arglebargle

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  1. Thanks Argle! You sure are a great guy. So helpful and smart.
  2. October, 2006. That was a nice article by Andrew Finnigan.
  3. Does anyone remember which issue of The Strad had the trade secrets on peghole layout? Thanks.
  4. Indeed. It was my impression that many of the better/lesser known American makers have been re-labeled as Italians for many years now. Perhaps the Italian well has run dry when it comes to the big names, and we will be seeing a steady stream of "smaller" names coming up to bat. Or maybe we already are! So, who out there can really!!!! spot a fake Antoniazzi/Fagnola/Bisiach/Bisiach school/Sgarabatto violin.
  5. An honest observation, with no intent to offend: Does anyone else find it ironic that MingLoo brought up a topic that has led to a discussion of somebody's product on this forum? Does the creator/marketer/profiteer of this product have any obligation to bow out so as not to be perceived as pushing their product? Again, I just found it funny. But it's late and I should really be.......going........
  6. Um. I thought Ken Su was doing the restoration. Why would you apply anything? This is one of the more difficult jobs, fixing shattered and distorted cello ribs. If I were you, I would just back away and let a professional you trust do the work. But hey, it's your cello.
  7. Personally, I find it "easier" to identify an instrument all put together. It makes it harder to get a whole picture of the thing when you have two or more pieces of it in your hands. There isn't much on the inside that can't be discovered with a mirror and an inspection light. Good luck.
  8. Well now. Think of the money you could have saved with a dental mirror and an inspection light. But we don't do this for the money, do we.
  9. However you add the replacement button, I would also add an ebony crown to the new button. It will really help hide the joint, draw the eye away, and add a touch of "class" to an unfortunate situation.
  10. Then I made a really dumb mistake. I cut out the back on the bandsaw and cut away the button. As I understand it, the button is really important for the neck joint. Is there a way to save the back or do I have to make a new one? It would be a shame to have ruined that nice piece of wood. Matthias Congratulations! You are officially on your way to being a violin maker. Although I'm sure they exist, I have never personally met a maker that hasn't cut off a button. But only once!
  11. Kevin McElroy at Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine. A bit of a drive, but a good shop and good work.
  12. MingLoo, or whatever your name is, wherever you "grew up", however "radicalized" you may be, you are nothing but a huckster and charlatan. "ran across this thread" my a**.
  13. And I'm sure you selling violins to your students works out just fine for you. Of course, some would see that as a conflict of interest. Make no no mistake. You sell violins. You have a violin selling business. You sell violins to your students and others, from what I've read. You can pretend that you are not a violin dealer, but you are. Whether or not your motives are pure and of the highest order, you are still taking peoples money in exchange for an instrument. No matter what else you may or may not be, that makes you a violin seller. Period. To claim otherwise, or to claim some solely altruistic motive, or argue that you are fullfilling some un-answered need, is, as I see it, disingenuous at best.
  14. Fair enough. Besides that first sentence, as I said.
  15. I have the Howard Core catalogue in front of me. I do not see a 148$ violin outfit. Unless you are selling them at your dealers discount, without any mark up. In which case, that particular price range includes some of the same outfits I've seen being sold in Walmart. Some a little better. HCore is, in my opinion, a fine and respectable company. They offer dealer discounts to allow their customers to make a little profit. Not to just flip their instruments to students out of the goodness of their heart. MingLoo, I don't know you in the least, but I get the feeling there is something else going on with your "business" model. But good luck to you!
  16. A new set of strings and a new chinrest. Does the bridge fit? Is is cut well? Do the pegs fit and work well? Is the sound post well fit and in the "right" place? Is the tailpiece appropriate? Is it in the right place? Does the fingerboard have any flaws? Is the nut well made or is it just going to break the new set of strings I just sold you? Neck projection? Is the instrument so poorly made that no amount of "fixing" will get an acceptable sound out of it? It's called throwing good money after bad, and I try to discourage people from doing it. I've seen so many non-functioning violins from the internet, bought by well intentioned people trying to save a few bucks. In the end, if you want a pleasurable experience for a young student, an experience that will last a lifetime, you need a good, functioning instrument. People call you mercenary? Is there something you're not telling us?
  17. MingLoo, I'm curious. If I were to tell you which state my violin shop is located in, would you agree not to send violins there? Since money is no matter? We have fantastic instruments in every price range, a great rental program, and do business with some of the same suppliers. If you goal is truly to put good sounding, well set-up, well functioning instruments into every players hands, then they could do no better then our shop. I am very familiar with the level of violins you offer, and have no doubt our are every bit the equal, if not superior. How bout it?
  18. Well. It is truly an honor to be in the presence of a real violin savant. You have portrayed yourself in a manner more fitting and accurate then any two-bit violin "loving" hack on this forum ever could. Huzzah to you! Please. Keep typing. Just keep typing. I trust you will be bidding on this little treasure. But if I "win", would you like a finders fee? Pfffffffffttttt, your majesty.
  19. A few things. Is every other aspect of the violin just as you would like it? The arching? The graduations? If you left it, would it bug you? If so, then take it out and do it again. You can NEVER fit to many bass bars. However, I don't think 6.3 is all that thick. Thicker then the norm, and mine, but not too terrible. That being said, I would still take it out. Or not.
  20. I only use willow for both linings and blocks. It's great. I love it. Try it. Fantastic results and a wonderful sound. Hooooray willow!!!!!!
  21. Wouldn't the best measure of the quality of your varnish be, in the end, how it looked and performed on your violin? Why always chasing "magical" numbers and a scientific measure for what is one of the most beautiful,elusive,and intriguing artistic duets around? A violin: it's creation, and it's use. I don't know, but good luck with that i.r.
  22. ...but a 4 turn scroll... Yes. Yes, THAT would be something to see......... i'll blow all their minds!............. 4 turns... yesssssssssss......... so clever! so new! 4 turnssssssssssss....... yesssssssss... or five?
  23. So sad. So silly. Fair thee well, my beautiful abrasive. You were to beautiful for a world such as this.
  24. Does anyone know where I can find this stuff. I don't think they make it anymore.(something about the environment, whaa whaa whaa ) It's my favorite abrasive, and my stash is running low/wearing out. Anyone have some to sell? Any hints? Anyone? I've got cash.
  25. No, it's not. My spelling is bad, but not that bad. Fair enough. Fellow also may have been talking about repairing a sidewalk or fixing the crust on a pie. We may never know. But Godspeed! dear Fellow. Whatever "crack" you are trying to fill, then by God, fill the hell out of it! For it is crack fillers like you, NO! Like ALL of us that keep the world turning. Does it matter if it is a crack in a violin or a crack in the Earth's crust? Well... Yes. Yes it does... a little. But not so much that we should not ALL strive to fill any and all cracks we see promptly and in the most slipshod and hasty manner immediatly available to us! Fill! In the name of all that you hold dear, FILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh god..........