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  1. Calcium Oxide is quicklime. It would not exist as the oxide for very long in open air, as it would react with atmospheric moisture to form hydroxide, and then with atmospheric CO2 to form CaCO3 (chalk, calcite, limestone). If it was applied as a water solution or paste, it would already be converted to the hydroxide.
  2. I doubt that anyone can really "guarantee" results from such a change. Too many other factors come into play (size of bass bar? thickness/stiffness of plate?, etc.). In doing that, can you guarantee that other things things haven't changed?
  3. " So it is more of an experiment thing which,if it works, can be dumped on eBay. " You are kidding, aren't you??? I would consider selling an experimentally repaired POS bow on Ebay to be pretty much unethical. Unless you offer a lifetime money back (including shipping) guarantee.
  4. The nut at the end of the bow can have a big influence on how the violin sounds (at least in my case).
  5. Please provide a link. What kind of thread, and what part of the bridge is it tied to? I have some thread that would rip the top right off the bridge.
  6. I've done things like that! On the existing pull, file off the remnants of the old loop, and file that top surface flat. Get another zipper pull, and grind/cut away the entire back, leaving a flat plate, with the loop an pull attached. Use JB Weld to glue the new zipper pull plate to the old zipper pull plate.
  7. Pegs, strings, bridges, and fingerboards, are all wear items on instruments. (kind of like brakes , tires, etc., on a car). If the instrument is played enough, they wear out, and have to be replaced. I would consider modern planetary pegs to be a plus (upgrade) for most instruments. Your luthier is correct that the old pegs would no longer fit (without bushing the peg holes), but if someone wanted to do that in the future, they could. If someone mentions "tradition", you can tell them to get rid of modern strings, tailguts, and anything else that has evolved since Strad.
  8. That varnish isn't grained, it's cooked!!! Almost looks like fire damage.
  9. Absolutely NOT on all counts!!! I spent 34 years as a chemist, and have rarely seen anything so off base. Borax is Sodium Tetraborate, no matter what form it's in. Boric Acid is a totally different formula (does not contain Sodium). Sand is mostly Silicon Dioxide, and does not contain Boron! Pyrex glass is a borosilicate glass, and that isn't sand.
  10. The risk with doing something about it is greater than any gain you might get. Most people don't run around with an endoscope.
  11. And why is it important now? If it's a Markie, it very likely has fake blocks. You'll find out when you take the top off.
  12. I had that problem also. I went to a red Speedo and cowboy hat to go with the boots instead of the G string.
  13. I'm having trouble seeing what your doing, or hearing it from where I'm sitting. Why don't you take it to a music store, luthier, school teacher, or another violin player, who can advise you first hand.
  14. Nitrites have a NO2 formula. Nitrates have a NO3 formula. Apples and oranges.
  15. I have a 20" box fan with a furnace filter mounted on the suction side. It seems to work about as well as my other two dust collection devices. Inexpensive, and can be hung, or sit on a bench or the floor.