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  1. just realized that the NMM doesn't seem to be using the "shrine to music" label now so i did not recognize the NMM right off the bat. Reese
  2. You may be right Glenn, I am hoping at the end there will be a book like the one Cathy Caldwell did on her collection of Viols and they have talked about exhibitions and conferences. I think the Selch family wanted to focus on American History and keep it together and perhaps the collection would disappear if included in the Vermillion site. I did check on the NMM and was surprised on how extensive the collection has grown - they now include a collection of harmonicas along with other items. Reese
  3. Glenn, I can't speak as to why Oberlin got the collection, may have been only one interested, will have to ask Barbara on Tues. It may have been strength of the music program, They have recently appointed a person to fill the teaching chair mentioned in the video so will be using the material in classes on American music history. As to access and publicity, its only been there since 2010 and in the new building a year so perhaps we need to give it time. i actually no little about NMM. Perhaps you can add some basic info on that program. Reese
  4. Fredrick, I have seen an actual copy of the book and you won't be disappointed. The process is is preorder phase as I found out ordering my copy but there is a nice discount offered if ordering it online - covered the shipping cost for US but at $54.00 this has got to be the best bargain for a book of this quality, just so everyone is aware, i have no financial interest just a friend in the author. Reese www.musicwordmedia.net/viols
  5. hi everyone, I posted earlier about this book being available as an Apple App download but now i have the info for the book form which is a deal not to be missed, I saw the book today at Oberlin and it is wonderful, I see if Cathy will show it at the restoration workshop. This is the order form i scanned into my computer, I will be ordering it today. caldwell book form.pdf\ This should open as an Adobe file, if anyone has problems PM me and I can send it as an e-mail attachment. The book includes two CDs of music and commentary. Reese
  6. Just watched the video and that shows what they have, boxes and boxes of stuff to go through, Barbara shows me pieces of wood to see if i can identify what is is - bassbar, endpin or whatever and every once in a while we can match it up with the right instrument. Right now the bulk of effort is in organizing the library and other papers. This was made in 09 and the collection had to wait until Oberlin finished building a new music building - mostly for the Jazz program but the basement is a high tech storage area. A couple of the instruments featured in the video are ones that have been fixe
  7. That video must have been before the collection was given to oberlin, it has been packed up and sent to Oberlin for inventory and study. Right now it is housed in a controlled environment room while it is evaluated. The instruments were just hung on the walls at Selch's home and seriously deteriorated (his kids tended to knock them off I hear tell). In addition to the instruments there are piles of paper and other items to catalog. Barbara and her assistants are going through them and making good head way, restoration funds are limited but I have worked on a Squire Violin, a Deerborn Cello, Pr
  8. I just heard word that there is a Brooks Violin in the selch Collection, I have yet to see it but I also hear that Jeffery and others are getting a tour of the Collection next week. Reese
  9. Jeff, pm me and I'll send the contact info for the collection, should be able to arrange a tour of the collection, most are still in sad shape, held together with string and sitting in trays but still neat to look at - the church bass with tin ribs is not to be missed. If Barbara is in town and not at a conference somewhere it should be easy to arrange a look, I've suggested it to her as i am sure all of the VSA participants would like to see it, space is cramped. Glenn, the trim of the ribs is what happen to the Prescott Church bass, the ends of the ribs are still in the grooves. The litt
  10. Bingo, I think I can be sure that Barbara would like to see this violin, get photos, have in their collection etc. Reese
  11. Hi Dwight, Howard Core page F-24 in their catalog has a Flesch new model (flat) in ebony boxwood or rosewood with the Hill mount, I agree with you on the Hill mounts, I only use the other clamps in extreme need. may have to specif barrel length but list price is $60 for viola Reese www.howardcore.com
  12. Hi Glenn, I can throw a few ideas into the mix. I have been working through the Frederich Selch Collection of American instruments at Oberlin College getting a few of them assembled for display and handling. Two of them were constructed with the ribs set into grooves in the insides of the plates. The small violin had no linings, corner blocks or end block just an integral neck/block. A Prescott Church Bass had the same type of construction but a later addition of kerf linings strips added. This instrument seemed to have been repaired (poorly) in the past and the ribs sliced off flush with th
