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  1. Thank you for those suggestions! I've never liked opening plywood basses but some sort of sealer might be necessary to help mitigate possible future delamination... Here's the update: run recoverbassarch.exe was successful. Now I can glue the bass bar down and hope for the best. I flipped the top over and loosely clamped it to the sides to use as a cradle. Short 2x4's were clamped over standoff blocks and wedges were tapped into place after the rough area was wetted down with water. The whole thing was left to dry overnight and now the arch is essentially recovered. (Still a bit damp) Next step would be to essentially repeat same operation with glue for the bass bar. Still a fair amount of work to go. I'm going to dread gluing back the top. Without an overhang, it's going to take quite a bit of patience for a rank amateur like myself to line the edges up properly. The varnish touch up operation all round the edge is going to a pain...
  2. Yes I have a bunch of balsa wood I can use. Yeah reversibility is not really a priority I think ... At least not for the plywood. I don't ever need that to delaminate again. I don't think the sound of this bass can be improved or degraded by much. Thank you for your suggestions!!
  3. Ha ha ha. Really not a bad idea at all! Roger that on the arching running recoverbassarch.exe.....
  4. Hi edi !! I feel your pain... Thank you very much for your input. Maybe I should make a new top too... Or I'll be gluing splinters for the next week and half...should let someone know in case I die on the bench and no one found out...
  5. Thank you kindly for your suggestions I'm looking into wood hardeners and zpoxy finishing resins... I think I'm gonna try and soften the laminates first to rework the arch and force the bass bar back on. Once the bar is glued, flood the sucker with hardener or resin. That's my thinking now. Subject to change every 30 seconds... The good thing here is I'm not an actual luthier, so I already know I can't meet luthier standards! ( Anyone out there hiring a hack?) Hey, at least I got the kid a nice replacement carbon fiber endpin...
  6. Thank you kindly for the heads-up. I will be attentive to those things you mentioned. When the strings were on, one side of the bass side f-hole would sink in about an inch at its worst. Dry run clamping help a little but did not change much. The arching is shot...
  7. hello all I'm fixing a broken bass for a kid who cannot afford a real luthier. A sizzling plate of arroz con pollo is at stake here! Any suggestions please? The bass bar had separated from the top about 2/3 of it's length. The kid played on it like that since he got it donated for all of the last 2-3 years in youth symphony. What can I try to correct the sunken/warped plywood top? Why is my hand purple in the pic? I promise I'm not dead. Thank you all for any suggestions RL
  8. Sorry folks the pics are not mine, they are not the best. I don't think I'll be able to do a shoot, but maybe I should ask.
  9. Ha! are you a cellist by any chance? Spent a ton of time the other day planning off a couple of bevels... I had blisters
  10. Thank you Mr Bayon! So i would assume Ioannes or Joannes would have been a part of the family including JB... I wonder if he made anything else besides violins ray
  11. Thanks ClefLover! Unfortunately the master dude retired 2 years ago... I'm just curious and sending out feelers to see if anyone knows more about Ioannes (?) Or Joannes Februnet... Btw, which clef do you love? Just curious... thanks again