welshman

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  1. My first assumption would be that the camber of the fingerboard is wrong, too much. If it is too high the strings will stretch and sharpen when depressed to the board and the strings will sharpen at different rates which means the constant moving the finger points for each string. also would look at the nut and bridge to make sure they are parallel but beyond that I might take some head scratching. Reese
  2. I use these planes and they are works of art, the metal work on the blades is beautiful. when I was learning to use them we had workshops with master Japanese woodworkers to get fine points of sharpening and set up and we practiced making full length shavings like this, so fine you could see the grain structure of the wood, translucent. Its been awhile since I had time to sharpen it to that degree - or work in flat surfaces like furniture but the planes will take shaving like that on ebony, truly a joy to use when shaping a bass fingerboard. Reese ps, the trick to not having
  3. Actually i like the proportions of the Kessler example. I try to keep the top and legs in balance, obviously the Belgium style is different, goal is to open up and make more flexible - or at least that is how i think of it. Really leggy Belgium style bridges will have a tendancy for the feet to spread with string pressure which means anticipating that in the fitting The arch between the legs is one that i shape to be more "C" shaped rather than "D" shaped, the idea that the smooth continuous curve of the c shape is a stronger arch and distributes the pressure evenly and allows for less m
  4. or maybe the school system that it came from - here they show up as CS for cleveland school system, this one probably number 20 in their inventory. Reese
  5. Well, I use a lot of glue each week, i have a crock pot with water and just have glass jars with different strengths in the hot water bath, just keep it on low all day and that seems to hold the right temperature. I have used rheostat adjustors on the cords to fine tune the temp but don't seem to need it with this one right now. Reese
  6. Auto parts stores and some hardware stores carry GoJo handcleaner, (DL handcleaner is another brand but I like the GOJO better). this is a waterless cream that mechanics use to get oil and grease off their hands and it works very well on rosin and dirt build up, apply it with fingers or paper towel, let sit and wipe off, heavy build ups may need "elbow grease" and more time but it removes it gently without hurting the finish, any remaining can be washed off with a damp towel. just be sure to use the formula without pumice! reese
  7. My wholesale suppliers or either JR Music or Howard Core plus M&M in AnnArbor, JR I know has the "real" sacconi tailloops. Reese
  8. Try and get a few to try out at a time. Also have a teacher or other player whose opinion you value also help in the selection progress, one whose is independent of the financial transaction ie. no hidden commissions involved. Reese
  9. Hello everyone especially those in New England or Maine I am trying to track current contact injo on a Violin maker from Maine and hope someone out there knows of Timothy M. Johnson. There is another Tim G. Johnson in Texas, not the one I need, and he suggested trying this. I have a client who bought a viola from him and needs an insurance document, I hope to get some input from him as to value but he seems to have dropped from contact. Any help is welcome via posting here or via PM Thanks, Reese
  10. I usually find these on Chinese knock off brands, never really considered trying to buy them separately, the "real" sacconi loops are so much better, rarely have the threads strip with those versus having to replace the cheaper ones because of thread failure. Reese
  11. so in other words to paraphrase a great modern philosopher " They are what they Are' (I yam what I yam! Popeye) Reese
  12. Doug, the technique i use is to wrap the shavings around a boxwood bushing blank or sometimes an old boxwood peg using gorilla glue, after building up several layers i wrap with a wide rubber band for tension and let it dry completely, afterward remove the rubber band and then fit it like i would a regular bushing, the layers of shavings act as a ring of plywood, when I fit the peg i leave a ring of boxwood against the peg. Reese
  13. Ben, I use the ebony fingerboard ends as my more inexpensive option for the baroque set up, I trim to size, thin it down and finish the underside to lighten it up as much as possible and do a little shaping of the sides, drill some holes and polish it up, ready to go. i don't inlay decorations on these, the more expensive version is the maple sided, light weight core with veneer version, these get decorated sometimes if the player wants it. the plain ebony actually looks real nice with the ebony fingerboard. I do use the peg ends as others have suggested but i look at these and envision
  14. I recycle the hollow ends of the violin fingerboard into baroque style tailpieces. Which also leaves a nice solid chunk of ebony for other projects. For some reason i also save the trim ends of peg shafts - has to be a novel use of these some how. Reese
  15. Jeffery, I actually suggested the player show it to you at the VSA workshops next June, she is a Music theory Prof. at Oberlin, She is from Germany originally and bought the bow in a round about way from her teacher who is French and bought it in France. Thanks for all your help - knew the answer would be out there somewhere. Reese
  16. that the solution, just what this one looked like, thanks Will Reese
  17. Jeffery, I looked very close for anything or any mark in front of the millant, nothing - no sign of any indentation or mark - which is why I started wondering. Reese
  18. I just looked at a nice cello bow with an interesting stamp, after the customer left I started to wonder about the stamp and looked it up in what reference material I have and ended up with more questions than answers. I am hoping the collective wisdom of the board can help satisfy my curiosity. The stamp on a nice silver mounted bow read "Millant a Paris". which on it face seems good, bow had some wear and no other markings, the player had purchased it 1970's or so. (and no I didn't think to take a photo) the problem when looking at the book was the lack of a first name or initials in fro
  19. welshman

    Broken bridge

    Technically speaking a Properly glued,( clean brake) is stronger than the surrounding wood structure, but I would still make a new bridge even so. If there was no warping or bending stress then a glued joint would hold so it doesn't surprise me that the original player got lucking and the bridge held. How much do you want to count on luck? Reese
  20. Nathan, Have you tried one with the separate hill style mounts, I dislike the traditional bracket mounts because they tend to pull outward as you tighten which would make your problem worse. the Hill mounts bull straight against the ribs/block so may, may keep the feet from slipping off? Reese
  21. My father taught me to not argue with a fool, other people may not be able to tell the difference. Reese
  22. I have seen bridges with that hole that still had the string that ran back to the tailpiece. Reese
  23. A better sample audience would be members of the orchestras and conductors as they have probably performed in most halls than members of the listening audience would travel too. They would be the ones to judge between the various places. Reese I took the survey but could only comment on two of the list, any daata from me would be meaningless for any comparison between the list of halls.
  24. Jacob, the talk and exhibit was very informative - this violin was mentioned a few times, the person who assembled the collection for the exhibit mentioned a possible book and was taking photos of the various instruments all of which where considered "master art products" from individual makers Knorr, Roth, Heberlein, etc. stay tuned I guess The talk by Arian Sheets covered a lot of ground and clarified the music angle area and the interconnections between the towns, changing boundaries and markets. I found the division of labor and the rise of the distributer/exporter role of the major
  25. I have several different Japanese saws - the double sided saw have both cross cut and rip sides and I have saws with a back band for stiffness that are cross cut only, of course these are limited in depth of cut but trimming ribs and thin stock that is not an issue. Some of these have very fine teeth and make a great edge - as my dad taught me you can take the line leave the line or split the line as needed. and i have a veneer saw with curved blades so to start in the center of a cut. working with the pull stroke is the way to do it in my mind, so much better reese