  13. Hello all, Catherin Caldwell-Meintz, The Professor of Viola and Cello at Oberlin college has published a collection of photos and information on her (and husband's) extensive collection of instruments, these are wonderful and beautiful historic viols and cellos from France, England and Italy, I am assuming it includes her Amati cello but you will find Viols from many of the great makers. Right now the book is available as an APP download and includes photos and detailed history of the instrument and its maker. She truly has an amazing collection and they are a treat to see and work on. A pap
  14. Well I can tell you what it is but not what you should do, continue to a point of no return i guess. what the defect is is a branch stub with the layer of bark around it, it is probably loose as opposed to a tight knot that has joined to the surrounding tissue. A loose knot will usually fall out and leave a hole while a tight knot looks like the photo in the last post. In your back the tree grew around and over the small branch stub but the only thing holding it in is pressure which you are cutting away, look closely and there will be a crumbly layer between the knot and wood, this is the
  15. good catch, that should read 2012, must have been my fat fingers hitting the wrong key reese
  16. Just an update on what to expect in Cleveland in the fall. The new downtown casino is open and at least for the first week packed with people, looks like it will continue to be popular which means some positive things for the city. For those attending the convention, the casino is a short walk either across the street or under it though the shopping area. It is in an elegant old building all redone to look like an art deco classic casino. The restaurants in the casino are getting great reviews too and the word is that more restaurants will be opening up in the neighborhood. Right now there
  17. Hi Jerry, Just to provide some back story - Jerry and I (and his teachers) go back to high school days for him, Jerry is a good player and always curious as to the changes made to the instruments. He asked good questions and understood what was going on. He would make a good apprentice if my zoning allowed such a thing (I work out on my home in a residential zone) I can only have family members working for me and adopting him is not an option. If you can spring an afternoon on a weekend I am usually working, We need to start with tools and sharpening and then bridge design and appearance,
  18. Hi Jerry, while I can't have a formal apprentice, I have worked on your instruments enough to know your level of interest. You can give a call and arrange a time to stop by and we can talk over your work. Lets say that you have "credits" from your past student days and from working with your teachers or you can start e-mailing me directly if the trip over from youngstown is too much. Reese
  19. well, its not so crazy, We have a local high school program - an electric rock orchestra that has gained recognition as a great program and motivator for continued study, they have played with rock stars who come in to direct and play with them and have played at the Rock Hall here in Cleveland, Lakewood Project. I would suggest getting in touch with another client of mine who has played in rock groups and has written a book on the topic, name is Ed Caner at www.extremeviolin.com i'll double check the web site and repost if i made a mistake but i think that it it. Reese
  20. Yes a violin shop should be able to do this - if they can think out of the box and not dismiss it out of hand. I also suspect that an open seam could be a possibility. I like the Hill type of mounts over the standard brackets, I have had occasion to increase the height of chinrests for long necked players and it is easy to do with this type of mounts. Reese
  21. In a slab cut piece of wood the arching cuts across the annual rings so the affect is a series of rings or circles (hopefully) centered at the middle of the back. The effect is quite different that a quarter sawn and is most often used in bird's eye or quilted figure. (Or I suppose if the maker didn't have a wide enough piece of wood.) Wood strength is different so a different approach to the arching and thickness is also needed. Over time arching distortion is a possibility, I usually see a deformation of the arching to the soundpost pressure on a slab cut back. Reese
  22. I would think that if there are differing marks or number of marks then these are the reference marks used to id different parts and their location in reference to which place on the body the maker wished them to go - and also to make sure they didn't go in upside down or backwards in the flame pattern around the body, I use numbers myself. Reese
  23. Hi Jeffery, I had suspected that was the case. The quality of work on the Violas I have seen is very good, one of the viola's section members just bought one of his violas and is using it in the Orchestra right now in place of his other options (it must be nice to have a choice of nice instruments to play). I see his bridges on instruments quite often, they are nicely made and still holding up after all these years. i think I remember him working at the White Brothers establishment but my memory may not be right, they were a big outfit at the time (30, 40's) here in Cleveland. All the wor
  24. I am just curious about this topic title since I can seem to access it to see what it is about. I just get an error message. If the original poster wants information on this maker I see his work often here in Cleveland and know of three Violas just off the top of my head. Reese
  25. Brad, I agree with the superglue getting everywhere including the fingers but the gel formula for wood and porous surfaces is better - comes in a brown tube. reese