iburkard

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    illustration, painting, woodworking, metalworking, biking, tennis, instrument repair, furniture repair, the arts

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  1. iburkard

    Cherry Violin drying in the Sun

    Nice looking backs... great material!
  2. Just popping in to post a few photos in the gallery... nothing earth shattering. I just wanted to show the texture/variation/repairs on the surface of this instrument. It's a mutt for sure, and I will probably go see it again. I'm glad that parts of it were preserved, but it's also sad to see how aggressively it was tweaked over the years. The Met has yet again given us an intentionally bad photography scenario. I'm not sure if this is solely preservation, or that they don't want good photos leaving the museum... so that people must come to the location to see all of the details. I've considered asking if I could get an hour or two with the instrument, and better lighting, and case removal. I doubt they'd bite. I don't think the back centerline was evenly cut down, probably angled, removed material widening as you approach the lower bouts, which resulted in the "frowning" flames." I also don't think it was as wide as they are estimating, but what do I know. Why didn't they bother to touch up the paintings they scraped away? Or better yet, why not just remove them with some gasoline. You can see the original images that I uploaded here: www.iburkard.com/kingCelloA.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloB.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloC.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloD.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloE.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloF.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloG.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloH.jpg www.iburkard.com/kingCelloI.jpg Forum Uploaded/Recompressed Images
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    King Cello

    King Cello - on loan to MET - 2015
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    Classical Guitar Repair in Westchester/NYC?

    Thanks for the reference to references. It's a nice German made instrument, 1965, been played almost every day of its life, even with high action (thanks Texas sun). The guitar doesn't appear to have Spanish heel construction, which actually might have prevented this issue, or as you said, made it irreparable. There's a top block of different wood than the neck, with the grain oriented like you would see on a modern violin top block. As for domestic life… my shop is still filled with handplanes and shavings from making molding. I hope to get back to instruments (in a proper workshop) very soon.
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    Tailpiece holder. Gut vs plastic.

    As far as stability goes, both gut and "plastic" are stable if they are installed properly, and the instrument is kept in a stable environment. I use Gamut for all gut products. The violin tailcord is fine, and the strad stich is fun to do. I haven't noticed any stretching of the gut post installation. Wasn't someone recommending kevlar boot laces at one point? Many years ago I encountered lots of cheap plastic tailcords failing at the threaded ends. When I do enounter cheap plastic cords, I melt the ends (just like you would with gut) to flare the ends and ensure a solid hold. Maybe I'm nuts?
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    Classical Guitar Repair in Westchester/NYC?

    Sorry for the fingerboard post, forgot which forum was which... it's been too long!
  7. I've been MIA on the forums for three years (house-married-baby!), and have unfortunately popped up for a personal favor. I usually rely on myself for instrument repairs, but I can't get myself to work on my mother's classical guitar, which is my personal guitar. I am very comfortable with violin work, and just completed some guitar work, but I'd really prefer that someone else do this task for me. Can anyone recommend a great classical guitar repair person in Westchester/Eastchester/NYC? I've looked at local shops, and I can't sift through all of the recommendations. I've viewed photographs of repairs, and to be honest, I've been disappointed with what I've seen. I need a real classical guitar repair expert that will leave the guitar looking untouched. The neck needs to be reset, fingerboard planed and refretted, and back seperation repaired. Thanks for your help, and sorry for a non-violin topic! Please PM me if you are uncomfortable making a recommendation openly.
  8. I've been MIA on the forums for three years (house-married-baby!), and have unfortunately popped up for a personal favor. I usually rely on myself for instrument repairs, but I can't get myself to work on my mother's classical guitar, which is my personal guitar. I am very comfortable with violin work, and just completed some guitar work, but I'd really prefer that someone else do this task for me. Can anyone recommend a great classical guitar repair person in Westchester/Eastchester/NYC? I've looked at local shops, and I can't sift through all of the recommendations. I've viewed photographs of repairs, and to be honest, I've been disappointed with what I've seen. I need a real classical guitar repair expert that will leave the guitar looking untouched. The neck needs to be reset, fingerboard planed and refretted, and back seperation repaired. Thanks for your help, and sorry for a non-violin topic! Please PM me if you are uncomfortable making a recommendation openly.
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    What's on your bench? (mk7)

    Nice work as always Barry. I'm glad to see that your photography skills are flourishing as well!
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    Making a double bass

    Beautiful posts and work. I am always afraid of working on large instruments. One tap and pop, and there's a major repair on your hands. I like my mistakes to look small.
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    Baroque fingerboard nick

    I'm still sad that they couldn't manage to varnish underneath the fingerboard. Spirit varnish... ooo.
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    1874 Baker and Abbott violin

    Tailpieces are fairly common on fancy trade instruments. I believe they were also available through SEARS, so you'll find them on varying quality instruments. I do enjoy installing them if someone is interested in something unique. http://www.iburkard.com/searsAcs.jpg I agree with an earlier post that this instruments MIGHT just be a tweaked English or German export made with choice wood... very common practice even today. It's has the look. Again, somewhat impossible to tell with what we see here.
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    Katarina Guarneri

    There are certainly plenty of respected women in the field, past and present. But it would be really hard to write something about women makers in the 1700s that were mostly undocumented...? It's hard enough to figure out the truth from things that were documented, as we see here. What about the role of children as well?
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    Baroque fingerboard nick

    Like Wikipedia... where a teenager can change the outcome of a war.
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    Baroque fingerboard nick

    I always find it interesting... why would someone carelessly varnish (not under the fingerboard) after spending so much time working on an instrument? In this video, the entire body is varnished first... even so, I know this is not a historically accurate "this is what they did" portal back in time. Five minutes into this video...