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  1. You beat me to it! My shop is multiple use, and you can't hardly see any of the walls.
  2. I can't really tell from the picture. Is your grain orientation correct?
  3. When I was working in the glass shop, we used a wall paper steamer to generate steam to melt wax out of molds. With appropriate hose connections, I'm sure you could work out a pinpoint stream to do what you need. Something like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Wagner-725-Steamer/5001676177?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-pnt-_-ggl-_-LIA_PNT_133_TS-Sanding-Sundries-Surface-Buckets-_-5001676177-_-0-_-0-_-0&ds_rl=1286981&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIotuky7TC8wIV0vrICh2WigWPEAQYASABEgLw7_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  4. Ditto on that! I looked at the installation guide, and there's no mention of adjusting height. You could just mail the money to me and have the same final result- Having your own luthier fit a new bridge for you. (in other words, money thrown away)
  5. Seems like a lot of trouble to go to just to fake a repair that would devalue an instrument. Any possibility that the top edge had some significant damage that required the repair?
  6. The usual dutzenarbeit (sp), made by the hundreds of thousands. When you put it back together did you get the neck angle correct? The fingerboard is heavily wedged and should be replaced. Overall it looks like another one made in the Kindling Bros. shop. If anyone asks, just tell them it’s Kindling.
  7. I don't have experience shipping bows, but I know that some people use sections of PVC drain pipe for that. I don't know that the usual musical instrument insurers would cover shipping, but I used used to work for a glass artist, and we shipped some incredibly complicated and expensive glass. When you ship, you need to declare the value and insure appropriately through the shipper.
  8. Just think of yourself as Henry Ford when he was speaking about the Model T- "You can get it an any color you want, as long as it's black. A professional airbrush artist is a great idea.
  9. I’m going to guess that it was made by a rank amateur who knew very little about violin making. I’m also going to guess that if you’re trying to get it back to playing condition, you’re going to to find other “non-standard” things that might be problematic.
  10. The ground/sealer can often change the color of the wood. Since you've already got the brush in it, why not seal everything?
  11. I'm also a woodworker, and I can do better than that on me table saw. As has been said, no light shining through, and no tool marks. A very sharp, long (12" +) hand plane, also knows as a jointer plane, will give a very smooth surface.
  12. "I can do on a belt sander in 30 seconds what one could spend an hour or so with the traditional tools. So, the obvious question is... why not a belt sander?" If it takes you an hour to plane and rough trim a bridge, you're doing something wrong. We've seen the quality of the work on you're belt sanded bridges, so that should be answer enough. You don't really address fitting the bridge feet with the belt sander, so here's an addition to your tool arsenal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1XXuo3hv6U
  13. I think that your analysis is pretty close. Here's a thought. How about applying some carbon fibers AFTER the bridge is trimmed and fitted. Rather than putting carbon fiber over the whole faces, what about adding some strips a carbon tow (thin ribbon, like you see in woven fabric), front and back? The stuff is really strong, and it might not take much to do it. Excuse my mouse drawing skills, but something like this:
  14. Are you sure that you have your species correct?? Acer pseudoplatanus is widely used for violins, and grows big (66-115 ft. tall). Norway maple, Acer platanoides, is a different species that shares a similar range. It's planted as an ornamental in the US, and I've never seen it in our forests. Your reference to White Ash, makes me think that you're in the US, and makes me curious as to why you didn't try Sugar Maple (hard maple). Silver Maple is usually considered to be a pretty crappy soft maple. And Don is correct. Your bridge is a brick ( the holes look similar! )
  15. "If a kid is on a track to going to college for a performance degree, then the 3K difference we are talking about compared with the other costs- lessons, summer camps, pre-college program etc.. is negligible." I would contend that no 11 year old is on track for anything! A lot can happen in the 7 years between 11, and when they graduate from high school at about 18. She might decide that she wants to become a doctor, dentist, plumber or electrician, or any other career where she can make more money than a musician!
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