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About MikeC

  • Birthday 08/23/1961

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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. Hi Roger Thanks for the reply, I feel bad about distracting from the discussion of the novels but I don't see you here very often and don't want to miss the opportunity to ask. My question is regarding the neck finish used by the Hill's If you have time, take a look at this old discussion, It's only two pages so it won't take long to read through it. And here's two pictures of the neck. I like the deep yellowish color. Do you have any knowledge of what they used on necks?
  2. This video has a pretty good view of one.
  3. Roger, I would be a buyer, depending on price. And I think the e-book idea is a good one, it would be low cost for you. Also I have a violin finish question for you if you're willing to answer but I don't want to distract from the topic of this thread.
  4. well.. his picture does show him wearing a bunny suit..
  5. It's likely that they used shellac, according to this link. https://internationalsportsman.com/rifle-101-replicating-true-soviet-russian-shellac-finish/ google search 'russian ak47 wood finish' and you'll find lots of links on the subject.
  6. Nice looking box. A French polish with blond shellac might be good on something like that.
  7. I'm curious to know. Some kind of mute maybe? Patent applied for but you don't see a patent number on it? Since the wood one has a leather pad that makes me think it was meant to be in contact with some part of the instrument that you don't want to get scratched. What about slide it down on the D or A string with the slot on the string behind the bridge, would it work as a mute? Or in front of the bridge maybe? The big hole in the wood one though doesn't make sense. Maybe it's a sight so you can see the bow better.
  8. Been there, done that, those days are behind me now. Now I only sip it occasionally.
  9. Ain't that the truth! I've been around both. The mean ones can get really nasty! I prefer ethanol diluted to about 50% and aged in oak. In moderation of course.
  10. I don't know what's causing to take so long to dry but once you have a good varnish that dries well, you can add lake pigments for color. Madder lake or cochineal lake for reds.
  11. Actually now that I think about it... I may need to build a new walking cane. Lately I've come down with a real bad case of sciatic pain in the leg.
  12. I do have some good spruce as well and everything else I need, thanks! I think I have everything I need for the build. I need some bow hair though. I have three crap bows that all need a re-hair, one needs a new frog too. I could use some smaller gouges for the scroll work. The small gouge that I use for the last turns near the eye is not good quality.
  13. Thanks! I'm looking forward to it too. I have a week off next month and hope to get a lot done. This maple has really nice curl, it will look awesome finished.
  14. Mine is not much better, and I can't seem to get a good clear picture with my iphone camera.
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