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Everything posted by MeyerFittings

  1. Try leaching some alcohol with a dropper down under the slde gently. Gravity may tell you where it is stuck on the rails and won't mess up anything.. If you need heat for some glues, put a small piece of wet cloth where the alcohol didn't exit and put a soldering iron sparingly to the wet cloth producing steam and heat to the area. this is not for the faint at heart and must be done with a conservative hand. Acetone works with cyano but it takes a while to gell the glue and only softens it for a short time before it hardens agian. An old fly fishing trick with a stuck ferrule (no joke) is to push your thumb that is holding your stuck male section with your other thumb that is holding the female section. It sometimes works when nothing else seems to.
  2. Steve Stills played a 35 if I recall.
  3. I think so. My Buddy has one. Great guitar. I was told that Martin had a bunch os undersized pieces of rosewood so the three piece back was born.
  4. Three piece back? Brazilian or Indian?
  5. Save the pegs. They are very well made.
  6. "Fair's got nothin to do with it " ( Clint Eastwood-the Unforgiven")
  7.ù_-_1735_-_T2p121.png Strad peg might be giugulo (zissiphus) Mendicus, looks that old to me.
  8. Looks like the first peg in my old post #5. Bill Monical sent that one to me and thought it was plum.
  9. I've heard that, it's supposed to creep. I just spent my Birthday playing my 30 year old lefty. All Tite Bond except the top joint. Used it for the head, scarf joint too I think. Lots of pressure on that one. Fiddles have no where near the tension of steel string guitars so hide works fine for them. They are also made to come apart with water which guitars are not. Lot's of guitar makers swore by epoxy but I never liked it. I did do a new head to glue on a Rickenbacher bass. I think I used epoxy for that though. I'm not in the biz anymore so I don't know what is au courant.
  10. Fish glue is made from the bladder of sturgeon. It is a very old method of gluing and the dried granules are very expensive since there are a lot more hides available than dead sturgeon. It is supposedly superior than hide. My buddy Robert Lundberg used it for his lute building. Guitar makers used liquid hide for center joints because the surfce area of the wood that was glued was so much less than that of an arch top and the extra time was nice. When other joints in which it was used started coming back in the shop, most switched back to hot hide or Tite Bond for stress joints.
  11. I use these. Fold up fold down, no weight.
  12. I remember Homer, he used to visit my guitar shop every now and then. Always fun to see.
  13. Yeah, I don't imagine the pegs are original to the instrument. Are those ebony bushings? I don't recall anyone saying there were only two styles of concave peg designs. Back in the 18th and early 19th there were almost as many head designs as there were making centers. It was the catalogues and industrialization of supplies that made for standardization, IMO.
  14. Can we see the under side of the tailpiece?
  15. Catnip, I feel your pain. I can tell you what I envision as a difference, but it's just my vision, and after putting the two styles in Google I can see no one else agrees. Of course since it's marketing and pegs don't command an exalted positon in violin lore, I'm not suprised at your question or your quandary. I can see where the "french style" comes from but I've never figured the "Swiss" peg's history . Perhaps one of our Euro contributors can inform us of where this style was born.
  16. Confusing nomenclature. Confusing and erratic.
  17. You might think that the place where the tail gut is held by the knots or barrels would be the effective length of the vibrating gut. I believe however, due to the angles of the holes and the raised tailpiece saddle that where the gut exits is more likely the fixer of length. I have customers who are veryspecific about the length of the overhang past these holes. I'll bet Eric Fouillhe has looked into this, at least on cello tailpieces.
  18. I should probably know, but what is all that hardware in front of the tailpiece?
  19. Looks like an old repair using a semi slab cut piece joined onto the bass half. So not a crack-a bad joint with missmatched wood.
  20. Hey Bob for my old eyes, what tells you french from the photos?