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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. I just finished a Sycamore viola. It's easy wood to work with, and gives a nice, deep, woody sound. Fun stuff! I don't recall where the wood came from, though.
  2. Well, it clearly has spirit varnish, so it's not Cremonese.
  3. Hey everyone! J Mann's back! Terrrrific.
  4. Old violin, rib miter has come apart, need to re-glue and clamp with top and back still attached. So, everytime I come across this repair, I find myself rethinking all the options and methods I could use, and I usually find them all lacking in some way. I've tried the Herdim corner clamps with all the doo-hickeys attached, and have yet to make them work in the slightest. I've also used my fingers and just sat there for 20 min, but I am sure there is a better way, and of course clothes-pins, but... Any ideas or jigs or anything would be appreciated. Thanks!
  5. I thought it might be interesting to post some pictures of the poplar in question, since there was some talk of the different kinds. So here: I believe this is the "Lombardy" poplar.
  6. Thanks Bruce. Looking at the wood, that makes a lot of sense.
  7. Hi everyone! So, I'm starting a viola using highly figured poplar for the back and sides, and probably a grafted pearwood scroll. Never having used poplar like this before, I'm wondering if anyone here has any tips or suggestions on what to expect, or pitfalls to avoid, or should I just proceed as usual. I understand that Italian poplar, which this is, often has a high silica/"sand" content from growing along sandy banks near rivers, and can be very hard on sharp edges. Beyond that, ???? Thanks.
  8. Yeah, it's a great design. Mine honestly looks pretty much just like the one pictured. I put a little more curve on the support posts toallow the bar to move more when establishing the bar position. Other then that, if it ain't broke...
  9. I made this jig, (from this design picture #4 ) a few years ago and I couldn't believe how much easier it made installing a bass bar. I've since made one for viola and cello and they work beautifully. I also like the fact that there are no cleats and cleat remnants to deal with after glueing. It is well worth the time it took to make. After a little practice I can fit a bass bar in under ten minutes. Thanks Sharon Que! (I REALLY like this jig!)
  10. Spruce. Spruce, being a softer wood, is better suited for what you want it to do. Grab hold of the seam/ crack and don't let it go. Glueing maple to maple does not make for as strong a bond, cleat-wise anyway. Make them the appropriate size and you should have no ill effects sound-wise.
  11. So, Tarisio's lot # 342: estimated at 3,000-5,000. Sold for 100,000. Anyone care to guess what it really is? :) B)
  12. SO! I thinks I've found some. It was hiding in the Dick catalogue, under precision hand grinder or some such thing. Observe: I've ordered some large rectangular replacement plates, so we will see if these work as well. (In fact, I've ordered ALL the replacement plates, so you all are out of luck )
  13. Some interesting instruments, but I have to say, the "Molitor" Strad is one of the more beautiful violins out there. There are strads, and there are Stradivarius, and that violin is a great example of what the man was capable of at his best. Huzzah, you dead Italian!
  14. Some interesting instruments, but I have to say, the "Molitor" Strad is one of the more beautiful violins out there. There are strads, and there are Stradivarius, and that violin is a great example of what the man was capable of at his best. Huzzah, you dead Italian!
  15. I wonder if it has it's original bass bar, or if it was "improved." "Slimy" indeed.
  16. but Maestronet has just kept getting worse and worse. I know very little about servers and what-not, but I do know that every other site I visit, (ones with huge amounts of animated flash ads and etc.) load quickly and completely. I go to Maestronet, and pbbbt. Nothing or just mind-numbingly slow. There must be some sort of fix? Please? (Thanks for the vent.)
  17. Let's all say this a few dozen times. I'm sure that between two Strads, or any maker, modern or otherwise, one would be able to pick one that was better suited to them, that had a sound that they considered superior. Why? Let's all say it again: They all come out different.
  18. I personally find the f-holes sooooo much easier to "see" with the purfling installed. It's kind of like looking at an idea of a violin, rather then the actual thing. I'm aware that this is the order of work for a lot of people, but it never made any sense to me. Oh well
  19. Honestly, I would just leave it alone and proceed as you would. Experience has shown me that the more you "eff" with little spots like that, the worse they get. And once you start really adding color, that might be the least of you worries. If you do a good job with your colored varnish, then no one will notice. And if they do? Screw em. Tell them you did it on purpose, and do a better job the next time.
  20. So what is it? And what exactly would you like to know?
  21. oops. I guess a j-hole's not what I assumed it was. Proceed.
  22. So, the final price for the pictures was $75,076. Interesting. Seems like a fair price to me, but the starting price of half a million seemed pretty outrageous Guess I don't really know what to make of it. How would you value something like that?
  23. Please point out the instance where I said he was "lying" about this instrument. This topic took a rather interesting (imo) turn into what does a picture reveal about a violin. At no point did I ever accuse the original poster of lying about the viola. As eyewitnesses have shown, this is an UNDAMAGED instrument. Fine. I believe it 100%. There is no damage to this viola. Hooray!!!! :) It was a curious picture, which more then a couple of people seemed to think showed major damage. If I were to be shown that picture today, out of the blue, with no info about it's origin or owner, I would still say that that is a picture of a broken top. Again, I'm glad it's not. One thing that I found interesting was the truckload of bullsh*t photographic speculation that was instantly shipped in over this picture. Opinions are like... llowman: Congratulations to you and your daughter. I wish you both happiness and the best of luck with your beautiful new viola. Please convey to your daughter, if you wish, that my comments (and I would assume all comments) were not of a personal nature, nor directed at her or her new instrument. Thank you.
  24. People still make that model. I saw an example in the last few years. It's big and funky. And very beautiful. I don't remember by who or from when. It wasn't particularly new. German? Gutter? Don't do drugs.