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  1. I hope you realized I was complimenting your novelette.  I like the thought of some long dead beast,  butchered by Stone Age axes and buried for 20,000 years in the tundra, having his remains salvaged and used, honored, and honed, into something of beauty. I like the fact that this precious material is significantly different than the tusks of modern elephants and is used by thoughtful craftsman purposefully as an alternative substance to elephant ivory. I don't like the fact that human regulators are too lazy or too stupid to tell the difference, and posit some non-existent scam to sneak the parts of endangered species into the musical instrument making business by disguising them as something that has been extinct for milliennia.  

  2. 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.

  3. On 6/16/2019 at 12:14 PM, not telling said:

    Really? I imagine if one acceptably functioning eye were all I could come up with as far as his good qualities, we would be in trouble. Maybe I shouldn't have said it. I will add, he has plenty of good qualities, many more than me probably. Bet on that. I'm obviously terrible. But my bad eye is 20/20. Doesn't really seem fair. 

    "Fair's got nothin to do with it " ( Clint Eastwood-the Unforgiven")

  4. 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. 


  5. 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.    

  6. 18 minutes ago, Larry F said:

    Add the cowboy hat and boots (along with the bolo tie) and you'd have the typical retiree here.  That was formal wear for  Clif Alsop, one of our local retiree/violin making hobbyists.  He hung out with Dr. Homer Clark, who come to think of it also was quite fond of cowboy boots, and drove a white Ford F-150 pickup truck for many years, until he could no longer drive.

    I remember Homer, he used to visit my guitar shop every now and then. Always fun to see.

  7. 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.


  8. 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.

  9. 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.