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  1. Using alcohol to weaken the block glue joints has been mentioned more than once in this forum. http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/332304-tips-tricks-methods-take-off-violin-top/?hl=%2Bglue+%2Balcohol
  2. The degree of joint strength on the neck block can vary from similar to tail and end blocks to surprisingly strong in some cases. In those surprisingly stubborn cases, I prefer to go for the option of fingerboard off for the benefit of less stuff in my way. There is also the advantage that if there is a wood pin hidden by the fingerboard, it will be obvious upon removal. If you don't have access to special tools, (I am an amateur as well and get by with what is available), check out the kitchen knife drawer for one of those long, broad, triangular shaped vegatable knives that you can pass from one side to the other side of the body and have a sturdy pry handhold on both sides for extra control.
  3. I suspect I heard a (intentional?) pattern or series. #1 seemed like the mellowest of the group. The rest seemed more and more intense call it. Could just be my imagination too. Very similar, except to me, there was something going from #1 to #2.
  4. I recognize the yellow plastic beam compass in pics 2 and 3. The mold was built by the company I work for over 23 years ago.
  5. I heard it has its origin in the old Italian method. Many modern taught methods based on the inside form have the builder take the ribs off of the form with linings applied to just one side, then glue the linings to the other side afterward. Current thinking is that the old Italian masters put all the linings,top and bottom on, then removed the rib garland, albeit with not a small amount of distorting of it to relieve it from the inside form. The letting in to the blocks of the C bout lining it is theorized facilitates this stressful removal operation.
  6. I've often thought I would probably pay more for the cases in outfits if they were listed singly.
  7. I'm hoping we'll get to see a good discourse soon between Fan Tao and Fulla Bologna.
  8. At the bare minimum, looks like the E string peg hole needs re-bushed. Nice bridge. What is it, no clue.
  9. Thank you. I see a lot of newcomers who are frustrated by the no pics until hitting 10 posts rule. I didn't think there was any way around this. Proven wrong, again. :-0
  10. Somewhere, probably on youtube, is a simulation video of how your surroundings appear to change as you approach relativistic speeds. Pretty cool.
  11. Mmm, wide set eyes, they say that is a sign of beauty. Apparently well made from the pics. Have you posted here before? I'm curious about how you were able to post pictures if this is your first time posting.
  12. One of my favorites when perusing the auction sites, and I am guessing it's probably correct usage, is "hammered dulcimer", probably made by a hammered dulcimer builder, uh, excuse me, maker.
  13. I would guess not very hard either. It's not an "edge" tool.
  14. I use a combination of the spice jar (Berl's previous mention) and a small potpourri crock pot warmer with water. I don't think I paid more than $15 for the little warmer.
  15. Avoid getting KOH in concentrations mentioned on your skin, or heaven forbid, in eyes. Hence, rubber gloves and splash goggles are strongly recommended. It seems there ought to be alternatives to using the wood surface as reaction vessel.
  16. I would take this web page as your guide to frequency definition for the notes. I concur with Clearsky and Davide, Violin A (second from the top string) is tuned to 440 hz, and by this chart A 440 (concert pitch) is A4. What your course says is correct on that count. http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html Given what you have told, that you do read the correct pitch when you use the chromatic tuner to the teachers session, and since you wouldn't be posting here if you own violin was getting the correct pitch reading, the logical conclusion is your instrument is tuned a full octave too low. I'll go on from this then until it is discounted. Understand that it takes a significant amount of string tension to get to the standard violin tuning. I can see how this can be a bit surprising to someone just becoming acquainted with the violin. And, if you are tuned G2, D3 A3, E4, it should sound low, almost like cello notes, certainly not violin like. Can you tell us if this is the case? If it is, and the efforts to raise the pitch up to standard pitch have failed, there could be some issue with the instrument. Before delving into these possibilities, we should first resolve the above question, is your violin really tuned an octave below standard. Can you record and post a sound clip bowing your open strings? Steve
  17. It looks like it's strung with ball twine.
  18. Not sure if this is a violation on the product promotions rules of the forum. As others have said, I have no business association with the sender of the email.
  19. I see a second ad in the email, for those who are leery about the $40 price tag, if they would otherwise be willing to buy this company's premium violin or viola fittings outfit, they'll throw in a free Forte fingerboard. I'm a little leery of linking to an email, not sure if that has security ramifications or not. Maybe this cut and paste will work. A. Cavallo Violins, LLC Mar 26 at 9:00 AM To me Musaica Logo Fabulous Fingerboards The Best and Most Durable Fingerboard Ever You'll Never Go Back! side by side with Ebony The "Forte" fingerboard by Musiaca Imports is made from completely renewable sources, is similar to ebony in density and is virtually indistinguishable from ebony visually. It is 100% black and consistent in texture. These fingerboard blanks glue to the neck with traditional hide glue, and are near to finished dimensions. They are reshapeable by plane, scraper and sandpaper. The underside is finished and the fingerboard will never warp! This fingerboard is more durable than ebony on the fingered surface, so it will need re-planing less frequently. They will be available by April 30, 2015. If you place an advance order you will receive 25% off! Click Here for more information This offer is good through April 15, 2015 Get a Benefit for Trying Them! Buy One, Get One Buy one set of our premium violin or viola fittings and receive one free "Forte" fingerboard. The premium set up outfit are made from the highest grade of Sri Lankan Ebony and Rosewood available. The finish is all done by hand, accentuating the beauty of the wood. All chinrest brackets are Hill-Style, and all tailpieces are 108mm for violin. The design of each piece has been carefully managed for the player acoustically and ergonomically. We can customize tailpiece length and style as well as peg model. This offer is limited to one per customer. This offer is good through April 15, 2015 To place an order, call Alex at 402.827.9270 or e-mail us at acvsales@gmail.com
  20. I just went back to the email again. Before I clicked the "show images" (all the images still blocked), the frame of this image had "Side by side comparison with Ebony" written in it. So one fingerboard is ebony and one is the Forte fingerboard, but no indication of which is which. Thank you to all for the helpful comments. A little clicking around on the same linked site, the price for a ebony violin fingerboard , $35.00, for Cameroonian (?) ebony violin fingerboard $ 29.00. And I whole heartedly agree, bamboo, amazing stuff!
  21. Yeah, that is pushing it. Maybe the sustainable aspect and improved longevity are worth the difference. btw, the email ad says advance orders will get 25% off. Is that 25% off of the already discounted $40.00 price tag?
  22. There wasn't one to the information link. There is actually a little more to the email. They are not yet available, not until April 30, 2015. Here is the picture with the ad.
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