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  1. I think that is the trick! Almost all of the people I know who end up tearing through winding, usually near third position for my circle of friends, were using way too much finger pressure. Add long nails, dirty strings, and dragging the fingers around instead of shifting and voila. Instant barbed wire.
  2. Yep, your logic is impeccable. I'm out.
  3. Ah, the joys of being able to read in context. All I am saying is that ultimately people like Mahler give you jobs. Period. I applaud the others who showed they have enough personality to appreciate things other than wood, tools, and Bach.
  4. Probably because without actual music all makers would be without a job or look pretty silly. That includes Mahler.
  5. Almost looks like really bad like tye dye, so congratulations if that was your intention!
  6. Yuen, that is BS and you know it. I replied to your original post for advice only a few hours after you posted. You replied that you had already done your shortening. There is a difference between asking for advice in general and asking for advice in a particular instance. In your case, you make it clear that you'll only be ruining one violin and not many.Thus you were asking for advice in one particular instance. But what did you do? You decided not to listen anyway. If you want advice that is applicable for the rest of your life, know this: you neither possess the manual or intellectual dexterity to accept, integrate, and appreciate advice when it comes to violin repair. For some reason the advice not to do it yourself is the only advice you seem to get. Aft for some reason that's the only bit of advice you seem to not understand.
  7. Honestly, I don't understand. You say that you'll soon need more "advices". Advice means that you need help. And to need help you need to first realize that you don't know what you're doing and that you haven't done anything yet. In your case, advice seems to be more of a gleaning for thin positive comments for the inferior work you accomplish. In other words, I think its very inaccurate to ask for help when you've already done the work. It's a mockery of true advice. You're not after advice. You're after vindication. If you were after true help and true advice, I suggest you actually listen to those posting here, stop your own abuse of your instrument, and lay down the tools until you know anything about repair or have a clue on how to go about learning. Good grief.
  8. If somebody says "no" I wouldn't be surprised if you'd go ahead and shorten it anyway...if you haven't already.
  9. and an A+ for Most Improved Photography!
  10. After 49 minutes of watching I couldn't take the "uh" or "ums" any more. Good stuff though, I just wish he didn't sound like Homer Simson.
  11. quote: Originally posted by: yuen In corporate all your great advices, now the pic. ( hope it works) One last question about Tourte mute, only going through one string, any one? All things considered the improvement is miraculous
  12. I heard those wire mutes can be pretty nasty for your strings. It's great that you've switched to rubber. And please, please, please, for the love of all that is sacred, please learn to focus your photographs. I don't think I've ever seen one of your photos that was in focus.
  13. If your project was "pretty successful" I'd hate to see one of your failures.
  14. quote: Originally posted by: Seth_Leigh David, haven't you made over a hundred violins already? Are you only an "amateur" because you don't make your living doing this? Isn't that the difference between somebody who does something as an "amateur" and a "professional"?
  15. quote: Originally posted by: edi malinaric Some years back in correspondence with Al Stancel I suggested that making the tip along those lines, using a piece of Tufnol for the head, would... i) reduce tip breakages to zero. ii) almost treble the number of sticks from a log. Nice to see that someone else was thinking along the same lines. cheers edi Actually, the head is still carved. It's all one piece even though it doesn't look like it, so one would use the same amount of pernambuco (if not more).
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