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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. Was the rice hot? Heat up some rice in the microwave until it is very warm to the touch, not hot, pour it into the f-hole, and gently move it around the inside. Now spend the next 15 minutes carefully shaking the violin over a garbage can to get the rice out through the f-holes. Note, all the rice but one grain will come out within the first 30 seconds, the rest of the time is spent getting that last one out Repeat as needed
  2. Do you find anything wrong with this violin? Or are you just being your usual helpful self? O.K. Let's start holding our breath for a direct response from caspace ................................NOW!
  3. Mr. Slobodkin knows what he is talking about when it comes to wood and forestry and violin making, without a doubt. But that sentence is one hell of an example of lingual bad-assery. Lets all put "bucking "wheels" " in our word buckets and step aside for a moment and let the man pass!! Right on, Nate. Right on.
  4. This is tough. I think indelicate is the word here. I've posted pictures of newly finished instruments on the "mk" post and gotten zero (0) (none) responses, positive or negative. Oh well. I've also posted pictures of recently finished work and specifically asked for feed back and got really good, constructive replies. I cannot stress this strongly enough, this is a personal opinion and bears NO reflection on the subject in question. However, I found Manfio's new instrument posts to be indelicate, in as much as they were always huge and brassy and seem to warrant no comment other then po
  5. That was a delicious B.L.T.! So, this violin is going to a shop, rather than an individual player, and while not extravagantly late, should be there sooner rather than later. The recipient is a very competent luthier and I trust his judgement and ability. My main concern is wide spread damage to the varnish, i.e. case fuzz on the back, marks on the ribs from padding etc. that then has to be rubbed out to fix. I think I am trying to err on the side of overly cautious. This is a violin that had it's last coat of varnish applied in October. It has been set up and taken down and set up again n
  6. But a decision all the same, and one that is always appreciated. Lead on!
  7. Good, reasonable questions, which I should like to address later as I am short on time. I would like to ask, before my sieve-like brain forgets I even thought to think it: What kind of marks do you find on your (or any ones) instruments right after the first set-up? None? Some? I spend a lot of time with older instruments and all of them have a fugly bridge foot area to some degree. I've also seen brand new instruments with problems around the bridge foot as well. It strikes me that varnish under the pressure of a bridge (and chin rest) will seem "wet" long after the rest of the instrume
  8. Thanks guys. I'll give the wax paper a go. The violin is totally dry to the touch, as I said, but I've seen violins I was certain were completely cured end up with impressions after shipping.
  9. Well, it's not really tacky. I set it up and left it for 48 hrs and the varnish didn't creep or come off, but it did leave "scuff" marks under the bridge and chinrest. I've heard that wax paper is a pretty safe way to "wrap" a violin for shipping and avoid case marks and other unwanted leavings in the varnish. Is this true? Any experience or advice? I'm shipping it overnight with the set up down so it should get there quickly. Thanks!
  10. Let's not paint Americans with too broad a brush. I love good grammer and try to communicate as eloquently as I can. I too lament the decline in respect for a well formed thought presented in a well constructed sentence. However, I'm sure we could find just as many example of verbal butchery in Mother England as in Her unruly offspring.
  11. I've heard this statistic before, and it always makes me wonder: What is the average graduating class for the three big schools? 100% (or near) is a pretty big accomplishment. What are the usual positions that these graduates fill? I would love to hear from a recent grad.
  12. Yes, hence the "US" before the second definition. It's true, different countries have different sayings and ways of using language, but most Americans I know, myself included, know not to say "could care less" when they mean "couldn't".
  13. Apparently it means both. I've always heard it used as the second idiom.
  14. Good point. An un- or under-employed person with an MBA is no better off then an under-employed artist or violin maker. But people tend to look at the artist as having made irresponsible choices.
  15. That gets to the crux of the biscuit. If we are outpacing, in terms of growth, the ultimate end user of our output, what is the necessity of the infrastructure (apprenticeships, schools) to create more and more of us? In the spirit of full disclosure, I find myself in a comfortable position as a restorer/ maker in what I consider a very respectable "smallish" shop. It is not the "violin maker fantasy" that we all kind of have, but I am daily thankful that I can put food on the table doing what I do, and can take pride in my work. I knew early on that this was not a cash cow kind of busines
  16. So A forum full of violin makers seems to be about the best place to ask: are there too many of us? With at least three major schools in the USA alone, and numerous smaller (and just as intensive and competent) teaching endeavors scattered here and there, it seems that we ( humans) are producing more and more violin makers, and subsequently more and more violins, every day. Coupled with what I think is a beautiful resurgence of appreciation for instrument making, there are more people then ever engaged in this trade, professional, newly trained, and amatuer alike. And the products, the
  17. " times manifesting itself as chest pains." Nothing fishy about that. Lawyers. Is there nothing they can't do?
  18. Aww,go ahead and cut it off. The sooner you get that little right of passage over with the sooner you can get on with the rest. A mistake like that really focuses the mind.
  19. Of course I looked at your link, and you are 100% correct. It is a 4. No doubt about it. A 4 from dawn to dusk. Only a fool, a blind fool, could mistake that 4 for a 9. Again, Lyndon, you are correct. It is a 4. Thank you for clearing my clouded judgement and for bringing this dastardly man to justice.
  20. Because that number is quite clearly a 9. Anyone without some kind of petty ax to grind could see that it is a 9 and not................. oh. It's Lyndon. You are right, Lyndon. It's a 4. Good detective work there, Mr. L!
  21. It depends. What are your intentions for the beast? Do you want to play it? Do you want to re-sell it right away? Do you want to "snazz it up" and then re-sell it? Personally, putting aside for the moment the unmentioned sound post crack on the top, I think these things are more trouble then they are worth, and a dime a dozen to boot.
  22. True, there is nothing quite as sweet as the sound of an unglued A hole on a fresh spring morning.
  23. Imagine if the question was "what's the best way to ream and fill your A hole"?
  24. My friends, Huzzah to this thread, for we have taken something small and made it large, and that is always good. Huzzah! From its humble, earnest beginnings to it's rancorous youth and into it's introspective and sometimes silly dotage have we not emerged from this thread, no! this journey, braced and fortified for the road ahead? Have we not picked ourselves up, bloody and torn, clutching the rancid, feculent entrails of our fallen brothers and cried to the bland and inebriate gods above "I exist! And I glue nuts!" Surely we have, and I would challenge any man, woman, or child, (n