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  1. Musafia sells reconditioned cases and blemished new cases at a fairly decent discount. I bought one (a Hill model blem) several years ago and was entirely pleased with the product and service. The website is Musafia reconditioned and blemished cases Standard Musafia cases are pretty hefty so you might want to look for a light weight model. Ernie
  2. Quote: I now do find about a 1.5" gap in the seam between back plate and ribs right next to the neck button, open enough for maybe an exacto knife blade to slip into. If you decide to test it that open seam should be fixed before you string it up. If you don't have it glued the tenson on the neck could tear the button and pull it forward.
  3. Quote: I use a piece of leather suede, an oval about 7 inches by 11 inches, 2 millimeters thick. I just drape it over the left shoulder with no attachment to the fiddle, other than the fiddle resting upon it. I like the suede also. If I want to play without a rest that's the only way I can do it. Hobby/craft shops sell the suede; our local AC Moore'd even has it in colors.
  4. At least you get to see them Michael All I get to see are old barn fiddles and an occasional instrument of slightly better quality; for a barn fiddle. Some of the better ones have a clear finish inside the pegbox and all of the worst ones have a flat black finish inside the pegbox. The interior of the pegbox on the cheap fiddles are not scraped very smooth so I always thought the black finish was to hide the poor quality workmanship.
  5. Quote: i`ve actually removed panes and one reason i believe the phenomenon is because the bulging of the glass at the bottom of some of them stops where it reaches the bottom of the window and the actual bottom is a similar thickness to the top. I wonder if that could be attributed to different recipes for making glass. Perhaps somethng was added to the glass in your area during that era? Modern glass is produced with different properties, depending on the application. Another thought - acid rain - erosion. Could the malformation of the plates in those old churches be attributed to environmental wear? Phew! Craig's right, too early in the morning for brain busters.
  6. I've placed more than a few orders with Int. Luthiers Supply and have always been satisfied. They are a little slow but they've always filled my orders satisfactorily. I order by phone but I can't imagine why a fax or e-mail order would be any different. Maybe your problem is an exception? I had that happen once with Quinn's. When they finally got things straightened out the owner actually upgraded my purchase to compensate for the inconvenience. I had ordered a few inexpensive brazilwood bows for student outfits. To apologize for the problems the owner sent me much better bows at the same price. In my case communication was the key to gettng the problem resolved.
  7. Quote: The part about adding 25g of Gum Arabic and disolve in 100ml water implies the Gum Arabic would be solid pieces. My local art store sells Gum Arabic in liquid form, so that's what I bought. Do you think this will be acceptable, and further, how much liquid stuff would be the equivalent to 25 grams....1 tablespoon, a couple tablespoons, or is it not that critical? 2 tablespoons of your liquid gum arabic dissolved in 5 tablespoons of water should give you an approximation of the recipe that calls for 25 grams of gum arabic dissolved in 100 ml of water. I'm assuming that the gum arabic you bought is fairly concentrated (thick) and I adjusted the water to account for the water that is already in your gum arabic.
  8. Quote: It's easy to exaggerate the difference a particular brand of rosin makes (and I've tried plenty of different kinds over the years.) It's also easy to spend a lot of time and energy fussing over our equipment, strings and accessories when what would really improve our playing is practicing more. And I say "we" because I'm just as guilty as the next person. Sad but true! If only I could buy my way into being a better player. I have a friend who maintains my bows and also fiddles with us. A while back I asked her what rosin she uses in summer and winter. She thought I was kidding
  9. Ernst


