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  1. Sad to hear about Simon Chmbers!!! I saw the Movie "The Big Short" and did not realize at the time it would strike so close to home. The 2008 housing crisis is still hurting America and the rest of the world.
  2. Would that be Al Gore you are referring too?
  3. Here is what I was told to do with router bits so you do not change the cutting profile. You only hone the flat and do not touch the bevel. Now if you have a dull reamer that no longer works, then you have nothing to lose. So try it, and then check to see how the match is with the peg-Shaver. If the match is good, then great, otherwise you have to get the two in sync again. One way would be to make a new peg-shaver out of a hardwood block that matches the newly sharpened reamer. Do I think this is necessary??? You would have to remove a lot of metal to change the profile
  4. We do not see, or at least I do not see, violin wood suppliers doing this. Most wood sold is relatively young. I think if someone who is a famous maker died, and everyone thought that it was his/her wood that helped in their making, then maybe it will auction for a lot of money. As for me, an ambitious amateur, I will buy the best new wood I can get, and let it stabilize enough to do the job.
  5. Thanks I am a would be maker that does not play ... lol So I just figure that the people who post these numbers would know if it is to the bottom of the string, the gap, or if it is to the middle of the string. If I ever make for someone, then I will ask them what they prefer.
  6. I think Bruce Tai will be publishing the article later, and then we will get a chance to look at this degradation again.
  7. Is this string height measured to the bottom or to the middle of the string??? Thanks
  8. Thanks for the nice bump. How many cellos are you thinking of doing? If it is worth all the effort to make this jig, then the time is not wasted.
  9. Okay ... I did not know the cost of Argon vs. Nitrogen. Imagine a day when the last Stradivari violin is left .... that will be a sad sad day.
  10. If I had a nickel for everytime I heard "overpopulation" as a problem .... Seriously this is one of those statements that has been made time and time again.... When the world population hit 1 billion for the first time everybody said the same thing.... Now we produce enough food today in the world, according to the U.N. to feed everybody 2.5 times .... And yet we are still not even close to using all of the arable land available ... So why are people starving? Because one group of people want to starve another group of people .... Somalia is a good case in point, with U.N.
  11. Sad to have to say 'Business is Bizzness!' In WWI Canada had most of the world's valuable Nickel that was controlled by an American company that sold it to Germany for making steel weapons. Germans then used it on Canadians and later Americans .... I guess that is fair trade! Great Britain calculated before WWI how much Nitrates Germany had for explosives, and realized that WWI would only last 1 year before Germany would run out. Most of the Nitrates were from Nature in those days, and bird droppings was a huge source, from South America, so controlling the High Seas would give
  12. Hi I have worked in Golf with epoxies, and even with metal to metal contact, we found that epoxies are not all created equal. It is a little embarrassing to have a client bring back 2 clubs instead of 1! So I think David is making a really good point about "epoxy is epoxy" from my experience. We found 1 epoxy that worked on metal to metal contact that was very expensive, but worth it ..... in the end.
  13. Maybe Argon gas??? The Declaration of Independence is housed in a specially sealed encasement containing the inert gas argon with a controlled amount of humidity to keep the parchment flexible. The encasement is constructed of ballistically resistant materials. The document is closely guarded. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/treasure/declaration_facts.html
  14. Thank you for your post! Most helpful in straightening out my thinking. I have heard of Cello necks having a mind of their own, and I am hoping for a relatively calm experience when my turn comes. I will keep away from getting to close on the first time doweling, so I do not get the Glue Ghosts. Thanks again ...
  15. Thanks ... I guess Stradivari's instruments are getting more expensive per gram in more ways than one. Amazing to think that that much weight has been lost!