MeyerFittings

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  1. 21 hours ago, Brad Dorsey said:

    However, I think it can be said that individual makers tend to use the same ring thicknesses, because different thicknesses require different tools to cut different ring groove widths in the frogs.

    Unless the eye is inlayed from a silver tube with the ebony dowel already inserted. I can't tell from the  photo if this is the case-but it might be..

  2. I just found out about Bill's passing a few hours ago. I'd been thinking about him a lot over the last few months. He moved to Oregon some years back and I was able to spend some time with him outside of violin meetings. Bill was certainly one of a kind. He was probably the most influential force in helping me to develop my eye on the inception of my business. When he answered the telephone with: "hello this is William Monical". It was hard not to stop the conversation to wonder where in the World that crazy accent might have originated. It was like the first time you ever heard Katherine Hepburn say her lines in a movie. He was a wonderful, helpful and generous man. Bill would sit at a dinner party very quietly while urbane and historically informed guests were expounding on a given subject and finally let forth with " well you know, actually the real story is......"  It was hysterical to watch the jaws drop in the mashed potatoes. I'm going to miss him very much. 

  3. Not necessarily, just not a big tree. Outside may not be quartered but close. Maybe I'll ask him for an end shot. He makes gambas and was going for mutltiple sectioned backs. He thought of me for peg and tailpiece material. It would be great for that but I'm stocked up. pretty straight for blackwood IYAM

     

     

  4. I made pegs for a customer with a Guad, who also owned a distillery. As a thank you he sent me a case of eau-de-vis. When I met up with him many years later he wondered why I never thanked him. It never got to me. Either the Post or somebody working there confiscated it. You can send wine in Oregon if someone 21 years old recieves it but not hard alcohol. Unless that has changed recently.  

  5. I have a friend who is moving to Europe (when they let us back in) and is selling some boards of nice umpingo. I don't see why it wouldn't make nice fingerboards. I would use it for pegs and tailpieces but I already have enough to last. The pieces are 4.5"X30"X by 1.12" give or take. He wants about $100 per board depending on size.

  6. Several years back there was a photo of the fittings of the restored Cannone here. I think they were made by someone in Naples. I remember them as being blonde and being sort of baroque looking. It would be Bruce C. that would know the answer to this as David said. My memory is very "Strad-like" since he is not only older than dirt, but actually under the dirt.

  7. Replacing busted up collars is 4 times a pain in the ass. Very few pegs are monitarily worth the effort. If all of the collars are in similar condition to the one pictured, I would do the fill routine. I have wooden collets that I have made that have the outer tape rin a match to my lathe head and an  inner one reamed out to a peg taper to center the peg. If you have a three jaw chuck you can center the peg shaft at the  collar and gum up a needle file to level the fill.