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About jezzupe

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    I used to do other stuff, now I just make violins

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  1. Stolen from Hogwarts?

    Gosh I love a good mystery
  2. Lowering B0 mode at fingerboard of finished violin

    there is a fellow, David Langsather, and while I don;t personally agree with everything he states, and while he might not be known as "well known" maker, I do know that he is in to tuning big time and has lots of information about the subject, if one "believes" it or that it helps, well thats up to you, but he does tune, everything, tailpieces , pegs I think even, I dunno, it may have something helpful...I've had contact with him in my early days and found him to be a real nice guy.
  3. Non-Drying Fulton Varnish

    uvc is absorbed by the earth, uvb, the uv responsible for "tanning/burning" is mostly absorbed by most standard glass, the uva, about 75% goes through, so really sun through windows does not give the proper spectrum to UV cure varnish that is susceptible to UV curing. So I would try the lamp and see if you get different results
  4. Non-Drying Fulton Varnish

    uv lamp?
  5. White glue drop on paper label- removal

    well that's quite a project Steph, I think the 'leave it be approach is probably best with the glue spot, the only suggestion I could make is if you want to try to remove it with water that you would make "thickwater" by making a thick sugar water solution/syrup, the sugar in the water makes it so it has lots of surface tension, so if you take a tooth pick and place a tiny drop of the thickened sugar water 1. it will stay put 2. bead up as a ball and stay that way 3. feed water into the glue/paper label much slower than a drop of straight water. In other words if you get the thickness right it makes it so the drop stays put and slowly wets the spot, but it would take multiple small drops, and i fear the discoloration is permanent. with the repair I agree that maybe removing the peones would make the repair better/stronger?
  6. D.I.Why?

    the way I see it in my 11 years here is; ask a question, someone will respond, if it's valid advice, thats usually it, if it's a more complex question , often we get more responses or different takes on it,but quite frankly I'm not sure what your talking about, I've never felt the group here to be 'unfriendly" to anyone. diy or otherwise I just see it as a place to get free advice from many people who normally charge money for the same advice in their work setting, among other things. I do think anyone who does diy work has a responsibility to history to make sure that they are not inadvertently crazy gluing a top on to a Strad, but other than that I think most people here encourage folks to get their feet wet in the world of Luthier.
  7. How to make decent edges

    We have a resident Luthier here , Davide Sora. Davide has some instructional videos on Utube that goes over his approach to edge work. They are most excellent for visual help with this task. an example
  8. turpentine

    On a side note; I generally wear an advertising sandwhich board for Joe and his varnishes as I am really a big fan of his products. The other day I was at the guitar forum in the "build" section discussing varnish, naturally I brought up the subject as the toxicity of lacquer was the main subject. I suggested that people check out "old world" varnishes and was touting Cremona/Joe style varnish and it's solvent turpentine and how these old world products are far superior compared to lacquer and urethane as far as transparency, durability and toxicity go, and was surprised to have to whip out all the msds/.gov papers stating that turpentine is not classified as a carcinogen. In my post I had talked of how I worked for finish companies doing test work and how I though there was tons of bs related to these "better living through chemistry" varnishes and how corporate propaganda helped make old world varnish obscure, and as if by magic they re-enforced that by many of them being under the assumption that turpentine was cancerous. I thought it was "funny" how people who were asking rudimentary questions about the safety of breathing lacquer thinner somehow were under the impression, or were "pretty sure" turpentine causes cancer, which of course it does not. In a world driven by profit, it is hard to know what the truth about anything is anymore. welcome back Carlo, good to see you here, we missed you.
  9. Fiddles shmiddles! Look what we made today!

    Arching by eye, my fav
  10. Attention to detail and stifled creativity?

    amen to that one brother , "meh my shoulder hurts, what about a bevel edge?" " I don't care about the rain forest I'm old and I want Rosewood" "how can I make my guitar louder than the banjo"
  11. Attention to detail and stifled creativity?

    Probably had somethin' to do with it. To me tradition will always be here, so when you grow up, you can buy a Noon or a Burgess, you know, after the world has crushed your soul and made you conform to the harsh reality of money and the "man" I'm built for before that time, you know, when you were young and still had hope for the world
  12. Attention to detail and stifled creativity?

