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  1. "Oh and I guess I should mention the cello already has papers from 3 experts, but they're all 40 to 50 years old I'm just wanting to get fresh papers. " Are fresh papers like new instruments? Do you think there is a problem with the old ones? Not my field of expertise, I'm just curious.
  2. Very different! Is the "bassbar" carbon fiber? And does it touch the cross support in the plate?
  3. If you get a small one, I would avoid the 3 wheel ones. I had one, and it was always breaking blades. I think it's because of the blade continually flexing over the smaller radius wheels.
  4. I have one of these, that was my Dad's. It's about as old as I am (1949ish). The thing has a 24" throat, is all cast iron, and weighs a ton. It sits next to my 14" bandsaw, and gets very little use.
  5. Seems like cutting into the top like that is questionable. I would also worry about pulling the purfling in a top removal. If you're really worried about strengthening the area, why not overlay a strip of linen in the area just north of the end block? Linen is a well recognized method to reinforce cello ribs, and I've used it to reinforce over thinned areas in the tops, near the end blocks, of dutzenarbeit type instruments.
  6. "I was presuming that Pernambuco would be considered a better species as a rule. Is that not a reasonable assumption?" Wood is quite variable, and a very good piece of Brazilwood might easily be better than a not so good piece of Pernambuco, and a Brazilwood bow made by a very good bow maker could easily be better than a Pernambuco bow made by a not so good bow maker. Then there's also the old adage about "ass-u-me".
  7. "26 pennies is 65 grams" I found multiple coins to be a bit awkward to play with. I screwed together some assorted hardware from my junk box and came up with this 64.8 gram weight that's easy to hang a loop of thread on.
  8. "I find a 1000 stone followed by stropping to be perfectly adequate" It's possible that you may not know what you're missing. I do a hollow grind with a white aluminum oxide wheel, followed by 1000, 4000, 8000, 12,000, and a quick stropping with green chrome oxide. Done properly, it doesn't take more than a minute or two with each grit. It's sometimes hard to quantify sharpness but this test has been discussed here: "Make a loop 40 weight rayon thread and attach it to a weight (say 60-100 grams). Twenty U.S. nickel coins or 40 pennies weigh 100 grams. An edge that cuts the thread (wi
  9. So is trying to buy treasures sight unseen on line! I did see the "number of people" part!
  10. No, division by 0 is undefined, and not possible.
  11. "paying in the 000s and selling for 2X 000s." 2 x 0 is still 0!
  12. Well, it doesn't appear to be the usual cottage industry dutzenarbeit, so value is relative. It would also depend on how well trained your friend is as a luthier.
  13. I always specify "tuned to A 440" when I buy my glue. I get the glue, and I don't have to worry about it.