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  • Birthday 09/15/1949

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    Black Mountains of the Blue Ridge
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    I didn't attend violin-making school..... but I did stay at a Holiday Inn!
    Southern Violin Association
    Toe Valley Chamber Ensemble

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  1. OK, so Castello had a little too much vino and got his "f" holes screwed up. "May as well varnish it, and give it to Nono for his daughter's birthday. No with my label though." So Nono, knowing Castello made it, slipped a Castello label into the thing, and traded it for an "ascribed to" Bisiach. Nice play, Nono.
  2. Thanks for all your input, and reality check. Now it really looks like a Costello, and not a Castello.
  3. Interesting auction item. Supposed to be Paulus Costello, 1779. I was interested until I noticed the really lopsided f holes. What do you think?
  4. We've set the date of April 19-21 2018 for our next general member meeting and conference. It will be held at Wildacres Retreat in western North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 2 full days of presentations and workshops, accomodations on or off site. If you're interested in receiving our bulletins and updates, you can add to our email database by visiting Facebook link or if that doesn't work, you can send me a personal message with your details and I'll add you to the email database. Thanks.
  5. I've run across this item, donated by Harold Hayslett's family, and I suspect it is for wraping bows? If not, then what the heck is it? How is it used?
  6. Small movements of the soundpost at the maple/back can have a stronger influence than at the top, when it comes to balancing the strings out. If you move the bottom of the post to the treble side a bit, it favors the lower (G & D), but yes, it can be at the expense of the upper strings. The nice thing is that its harder to wear out the back with post adjustments. Once I get my post set where I want it, its only the lower part of the post that needs moved to fine tune. Well, that's my perspective anyway.
  7. Happy 100th Birthday Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:30 pm Post subject: Happy Birthday, Harold Hayslett Celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday, Dec 26. He's a resident of Charleston, WVA. After retiring as a plumber/steamfitter in 1980 he began making violins, and became a well respected cello maker. In the 1990s he was awarded a Gold Medal for Cello tone from the ViolinSociety of America. This fall, he donated nearly his entire shop inventory of partially completed instruments, parts, plates, wood, tools, to the Southern Violin Association. A large part of the collection can be seen at https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AN1D02eul9dOJbY&v=photos&id=72ABB1F447C6888D%2112911&cid=72ABB1F447C6888D Some of the nicenst items will be offered for auction at the SVA annual meeting and conference April 19-21 in Little Switzerland, NC. The remainder will be auctioned on Ebay afterward. If you want to be added to our mailing list (Southern Violin Association), or if you'd like to see a particular item or group put on ebay, please email me at davidwchandler@outlook.com
  8. I've seen it/experienced it without either sandpaper or water stain.
  9. Addie, I like your design. The store bought ones can damage the top. I think there is no penalty to making the device as wide as possible to spread the load. Danger may be in adding pressure to the top between bass bar and soundpost where it hasn't had pressure before. I have the Hardeim and use it a heck of a lot refining the bridge.
  10. And some not so famous..... Janito is right, you can get this effect if its fairly wide grain especially. Actually, I think its kinda cool.
  11. I've used alcohol to loosen tough spots when removing tops, and certainly a dozen or so times to remove fingerboards or get a neck to loosen from upper block. I take an exacto knive and etch through the varnish at the joint so the alcohol can get in and start to work. It may take multiple appllications of alcohol to get the effect. My observation was that the glue gelled somewhat, or at least it seemed to have become softened to a point it lets loose. I think Michael Darnton mentioned this to me as a technique long ago, so I can't take credit.
  12. A long artist brush with alcohol reaching inside to the joint of the top and block, if its hide glue it will after a bit, turn to gell and let loose. From the outside, if the varnish isn't a spirit varnish, small cuts into the seam between top and ribs with small spplications of alcohol, then press knife in a bit more, more alcohol, more pressing until you've saturated the glue in the joint, it should give. You might want to leave the saddle in place to stabilize your center joint while removing the top.
  13. That's helpful Duane. Seems quite heavy, but a good looking bow. It came crushed behind the frog, so I'm trying to match up wood, but cannot find a donor bow to match.
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