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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.
  14. Can you help me identify this wood? there doesn't seem to be any varnish, its black through out. I don't think its Pernambuco, because P will absorbe black stain into the grain first, however, this stays red (not very noticeable in photo, but it is yellow to red) or white, while the rest of the wood takes the stain. Wood
  15. A lot of support goes out to artists, and they have lots of cooperative spaces with public support from various philanthropic groups. Here where I live, I'm welcome as a craftsman/artist and they let me in on their activies. You might go that route, your varnish isn't any worse than baking clay pots, blowing glass, or hammering o ut iron. You may find some limitations though on power tools, but hey, Strad didn't have a table saw. Try Craigslist https://chicago.craigslist.org/ create an account to post, or just peruse listings.
  16. Think about how it handles the tailgut pressure pressure downward -- in terms of leverage to roll the saddle forward or back.
  17. 10 backs may become 10 orphans. 10 molds to make 10 "garlands" has to come before the 10 backs as you'd need to make the backs to match the garlands. When you finish your 10th back, does it get glued to your 1st garland, or 10th? I don't start my next violin till I'm varnishing the previous.
  18. I antique the neck area, I like to rub real dirt -- out of the garden, lots of humus mixed in, damp and decomposing -- into the grain on the unstained/unsealed neck to age it a bit, buff it real good to get it nice and clean, burnish it with the back side of a gouge, then seal with thinned lacquer or do a shellac/oil french polish. It brings out the grain, but looks like its been played for 50 plus years.
  19. I order from them all the time, but have set up as a "dealer" even though I'm just a small time maker. I have nothing but praise, but again, I doubt I'd order from them if I wasn't getting dealer prices. You have to get their price list sent to you in order to know what your final bill will be.
  20. I've been getting european maple with SG nearer .64 but have some gorgeous instruments ujsing local maple (American.) For first effort, won't make much difference, may not be quite as stiff.
  21. The amount a piece of wood will shrink lengthwise, called longitudinal shrinkage, is so small—typically about 0.1% to 0.2%—that it is usually inconsequential.
  22. Light sanding will take you through your ground, Will the black bleed diisappear under the varnish? Monkeying about with sanding or scraping, even small areas, will likely make things worse. Make a seperate block with purflihg, ground, varnish, strip, and if it bleeds too, you have something to work with, may take time but hey, might be able to find a solution without screwing up something you have hundreds of hours into. Otherwise, I not seen this, although I've stripped and revarnished numerous times without that particular problem.
  23. Tuna: A list of the scores was sent to the members and those that attended. I can send you a copy of our latest bulletin if you email me at davidwchandler@outlook.com and I'll be pleased to send it along. That said, there is some corelation between workmanship and tone --- because those that pay attention to one aspect of the project, pay attention to the other as well. The problem with tone judging is that it is highly subjective, and done by a different set of judges that have no clue how the instrument was scored for workmanship, which came first. But having looked at all the scores and the names associated, if they placed well in tone, they came very close in workmanship, and vice versa. I don't have permission to post photos of the winners, did not occur to me to ask. But I shall, as I did photograph the winning workmanship instrument.
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