David Frederick

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  • Birthday 07/18/1971

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  1. David Frederick

    Opinions on Wilkanowski?

    Having handled "a ton" of Wilkanowski's, I would agree with the comment about the tops being too thick on the "production" models. The majority of those later sold in mailorder catalogs and through Gretsch had the W purfling. I would take the Wenberg book with a grain of salt. Stating that Wilky moved to New York in '38 has been contradicted by many fiddles predating that with a New York "label". I am not sure you can lump the bad ones into one "time period" or generalize a "bad" time period. The latest one I have from 1930, is unmistakably Wilkanowski's "style", but has the cleanest workmanship I have ever seen from him. It is also stamped in several places with a NY address (almost looks like a business type ink stamp) and branded in the center /back. All the graduations seem to be careful and "normal" just over 3.2 at the top center.
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    Opinion; Markneukirchen or American?

    It has been noted that North American Maple had been exported to Europe as well. So it is quite possible to these mineral streaks in German fiddles using imported wood. Gemunder is said to have preferred this wood...
  3. David Frederick

    16" viola, where from?

    Looks 80's hofnerish..usually see them with scherl & Roth or pfretschner labels
  4. David Frederick

    removing button from screw

    Jerry is correct on this. It is a 5mm dowel with a center hole to fit over screw. It will fit inside the nipple recess of most buttons. I use it as needed after assessing the button.
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    removing button from screw

    I use a pop rivet gun.. They come with various size collets. Works like a charm...unless the maker uses a threaded tang like, I believe Rondey Mohr does...
  6. David Frederick

    Tape to prevent 3d position sweat spot

    This is the former instrument of a pit player for NY met opera - a lot of pizz in the pit....
  7. Must be an outgoing "people person" with a high level of playing skill, violinist/ violist preferred - will train the right individual. More information here: http://www.theviolinshopinlincoln.com/employment-opportunities.htm
  8. The Violin Shop in Lincoln, a 35 year thriving and growing shop has several openings. Visit here for more info: http://www.theviolinshopinlincoln.com/employment-opportunities.htm
  9. David Frederick

    Bow Authenticity

    Not authentic. Low grade wood.
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    Verdict came down... 5 years- at Tecumseh State max security prison. A little insight about the place... http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/inmates-killed-in-disturbance-at-tecumseh-state-prison/article_0b574efa-ff85-11e6-a1be-335a27945921.html
  12. David Frederick

    Moving across the country for violinmaking school!

    Sorry, I don't have the spare room for an overnight... But, if you make your way through Lincoln, NE - You are welcome to stop by the shop and say "Hi" to me and Chris Jacoby.
  13. David Frederick

    Violin shop bankruptcy in Chicago

    "Large, prosperous-looking shops" - Big hat, no cattle syndrome comes to mind...
  14. David Frederick

    Violin shop bankruptcy in Chicago

    Manfio! How did you fair with your instruments at Dixon and Stein? Did you get them back?
  15. David Frederick

    Sharing, borrowing, lending - tools and equipment.

    Truly a Ben Franklin quote: "He that goes a barrowing goes a sorrowing"