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    Free Pianos

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    Source for tonewood

    Many, many good sources. You will want aged wood, which will exclude some suppliers. To get started I would get a nice set from International Violin (they are in Baltimore). Good wood, Ken is very accommodating, and it will be ready to use right away.
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    Women in violin making, part 3

    Just joking!
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    Korinthia Klein's VSA talk on discrimination

    How do you know he doesn't "understand the privilege" he speaks from? How did you get inside his head and experience the entirety of his life? What makes your experience any less "limited and biased"? A lot of assumptions going on here.
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    Power Sharpeners

    Tormek will sharpen your gouges with a hollow grind. If you can work with that, great. I've used a tormek for over 20 years and I find it perfect for my needs and the way I work. My gouges are sharp.
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    Korinthia Klein's VSA talk on discrimination

    The main issue I have with this topic is the notion of a lack of diversity as a problem. Can some one quantify exactly how many of each race and gender need to be working, and to what level of success, in order to be "diverse"? There are not a lot of blacks, lgbtq, etc. working in this field. So what? Maybe they don't want to. Over the years I have had more women come to my shop and ask for training than men, and they were all awesome. I currently have a male asking for training. He's white. Should I turn him away? Maybe there are not a lot of diverse people in this field cause they don't give a shit about it. As far as head-up-your-ass ignorance about the ability of women vs men, fuck that and fuck them. All men have mothers, and many also have daughters.
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    Hand made versus machine made violins

    What strikes me as missing from the "cnc folk" is the pleasure of working a piece of wood from start (sort of) to finish. I truly enjoy getting a billet out and spending a while with it, just looking. Then the process reveals, slowly, what that piece of wood has to offer. A cnc is to quick, a truck stop hand job verses a great evening. And really, it just doesn't take that long to work a violin top and back to the point a cnc can get it. That being said, anyone who made a violin from start to finish, by themselves and using whatever methods they choose, made a "hand-made" instrument Edit: It also strikes me as a science vs craftman/artist debate, in some regards. Some.
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    Looking to build a violin, viola & cello

    If you are serious about this, and it's not a passing fancy, you are going to spend a lot of money. The first thing you should spend your money on is a copy of Brian Derber's Manual of Violin Making AND the Art of Violin Making by Johnson and Courtnall. They will set you back around $400, but aside from an actual teacher/instructor they are the best resources out there. Spend that money and you will save a lot more than that in the long run.
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    New scroll graft order of operations

    Thanks guys. I'm going to do a lot of planning (obviously) first and then go with the method I won't screw up. Most likely a hybrid.
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    New scroll graft order of operations

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    New scroll graft order of operations

    So, I've done many scroll grafts on older, "existing" instruments, but never on a new "non-existent" instrument. I know there are many makers that do them routinely. My question is, what is the best order to do the work? Should one carve the scroll, including the pegbox, then fit the neck to that, or is it better/easier/smarter to just join the two un-carved pieces? The latter strikes me as easier and more forgiving. I'd love some thoughts and advice. Thanks!
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    Alleged Klotz cello question

    Alleged Klotz was one of the best in the family. Congrats!
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    I do neither. I conjure them into existence.
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    Plane for plate joining

    I just joined a cello back using this and this. However, just as important as the tool is the method.
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    Tets Kimura's Bench

    Beautiful! Would you be willing to describe how you use the "saftbraun"? I assume this is the same as walnut crystals? Thanks!