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  1. Is there any possibility that someone may have already put a pin down the center of the stick in that area? There appears to be a little difference in the finish in that area. As for recambering, I was warned that it can go very wrong, very fast, and that any clients wanting their bow recambered need to be warned of that possibility.
  2. You will be disappointed with Red Labels. Personally, I have had good life with Zyex strings.
  3. Please document or enumerate that method used in Europe. Thanks
  4. If a really good bowmaker who teaches bow restoration tells, and teaches me to use alcohol followed by a thin French polish, that's what I am going to do. I will respect opinions from professionals, but not so much speculation from others.
  5. I was taught (by a very good bowmaker) to use alcohol to clean the stick, followed by a light French polish. If the hair is still good, don't get alcohol on it as it will turn the rosin on the hair into a solid mass. I'd love to hear from the bowmakers on this.
  6. Pretty nice! Can you get those at Harbor Freight? Seriously, who has the money or room for something like that?
  7. "I have to find a magnetic/ heat plate, for lab use in order to have stirring and stable/even heating in the same time. " If you do that, you'll need to go with a glass covered magnet bar. The usual Teflon ones won't stand that temperature. I would also question stirring anything with any viscosity that way. The motors/magnets don't have a lot of power.
  8. "Is the solution to buy a flask with a NS 29/32 joint?" I spent 34 years as a chemist. I would worry about the joint seizing up if any rosin/varnish gets into it. If you're worried about oxygen getting into it, why not just blanket it with N2 (rent a small cylinder). Geigenbauer has good suggestions.
  9. Your first problem is that your 280 C is 536 F, and your cork will burn. You can measure the temperature inside the flask with a temperature probe, but without stirring, the temperature of a viscous fluid will be uneven, and will be much hotter at the bottom. I doubt that the IR thermometer would give useful results.
  10. I would say that if you're not already a good luthier, your chances of pulling this off as a DIY project are very slim.
  11. The case is usually not related to the violin. If you want any reasonable chance of identifying the where or when of a violin, you should post a series of high quality pictures following the guidelines at the top of the page.
  12. That is interesting. I have a whole bag of old pegs that I'll sell you for $1 each plus shipping. I will warn you that I can pretty much guarantee that none would be usable.
  13. Can you provide something to support this??
  14. Not a chance! Brad could spot that from across a gym.
  15. Back in the old days,(pre 2005) when I was working for Kodak, they owned a gelatin plant in Peabody, MA. I was doing analytical chemistry back then, and one of the things that I analyzed occasionally was that gelatin. I got a pretty good understanding of the whole process. As the hides (or bones) are cooked and extracted, the best gelatin comes off first, then in subsequent cooks, other grades of gelatin come off, and finally the hide glue "dregs". The photographic grade gelatin made the food grade gelatin look like garbage. Since Fuji was a major competitor back then, we always joked about sp