    Details relate to ascetics, ascetics relate to form and materials , form relates to function, there are many functional violin like objects that do not conform to the form of a traditional Stradavari instrument, this we all know, and as pointed out, that these violin like objects lack legitimacy and economic value in the general pool of classical and traditional player market, this is in general true, all though it really doesn't pertain to the OP, but as the brainwashed debt slaves that we are, we generally always put things on scales and measures as it relates to money, monetary value it seems equals value in most peoples eyes. That being said, I feel there are much larger and more fundamental issues at hand that have have potentially massive ramifications for the world of bowed instruments,as it relates to their popularity, the popularity of classical/bowed instrument music which in turn could be correlated to monetary value somewhat indirectly. My response very much has to do with the OP but much more in the sense of how it relates to our individuality as both makers and players. The therum I put forward that is at this point speculation relates to individual creativity as it pertains to aesthetics, details and "looks" and how an instruments visuals will effect young people who are in the beginning stages of developing the desire to engage music. First I would say that it's great when kids start instruments early, I feel prodigy should be fostered and at least investigated to see if it's there, you wont know if a child is mozart unless you give them a chance, that being said I feel most kids who start playing generally start around 11 to 13, at this age peer influence and their own personal identity of just who they are starts to form, and in that critical stage, personal individuality in their dress, their clique, the music they listen too, all that puberty stuff is very wrapped up in "creative details" that allow them to both identify with other kids and to express their own individuality. THIS is where I feel the world of bowed music has inadvertently shot itself in the foot. Through somewhat of an echo chamber a revolving circle of group think based on monetary value and expectations we come to the following; besides advanced players and violin makers/judges very few people will notice the "details" that may be an individual makers, for the most part, to the average person, pretty much all violins look the same, some may be reddish, some may be brownish, some may be yellowish, but well, they all look the same to the average person, particularly the average 13 year old kid. I would state that its the "average" kid who we need to target, because the average kid is the majority and often times greatness comes from the average if its given a chance or a spark is lit. Long story short, I feel that because all violins basically look the same to the average kid, that it lacks the individual flair that allows them to feel important so it does not get considered as an instrument choice, they'll choose an electric guitar because there are millions of different looks to choose from and I can find one that feels like "me". And I think it's this simple shallow "thing" that is completely over looked and has been massively detrimental to the world of bowed instruments and turned lots of potential young players away from choosing violin. So, I'm trying to work with my friend at Bristol, the head of the music dept. to set up some scientific control studies related to the psychological effects of "one of these things is not like the other" as it relates to violins. Quite simply I'm one of the few makers who has a body of work that has an established outside of the norm look that is diverse, so my instruments are prime candidate for the test. It's as simple as "Here Jonny, look at these 6 violins, we heard you were thinking about starting to try to play an instrument, if you could choose any one of these 6 violins, which one would you choose? there will be 5 regular violins, and then one of mine based on my own personal experience with younger people and their reactions to my violins, particularly the 13 to 20 somethings ,I'll go out on a limb and say that the majority of kids, who have no indoctrinated preconceived notions about violins as they have no "sophistication" will choose mine. Again I aim to prove this in repetitive test's with many participants over a prolonged period of time. IF in fact I am right, this would expose a MAJOR FLAW , imo, in the way we have been "doing it" so to speak. Really the entire reason behind this is my own personal experience as a kid, "hey, why do all violins look the same" "um some mumbo jumbo that clearly means you don;t know why" ok, well why would I want to do that? why would I want to join a bunch of "conformist" who lack any individuality? hey look at these electric guitars, look at that one, or that one, oh wow that ones really cool. I mean I kinda like classical music from the stuff I've heard, but it just seems so boring and conformist, lacks individuality, not cool, gimme the BC Rich. Now through that BC RIch I did eventually find my way back to classical and bowed music, but it kinda stinks to think that my road was detoured or had to go through the guitar first simply by my notions as a young person as to what I thought was cool. But I wanted to be me and I know every kid I knew wanted the same thing, it's when we first started finding who we are and the way something looked was uber important to me, and I know others. So, in closing, I'm going to keep making my weird azz violins and now guitars, which are also weird to guitar people, and in time I will prove that you've been doing it all wrong and hopefully at the same time draw in millions of new enthusiastic young players which will mean more debt, er, money for everyone
  13. Potatochipitis

    First, as long as the piece was flat and level on the backside when it was initial carved, barring extreme warping, this is generally not an issue and when the plates are glued up, the clamps will flatten it back out and the glue will hold it flat, so it's really not an issue, it just looks like it is.... Furthermore, in order to prevent this from happening, simply use 4 clamps to "pin" it down to a small flat piece of sealed plywood when you are not working on it. This will keep it flatter and not allow it to warp while you are sleeping.
  14. Pff' offended?, do you have any idea how many times people have told me I suk! they say Jezzupe, you are like a public figure, you can't go posting that damn heavy metal music you play, you're scaring the children! After a few songs they're dying to practice their Bach, so really it's an educators tool if you cast the right light on it, a black light of course
  15. Acoustic science

    Ha, funny how this topic evokes a need for "people" to register to a forum so they can leave a post about it. Anyways, I've just never seen an "announcement" cause so much of a stir. At the end of the day, Taylor being such an established company, the sales figures will dictate of this "gamble" will pay off for them in the long run... Again I will point to the sample of Andy playing the guitar in the second video I posted...The last chord he plays has a distinctive oscillating worrble which again sound like an intonation issue and or I'm hearing something coming through pretty loud and clear that is supposed to be "fixed"