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  1. Again Jacob, thankyou for your input. Wow over 100 instruments. My paultry 8 pales in comparison! LP
  2. Thanks Andres. I did not think about the mimf library. I have refinished some instruments of lesser quality and achieved some surprisingly good results. However,I really would like this instrument to have a first class finish. I agree with you and I am leaning toward allowing a luthier with lots of experience take on the task. I am afraid my zeal for playing this fiddle may be the shortcoming of my patience during a refinish project! Lane
  3. Thanks Jacob. I really do not know if there was a ground coat below the varnish. I recently acquired a very well made older fiddle. A previous owner attempted to change the color or the finish. He applied spirit varnish over the oil finish. Subsequently the oil really softened up and severly wrinkeled on the top. Finger pressure alone would remove both layers of varnish. From an earlier post, re: Micromesh; Michael advised me to have someone take alook at the fiddle. I did and in their opinon the softening was due to a reaction between solvents or something in the finishes. Refinish was recomended. Hence I removed the finish totally. I really would like to do this finish job right. This fiddle is better than any I presently have. The fellow that looked at the fiddle offered me $800.00 for it in the state it is in. Lane
  4. Grettings all. Is it necessary or a good idea to reapply the ground coat after chemically stripping varnish? Lane
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    I'm looking. Thanks Lane
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    Label is long gone, and the only info I have re: the maker is Thomas or Thames very early 1900's. Are there any resources that detail this common restoritve process? Thanks Lane
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    How? Do I keep buffing it out until it is removed or will an approach similiar to french polishing work? LP
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    Yes, I totally agree with you Michael. According to the gentleman I received the fiddle from the third owner decided to alter the color and brushed Behlans varnish over the entire fiddle. He was familiar with the instrument and said there were no blemishes on the finish prior to the second coat of varnish. Hopefully a facelift and set up will give it new life as a decent folk and bluegrass fiddle. LP
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    Yes,I agree. This particular fiddle is the victim of a dastardly deed. A previous owner at some point covered the original brown oil with what appears to be poorly applied amber varnish. The top was really bad. The varnish was so thick it had actually wrinkeled. I have removed the varnish from the top plate and preparing to do the same to the bottom and sides. I can live with the scroll. LP
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    Greetings all. I am starting a refinish job on a well made older fiddle. I would like to use micromesh to rub out between varnish coats. I have never used the product before. Anybody have any suggestions for the grade I'll need? Happy Holidays. LP
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    "Fake or True?"

    The seller has obvioulsy been smacked with great grand pa's shelelei (sp?) or the laddie has been blowing the ole pipes a wee bit to hard! LP
  12. Anybody see the graphite fiddle for $90,000.00 on Ebay? Item # 1494297337.
  13. Hey guys. Do the commercial removers have any affect on the ground or pore fillers? LP
  14. I did not mention the white colored pastes seem to work better---uh, don't forget to floss around the pegs! happy holidays. LP
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    Greetings all. How many ounces of varnish do you makers typically use on a finish job, Spirit or Oil? Happy Hoildays---LP
  16. You bet,use it as if it were a polish. Rub it on and buff it out. LP
  17. Ordinary toothpaste will remove any of the white blemish that does not resolve. The abrasive in the paste will not harm the varnish nor will it leave a haze. LP
  18. My first post on this board was a string related question. Bob Kogut turned me on to Helicores. I have been using medium tension and I really love the way they sound. They took alittle getting used to but the proof is in the pudd'n!
  19. Are commercial wood stains used in violin finishing and if so does the penetrating characteristics of the stain affect the resonant qualities of the wood? Thanks Lane
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    Stain removal

    I have removed the oil varnish from the top of an old violin. The top is two piece with very narrow grain. However, there is a dark discoloration present in the areas of the wood. It has the appearence of mildew. The wood is amber/honey colored and I would like to acheive this uniform color before applying new varnish. Any ideas for removing this discoloration from the top? Thanks... LP
  21. Greetings all, I am trying out an old fiddle suspposedly made in the late 20's or 30's. It has a label bearing the name of "Julius Heberlin's Guarnerius, manfactured for Oliver Ditson Co.:Germany." There is a logo: black circle with a white symbol that resembles Italy or Florida. Beside the white symbol there is the letter O with a black center. This fiddle is well made. All four corner blocks,linings, very fine spruce top, heavily flamed back and sides, neck and a gracefully cut scroll. Purfling is very well done German style. No dings,cracks or serperations. Anybody familiar with this trademark or knows anything about fairmarket value I would appreciate hearing from you. I like the fiddle, but I do not know if I like as much as the owner does. Heberlein not Heberlin !!! Thanks LP [This message has been edited by Lane (edited 06-12-2001).]
  22. The deed is done and the verdict is read. Overall not bad, will require some fine tweaking to get it just right. Michael you were dead on the $$ re the string afterlength. My fiddle is not as forgiving as it was before. The afterlength is still about 0.5mm short. Just hate to let everything down for a gut adjustment.I changed the strings from med gauge helicores to heavys --- more volume for sure. Don't really know how they're going to play. The mediums were awsome, although they were a little bit spongy under the bow. Michael,Andy, thanks for the tips. Lane
  23. Greetings all. Recently purchased a Thomastik metal tailpiece for my fiddle. Current setup is with a traditional english style ebony tailpiece and finetuners. The sound quality, volume and projection are excellent. Any chance of killing a great setup with a change in tailpieces? Either tailpiece have a distinct advantage over the other? My only justification for purchasing the thomastik was the style of the fine tuners. Other grass and folk players have told me the metal tailpieces tend to mute their instruments. Fiddles I have heard with the metal tailpieces sound pretty good. Comments much appreciated !! LP [This message has been edited by Lane (edited 05-28-2001).]
  24. greetings laura. A freind of mine was a professional madolin player for a blue grass band that was a regular feature on the grand ole opry --- many years ago! He owned a sawmill and in a very unfortunate accident lost his right arm just above the elbow. After the accident Frank took up the fiddle. He has an adapter on his prostesis for the bow and he holds the fiddle with his left hand and against his waist. He turns the fiddle to play different strings and chords. To hear and see this guy play is very inspiring. You can continue to play and play well.
  25. Are commercial strippers safe to use for varnish removal? I have an old chec factory fiddle that looks like *!@#. What effects will a chemical stripper have on the ground if any. I have never refinished a fiddle before so your expertise will be much appreciated!!
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