Roger Hargrave

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    Meyenburg-near Bremen-Germany

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  1. Either he/she or you misunderstood what is meant by fit. Fit is the most important factor for the health of the instrument. So it goes without saying that when the post is in the optimal position for sound, it should also be fitting the plates exactly. Too often people find the best sound position, but ignore the fact that the post does not fit perfectly, thus risking damaging the instrument permanently.
  2. Wallmart is a supermarket and I've seen them for sale in Walmart. But that was a couple of years ago so maybe they've stopped.
  3. Change the word probably to certainly and I am in full agreement. I have been a 100% violin maker since 1987 and it was hugely rewarding, but not financially, at least for the first ten years. My wife bless her, always had a steady job and that kept me in boiled beef and carrots over this period. Being a full time maker ain't easy, but it's worth a try. And if you are making as an amateur don't expect too much. After all you are doing it for fun. I don't suppose you would not expect to earn money with another hobby. If you want to make money get a paper round. If you invest the same amount of time it takes to finish a fiddle you will earn much more, but it won't be as much fun.
  4. This is close enough, although I usually simplify it to: Away from bridge opens or frees the sound (more volume), but too far away and the sound looses focus. Closer gives you more focus but eventually stifles the sound. Mostly however, I find that tightness-tension is the main key. Tightness depends on the flexibility or otherwise of the plates, but as a general rule, once in the "right" place, the post should fall over if the ribs are squeezed gently. The correct fit is most important of all, but only for the health of the instrument, otherwise it has little bearing on sound. Like everything else, in the end it is trial and error. Lick it and see! Here is a tip: When fitting the post I always make sure that the slot for the setter is facing forward. That way you will know if one of your posts has been moved. Generally, on a new fiddle I start with the post at least 1mm inside the outside of the foot. This allows for later adjustment when the instrument has been played in. I set the post about a bridge foot width behind the bridge. Most of the big shops used half a bridge foot; but they are clearly wrong. Like bass bars, Sound-posts have no rules but my rules, or your rules, or someone else rules. Just stick to the rules - whichever ones you choose.
  5. The problem is that guns can also be purchased in supermarket in the US. And I fail to see how so many of you are making light of this. I only hope that none of your kids are ever killed by a gun legal or otherwise.
  6. Actually according to the Hills Antonio Stradivari married Francesca, the daughter of Francesco Feraboschi, and widow of Giovanni Giacomo Capra, who committed suicide with an arquebus[1] on the Piazza St. Agata (now Piazza Garibaldi), in April, 1664. [1] An arquebus is an early type of portable firearm usually supported on a tripod or a forked rest.
  7. Again Bill I am not refering to single shot weapons. I know that you have the kind of wilderness that we can only dream of. I also have hunter friends. My doctor is a hunter. What I am talking about is this lust for automatic and even assult weapons that are capable of cutting most animals and children in half. Surely these are unnecesary? I have to leave now and I will be away for most of the day so I will not be answering any more mails for a while. Good luck.
  8. Heard it all before I'm afraid. Its not crazy people with guns that kill. Its alowing guns to be sold to crazy people that kills. I could go on, but was talking about automatic weapons, guns that can kill so many by just squeezing the trigger once. The statistics alone must be evidence enough. Sure there are mass shooting in Europe, but nothing to compare with the United States. And since loosing my bees again this last year I agree with you about glyphophate, but I am talking about what each individual can do right now - today.
  9. A fine looking instrument Christian. I particularly love the way the light illuminates your edge fluting as it passes through the corners. Sometimes you can just see the sound. The thing about most utilitarian objects is that when they look right, they generally feel good and work well. This is the reason why cleaver dealers and violin makers can often predict how well an instrument will sound simply from its appearance. The argument being that someone so tuned in to the aesthetics of appearance must ipso facto be tuned in to the underlying principal behind the entire project. Throughout history this has been true of every utilitarian object ever made, from arrowheads to Viking longships. (Not too over the top I hope.) [RH1]Do two rights make a wrong here? Or are we OK?
  10. This is an open letter to all my violin maker friends. I know that the vast majority of you abhor guns and gun violence. Unfortunately, I am also aware that a number of you own many weapons; including automatic pistols and so-called assault rifles. It seems to me that this fixation with such deadly arsenals is linked entirely to either fear or macho aggression. Each individual must know in which category they belong; although it doesn’t really matter. No-one needs automatic weapons of any description, certainly not for hunting or protection. Make no mistake, by purchasing and owning such weapons you make yourselves culpable whenever such senseless acts of gun violence break out. I urge all of my violin making colleagues, if you have them, please give up these weapons. Have them destroyed; I was about to say before it's too late, but it is already too late. I am sorry if you are offended by this intrusion. I remember that some of you were ofended last time I commented on a mass school shooting, but I have been offended by every outbreak of gun violence that I can remember, and since I recently turned seventy, that amounts to an enormous number of dead children. In the USA alone there has already been 1856 gun-related deaths this year. (Up to 16th February.) At least in our profession let's stop it - please.