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Wee B. Bridges

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  1. You might google Douglas Martin, instrument maker who likes to experiment with unorthodox materials such as violin made of balsa wood.
  2. New making? Lycopodium is a traditional filler mixed with hide glue. Ebony dust and hide glue for the black.
  3. It varies between makers/models: Instrument Violin, Viola Diameter 5.5 / 6 / 6.5 / 7 / 7.5 / 8 / 8.5 / 9 / 9.5 / 10 mm cello 12.0 / 12.5 / 13.0 / 13.5 / 14.0 / 18.0 / 18.5 / 19.0 / 19.5 / 20.0 mm.
  4. See Roger Hargrave article on his website: http://www.roger-hargrave.de/Seiten/english/Bibliothek/Bibliothek.htm Arching, Purfling & Edgework in Cremonese Instruments
  5. Marking time. Rest in peace Maestro Giovanni Battista Morassi. May we all live such a prosperous and long life.
  6. Does it improve, or change with a new sound post / or sound post adjustment ? Easy enough to cut a new post, looking for a better (perfect) fit.
  7. Is it a tropical hardwood? From here it looks like it could be domestic Cherry. Better photos would help
  8. At Home Depot you can buy the large cans of "Whoop Ass."
  9. I always enjoyed this little book, the cost was inviting for what it offered, especially the spread of Il Cannone photos. Certainly no substitute for the 2-vol Biddulph book but I imagine it is getting hard to come by these days. good luck !
  10. I never heard of a soft cover version of the 2-vol. set. I would search eBay, and then set up an email notification for new listings: https://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/searches-follow.html Good luck !
  11. I always take a bevel off "here."
  12. You will have more control, and more uses for the straight flute—if I had to choose
  13. It is the before and after recordings that impressed me the most.
  14. Anybody can center a rib joint; but this is truly an artistic flair
  15. I would certainly never recommend trying your approach to make 10 violins at the same time as a first time maker. It will take 10 times as long and you will not see the bigger picture until the bitter end. Make one start to finish to see the whole process complete; one aspect will inform all other aspects of the project. Not to mention making 10 backs I would bore myself to death. I agree with the above advice if you are serious, go to a violin making school for the proper training. Good luck !
  16. In my experience it never pays to "scramble" in doing the violin work. The Weisshaar Violin Restoration shows preserving an old volute and transferring to a new neck. What you propose—to carve anew that tiny block alone—I believe would prove very difficult out of context. I think Conor has the correct approach above. It will be nearly invisible in the end and no one will know the differences. Have fun at Joe's workshop and good luck !
  17. I would not go any further. Invest your efforts in a better piece of wood.
  18. "Was," past tense RIP Koen Padding.
  19. Those pics look like pretty nice European Maple BigLeaf maple is native to the Pacific Northwest and is much darker in color. I have in the past used acoustically valid BigLeaf maple to make very successful instruments. I have not used it for over ten years. It is important however to match parts with the same species when using BigLeaf, including: back, ribs, and neck block—or you will have difficulty getting the color uniform when your varnish is complete. It can be an unsettling consequence. Caveat emptor. I will say there is some very nice BigLeaf Maple to be had. What I found is the BigLeaf maple tends to dull my chisels faster than European—I attribute this to the higher mineral content of BigLeaf—and I avoid it for this reason. Not to mention Bosnian maple is such a pleasure to carve in comparison! Good luck with your #1 ! Here is Big Leaf Maple violin from 2006, it sold quickly:
  20. In all honesty I don't like the looks of any of those bridges, and would not use them. Even nice looking aged, tight grain bridges can be way off the quarter—this will lessen its strength and resistance to warping. Look at the side view, split on the quarter will lend itself to stability.
  21. "Thick as they were." So what are these meaningful numbers, top to bottom?
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