Bill Yacey

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  1. Albert Fischer wrote an article on making scroll detail gouges from old hacksaw blades on the SCAVM website, if you want to make your own. SCAVM Articles
  2. I'm sure there are more than a few members who would accept it, and then ship it to you.
  3. I did read that he was fascinated with the occult.
  4. For the time, it was probably the most exhaustive work of it's kind. If a person has enough drive and enthusiasm, a working instrument could be completed using the book. By today's standards, there are many better books with much more detail, but none will have the quaint literary flair of Heron Allen.
  5. I use those too; the steel is quite good quality. Their stubby fishtail gouge is very useful too.
  6. I dunno, soot is soot, the way I see it.
  7. I've seen that red material too, and I'm inclined to think David is correct in identifying it as sealing wax. However, there's nothing waxy about it; it's quite brittle. The fellow that taught me re-hairing would dip the end knot into hot hide glue, and then burn the end in an alcohol flame to fuse the hair and glue into a solid mass. He would repeat this a few times until the knot and hair was a nice, tidy little mushroom head.
  8. Woe to the expert in the far future trying to identify this instrument, should it ever lose it's label. I'm happy to hear it's nearing completion; I'm anxious to see the finished instrument, as there have been many talented people contributing their efforts.
  9. Usually bass bar problems are because it is too weak, or split. Either situation usually calls for a new bar. If the bar is ok, and the top doesn't show signs of caving in, I would leave it alone until it shows a sign of problems.
  10. That's been my experience too; Black Spruce is a droopy looking, spindly tree that grows in the muskegs. They rarely exceed a diameter of 10 inches or so, around here.
  11. What is frequency, but a repetitive change in amplitude over time? Edit: Sorry, I thought this was a recent post until I looked closer at the date.
  12. We don't get the wet, heavy snow and accumulated ice like you do around the lakes. Our winters are quite dry; including December, January and February, we've had a total of 11mm of precipitation, less than a half inch. Because of this, we don't have as many issues with damaged power lines. My neighbor built a small house for he and his wife, and they used just a conventional hot water heater for in-floor radiant heating.
  13. I have about 100 lbs of propane on hand through the winter, and an AC powerplant for such vicissitudes, although in my 54 years of living here, haven't needed to resort to this yet. The natural gas distribution system is very reliable, and the mains electricity has never been out for more than a few hours in the winter, before the power was restored.
  14. Good luck trying to keep it glued to the neck. This stuff is very greasy.
  15. You can't have one without the other. From my perspective, there isn't any good reason for carving the inside first. Kind of like building a house from the inside outwards.
  16. Ahh yes, but with enough garlic, it's a great supplement to ward off arthritis in the joints.
  17. If it only chatters in the same spot on the bow, defective hair isn't likely. What are the chances that every single hair has the same defect in the same spot along its length? It's possible though, that the hair was contaminated with something at the same location during the rehair process.
  18. Drinking songs are good. They are universal in the fact that after enough drinks, the lyrics can't be understood, no matter what language they are sung in.
  19. I agree with this, but in the case of a country fiddler, many rarely get out of first position, so the feel for 3rd position doesn't really matter.
  20. If I recall correctly, Mike Molnar recommended lavender oil; I've tried this, and it works very well. I had an infestation once, so I aired out the bows and case in sunlight for a few days. Now every 4 months or so I put a few drops of lavender oil directly into the fabric inside my case in an inconspicuous area away from the bows and instrument. Since then, I haven't had any further incidence of these destructive bugs.
  21. Personally, I believe that it is a product of Stradivari's shop, but possibly not directly from Antonio's hands. There is probably a good reason it was set aside. To play devils advocate, it's possible that it may have been an orphan top or even a billet that was obtained from the refuse when his shop materials and tools were dispersed. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to utilize a piece of Stradivari's wood stock when so much folklore mystique was created about his materials?
  22. The torrefied wood certainly has remarkable contrast compared to the untreated maple.
  23. It appears the neck has come unglued from the block, which is better than the block to back glue bond breaking. A proper luthier should be able to glue this up without too much effort.
  24. Wouldn't that be something, have a few drinks, apply some varnish, and then go to sleep. Wake up the next day and discover a fluorescent green violin.