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About MikeC

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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. MikeC

    Iron Rosinate

    fyi, the main flavor ingredient in KFC is white pepper . That and lots of salt. Eleven secret herbs and spices is not economical for a large chain whose income is based on selling large quantities of low profit margin products. So the Colonel's original recipe is not the original truck stop recipe.
  2. MikeC

    What tools should I buy?

    what is a bee sting knife, I mean what does it look like? I know what it's for. As for triangular blades with straight edges I don't like them at all. I much prefer the curved edge of a pen knife for small detail work.
  3. MikeC

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    has anyone ever experimented with replacing the F holes with round holes with the same surface area? or a single guitar style round hole? That would be interesting to try.
  4. MikeC

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    True but it stops air flow.
  5. MikeC

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    This is true, but if you cover the sound holes with a strip of masking tape you can hear a difference. You still hear lots of sound though. Just different.
  6. MikeC

    First build plans

    I hope you continue to show pictures of that. I would like to see how it turns out. What are you going to do for the scroll? Traditional scroll or carved head?
  7. MikeC

    Speeding up suntanning

    The one time I put baking soda solution on wood it turned and ugly greenish gray. Other alkalis seem to have the same result. And what kind of soap would you use? Then after tanning you would have to rinse it off? wash rinse repeat?
  8. MikeC

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    How prescient and clever of his mother to name him Antonio so that his initials would match those of arsenic on the periodic table and that he would someday use it's alchemical symbol. It probably never occurred to her that it also resembles the Christian cross.
  9. MikeC

    (Re) Refinishing a Violin Top

    If that's varnish then something like citristrip might take it off but it looks more like stain in the wood. I think the only way to remove stain would be to remove wood.
  10. MikeC

    17th or18 century wrought iron vice

    Nice vice! I like old tools like that. For some things I prefer the holdfast. It's so quick and easy to use.
  11. MikeC

    Attempting to sell violin on MN

    I was wondering about that also. I have a German Strad copy I was thinking of selling.
  12. MikeC

    red flames

    fresh maple is white as paper agreed but wood with some exposure turns this off white 'wood' color.
  13. MikeC

    red flames

    and yet pores are very thin so why aren't they yellow
  14. MikeC

    red flames

    good find! How did you do that? Anyway it was identified, Strad 1715 out of the darkness.. back to red stripes
  15. MikeC

    red flames

    That's a good question, I can't find the old thread but recall at the time getting the impression it was an old master. I could be wrong though. Anyone recognize this picture?