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Kari Azure

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  1. Thank you so much! This thread has been very helpful!
  2. Were the decorations inlaid? If so, were the ribs and graduations thicker? Or, were they added on top of a ground coat (or more?), then varnished over? Have researhers concluded anything about the materials of the black detailing work? I have never seen one in person. And don't know what to believe when I read about them online. Any knowledge from anyone who has actually studied these instruments?
  3. Hey MNers, I know many of you enjoyed Matt's Nuts, here is the most recent article written for Pasewicz String Instrument by Matt Noykos on making a new fingerbard: http://www.pasewicz.com/newfingerboard/
  4. For those not keeping up on the "a possible ethical dilemma" thread, I feel compelled to mention that the viola quoted as an example of what neck tilt can do to an instrument had no tilt. It was set flat. It was recorded as flat on the measurement sheet in 2012 when the work was done and every time the instrument has come in for work before and after the restoration - going as far back as 11/28/2006.
  5. I feel compelled to mention that the viola quoted as evidence of what neck tilt can do to an instrument had no tilt. It was set flat. It was recorded as flat on the measurement sheet in 2012 when the work was done and every time the instrument has come in for work before and after the restoration - going as far back as 11/28/2006. I was not asked to confirm that this damage was the result of setting a neck with some tilt lower on the a. I believe this is evidence of the absence of acquiring easily obtainable information...
  6. I've been recovering from a cold, so sorry for starting this topic and disappearing. I need all flat sides. The chisels need to make dovetails. I can harden them (I could even make them), but I'm not interested. I'll have to check him out. Thanks. I've been given a name for the chisels that are pictured. Millette? If anyone has a spare set of these kicking around and wants to sell them, I am interested.
  7. I want a set of bow chisels. Where does a person looking for quality get them? I'm interested in 5 chisels total. The dimensions of the blades in mm: 2.5 wide, 80 long 3.5, 80 4.5, 80 5.5, 80 All of these with a 15 degree bevel edge. And one more: 3.5 wide, 80 long with a right angle bevel edge.
  8. The updated link for this article is: https://trianglestrings.com/reinforcing-cracked-pegbox-wall/
  9. The wraps are silk (one with silver tinsel and one with antique tinsel) and metallic wash goat skins for the leathers.
  10. We came up with some fun thumb leather and wrap designs for the VSA conference. Just sharing some of the inspiration.
  11. Evan, mineral spirits helps the tape let go. Lots of mineral spirits and patient, careful peeling. Wooden, one miiiilion dollars. Just kidding. I don't actually know. The office staff deals with the financial end of things. The idea is to make sure that when the workshop staff give estimates, they will be as honest as possible since we're not influenced by prices. Violadamore, after carefully treating the wood for color, it was sealed with shellac.
  12. Brad, The tape was to protect the edges of the pieces (if we could get a feather edge, we wanted to keep it intact.) It went on prior to sawing the piece out. After the piece was glued and trimmed down, the white wood was again covered to protect it from dirt until it was varnished.
  13. This instrument recently left the workshop. It required a through patch, edge and underlay, and new purfling in one of the corners and in the c-bout. Rather than filling the damaged area in the c-bout with wood filler, the area was cut out in a funnel shape and raised about .75 mm, just enough to bring up the level of the wood on the inside of the purfling. We glued it with hide glue and used strap clamps. We made a plaster cast in case it was needed for any part of the process, but it went unused. Once the through patch was completed an edge and underlay was added. Hope you enjoy.
  14. Photos can be deceptive. I measured a playing card we had laying around the shop (.23 mm) and an average of the thickness of a few of Matt's cleats from various projects spread about the shop (.42 mm).
  15. If you are looking for a restorer in your area, I would recommend checking out the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers: AFVMB. Members have to demonstrate their expertise to gain admittance; so, it is a good place to start when looking for a restorer. Good Luck.
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