Bill Yacey

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About Bill Yacey

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  1. Bill Yacey

    Odd Cracked Pegbox Repair - Recommendations?

    I'm a little late to the game, but again electronic tools to the rescue: Heating the nails with the tip of a soldering iron would surely loosen them up enough that they could be easily removed. Now that the heads are gone from the nails, not so easily.
  2. Bill Yacey

    Odd Cracked Pegbox Repair - Recommendations?

    Some of the better cutters are tempered hard enough that you won't do much with a file.
  3. Bill Yacey

    Odd Cracked Pegbox Repair - Recommendations?

    These are known as flush cut cutters or knippers, generally used for printed circuit board work.
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    Odd Cracked Pegbox Repair - Recommendations?

    I would double up the inside of the pegbox. Reduce the inside wall of the pegbox to about 1/3 of the present thickness, and apply new wood to the inside. Orient the grain so it's running about 45 degrees off-parallel with the existing wood. If you just put a bushing, it'll likely crack there again.
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    Good Soundpost Wood, Old vs New

    I scrapped an old piano too; the spruce was very fine grain Sitka Spruce. Sitka being one of the denser spruces works very nicely for posts. I too was rubbing my hands together when I saw the ebony, nice black stuff without any streaks. The Ivory, not so much. I saved it but haven't really found any good use for it yet.
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    Good Soundpost Wood, Old vs New

    You would might like quarter sawn Douglas Fir for post material; it would meet your criteria nicely.
  7. Bill Yacey

    Ignore function

    Some people feel the need to argue, regardless of any definite outcome, one way or the other. They must be conflict-deficit in their daily lives.
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    Ignore function

    Blocking is sort of a last resort before a member gets excommunicated permanently, If enough members block the offender. The only problem is this doesn't really apply any corrective action to the problem, when the offender doesn't realize what a pest they have become. If they are a willful confirmed nuisance, then I guess any hope for corrective rehabilitation is a waste of time.
  9. Bill Yacey

    The Blazing and Amazing...Mark O' Connor

    You are a minority in this respect, and will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for music than someone who pigeon-holes them self by ignoring all the other genres of world music. My wife and I were discussing this a few evenings ago. It appears that many foreign countries are eroding their own music culture because the young people there all want to be american pop stars, a genre which has become pervasive everywhere. Sadly, their local indigenous music gets pushed to the background and dwindles. Ironically, because the younger generation think they want to do something different, they are simply joining a larger group all doing much the same thing. Look / listen to these examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPTgKGdzje4
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    The Blazing and Amazing...Mark O' Connor

    If you want technique... Roby Lakatos
  11. Bill Yacey

    Gluing

    I got the thumb nuts from Spaenaur, page C53 Spaenaur Catalog
  12. Bill Yacey

    Gluing

    I would use knurled brass thumb nuts instead of wind nuts. The knurled ones can be turned quickly using a single finger; every little extra bit of speed helps. I use leather on my spool clamps instead of cork. The spools were made from 1" maple dowel.
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    Italian violin... but genuine?

    The maker must have had a bit to much wine when he lined up that center join on the back.
  14. Bill Yacey

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    It was an attempt at light humor.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Point number 2 could be critical; one's family could easily expel you and the offensive instrument from the home, relegating music making activities to the distant alleyways.