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Everything posted by FiddleDoug

  1. You’re way off base on most of what you said! Elmer’ glue is a liquid, not a solid, and comes in a bottle, not a bag. The OP specifically asked about hide glue. Hide glue is gelled at room temperature, and must be heated to even get it to flow. Hide glue solution/gel can be reheated and used several times. Keep it in the fridge between uses. Heating creates more surface area? What are you talking about? If you want to talk about molecular weight of the collagen chains, yes, long term heating, especially at higher temperatures can break down the chain length, and reduce the strength.
  2. Yep, It’s a violin. Take pictures as suggested in the post at the top “How to Photograph…..”, if you want a better chance at a meaningful ID.
  3. Most likely a German trade instrument from the Markneukirchen area, from the early 1900s. Considering the damage to the f hole, it might be worth $100 or so.
  4. Yes, but don’t advertise it as a Vuillaume! eBay really frowns on fraud!
  5. Ditto!!! If this was claimed to be genuine, you would have a court case if they won’t refund your money.
  6. I agree. You probably shouldn't try to "fix" it yourself. A good luthier will be able to properly clean the area and apply the appropriate finish.
  7. Just saying that stuff like that affects the value.
  8. I think that your $2500 estimate is a pipe dream. The scroll is really funky, it needs a new set of pegs, and the fingerboard looks thin and might need replacing. More like $500.
  9. Oops! Should have had more coffee!
  10. Please take a better picture, with really good lighting, that shows more than one square inch. Since it's on the bass side, it would be a bass bar crack, not a sound post crack.
  11. I did something similar in my 50's, but sadly, with no previous musical background, it wasn't a good plan for me. Now I just work on them. I started out with a lower priced Romanian instrument and a synthetic bow. That was a good choice. The teachers that I had at the time thought that both the instrument and bow were fine for what I was doing. I bought mine at a local shop. The disadvantage of buying online, is that you don't really have any idea of what the set-up is going to be like. If you buy from a local luthier, they should check everything before they sell it to you, and if there is a problem, you can take it back to them. If someone brings me a violin that they bought online, and wants some work done on it, they pay full price.
  12. Since the fronts are usually spruce, and the backs are maple, there will be major differences between the grain and density.
  13. With that dimension, it's about a 3/4 size instrument. Appropriate for a younger teenager.
  14. Any idea what kind of oil it is? Everything that I can think of is likely to affect the finish. For example, you might be able to extract oil from the back edge of a plate by putting it on paper towel, on a glass plate, and adding acetone. Never tried it, so no guarantees.
  15. Since a lot of eBay sellers way overprice their offerings, you could list it for $10,000. Lots of suckers out there. Seriously, see what the shop would offer you for it. Consider that as a wholesale price, and a 50% markup from that might be a place to start.
  16. Probably not much. A real key for setting sound posts is having good lighting inside the instrument (like Luthier Lights). It’s also difficult to keep proper orientation with the endoscope..
  17. Linen has been used as reinforcement since at least Stradivari's time. As far as I know, they weren't generally used for violin construction, so they were probably put in during some of the repair sessions.
  18. With Pernambuco being listed on the CITES endangered species list, the usual fittings makers might be leary to take this on due to the difficulty in getting lumber. I did see a site that sold CITES certified reclaimed Pernambuco, but I they had $2000 minimum order, and a flat $200 shipping fee.
  19. I noticed that you appear to be using the OEM plane blade. You'll get much better results with a better blade, like a Veritas.
  20. Here's a goal for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs9X-XzFGHI
  21. In your earlier shooting board thread, I asked if you had properly fettled/tuned the plane. I don't recall seeing an answer to this. It can make a HUGE difference. A properly tuned plane, with a properly sharpened blade can do very nice work!
  22. Google doesn't show any references to violin Makers named Teufel, but there is this. https://raamatupood.utlib.ee/en/fiction/9901-die-teufel-roman-band-1-3.html
  23. Just for laughs, Google translate says that Teufel means Devil. Are you sure you want to keep that around?
  24. Have you properly fettled the plane? Makes a big difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQyjLV92224
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