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About MikeC

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  • Birthday 08/23/1961

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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. MikeC

    The Strad

    Update: I got my subscription. Strad support wasn't very helpful. Apparently they don't deal with digital subscriptions but working with my iphone apps I was finally able to decrypt the secret sequence with a little luck. Apple support was totally unhelpful also by the way. And the varnish article in the Strad that prompted this in the first place was not worth it. It's nothing more than the standard linseed oil / pine rosin varnish that we all know how to make. cook the rosin for color, wash the oil, all standard stuff, nothing new. Although the author did say that cooked rosin is not alcohol soluble which I don't believe and also said that you can add cold oil to the cold finished varnish which I think is probably a bad idea.
  2. MikeC

    The old and the future. Am I on the wrong path?

    you need a laboratory? Why? You can get by with good hand tools and wood working skills. But thats something that takes practice. If you don't want to take the time and effort to develop skills then you can take the easy way out and let machines do it all for you. That's not all you need though...
  3. MikeC

    The Strad

    I did send a message to customer serveice at the Strad so I'll wait and see what happens.
  4. MikeC

    The Strad

    sounds like I may be out $50 bucks, lesson learned I guess. oh well its only money, I'll make more. I really wanted to see the current edition though, I was curious about the varnish article.
  5. MikeC

    The Strad

    I'm not sure where to post this so I'll do it here. Is there any way to contact The Strad. I tried to do a free trial subscription from my iphone, got charged $50 and still do not have access to the Strad.
  6. MikeC

    email notifications

    I looked in my account settings and don't see any followed content. I did just turn off all the email settings I could find so maybe that will stop it.
  7. MikeC

    email notifications

    Recently I've been getting emails from topics I haven't even looked at. How do I change my email settings?
  8. is there any way to see that article without subscribing to the Strad?
  9. I'm curious what kind do you like to use that isn't available from vendors? If I ever get around to varnishing anything I'll make my own because it's fun to make things, even varnish.
  10. MikeC

    MikeC's bench

    Since I'm not very good at making violin plates, I decided to make a mallet instead... Oak head, curly maple handle. I'm going to put the cremonese ground on it and see how it holds up to wear. I like using antique hand tools. In the background that's a circa 1901 miter box.
  11. MikeC

    Identifying old pigments

    if it is turmeric don't use it as a pigment, it fades quickly.
  12. MikeC

    Stradivari graduation punch...

    All that's left is finishing mostly. Clean up some contours do some sanding and put some finish on it. The anvil is still not attached. I'm still trying to decide what to do with it. I think the wider base on the original may have been functional rather than just decorative. A wide base provides stability which would not be needed if it was inset into a hole in the base bar so maybe it was only glued on, for easy removal if it ever needed to be replaced? well here's mine so far.
  13. MikeC

    Stradivari graduation punch...

    as long as there are no fava beans involved.
  14. MikeC

    Stradivari graduation punch...

    give him lots of beer! a little WD40 oil on the screw threads will loosen them enough for easy removal and examination! just kidding of course. Are you allowed to take photos of it? It would be interesting to see it from both sides and from the ends and the bottom also. I'll post a picture of mine later this afternoon.
  15. MikeC

    Stradivari graduation punch...

    Davide I'm disappointed. I thought you went there especially for me! But thank you for not sending an invoice, I don't think I could afford such a service! Thank you for that information. Do you think the side screw goes all the way through the wood to the spike? Also I still wonder why the anvil would have a wider cone shaped base. If it is inserted in a hole in the base bar then it could just be a round dowel, no need for a wider base.