Wee B. Bridges

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  1. There is no advantage being a self taught maker/repairer— go to a violin making school and get the proper training. Think of it as kindergarten with papers. Go from there.
  2. Hmmm... Any violin making book will contain information on peg whole placement, I would suggest studying up on the entire concept. http://www.weisshaarrepairbook.com/overview/ https://www.cremonatools.com/the-secrets-of-stradivari-s-f-sacconi.html
  3. Otto Erdesz used douglas fir... https://josephcurtinstudios.com/otto-erdesz-remembered/
  4. In new making the final arch hgt in the classic 'tradizione Cremonese' is typically established as you carve the top arch first, therefore the un-excavated flat bottom measured with your dial calipers, is this total thickness —before you begin scooping out the inside—so yes this would include the plate thickness at this point.
  5. Bois d'Harmonie: Home Some discussion on fittings: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329900-more-on-the-messiah-strad-le-messie/
  6. Or proped at an angle and that is all that is in there.
  7. Hmm…we still have Strad forms going back to 1689 etc. etc. https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/stradivaris-moulds/
  8. There should be no question—a quality bandsaw.
  9. They look like fish out of water. Traditional old-time Appalachia musician have been playing with flattened bridges for generations—just saying.
  10. General speaking, if it is a single string I would think soundpost adjustment. If it is more than one string, ie top register vs lower register I would think bridge adjustment (carving) to bring it into balance.
  11. J.B. Guadagnini did not have an issue 1775 Turin period
  12. For comparison, another example of Dominique Peccatte, visiting my studio.
  13. Davide Sora said: "For pegbox I use the same varnish than the rest of the violin, just a little darker to have some contrast. For F holes acrylic black paint (opaque), the same that I use for scroll chamfers :" Molte grazie !
  14. Did you look inside the fiddle? Maybe there is honey poured in there as well to make it sound sweeter—Don’t knock it till you try it.
  15. Typical to be polite and make a postive comment. Often times you have to prod a little deeper to get the honest and full feedback— this is how we learn. If it is a single note in question— a sound post adjustment can be made in an effort to bring out a more balanced sound.
  16. What do you do on the pegbox? Typically the same on the ff as the pegbox. I use a burnt umber oil tube paint. Something very satisfying about this task of painting. Maybe because you are so close to stringing the instrument at this point in the game. The ff I typically use a liner brush. https://www.dickblick.com/categories/brushes/shapes/liner/
  17. Its taken 3 pages for someone to post a percentage. I was a little dubious to jump in, however I have always consider the top wood at 75%. One reason we spend our life collecting tone wood—the holy grail of violin making.
  18. Would that be the same as the “Top Hat Mortise” a characteristic of a early English bow? Is it a Baroque bow ?
  19. Wore me out just jumping through the video. I fail to see the point in this laborious iconoclastic method. maybe I missed something.
  20. RIP Francesco Bissolotti, a cornerstone of violin making in Cremona.
  21. Years ago when Otto Tempel Inc. had a falling out with Dick (German pronunciation: Deek,) now Dictum GmbH—they had a fire sale on all of Tempels inventory. I must of bought a dozen matched sets of fittings (including chinrest). individual peg sets, and extra tail pieces, extra chin rest and endpins. It was a worthwhile investment. You get what you pay for, and then some.
  22. Maybe as innocent as an orientation mark if they used an invisible sound post setter. ;)