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  1. Nice to be able to see the videos - thanks for the link, v useful for a beginner like myself. I wondered if he was leaving cutting the f holes until he tunes the plates, so he can use that as part of the process of getting the graduations right.
  2. Funnily enough I was discussing this the other day with my wife - we have two daughters now aged 19 and 20. For years I thought they never listened to us...until they started playing back our words of wisdom recently. I now wish I had put a bit more thought into the wisdom at the time.
  3. I'm no scientist, so I hope this is not horribly misinformed...but I understand that these things are observed in different ways in atomic structures/crystals, electronic circuits, aircraft, buildings affected by high winds, car suspension systems etc. But a simple example might be a swing in a playground, or a pendulum on a clock where a small push at the right or wrong time/point can either add to or damp the 'system'. I am an economist though and there was a lot of interest a while back in using chaos theory to explain economic effects. In some mathematical models of systems an apparently very small perturbation (the butterfly's wing etc) can lead to a large effect under certain conditions.
  4. I was wondering the same thing the other day as my fiddle responded more and more to a few days of playing after a week off. 3 ideas came to mind: (a) the vibration of the strings and instrument has a microscopic physical effect on the structure of the wood and an effect similar to resonance in any other physical structure develops - things 'align' in the right way to maximise the vibrations, but it takes a while for the regular patterns to develop. My assumption would be there is a stable dynamic process involved (probably several) in how a violin works, and after the initial shock what is effectively a complex system settles down. ( the person playing the instrument becomes more used to the instrument again and finds the best sound point etc for that particular instrument, over a matter of days. © the instrument is highly offended by being neglected and like any other temperamental creature punishes you to start with and then takes a while to come round.
  5. If you come up to Scotland you'll find 200 or so fine single malts to choose from - including 7 on Islay alone. If you know where to look, we have a good range of high quality restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I was a bit surprised by the comment earlier in the thread, about the cost of a decent bottle of wine being £20-25 in the UK. I buy Chilean or South African at Oddbins, and there is lots of wonderful wine to choose from £10 upwards. I'm afraid that although I love French wine, what the French sell to us here in the UK can in my experience be more variable and is certainly very expensive compared to what you pay in France. Perhaps they wisely they keep the good value stuff for themselves and offload the rest on UK supermarkets.
  6. Sorry for reviving an old thread, but just acquired a Work Sharp 3000 for Christmas - as they were doing a good deal on a UK website and I had not bought a new sharpening gadget for at least a week It's great for chisels and plane blades of course but I found it very useful (using the micromesh disk that comes with it and just holding the tool on top freehand rather than through the port or using the slotted disk) for honing carving gouges, small luthiers knives and particularly for scrapers. Until then I had been trying to get a 45 degree bevel on small thin scrapers but I had been really struggling. I wanted to try the approach suggested by Michael Darnton for sharpening scrapers. I was using a Tormek to get the bevel, which worked up to a point, but I could not polish it up to a mirror finish easily. With the worksharp machine I've found I can polish a curved edge even on quite a small scraper to a really high finish very quickly freehand.
  7. Unless of course you try a fiddle by Neil Ertz, as I did. Now saving up for a viola to match the lovely peter of mantua copy he produced for me! Then there is Peter Goodfellow, or Melvin Goldsmith etc etc