Jerry Lynn

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  1. Are better instruments really harder to play?

    Worthwhile for consideration is also the roll that set up plays on an instrument regardless of the price tag - Instruments for top players can sometimes have setups that are very comfortable for them, but might not be comfortable for less advanced players.
  2. Duram's Water Putty for purfling filler?

    Is this for an old instrument where you are replacing purfling? Or for a new instrument? If it's for a new instrument, it might be worthwhile to set up a small experiment to see how both will function and look with whatever finishing treatments you are doing. Most of my experience with fillers for adding bits to purfling channels is in restoration, there are a lot of options out there from off the shelf products, exotic starches, and micro glass beads. Nothing is permanent, fillers don't change with the wood, and will one day be visible. The "creamier" part of plastic wood when you open a fresh can can be really nice if the varnish has some opacity. Here I used the above mentioned creamier bits to help out a channel that had been damaged by previous replacement purfling (sorry for the glare):
  3. Advice Needed for Cello Repair

    Cleat thickness is part of the function of immobilizing flexibility of the crack. If you examine successful cleats you'll find thicknesses vary, as does other variables. For your cleats, 1.5 mm after doming them is probably fine. In the future I'd suggest being tidier with cleaning up glue after install.
  4. D.I.Why?

    +1 Perhaps as a different perspective on what might be perceived as derision is that of caution. Knowing a few of the top professionals who post here, I can add that they are very methodical, thorough, and thoughtful people. Knowledge being shared is often won from witnessing (either first hand or historical), or experiencing failure despite great preparation in tackling a repair.
  5. Honed Bliss

    I was just remarking to a mutual friend yesterday that "never have my tools been duller than now when I'm working for myself." It's amazing how far you can limp things along until you absolutely have to sharpen.
  6. Cracked End Block

    We spend more time doing less and less...
  7. Cracked End Block

    At Oberlin one year, one of our regular lecturers who stops in, gave a presentation on how he saves original blocks by removing them carefully from the instrument and milling out cracked sections. In some instances, the only part remaining was a thin skin of original wood that had a stamp, or nail holes.
  8. Selling in a saturated market

    A few observations on shops and Chinese instruments, for whatever they are worth that directly tie into your #3: The Chinese do make frightfully good instruments. However, they are not so good at being "individuals." Yes, many wonderful Chinese makers win tons of awards at competitions... and then seem to promptly open large workshops pumping varying levels of instruments (all with numbers to designate the models) that get set to the sates, driven around the country by two dudes in white panel vans. These vans stop at violin shops, and the salesmen do their best to show these wares to shop owners. Many of these instruments don't have labels or brands, even the ones supposedly made by the head of the shop who has won the awards. Selling these things becomes precarious after a point. Once you get beyond the most basic of student models, customers love to have an emotional connection with where their instruments come from. That becomes tough to sell with an instrument that lacks personality, or connection to a person/place. So, my advice is if you are going to compete with Chinese instruments, your individuality and relate-ability are just as important as tonal aspects. And set up....
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    That would be an impressive phone call, or email for sure... and I would be absolutely elated. I'd imagine that Eric would help you get a diameter of peg that would allow for fitting. Given the choice, I would prefer to see the violin in person, and order the fittings after consulting with both you and him. In reality, the fittings that have shown up unannounced in the past have been at the extreme other end of the spectrum, or the shafts have been of a very small diameter while the existing holes are rather large. Back when I worked for large firm, customers would drop in unannounced with such things - careful and kind explanation of their faults always alleviated hard feelings. These days, I tend to have relationships, or referrals, with the musicians I serve. Conversations about fittings take place well in advance of their install.
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    I suppose we can all be virtual jerks on the internet, I'd imagine in real life when the customer calls or shows up that even the most jaded of us handles outside parts tactfully. When such things happen to me, I go out of my way to be as polite as humanly possible. I bet even Jacob, in real life, is a lovable teddy bear.
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    I don't do it either. One of my biggest pet peeves is a client handing me a bridge blank, or fittings for that matter. Rarely are they appropriate or of suitable quality.
  13. Fake or real repair?

    People who work for Jerry end up with some of his eclectic tastes. For example, at the last convention I ended up in a hotel room with a number of his people. They had a cutting board with high end charcuterie on it. It literally was a sausage party.
  14. Fake or real repair?

    I know the restorer, and the shop. It's as real as it gets.
  15. Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas, David!