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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. This is what I've used since forever. The late Ed Campbell had us use lead strips in his school. They are fantastic. Ed always said that when they got worn out we would melt them down and "throw" them to make new strips. Never saw it. I use standard lead flashing from the local hardware/building supplier. They sell by the pound. It's a good thing lead is one of the lighter elements.
  2. Let me add, before this goes off the rails, I really like the jig that Kev N (OP) made. It's a little overkill for the task at hand, but very well executed and very well thought out. Cheers to you! One of the best parts of this is always having the opportunity to think and problem solve and create. And you have done all three. Keep it up!
  3. Yes it does, if you are advising someone to set their neck at 29mm. Why not use 35mm? Or 50000000mm? If the measurements don't matter, then f**k it. You yourself said 29mm projection. Did you mean that? Again, setting a neck at 29mm is a failed neck set in my book. So what were you saying?
  4. 29mm seems quite a bit high. I would consider that a failed neck set. Who is this "master" that you reference over and over?
  5. Best advice? Marry a successful lawyer/doctor/etc. The second best advice can be found here.
  6. Cheers indeed! If it saves one life: The lockdowns have been an unmitigated disaster for people all over the world. "If it saves one life" is one of the most toxic, fallacious argument every
  7. It must be nice to have the kind of wealth that you can just decide to "defer" getting your life back. I've seen all of the same faces at my gas station/grocery store/department store since this time last year. The same people. Working all this time. What fucking finish line are you talking about? Some people didn't even know they were in a race.
  8. Three days. How long does it take you to carve a scroll by hand? Assuming a regular working day, do you save any time?
  9. Use clamps! For the life of me I can't understand the point of a rubbed joint. You're making a violin, not a center joint. Get the job done well and move on. There are much more important things to do.
  10. How about this: The current (last 30 years) crop of Cremonese makers encompass many nationalities. Many started their career in Cremona, and never left. Every instrument they made was made in Cremona. Yet they are not Italian, at all. I'm thinking of several examples, an Austrian, a Columbian, Danish, Swedish and on and on. So, would these instruments, made in Cremona, with Cremonese training, but by a non-Italian, be considered Italian instruments?
  11. Traditional tonewoods Reinhard is a good guy, very easy to work with. Some of his wood is over 10 years old.
  12. None of this sounds good.
  13. This, times 1000. I'm always amazed that some of the same people that will disabuse "amateur luthiers" from working on instruments have no problem slinging accounting advice or encourage people to DIY their tax work. Use a professional, that's what they are for.
  14. These poor eagles all look like they're having the life squeezed out of them.
  15. Thanks for the replies. No physical address, which is my fault. I am conscience of the strange situations these days. Perhaps she has had some family crisis and this cello is the last thing on her mind. But still, one phone call in 4 months is not a lot to ask for. I suppose I am going to get it out of the shop, put it in storage and forget about it. The idea of "taking ownership" of the instrument was kind of a goad to flush her out of hiding. I really don't want to wade into the legal aspects of this at this point in time, so off to the warehouse with it. Of course, if I really wanted
  16. I've had a cello ($1500 price range) in the shop that had some open seams and needed a re-hair. The work was done in Sept. The client has dropped off the face of the earth. I have called and left dozens of messages. At what point would you write her off and take ownership of the instrument? Would you ever? I don't have the space to keep it indefinitely and I am tired of having it here. Any policy advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  17. How much do you charge to remove and replace a bass bar? It may not be "risky" but it might also be a waste of several hundred dollars (at least) and who knows if the procedure helped or hurt the cello, because nobody knows what it sounds like!
  18. I am amazed at that there are people on this forum that can look at that bass bar (a perfectly reasonable bass bar, maybe not yours or mine) and determine that it is a hinderance to the sound and needs to be replaced. Without any further information. Like the model, or the body length, or the width of the bouts, or the arching style, or the arching heights, or the rib height, or the set-up, or the type of end-pin and on and on. So I assume if I were to post a picture of a bass bar, with only the measurements of the bar and no other points of reference, these same people would be able to tell m
  19. If you've never played the cello how could you and your luthier justify a new bass bar? (And yes, I see that you are not doing the procedure.)
  20. The plywood is 3/4 inches, 18mm. Here are some pictures of the violin jig, since there seems to be some interest. Again, all credit goes to Sharon Que for the design. I tried to find the original article, but no luck. I believe she made it while working for Joseph Curtin. Her plastic frame was much thicker, but this was all I could find at the time. Works for a violin/viola, but probably too thin for a cello.
  21. It is stable enough for me. My violin and viola jigs are made from really thick plastic and are more stable. Aluminum would be great. This is a jig I made fairly quickly out of necessity. I always intended on re-doing it, but it works well enough that I've never gotten around to it.
  22. This is a bass bar jig (early) I made a while ago. The design if from Sharon Que, published in The Strad. I also have one for violin and viola.(they look a bit more sophisticated) The two arms move to adjust the bar while the platform holds the plate flat. The bar rests agains the arms at 90 degrees. Make on and never look back.