Tim McTigue

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  1. in 2 weeks time there is a book launch in Cremona of the first comprehensive monography about Nikolai Kittel.

    Written by the experts on Kittel: Grünke, Gabriel and Chins. 30 Kittel bows in it. And some photos of documents contributed by kenway.

    There will be a lot of your questions and answers in it. www.nikolai-kittel.com

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    bowlover

  2. I just read This Article in my local paper, and came here figuring there'd be a discussion about it already. True it is, and the article does discuss some of the reasons. It does seem to be a paradigm-shift kind of thing, at least as far as the writer is concerned. I'm sure the auction will be much discussed here...
  3. Looks a bit like my workbench after I use the Wagner Safe-T-Planer...
  4. A humble Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me, and I'll also echo Catnip's thoughts. I hope to get off my lazy butt and get back in the workshop very soon...
  5. Wow, John, that's fantabulous! Love the colour!
  6. I ordered the CD/DVD last Christmas when I first saw it mentioned here at MN (can't remember by whom), and I'm very glad I did! The music is on my iPod, and is among my most-listened to music. And I've watched the DVD a number of times - you don't get tired of this stuff!
  7. Tim McTigue

    Violin Wiki

    Not to mention, the topic "The Violin" is impossibly broad. On a hunch, I went to Wikipedia and searched on "Stradivari", and found topics on the man himself (biography), his violins, links to articles on Amati, Guarneri and others, and much information besides. I think that's the preferred approach to something so vast - articles on the sub-topics.
  8. Brewed a batch of beer today - an American Pale Ale (think Sierra Nevada). That's my main house beer. I'm just now sampling the first bottle of a stout I brewed about 3 weeks ago - pretty good, if I do say so myself. I also build and fly model airplanes - Control Line (U-control), not radio control. I brought my #1 to the airplane club meeting a couple weeks ago, and they were some impressed. I also write and record my own music (main instrument - guitar, classically trained) when time allows. Oh, and I also have a full-time job, plus married with 3 kids. I don't have much time for sleeping...
  9. I really don't think you want to reduce ribstock from 3mm to 1mm by using a scraper alone. It would be very slow, and your hands will take a beating. And you'd want to stop frequently to re-set the hook or re-sharpen the scraper. I use a toothed plane initially, on both sides, followed by a few swipes from a regular plane (SHARP, to take down the grooves left by the toothed plane a bit), followed by the scraper. Doesn't take too long.
  10. She can compete for it again if she wants to. The article mentions another artist who chose not to re-up, he's gotten a loan for $150,000 to get a Testore...
  11. Thanks, Andres! Those images can be found linked from this page.
  12. Read this in the Toronto Star today, and felt it would be of interest to this community. There's a cool video highlighting one of the luthiers in the shop where restorations are being made on several valuable instruments, the use of which, for 3 years, is soon to be won by several young and promising musicians. Pretty cool stuff! The luthier in the video restored a 1715 Montagnana violin. Toronto Star article on Canada Council's triennial contest
  13. Nice one, catnip! Can't wait to see more/better pics (back shots?). Love the pegs.
  14. Funny you should ask, as I did give this some thought during the past two years as I was working on the first. Notice I don't say "my violin", I acknowledge that it is only the first. Yes, I think I am hooked, but I think I got hooked a way long time ago. I think it may have something to do with a day when I was in, I think, fourth grade, or maybe third, and the teachers brought us into a classroom one day, and there were violins, violas and cellos there, and they said we could learn to play if we wanted, but our parents had to give permission. Not sure why. But my parents felt I was too young, and maybe they were right, but I think I've carried that disappointment since then, and perhaps a fascination with the violin itself. I forgot all about this, however, until about 14 years ago, during a period of unemployment, for some reason the thought struck me that it might be fun to make a musical instrument. Being unemployed (and having more time than money), I went to the library to see what I could find. I read a few books on making instruments, some of which offered very basic information for the light hobbyist, and then I read Heron-Allen's book. That crystalized my thinking, and I then spent the next 10 years or so thinking about it every so often, and picking up a tool here and there, until finally in 2007, I decided "Time to put up or shut up." Anyone here with the time to search can fill in the rest of the story, so far...
  15. I truly envy those who have (or have had) access to the great violins, even for a short time. Truth be told, before I made my #1, I hadn't even seen a real violin up close more than a few times. Of particular inspiration to me are the splendid photos posted here by other makers, particularly those in the just-starting-out phase - it shows what's possible!
  16. DARN!!! Another great brand idea down the drain...
  17. I'll second that, but I'll be more general. I have that CD on my MP3 player, and I probably play those tracks way more often than any of the others. For me, the most hauntingly beautiful piece of music there is his rendition of Greensleeves, played on the Amati (I think) viola...
  18. Nice! Beautiful work, Matthias. I'm hoping to have next week off work, if so I'll get back to work on my #2...
  19. Okay, here's what I got. I wouldn't have bought it, but my church choir gave me (as a going-away present) enough $$$ in Long & McQuade gift cards to buy it, and with the express wish that I purchase such a case - they had had to listen to me during the construction period. BRAND MODEL DESCRIPTION -------------------- ---------------- ---------------------------------------- YOUNG HEUNG YH-500WOVAC 15" YOUNG HEUNG OBLONG VIOLA CASE 15"-15 1/2 It's a nice case!!
  20. I think, if I remember, that mine was for a 14.5" - 15.5" viola. I'll look it up when I get home, and post what I find. I think a case meant for a viola up to 17" would indeed be too large...
  21. I bought a small viola case for my oversized violin (about 14.5"). The viola case was for a 15.25" viola, and it has a nice "pillow" inside that makes it fit my violin nicely. It was about $200 Cdn. Can't remember the make, but I'll post it tonight when I get home from work. Very nice case, although I can't trust the hygrometer...
  22. Can't help you on the standard measurements, however one of the issues my first has, is pretty much exactly that... the neck is a bit too thick. However, I don't think it's actually too thick from back to fb, rather I think it's a bit too fat in profile. IOW, if you're looking at the cross-section, like "D", I've left a bit too much material around the apex of the curve, I think. Just mentioning another possibility that could make it feel too thick, even if you measure it and it seems correct. One of these days I'll get around to fixing it...
  23. Tim McTigue

    #1 finished

    Wow, Fjodor, let me be the first to congratulate you - in many ways your first effort is vastly superior to mine! Very nice instrument!
  24. I really envy you, Luis! You have time to make instruments. I'm stuck working overtime, and when I do have time off, there are lots of other things to attend to, and then I just feel like doing nothing, or reading. I haven't put tool to wood in months. I do realize it's a certain discipline, but also there's working too hard at one's job, and not having time or energy for hobbies. Of course, for you it's way beyond hobby. I always feel like posting a reply in these threads, but I usually don't, because what could I say, after all? Your work is awe-inspiring, marvellous, wonderful. I (and many others) thank you for posting pictures so regularly - they are an inspiration! I do hope I can get back in the workshop soon...
  25. I think it would be really, really cool to hear a concert using your instruments - I mean where the entire orchestra is playing them. You must have enough now for at least a chamber orchestra. Handel, perhaps? Very cool!