Martin McClean

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  1. Martin McClean

    Please share a fingerboard tip with me?

    https://www.dictum.com/en/accessories-and-clamping-devices-baoe/patternmaker-s-vice-705755
  2. Martin McClean

    Cucumber!

    I know a true scientist who could explain the science without diminishing the miracle. I'm just humbled and impressed.
  3. Martin McClean

    Factory instruments reworked, sold as new artist instruments

    I would like to agree with you, but the marketplace isn't a meritocracy. If it was it would look very different. Unfortunately many customers are looking for what they perceive to be a name, a nationality or an investment. There's certainly a degree of quality involved but often it's secondary. The customer defines the marketplace more than the luthier, retailer or huckster, but the customer doesn't always differentiate to the degree we would like or think reasonable. Pity.
  4. Martin McClean

    Factory instruments reworked, sold as new artist instruments

    So it's an ethical question rather than one of quality?
  5. Martin McClean

    Factory instruments reworked, sold as new artist instruments

    Surely the VSA judges would know, they're the experts after all?
  6. Martin McClean

    1916 Carlo Oddone violin??

    Really? I don't see why they should sound worse than any other decent modern Italian.
  7. Martin McClean

    1916 Carlo Oddone violin??

    Yes, I don't think later Italians tarted up German violins.
  8. Martin McClean

    Cork Burnish?

    I've heard being burnished from Verona is torture. Not sure about Cork.
  9. Martin McClean

    reivew of 'Gone' by Min Kym, book about stolen Strad

    She was looking for a new soul mate but refused to glance at any of our low born children. Humph!
  10. Martin McClean

    Speeding up suntanning

    Anyone else?
  11. Martin McClean

    Speeding up suntanning

    Magic bullet lamps.
  12. Martin McClean

    Life of a Violin Maker/Repairer

    The market? Saturated??
  13. Martin McClean

    Colin-Mezin post 1910 worth while?

    This violin mentioned in the article arrived in my workshop for appraisal, setup etc. It's an absolute beauty and miles ahead of the vast majority of cms. An absolute belter to play on https://www.portadowntimes.co.uk/news/samuel-wins-on-violin-found-in-gran-s-attic-1-7901749
  14. Martin McClean

    sharpening plane blades

    This works very well on a 'bevel down' plane- as the flat surface is the one which meets the wood. It doesn't do so well on a 'bevel up' plane. The side to side camber is more about slightly rounding the points on either either corner...Probably more important in cabinet making than violin making. It does no harm though, imho
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    sharpening plane blades

    This is excellent