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  1. New fingerboard material

    Yes! I ordered some blanks big enough for viola. I liked it except for the appearance. It doesn't really look ebony up close. Good density and easy to work with tools.
  2. Peter KG's Bench

    I have the violin for sale at LK so I have not played it for some time. But we should have a test session to compare the "copy"
  3. Peter KG's Bench

    Exciting to play the first notes soon! Merry Christmas!
  4. SUPER GREAT DEALS [revised 6 Nov 2017]

    "Anyone interested to buy the 3 items up here, I will let it all go for $300.00 (it includes the clamps, the Herdim string lifter and the Herdim clam set), this is an economy of $110.00). " I might be interested in the rest of the items. Can you ship to Finland? (PM me if possible) Best regards
  5. Laser Burning Bridge Name

    Looks handy, Does the entire piece have to fit into the box? (I'm thinking of marking tool handles etc.)
  6. Casein glue and ground

    I also suspect the lime might be the problem in Kimmo case.
  7. Casein glue and ground

    Kimmo, I have followed the grounding recipe on Peter KG:s homepage on some violins and it has worked well for me. I used pit lime from Kremer and fat free quark + a little bit of linseed oil. Earlier I have also tried making casein with powder, water and ammonia. Mix casein powder and water then add drops of ammonia and stir until it dissolves. The powder/ammonia casein looks a little different from Peters recipe, something like the third picture here. You can buy stronger ammonia from the pharmacy.
  8. Gunnar Hellquist anybody?

    Seems you have a Swedish made viola (Uddevalla) Googling the name did not turn up much.
  9. 5 string

    For the 5 string (a small viola) I recently made I was a bit nervous about the e string sound. I used the daddario viola high e string which seems to work fine though.
  10. Viola plate weights

    Thank you lpr5184!
  11. Paper fibres caught in varnish

    I have used an oil color glaze on some violins. Spread the oil color with your fingers, a small area at a time. Tap the surface with your fingers to even out. Spread very thin to not lose transparency. If you are not satisfied, it is easy to wipe off with paper towel and start over. Let it dry thoroughly and put a varnish layer or two on top. Old wood varnish has a Youtube video that shows the technique. Good luck!
  12. Viola plate weights

    Thanks, Carl.
  13. Viola plate weights

    Here is a short sound clip. I tried to play on all strings. It's recorded on my mobile phone so sorry for the poor quality, but you get an idea of the sound. (still getting used to the tighter string spacing) V 2.-11-2017_11-40-11.mp3
  14. Viola plate weights

    The viola is finished now and I'm happy to rapport it is responsive and seems to work well on all 5 strings. I used warchal karneol short scale viola strings and a daddario viola e-string.