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  1. MikeC

    William Fry Internal Scraping Method

    And the audience was too polite to not go along for the ride. This is the epitome of the homeopathic theory of violin adjustment.
  2. MikeC

    rosin crust

    why, because I like the way it looks. So sprinkle on some rosin dust and then mist it with ethanol. but how would you get that nice dark color that looks like it's been there forever.
  3. MikeC

    rosin crust

    It looks awesome, how could you get that crust on purpose on a new violin?
  4. MikeC

    Vernice bianca vs plaster ground

    Apply an uncolored varnish first.
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    Vernice bianca vs plaster ground

    This is just my opinion of course and everyone has one of those. I would not use it because I see no need to fill pores with a mineral like substance for the purpose of preventing other substances from getting into them, actually I kind of like the idea of certain substances getting into the pores at least a little bit. What I will use is something to color the wood and a nearly uncolored clear coat to seal it, then colored varnish on top of that. Why? because I think it will look good and will generally not do any harm. so there are lots of things that have been used, rosins dissolved in turp, linseed oil, amber shellac (nice yellow color), casein, sugar, VB, POP, dilute hide glue, water glass is that potassium or sodium silicate? I forget but anyway, lots of different things, and that's just to seal the wood. To color the wood there are lots more things. horse dung, rabbit urine (ammonia), tea, coffee, nitrates, nitrites, chromium compounds, acids, alkalis (which generally turn wood an ugly green, baked, half baked etc. the list goes on and on. One thing I saw recently and thought it looked horrid, on a gun building forum, asphalt dissolved and linseed oil, the curly maple looked like zebra stripes so don't do that. The best advice is gather some of everything and try it all on scraps and find out what you like the best.
  6. MikeC

    Vernice bianca vs plaster ground

    Two main? I'm sure there are lots of others in use besides those two. Personally I wouldn't use either one of those. Sacconi also though that water glass was the historical ground but that's not it.
  7. MikeC

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Was Rube Goldberg the next door neighbor to Stradivari?
  8. MikeC

    Ground experiment test strips

    I like that particular sample, it has a hint of yellow but not too over the top.
  9. MikeC

    Opinions on this label

    There appears to be varnish under the fingerboard.....
  10. MikeC

    Ground experiment test strips

    which one is this? (arrow). It's hard to tell from your descriptions which is which.
  11. So the original ground is alcohol soluble.
  12. I agree with this, Also linseed oil does become alcohol soluble which rules it out as the ground, unless the ground isn't really what you think it is.
  13. maybe not needed but I use them. I think by using quotes it searches for that exact combination of words. Without quotes it an either/or search. I could be wrong though. Google it for an answer.
  14. "search term" site:maestronet.com Note there is a colon after the word site. it's small and hard to see. I don't remember off hand if you need single quote or double quote around the thing you are searching for. You don't need quotes if it is a single word with no spaces in it
  15. I would disagree with that. Alcohol has a long history of distillation.