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  1. arglebargle

    Doming pegs

    Generally speaking, I find that thinner pegs (smaller diameter at the end) look better with slightly more "dome" and fatter pegs look better with more "lens".
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    Viola strings

    Thanks guys. It's a necessary process, but it always bugs me spending hundreds on strings for new instruments trying to find a match. Cellos are the worst culprit. Well, maybe basses.
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    Viola strings

    Warchal. I'll give them a shot. They are certainly the less expensive option. Thanks
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    Viola strings

    I'm curious what kind of strings people generally use for the initial set-up for a new viola. I always use dominants for the initial violin set-up, and go from there, but I know Doms are not really favored by violists (?). Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    What tools should I buy?

    Well, if you aren't in a hurry, you can simply buy the tools needed for each step. Making the template/mold, planning ribs, bending ribs, etc. But as Andreas says, buy a book first, and follow those instructions. Or visit your friendly local violin maker and do what they say.
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    Wanted: The New Book of Violin Making by Brian Derber

    Why not buy it from Brian? It's certainly worth it, and I'm sure he would appreciate the business.
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    First build plans

    I would second Brian Derber's book. In fact, buy that first, then decide if you need more. It is ridiculously comprehensive, and really helpful. Not for the faint of heart, it'll make you work.
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    Working with pigments

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    Working with pigments

    So, the opposite of what I said?
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    Working with pigments

    There are many here that can speak to this better than me, but I find pigments a very useful tool. I primarily use the Cinquasia red gold and bone black. I mull the pigments with linseed oil, with a small muller and a thick piece of glass. Takes about 15/20 minutes. My understanding is: thicker rocks (pigments) equal less color but more transparency. Thinner rocks (more mulling) equal more color but less transparency. A very small amount added to the varnish I am going to apply. The red gold really pushes the vibrancy of the reds, and the bone black tempers the colors a bit. I apply each in separate layers with the bone black at the end. I do plan to try out the Cinquasia violet and brown.
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    New lightbox

    Philips 40 watt 48" T12, from local big box store. The lighting stuff cost almost as much as the tent.
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    New lightbox

    In a few other threads I mentioned that if I had to do it over I would use a grow tent. Well, I had to do it over. (Actually, I just needed more drying room.) I purchased a grow tent on Amazon and it works really, really well. It cost me around $60 for the tent and it was set up and ready to use in 10 minutes, and I didn't have to mess with foil and adhesives! It has openings for air flow, and one could go all out and install fans if you wanted. So, super easy and not that costly when you factor in time and labor. Recommended!
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    Cinquasia pigments

    I've used the Cinquasia red-gold pigment from Kremer for years and really like it. I was wondering if anyone has used the Cinquasia violet and/or chestnut brown. Here and here. Any comments on transparency of the two? Thanks!
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    Cello sound test

    For me, as a cellist, I find the hardest part of playing the violin is not so much the left and right hand technique. They are relatively similar. It is re-orienting myself to the different playing axis. The left hand in particular. It moves vertically in relation to the body on a cello and horizontally on a violin. I find this disorienting and the biggest stumbling block when going between instruments. I have no doubt that with adequate practice time I could teach myself to quickly adjust, but who has time time for that?
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    Cello sound test

    If it's really important to you, invest the time and money and take some lessons with a competent cellist. You can learn a great deal after a few lessons, and combined with effective practice you will be able to draw a good sound quickly. How far you want (or need) to take it is up to you. If it's not, just keep doing whatever it is you're doing.