Tets Kimura

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  1. Tets Kimura

    High resin content varnish

    Hi John, After reading the Greiner/Brandmair book, I first tried varnish which was something like 2.3:1 (resin to oil.) I liked the result, especially the intensity of colour, and how it wore off. However, I never get along well enough with varnish with turps (I hate how it feels when applying), so I'd abandoned it after using it on a couple of instruments. Since then, I slowly increased the amount of oil, but to keep chippiness of the dried film, I started to add 5% bees wax. For me, the leanest varnish I can apply without any solvent is 1.6:1, and right now I'm settled on 1.25:1. I don't cook mastic nor oil, so viscosity of the varnish might be quite different from yours.
  2. Back to the original question; It reminded me of this thread which I found interesting when it appeared on MN originally (9 years old! Was it that long ago!!) Ah, Torbjörn, you were on it too.
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    Christian Bayon´s bench

    Nice to see you working well. I've got a couple of friends who keep telling me how good your instruments sound. Hope I'll meet you in person, and learn from you in near future.
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    Reproducing varnish chipping.

    Much of this came from crackling before varnish worn off.
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    Tets Kimura's Bench

    Nice to see you here, Martina. This is the back. It's a nice piece of maple, so I'm trying hard not to spoil it.
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    Tets Kimura's Bench

    An ongoing project. This is the first time I'm varnishing each parts separately.
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    Modern Violas Based on The Stradivari CV form

    This is a viola based on the CV form I made this year. I kept the original's dimensions, and also the shoulder of the scroll, but it worked out well sound wise. The tone was more focused than my Guarneri based model.
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    How Messy can Your Shop get?

    That's as tidy as my workshop can get.
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    F-hole finessing hacks

    Nice video, Davide. I'm impressed that you are locating f-holes from inside. I've tried that a few times, but it never worked out for me. I finish f-holes with my knife rather quickly, and I like the no-muss no-fuss look I get. I don't mind seeing a kink here and there as long as f-holes (or rather a whole instrument) look classy. Although I understand that's quite a different approach from Davide, or David Burgess. But, hey, you gotta choose the side you're most comfortable and natural with. Having said that, I must admit sometimes I clean upper and lower holes with a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a reamer without cutting edges.
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    Christian Bayon´s bench

    Now that is classy!!! I'd love to see the rest of the cello, please.
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    Artistic decisions

    Yes, I'd copy it with an asymmetric mold , or more likely with a skeleton mold, but I'd have to copy it well. I wouldn't do it if it was a violin especially because the maker is unknown. Contrary to some comments, a viola like that can sound great. I'm not saying that anyone can pull it off, and you'd want to know if the real thing works as an instrument, AND why and how it works as a 3D object.
  12. Wow, David, I wasn't even born yet, in 1977! That tells you something. As for the video clips, it is quite educational to watch them with sound turned off. And that's not a cheap slur on the sound quality.
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    Viola plate weights

    I would have thought Fjodor was talking about a viola with an added E-string, and you can buy an E-string for violas, too. Considering it will be under higher tension than a normal viola, it is wise to keep plates relatively strong. Bear in mind that a heavier viola doesn't necessarily mean a viola which feels heavy, and lighter plates don't necessarily produce better sound either, especially in the hands of a good violist.
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    High top arch

    I don't think you should go over 17mm, if you haven't done it before. Don't forget to consider depth and width of fluting.
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    Tets Kimura's Bench

    The viola's been finally strung up. More adjusting to come, but so far so good.