arglebargle

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  1. If the maker likes to eat food and live with a roof over his/her head, then yes. Repairs are pretty helpful.
  2. I second that. It could very easily be Chinese. A very nice modern Chinese.
  3. Boy, I sure don't see this violin as anything close to an Ornati.
  4. Latest violin, done, setup and ready to go. Hooray! (Photography is, obviously, not a strong suite.)
  5. Pick up the world. Great, custom made pick-ups that provide a wonderful sound. http://pick-uptheworld.com
  6. Best. Post. Ever. Well played, Fellow. Well played.
  7. Off topic, but scroll down one page. A 40 MEG HARD DRIVE!!!!! WOW. We've come a long way.
  8. 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.
  9. Well, it clearly has spirit varnish, so it's not Cremonese.
  10. Hey everyone! J Mann's back! Terrrrific.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks Bruce. Looking at the wood, that makes a lot of sense.
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. I made this jig, (from this design picture #4 http://www.thestrad.com/pdfs/StradArticle_%201577-2010-6-25.pdf ) 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!)
  17. 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.
  18. So, Tarisio's lot # 342: estimated at 3,000-5,000. Sold for 100,000. Anyone care to guess what it really is? http://tarisio.com/pages/auction/auction_i...sCategory_ID=36 :) B)
  19. SO! I thinks I've found some. It was hiding in the Dick catalogue, under precision hand grinder or some such thing. Observe: http://www.mehr-als-werkzeug.de/product/70...nted/detail.jsf 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 )
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. I wonder if it has it's original bass bar, or if it was "improved." "Slimy" indeed.
  23. 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.)
  24. 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.