greiner/Brandmair-inspired trend for even higher resin:oil ratios in mind I recently went up to 2:1 (still a long way from the 4:1 ratio that Brandmair apparently found). This 2:1 ratio resin:oil recipe produces a substance that is more like a soft solid than a viscous liquid, which can only be applied by pre-dissolving lumps of it in white spirit or similar solvent. Does this tally with anyone else's experience? Cheers John
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    We need a "Like" button on Mn.

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    Craig Tucker, in rememberence.

    Very sad news. Never met him in person, but he was indubitably one of the good guys.
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    Willow for corner blocks etc

    Old bats might have been pretty thoroughly saturated with linseed oil over the years which might cause some problems, I suppose?