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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. I'll see if I can get permission to post pictures.
  2. Yeah, I get it. I have a tendency to under-charge for my work. Compared to other shops in my region my bridges are a steal. However, a sound-post patch is a major undertaking with long-term effects and consequences. The cello in question is a very good instrument, and the damage to the top very severe. So, after your eyes are done boggling, what would you charge? I asked the original question because I want to know, not to raise eyebrows. And to clarify, a hairline sound-post crack on a Jay Haide cello would not warrant a 3-5k repair in my shop. A s.p. patch is a s.p. patch, until it's on a valuable instrument, no?
  3. Yes. That's why I'm asking. How off base am I? This is a smashed top, not just a hairline crack. I know the basic procedure is the same, but there are sound-post cracks and there are sound-post cracks(!).
  4. Hi all, I'm curious what the current rate for a cello sound-post patch is. Only the patch, not removing the top and retouch. I haven't done one in a long time, and I may have the need too soon. FYI, I usually ask between 3k and 5k, depending on the severity. Thanks!
  5. Leaving tool marks is one thing. Leaving tear-out is another and I would not leave it for the reasons stated above. What I see in your picture is tear-out and I would get rid of it.
  6. Yes. Glass scrapers are one of the things I wish I knew when I started.
  7. That was my experience. Tried it on a violin, it came off, re-glued it, it came off a second time and went straight in the trash. I contacted them about this and they suggested scoring the underside, but still not a risk worth taking.
  8. More to the point, if you don't have the ability to make an accurate, workable mold, you might as well hang up your violin making aspirations now.
  9. Second for the carbon paper. Cheap and re-useable. I use a knife to get as close as possible, then a scraper (broken glass) to get all the way there.
  10. Raw, cut with turpentine and or spirit, colors added as needed. I really liked the look and was getting pretty comfortable with it. On to something else!
  11. I'm not sure what the production process is. Any information they had is no longer on the website. It is thick like honey, smells fresh and piney, dissolved easily in spirit and turps.
  12. Hi all, Kremer pigments no longer carries the Strasbourg turpentine dark balsam. Does anyone here know of another supplier? Or a good substitute? Thanks!
  13. I'm getting rid of some old peg shapers. I haven't used them in quite some time. $200 for all 5, shipping included in the USA, pay pal preferred. Message me with any questions.
  14. Jesus, you are an ass. I hope you finally get some help, because there is clearly something wrong with you.
  15. Now that seems like a "waste of time."
  16. I bought one as well. Very happy. Please see thread here.
  17. I was there 1996-97. Dai-Ting Chung (of the Chimei collection) had just graduated when I arrived.
  18. I am really glad to hear someone else voice this. I am not a particularly "otherworldly" person, and some of my most happy and contented years were spent in an old Georgia farm/whore house from the early 1800. But as I live and breath, I have never been more unsettled and downright scared than when I was at the Chimneys house. Once when Ed and Mary went out of town I was granted the honor of staying at the house over night to keep an eye on things. No fucking way. I lasted until 9 or 10, then rode my bike back to my apt in Boiling Springs. Wracked with guilt, I rode my bike back at 4 in the morning to make sure that the place wasn't burgled or burnt, but I never did, nor would I ever, stay the night there. There was a wicked and cruel feeling in that house, and if I'm being honest, it showed in Mary. I hope the two of them have found peace and happiness, cuz it sure didn't seem like they found it there. Weird stuff.
  19. Here are a couple of interesting inscriptions I just found again. From the inside of a John Gould violin, one of my favorite instruments ever. A beautifully executed piece of work. Flawless. Very sweet. Interesting that he lived in Maine. Probably a Summer home. Damn Massholes grabbing up the land even back then.
  20. Guy Booth, Talk is cheap. In the end you either have an instrument that is both visually and aurally pleasing to the point that someone will pay you the money you ask, or you don't. Let's see yours. As David Sora implied, you can put any piece of thrown together crap on top of a peg box, but try selling it to a young musician about to spend real money for the first time on the tool of his or her trade. In the mean time, there seems to be an endless supply of Jay Haide violins out there that retail for around 2k. Beat that. It strikes me that you don't spend enough time around the musicians that ultimately shell out their money for these instruments. I'd love to see the "half dozen" violins you made in your youth that you seem to hold as the standard of hand made violins.