    That is so sad, another legend passes into history.
  10. I must apologize, I have found out that the post from Canadian Maker was indeed from David Palm. It is so rare for him to post anything, and I did not remember seeing him post under any name other than D Palm or David Palm so I was skeptical. I stuck my nose in because I feel bad when I see Mr Palm become the object of unfavorable discussion. From what I've observed he works his craft honestly, diligently, and silently. I honestly suspected that someone was just fueling controversy. I was mistaken, so I must apologize to Mr Palm and anyone I misled. I assure you it was an honest mistake born out of an act of kindness. In the future I will be more careful about jumping to conclusions. Ernie
  11. I'm not saying this would apply to tone wood, but this is from a friend who seeks highly figured wood for custom gun stocks. He claim you need a climate with a prolonged freeze thaw cycle; the repeated freezing and thawing during winter figures the grain. He also claims that the tree should grow in an area that is exposed to a prevailing wind. According to him he finds the nicest wood in hedge row trees, and the best trees in the hedge row are the ones where the swale of the ground raises to the highest elevation. The winter winds constantly twist these trees and create the burl in the grain. However there are two bad points about hedge row trees. First there are more branches (they make the knots) in the trees and second there's more chance of running into nails and other junk in the wood from fences and posters that were hung on them. The guy finds incredibly beautiful maple and he does some incredibly beautiful work with it. The wood he prefers is extremely hard to shape due to the complex grain structure so maybe the wood produced by these growing conditions wouldn't be quite what you're looking for, even if you could determine tonal quality before felling the tree.
  12. In reply to: Is David Palm in this forum? He has posted very few times. They were in response to great controversy and if I remember correctly it was always under his real name. I'm not convinced that the post in this thread from "canadian maker" is really from David Palm. Of course that's only my opinion.
  13. In reply to: This might a crazy idea, but what about touching it with an arc welder. The weld material won't stick to the HSS steel but the heat might burn a hole. Once a hole is made, I can neaten it up with a needle file. (If the file is harder than the HSS ) It's not as crazy as you think. To do a neat job you need to find a welder with a high frequency box. Sheet metal (car body) workers use them to spot weld two plates together. You strike an arc, then push the rod right through the metal, and then slowly retract the rod through the hole. The slow retraction is what spot welds the plates together. It produces a remarkably clean job. For your kinfe you'd skip the final retract/weld step. The high frequency arc burns a fairly clean, coencentric, and small hole; not much larger than the welding rod. I have one but unfortunately that's not going to be much help to you where you live. Michael: I didn't know that fine knives were not dishwasher safe! But it's not a problem - We have no fine knives and we wash our dishes by hand That mud idea does sound cool. I'm going to have to try it on something.
  14. In reply to: I am a strong believer of Hill's proposition: varnish, construction & dimension, wood, and I practise what they preached. It is the varnish (or now we call it ground) makes the Strad sounds like a Strad. It's true that the right materials and dimensions make a good violin. My amatuer guess is that a good violin plus a couple hundred years for the materials to season and age makes a strad.
  15. I've seen welders do it with a plasma cutter. Glue won't work. Epoxy releases at 180 deg. F. Dishwashers sanitize at 180 deg. F. Annealing and tempering is a lot easier with carbon steel. The maintenance people at the lab occasionall get into drilling hard stainless. A titanium bit will drill a few holes if you're careful not to burn it. That means low speed, just the right amount of pressure, and coolant. For more than a small hole or two they buy special bits. Don't remember the name, cobalt? I know it's not carbide. An industrial supply house can sell you the right bit for a few bucks, just tell them what you're drilling.
  16. Ernst

    Hide Glue

    In reply to: I tried calling their number but it was out of service. Anyone know how I can contact Behlen directly? Thanks. I ordered through the web. I don't have the site url handy but do a search on behlen varnish and you should find it.
  17. Ernst

