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Mat Roop

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  1. yes, and its also possible to split the top in the fridge
  2. David is right... all depends on where & how data is collected... We use the # of known active cases compared to total population by county. Our area has 151 active cases per 123,000. pop. or ... 1.2%... higher than we would like. we were at 50 cases just a week ago. I applaud our gov't for the " Draconian" lockdown... If it saves just one life... it is worth it. .....Cheers everyone!
  3. No offense here... I understand exactly what you are saying. I would love to get my life back by opening my shop to the public again... but I will not, until I get the vaccine. My adult children all work, and my bride (of 49 yrs) and I look after the grand kids while they are committed to work. If we catch the bug, the entire family will be legally mandated to isolate and that would be a major disaster including financially. Masks, sanitization and distancing is a religion for us. My shop is still busy, .. just all delivery & pickup is via curbside. Its a hassle , but it works. Stay safe everyone!
  4. this isthe concept of how to safely "un-stuck" pegs... no tapping , undue pressure or force. http://rezx.biz/photos/pegreleasebrochureweb.pdf ... shameless self promotion...
  5. I don't see a lot of broken bows... but with the crackline dramatically cross grain, are we sure it is a crack... maybe a wear mark of sorts from movement in a case against something? ... or maybe just a flaw in the wood?
  6. Well then.... Time to get trained!
  7. Always wise to try to deal Local or at least in range... in case follow up quick service is needed. Cheers! ... Mat
  8. I don't know of any teacher that receives "back door" commissions. ... Maybe I am blind. What I don't understand is why would a teacher accept a commission as that would drive up the cost of the instrument for the student, making the cost of lessons( for the student) even higher and possibly triggering the student to quit.... they should assist the student to get the very best price. I've had teachers call me saying their student is not well off and what can I do... and I always do something. In any case, the Student is already paying the teacher to teach and selecting and using the tool for the task is part of what the teacher is already being paid for. Successful teachers. luthiers and businesses don't need to manipulate the system for every penny.
  9. It's not painted... it's the reflections from the stripes of his suit
  10. So no one has answered my question... Based on Dwight's frustrations... is this a general issue??? ... worth researching and developing a solution?
  11. Yes you can but I would not dream of doing that on the worst of instruments.... If I did dream, it would be a nightmare!
  12. So, is this a prevalent problem around the world?? I can imagine a simple solution for all posts except maybe it would not be desireable for the upper crust of instruments. If I come up with a spruce post/ accessory design that once set and installed will not fall or move by itself, how many might I sell? sell price if produced in volume likely in the order of $20 ... worth researching?
  13. Thanks George... properly, I should have quoted the full sentence....
  14. Well of course... As they said 2000 years ago, "money is the root of all evil" When we give a discount to dealers, wholesalers, retailers, teachers, etc. it is in fact a bribe, otherwise they would not bother to sell your wares.... but that is a principle of capitalism, much better than .... The good part is that you have the right to choose who you deal with.
  15. I've heard somewhere that REPEL kills mosquitoes and ticks and is very effective on camping gear and camp clothing.... and that spraying the liner of your case takes care of the critters. .. for what it is worth. Or you can try this https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/oxygen-absorbers-pack-of-100/6000189653084 Good luck, Mat
  16. So I checked the safety data sheet, and the Irwin chalk is mostly iron oxide and talc with a touch of crystalline silica... but hey, if it works well... https://www.irwin.com/uploads/documents/59_IRWIN_Chalk_SDS_-_Midnight_Black_PerSt.pdf an after thought... why not make up limestone chalk and color it black with shoe dye?... assuming limestone chalk would work better?
  17. Here is a source for black... at least in Canada. https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/irwin-strait-line-marking-chalk-black-0575814p.html?rrec=true#spc
  18. Would you think 4f fine pumice stone would work as well as chalk dust or would that be too abrasive? Also... do you suggest blackboard chalk dust or climbers' / gymnastics chalk? or is there a difference? Thx... Mat
  19. Do make a pepared paste or just use bar soap & chalk dust? Ivory soap?
  20. One thing I am fastidious about is always getting a full mailing/ street adress. ... required by my accountant.:) On one occasion I was able to find an additional phone # on facebook... and that led to resolution. If that is not successful, I would not hesitate to call a relative or family member (found via facebook) starting with a soft lead asking if the person is well and safe. ... Might lead to resolution.
  21. Is there anything wrong with a neck wedge that is made of ebony? I seem to prefer that as the ebony wedge blends with the FB and looks less patchy. Tougher to get the maple to match perfectly.
  22. Well used & Clean ...wine stains are OK! New ones will leave lint behind
  23. Yes!... make it in multiple thin layers and presto! ... you have a plywood top!
  24. Here is the full video ... bass bar at about 3:56 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SvfNhMlnBE
  25. Philip... you are the wise one... There is a saying that there are 2 types of people you should never argue with... 1- those who don't know what they are talking about and 2- those who do know what they are talking about So I guess its best to just listen to all opinions but draw your own conclusion!
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