Matthew Noykos

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  1. 103’s are not made anymore by Lie-Nielsen. The 103 was what they called their standard angle and the 102 was the low angle. The difference between them really just affects how it feels in your hand as the cap iron will hit the palm of your hand differently, but also the angle of the cutting angle is affected. You could still get a higher cutting angle with the 102 by sharpening the 102 blade to a steeper angle, but the steeper the edge, the harder it is to push the plane through the wood. You can still find the 103 on eBay and whatnot but it’s more expensive as it’s becoming a collectors i
  2. I don’t do anything special. I did have one tiny seam that I just glued. Up until this point I didn’t have any seams on the few instruments I have varnished in this newer box. Before I used to have all kinds of seam problems. I also feel it’s okay to push your instruments a little at this stage because I think the stress can be good for sound. Just my belief.
  3. I don’t think it was custom. I just ordered a light package directly from Solacure. I cannot remember the guy’s name but he’s the main brains behind the Solacure line for varnish curing. He helped me figure out what to get. This was also a few years ago so I don’t know if they still offer it. They are 2 foot bulbs. I have 12 of them so I know it might be overkill but it does a great job of tanning. I can get the same results in 5 days that took me 3 weeks with reptile bulbs. I also have a bunch of humidity in the box and it’s a sealed system so there is some ozone going on in there too
  4. This is the ground for the current instrument I’m working on. I’ve since put some varnish on but I snapped an iPhone shot a couple of weeks ago before I started putting on the varnish layers.
  5. I just saw a post on Facebook by Joe Joyner. He owns the Little Rock Violin Shop. He apparently was contacted by the state department a few weeks ago inquiring about an US made viola. He sold them an instrument made in 1938 by Ivan W. Allison of Charleston, West Virginia and that’s the one that was given to the emperor. Maybe Joe can elaborate. I’m not sure if he is on Maestronet. I can send him a message to look at this thread.
  6. Sorry I’m later than I said on this. The shop got super busy this week. The stuff on the tiles are the OldWood alcohol colors in alphabetical order. The tile with the duct tape residue is the one that has been sitting on my car dash for 5 months. The other has been in a drawer for the same amount of time. I’m putting it back in the car to see how it continues to develop under sunlight. The other 2 pictures are the orasol sprinkled onto white paper and dissolved with a couple drops of alcohol. I labeled them by the code that they sell them. The outside ones turn more orange (as yo
  7. Hello, Sorry I didn’t see this earlier. The Orasol dyes work very well. They are a professional dye like David was describing. They are also very lightfast. They have a lot of yellows and some of the yellows might not be what you would consider yellow. When I’m in the shop again on Tuesday, I can take a photo of a few of the yellow colors and I might have some more to discuss once they are in front of me. The biggest complaint I have from the orasol dyes is the intensity. You have to tone them down with something else like a lamp black to make them work well. It’s like anything el
  8. The Luthier’s Bench straps work well. They are thinner than most straps which I think works well. I have used the Luthier’s Bench straps with my Gewa iron (for cello) and my custom violin/viola iron made by someone in school that was based on the Gewa with a slightly tighter curve. It’s a good combination but if I were buying now, I would probably get the Luthier’s Bench iron as well. It’s hard in general to find something that does everything well. A side note: I believe Aehnelt used to make irons for Gewa. Not sure where I heard that info but it makes sense. Here’s
  9. The Luthier’s Bench straps work well. They are thinner than most straps which I think works well. I have used the Luthier’s Bench straps with my Gewa iron (for cello) and my custom violin/viola iron made by someone in school that was based on the Gewa with a slightly tighter curve. It’s a good combination but if I were buying now, I would probably get the Luthier’s Bench one. It’s hard in general to find something that does everything well. A side note: I believe Aehnelt used to make irons for Gewa. Not sure where I heard that info but it makes sense. Here’s a photo
  10. Phil Kass wrote an article about this in one of the Strad Magazines. He talked about the effect of the World Wars on violin values. Spoiler alert, it didn’t help the value of the German instrument even though the price of a good German, Italian, or French violin around 1900 was about the same. Edit: when I say good violin, I mean one made around 1900. Something like a Bisiach. If you compared the prices of the French, German and Italian contemporaries at that time it was similar. But today the Italians are way more.
  11. I like willow but spruce is fine. Finding good spruce is a lot easier though.
  12. This is interesting and I think I could buy some of this. There is also the string tension pulling on the neck which could affect arching.
  13. Why do I get the impression you are trying to get me in trouble here?
  14. Although I did just see a guy outside wearing shorts. It was negative 8 when I saw him. There’s a small but persistent “always shorts no matter what” population here. -8 F is about -22 C.