Ken Pollard

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About Ken Pollard

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    Nampa, Idaho
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    Design, function, wine, and fiddle music.

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  1. Adam, Just ran across this YouTube video while doing a little tune research, then found your post here on Maestronet. Really nice sounding. Cool concert, a splendid memorial. Cheers, Ken
  2. Thanks for the discussion. I flip one side, for reasons of strength. At least it seems reasonable. I've never actually measured it one way or the other, so I don't know. Here's one of my tops from 2011, and I've been doing it that way since. It makes a good story, at least. I have been curious as to the tonal effects of run-out, and was interested to hear some opinions on that, above. Cheers, Ken
  3. And the citation includes this: "How did this come to be? Perhaps this story is apocryphal but my understanding is that when Richard Nixon received a contribution value of more than one million dollars for the contribution of his manuscripts to a library,...." (Boldface my doing.) Apochyphal basis of tax-code, quite an idea! It sounds like violin-makers talking about varnish. On the other hand, many of us have been puzzling about taxes for several years now. I think we can come up with good stories, too. I think the fundamental idea is correct -- that you cannot deduct the sa
  4. So one can have a fiddle that looks like a dG. It is easy to underestimate appearance. A decent fiddle in the hands of a decent fiddler will sound decent. Might as well look like something, too.
  5. In tax code, there are no right answers. There are risky answers and there are safe answers. Different CPAs will give different answers, and so do different IRS agents. No one really understands all of it. Each has their own algorithm, or checklist, they go through. If the IRS claims you have underpaid taxes, you can fight it, and, depending on the situation, even come out on top. The phrase I learned when I started filing violin-business taxes nearly twenty years ago was 'tax avoidance vs tax evasion.' It is reasonable and legal to avoid taxes. Evading them is when you get into
  6. "Fair market value" is the phrase here, as others have said. If one has actually sold multiple violins in the, say, $2000 range, than a justifiable fair-market value is $2000. If one has a price tag stating $2000, but hasn't sold any, than it is hard to say that $2000 is fair-market value. One could argue the point, and possibly win. Or lose. I have seen plenty of examples where $500 worth of material has been turned into something completely worthless. And I'm not implying anything about Michael M's original post here; I haven't seen any of his instruments but he does seem a
  7. I thought I had ordered one copy this morning, using a Visa debit card, but saw no acknowledgment via e-mail nor any debit to my checking account. A few hours later, I sent an e-mail to Helen M. asking if, when she had the time, she could check to see if I had an order pending. She replied within the hour. I didn't have a pending order. Turns out there is a final "Pay Now" button that I neglected to hit. I re-ordered, hitting the final button, and within moments I had an e-mail acknowledgement, followed shortly by one from the publisher confirming the order. So, yes, Will, it is your
  8. The A-peghole is an extremely vulnerable spot, unlike those illustrated in other posts here. If you want practice carving a scroll, you can continue. But I wouldn't put that on a working instrument. I'd say Doormouse's example is quite interesting to look at (but very different than the O.P.).
  9. Yes! Don't know whose hand was responsible, but I understand the difficulty.
  10. Lots of nice details to be seen there. The purfling under the button caught my eye, and gave me a feeling of relief, or maybe compassion.
  11. Berl, I am always surprised when I can remember some detail about these things, and this just happens to be one. The July 2007 issue of Strad magazine had a story you may be interested in reviewing: "Ring of Truth" by John Topham & Derrek McCormick. They have some nice graphical plots, based on dendrochronology, showing that Strad pretty much used the wood as he bought it, with occasional lapses -- perhaps a stash forgotten in some corner, under newer stuff. I, of course, can't substantiate any of it, but it seemed interesting and reasonable to me. Omobono -- nice comparison pho
  12. I like the mug, Don. And the rest of the shop. Really nice.
  13. Similar reason to Cliff's -- good memories as well as being handy. The mug is from Williamsburg, VA. Went there in 1997 for the VSA convention and enjoyed my visit. Turned out the mug just sat in my kitchen cabinet, mostly unused, so I used it to replace the soup can that had previously been holding my brushes, pencils, and such.
  14. Behind my vise? That's actually Everclear, which I use mostly for cleaning. The rum is on the other side of the shop, over by the treadle-lathe. :-)