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  1. Check out American live oak. It is not in the market because it is not easily worked. But it is a common tree on the gulf coast and is very strong and pretty.
  2. Epoxy creeps! Do Not Use Epoxy!
  3. Glasser does refurbish their bows. When a glasser bow comes for a rehair, we just trade bows. Send the rehair to Glasser. Glasser sends a refurbished bow for less than a new one. The cost is less than a rehair. This is the model for student bows. Standard frogs and tips - production line refurbishing!
  4. I have found for my high school/ college level customers, that playing simple duets with instrument trading, yields good decisions quickly. When the customer is down to two or three instruments, a few minutes of duets can settle the choice easily.
  5. A quick water coat of tannin, followed when dry with a vinegar and old nails coat. When dry and black, a coat of backing soda water to neutralize the vinegar. Now it is black. slick it up with clear varnish, and you are done. And the sound should be ok.
  6. "Do violaistas' really hate trombonists'?" Trombones do not make you deaf. Playing for Hours on the a String makes you deaf in the left ear. Playing on the e string makes you deaf faster!!
  7. I am not expert, but search "J.T.L." a French violin factory.
  8. We also know that many people prefered the Stainer sound. And we know a bit about how the Stainer sound differs from the Strad sound.
  9. I doubled viola and tuba in my college orchestra. Sometimes there are not a lot of notes in the tuba part, but everyone in the hall will hear all of them. That does add a bit of interest when you are playing the part. On the matter of the 'simple' acoustics of wind instruments - the tuba is notorious for being out of tune with itself. The beautiful harmonic series that we all learn about for musical instruments is usually out of tune for actual instruments. It takes many years to work out the tweaks required to make a really good wind instrument. And this applies to all the wind instruments. Since the bass instruments are so big and expensive to make, the tweaks required take longer to find and understand. Understanding the correct bore and developing manufacturing techniques for tubas has improved a lot recently. This means that older instruments are not as good as the best new instruments. Not to mention, musical tastes in wind sound have changed. The hardest instrument in the orchestra is all of them. But the difficulties are not all in the same place!
  10. I struck me that moving the linings to the outside, as in some basses, would make no overhang more manageable. Also guitars often have a lining glued on over in the overhang area. And those Russian violins.
  11. Check the scale length for the strings. As a 17" it my not be happy with 16.5" strings. Helicore makes an extra long string that works very well in my 18" viola.
  12. Chinese cooks use a Wok to avoid the foaming and overflow problem. As the foam rises it spreads a lot so it does not rise far. Just the opposite of an erlenmeyer flask. Of course this make sealing the cook impossible. A cooking hood would be nice. Or a beach!
  13. I recall a spring loaded soundpost that automatically adjusted for length. That would be the easy solution for the present problem. Not ideal, but-- better than no soundpost at all!
  14. FIT THE SOUNDPOST - that will keep it up till the weather changes. How much can the weather change! Why i've never seen the temperature change much more than 100 degrees F in a day. And the humidity usually does not go higher than 95% or lower than 10%. And of course all of your children have air conditioning at home, And in the bus that brings them to school.
  15. Looking at the list of hardness: Of common U,S, woods Hardness rank = Dogwood < Persimmon < Mesquite<Osage Orange < Live Oak. Of these live oaw at 12.9 (Ebony is 14+) is hardest and commonest. Further - it is infamous for not splitting. I suspect that it has enough tannin to blacken with a bit of iron juice. Given the normal variability of wood, I suspect that hardness 14+ is found in many samples. It is not porous in the small samples I have. It is worth a hard look. Osage Orange ai 12.3 is also a wonderful candidate.
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