MeyerFittings

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  1. I''ll inlay it for you, or you could pull a "Master and Commander" and do it with a mirror and a Dremel. I don't think Medicare has dental care anyway.
  2. If you went to the Czech Republic you could get a tooth with Swarovski Crystals.
  3. I just got he permit, mostly covering my Brazilian Rosewood. but including my pernambuco. I will be calling to ask more questions about what to expect when selling overseas.
  4. If you find an Atlas 6 inch somewhere you can do not only the small stuff but all kinds of other uses both wood and metal. Parts are easy to order because they are so ubiquitous. I've got two.
  5. Pernambuco can be shipped in board or unfinished stick form if you obtain A USFW permit by proving that you owned the wood before the CITIES declaration. I know because I just was granted one. You can get a one time permit for about $100 or a master fle for $200 which gives your buyer a record that the wood is legally obtained and follows the wood to completion of the product.
  6. Bone is not such a great material since it is so brittle. You will have a hard time getting them made from ivory unless you can find them in Austria, since they run the risk of getting confiscated. Even mamoth is problematic since small pieces are hard to distinguish from elephant. I can certainly make them, they are modified guitar bridge pins , getting them to Europe is the conundrum. Any good bow maker might help you out with a small lathe.
  7. 1 kg/dm^3, is 62lb/ft.3 which is about as hard as box.wood. How did you get the measurement? Does it float?
  8. Since I don't have to fit pegs, just make them, I will let others coment. 1to20 is not common, regardless of wood choice. Real boxwood is harder than the junk used for mass produced pegs and rosewood isn't very dense at all. As to the assertion that 1/20 is considered the "right" taper for box--- I'll just sit back with some pop corn and see what others think.
  9. i've come across a few (maybe tow) makers who used that steep a taper for a reproduction instrument.
  10. I've tried many times to make a relatively invisible joint between two pieces of ivory. I have an carved eskimo bear missing a leg that eventually i would like to repair. All glues show up as a obvious joint. My Dentist deals with matching tooth colors all the time and not only has many shades of white and off white to choose from, but a blue light that cures the two part glue. I do know a bit about gluing ivory to contrasting woods, although when I look at the guitar I wonder if I could manage it again thirty five years later.
  11. If you want to glue up ivory, talk to your dentist. Not Kidding.
  12. Rarely large and less often straight, I have some of Victor's wood though not the fingerboard pieces. Read my earlier post. I will be out of cyber space for a few days.
  13. I don't know about a fingerboard. It has rather big pores as I recall and so would pick up dirt. There are quite a few peg wood hard enough for the task, but I don't think osage is one of them. Many things would work for a frog, that wouldn't work for tuning pegs. I made the osage orange for the State Historical Society. I never got feedback on how they performed or if the instrument was used much in performance.
  14. Persimmon is in the ebony family but it is nowhere near as dense. I've made pegs out of both persimmon and osage orange. Compared to other peg woods they were relatively soft. When I find a suitable piece of mountain mahogany in my peg or tailpiece stash, I save it for someones fingerboard. It isn't black but neiither were most original boards. It is, however hard enough. I had one pieces clear and long enough for a cello board. John Osnes in Alaska made his Partner a cello using it. Wood suitable for finger boards will certainly be more and more difficult to find in our shrinking forests and therefore more expensive.
  15. All in perfect shape, $185. moving this weekend so If I have to pack it I won't be selling it. Sorry photos dont do it justice. Brazillian rosewood.
  16. Tony Mason who makes Crowson's tailpieces may have some sets. You can ask them as to the production situation.
  17. sold, he got a hell of a deal. That was one hell of a machine. Sorry I couldn't set it up and use it in the new shop.
  18. Jeff, Why did you have a separate heat source? Doesn't the split heat also?
  19. You can't seriously be giving Burgess shit for where he once worked?
  20. Maybe if the bow blank came from the ballast of logs picked up in Brazil for a pirate ship which was captured from Johnny Depp and towed to France, where Tourte was searching the Quays for wood and saw the blood stain on the log from Depp and..... Well you get the picture. BTW Bob Shallock never worked per se in Pt Townsend, but he apprenticed here in Portland with Martin Devillier and was a close associate with Charles, Stephane and all the earlier members of the group. He facilitated Noel's apprenticeship with Charles. We were all Buddies in the Day. Still are. There is still wood around. It helps certainly to be connected. I'm in the process of getting a USFW permit to prove that I owned the wood pre-CITIES declaration, using notarized photos and bills of sale. It will hopefully allow me to sell the wood internationally that reallistically I won't be using. Buyers would much rather have a cut stick than a board so they can feel the stiffness and see the runout. Cutting wood for any instrument out of a board is a blood pressure raiser. You want maximum yeild and little waste but if you cut it too close you can ruin two pieces or more forever.