    Hide Glue

    I have Behlen Master hide glue because; well because that's what they sent me when I ordered it. There is no strength rating listed on the can. I noticed no one mentioned that brand. Is that due to a deficiency or the price. I paid $8.25 for a one pound can. That's more than double the prices mentioned here!
  18. I bought a news stand copy and the poster was in it. Could someone have taken the posters?
  19. Hi Roman I noticed a trick that dogma uses to post longer songs. I hope he doesn't mind my telling it. I usually convert my wav files to an mp3 file at a bit rate of 128 kbps and a frequency of 44000 Hz. I've been using those settings because that's what I was told to try, but I don't get a real 10 to 1 compression. Naturally I have to keep the tune lenght short. I noticed that dogma is able to post songs several minutes long and the file size is still small enough to work. I checked his files, and for the longer songs he changes the settings to half or less (64 kbps and 22000 Hz) of what I was using. There is a sacrifice of quality with the lower setings but I believe that the songs he posts have more than ample fidelity for our purposes. Next time I have a song too large to post I'm going to try it.
  20. Your experience is a perfect example of why individual violins do not always prefer the same string. If the top plate thickness or the overall set up requires a greater downward pressure on the bridge to get everything vibrating properly, the lower pressure strings like violinos will not allow the violin to reach it's full potential. Violinos are a great string and they work well on a large number of instruments but they will not do well on a violin that needs high pressure. I had a similar experience on a Czech fiddle. In that case I changed the setup to accomadate the lower pressure and the violinos sounded wonderful.
  21. Right on Dogma! Your Scholar is a sure enough "chipper toe tappin" tune. I've never heard that song before; it really sounds old timey. You already know how much I enjoyed the other three.
  22. Cool job on that tune Old Geezer! For me there's something really special about a fiddle wailing out the blues, I kind of feel it as much as I hear it.
  23. In reply to: Since mine was the first of the previous posts to be deleted (despite the subsequent contribution of observations far more trenchant yet inscrutably acceptable to the arbiters of civil exchange), I have thought long and hard upon the singular nature of my sin. Amidst the contemplation of my turpitude and the deliberation of a proper penance, a distant voice called out: it was my wise but beleaguered dog Argo, intent in harmonious sorrowful song as my daughter caterwauled her way through another Kreutzer etude. And thus I saw the light. This articulate pedigreed pedagogue was in fact imparting a most stimulating lesson in the art of intonation with the utmost acumen of an ear trained to respond to stratospheric overtones in all manner of disarray and call them patiently, persistently back to proper order. When interpolated, Argo seemed willing, despite his mysterious but poignant retirement from the profession of corrective ululation some years ago (he is currently devoted to the philanthropic pursuit of canine incontinence), to share the fundamental principles of his acoustical expertise in a series of free filmed lessons for the wonderful folks of Maestronet. Thus my proposal. I further offer, as a gesture of guileless generosity, to dispatch these same lessons (despite Argo's latrant objections) hither to the prodigal plutonian sanctuary of disenchanted souls so needful of our enlightment and sympathy. May I so amend, amen. You might want to invest in a few writing lessons to go along with that dictionary. I have a suggestion for the experts that are so conveniently assembled here. Perhaps you could demonstrate for us exactly what you are referring to when you speak of technique and style. I'm sure you know that Maestronetnet supports attached audio files. If you have already posted examples, please direct me to your contributions.
  24. If this discussion had maintained a topic of disagreement with the technical principles delivered in the instructions I would have followed it with a students interest. Or, even if those discussing the instructions had centered the comments on their perception regarding the display of technical ability by the instructor, I would be in no position to agree or disagree as I am only a student. However, as the discussion seems to have strayed quite far from technique or technical ability you have given me the opportunity to contribute. It is evident that the personal attacks leveled by you and a few others have reduced the value of this thread beyond the point of redemption, at least from a pedagogic point of view. When I was a teenager I learned a valuable lesson in life that has served me well for many years. Quite simply: "Great minds discuss ideas." "Mediocore minds discuss things." "Small minds talk about people." I am pointing fingers at no one in particular. You can review your contributions to determine what category you fit in. PS: Michael - there is a lot of truth in your statement. It is unfortunate that many are judged by the arrogance of a few. PS: Jane - Although your statement was one of the more negative, it was your honest opinion and I respect you for sharing it. It would fit into my interpretation of an idea.
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