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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. It looks like mold/fungus to me. I would just go ahead and use it. With some planning you should be able to place the effected spots in less noticable areas, like the upper curve in the c-bouts or the lower bouts under the chinrest. Shouldn't be too noticable after it's varnished. Good luck.
  2. Bob Crosby at Battenkill Tonewoods usually has plenty of willow.
  3. Good point. I can see that the engineering aspect would be prohibitive, especially for such a small, inexpensive part. How many would you have to break before you gave up? Please let us know what Mr. Clemente says about it. Thanks.
  4. A question: On corduroy violins, is the same effect seen on the inside? For those that have seen inside the big boys, is there any indication of this? I've always assumed that the inside is finished differently the the out. I tend to sand the inside after scrapping to get a nice, smooth, rounded look towards the gluing platform. If the corduroy effect is from shrinkage after the instrument is finished, wouldn't one expect to see much more inside, where the wood is more exposed/unvarished?
  5. Hello everyone, First, let me say thank you for all the help people have given towards finding materials and parts etc. It is very much appreciated. And now, Does anyone know of a source for two-piece, removable end buttons, other then having them custom made? I've come across a handful over the years, but I would like to have a ready supply. Secondly, is there a reason these guys have fallen out of favor? The potential buzz is the only thing that comes to mind, and I've never heard that on violins that have these. The ability to look inside an instrument while fully set-up seem
  6. You could use an oil absorbing powder/clay such as bentonite or kaolin. Just dust it on and rub it off a few times.
  7. Now THAT I'd love to see! Strad's secret perhaps? Nice work, though.
  8. Having thrown away my last (of many) Steelman bend-a-lights, I'm looking for a better replacement. What are other people using? I have a nice goose-neck inspection light, but I cannot, for the life of me, find it on the internet, and I need two. Any hints,suggestions, or alternatives would be appreciated. I'll see you in hell Steelman bend-a-light!!!! Thanks!
  9. So, aside from the big boys, what models by more obscure (or at least not as well known) makers have people used with any degree of success? The world is littered with Strad and D.G. copies or spin-offs. What else are we littering the world with? I've used an Ornati model with good results (although it is a little closer to Strad then not) and a funky little Carcassi model that caught my fancy years ago. I'm working up a S. Serafin model, and I am finding it quite a challenge. I've always loved his work, and trying to faithfully interpret it only reinforces my admiration. Just curious
  10. Sorry. That would be the Australian style of Perth.
  11. Hi all, I am shipping a cello to Perth, and want to send it with the set up down. Can anyone recommend a good luthier that would be able to set it back up after it arrives? Thanks.
  12. Could you expand on/explain your process for making a teflon mandrel? Thanks!
  13. Great answers! It seems that the hourly fee is often used as a guideline, and most jobs tend to be a known quantity, so the price can be set. However, there are some repairs that are priced well over the actual time it takes. I figure that this is because one has to factor in the time and experience that one has put in in order to be able to perform the job professionally. For example: A violin with a bass bar crack, or replacing a bass bar (for whatever reason). This is a job that would have easily taken me many hours in the past, but that I can now complete in an hour or two. If I w
  14. I was curious how the fine folks here generally charge for their repair/restoration work. We have a set hourly charge, but it seems that it is rarely applied, and the charge tends to be for the job. For example, there is a flat fee for removing a violin top, wether it takes 5 minutes or an hour. (You should see what we charge to put it back on! ) I suppose that we actually do a combination of the two in some form. Do others run a strictly by the hour fee structure or a strictly by the job fee structure? Just curious. Thanks.
  15. Oh Boy! Professor Lyndon is back in class! Everybody sit down, shut up, and let the learning begin.
  16. What's a "store"? I buy everything with my computer.
  17. The income for a violin maker is essentially what they can get for their violins and how many they can sell. The best asset a new violin maker can have is a wealthy spouse, or a nice pension. The income of a shop employee varies a great deal ,depending on experience, the location of the shop, the level of instruments, etc. My feeling is that any job in any shop is a good start for one that wants to make a living in this field. Violin makers often have to scale back their production for many years as they build their reputation and put food in their belly. I think that the median incom
  18. Hmmm. I like this notion. The idea that the c bouts were let in to stiffen the body never really rang true to me. I've seen alot of mortises that have not fit at all, or at least enough to stiffen anything, but would certainly aid in preventing the lining from springing away from the rib.
  19. I have tried many methods for clamping an f-hole wing crack. I have a clamp that I a pretty pleased with, but not completely. Any one care to share some methods/clamps/techniques for clamping these cracks? I seem to recall an article in the Strad (?) about an English tool maker, and he had designed a very elegant clamp. Don't know who or when. I would love to see it again. Thanks!
  20. I believe this is an authentic story. Paypal actually states in it's customer service agreement that counterfeit items will not be returned and will be destroyed. What a brilliant policy!
  21. Thanks! Caution has been noted, and Timberwood has been called.
  22. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone knew of a domestic (U.S.) source for the cremona books portfolios. I've gone to their website, and the shipping is over twice as much as the price of the product itself. Any other leads? I'm specifically interested in the Santo Serafino 1740 portfolio. Thanks!