Bill Yacey

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  1. What happens to strings?

    Low grade alcohols have too much water, which might be a problem if the string contains any steel. Everclear would be a better choice for both of your purposes.
  2. PEG-ology

    In all honesty, they look like cheapest of cheap pegs from a Czechoslovakian factory VSO.
  3. plate tuning specs ?

    Also it appears that they were purfled after the box was closed up, followed by varnishing.
  4. Craig Tucker...Are you still with us?

    Check here: https://www.violins.ca/forums/ He's been there recently; maybe he just needed a break.
  5. plate tuning specs ?

    Has Anders been seen on the forum lately? I don't recall seeing any posts by him for awhile.
  6. plate tuning specs ?

    I would think a better way to view this is the primary resonance of the plate is 180Hz, and 360Hz is simply the second harmonic.
  7. plate tuning specs ?

    If this is indeed the case, how can the cross grain stiffness changes be estimated after 350 years, compared to new wood? Anyone using old Cremona violins as a reference has to always keep in mind that these violins parameters have changed over their life. Perhaps if a new instrument is plate tuned using a 350 year old plate as a target reference, it may well miss the mark as it ages, ie: In 350 years, the new instrument will more closely resemble an instrument that is maybe 700 years old; However I don't believe these changes through aging follow any linear relationship.
  8. An Eccentric Violin with 5-Ply Purfling

    This is a strange instrument. The purfling appears it was added later, as there isn't any varnish on the purfling. Also the back looks like it was rubbed down, and too pristine compared to the top.
  9. plate tuning specs ?

    Not to discourage any would-be plate tuners, but there have been so many varied schemes claimed by their disciples to be the solution for building a good sounding instrument. Out of all the different schemes though, which is the right one? They can't all be right, or maybe they are all equally wrong. Interestingly, builders that make a violin based purely on weight, feel, instinct and good construction practices seem to arrive at about the same level of success. There really isn't any magic formula aside from experience and good workmanship.
  10. plate tuning specs ?

    If you enjoy chasing rainbows, you really need to read Vigdorchik; if Vigdorchik starts to make sense, read Keith Hill.
  11. Got rosewood pegs? You may want to stay home.

    Bureaucrats always seem oblivious to preserving natural resources unless it's something from which they can make big money. Where I live just north of Edmonton, has the best fertile black soil in the world, #1 black loam, with about 3 feet of topsoil. Due to urban sprawl, for years this land has been continually annexed, the black soil scraped off and re-sold for topsoil of the lawns in the new housing developments. A few miles to the west is scrubby, rolling land with poorer soil, more suited for housing, but no. They would sooner destroy prime agriculture land capable of growing food to feed the world market.
  12. Sorry, I misunderstood your earlier post. I was reading that the scratches in the wood surface is what was pictured. I've seen these sorts of markings on some Engelmann wood I've used in the past, although it was strictly scraped; no sandpaper involved.
  13. Why would you think this Bruce? The waves appear in the wood, not a surface texture.
  14. I've seen this especially in Engelmann Spruce; I think it's just a fine variation of bearclaw.
  15. Joining Spanish Cedar (cedrela oderata) casein or Hyde glue?

    Do any bow repair people use hide glue for Pernambuco repairs?