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  1. For some instruments such as guitar the purfling stops the end grain of the top from being exposed to damage, and I think in those cases it does reinforce the top edges. I don't see how it functions in any other way than decorative in a violin family instrument.
  2. I really enjoyed the book.
  3. I just got up to making the bass bar for my first viola.I was thinking approx 11mm tall 5mm or so wide. What is the standard? Is there such a thing? Sorry for the silly question.
  4. Great work! Your postings of your work inspire amateur luthiers such as myself.
  5. I was really impressed by Don's snake head as well as other shaped I have seen replace scrolls. Are there any good tutorials on doing this? Or even a good book or youtube video?
  6. Probably a silly question, but we have a rather inexpensive 1/16 violin at home and the G string sounds horrible.... for lack of better words it "woofs." What causes this phenomenon and can anything be done about it? I noticed if I tuned the G up to an A or a B, it sounds fine. So I am thinking this is tension related. What should the vibrating string length be on a violin of this scale? Just wondering. I was up for experimenting this weekend.
  7. Thanks, this was exactly what I was looking for. I tried the watered down glue on the sample piece I have and it seems to work well.
  8. Just looking for some advice... I started marking the purfling channel for the first time today in a sample piece of spruce (almost like a mini version of the top) and when I get towards the bottom of the instrument the spruce seems to chip small pieces. any recommendations? I was afraid of this happening to the actual spruce top.
  9. Michael D is a true treasure trove of information!!
  10. Thanks. I am working on an Amati based 16" viola. I was targeting 160 grams or so. How does the mass hurt or help the lowest string? I have heard a few violas that sounded pretty weak in the lower register and I would figure that the wood thickness and mass would play a part in this.
  11. Do any of you that make Violas measure the weights of your plates? what are typical numbers for both the top and back plates? I am graduating my first Viola and was wondering what a typical weight would be. I was assuming in the 160g range or so for the back. How does this affect the C string?
  12. Michael, I had the same problem using a wooden wedge. So I had some brass laying around and in 15 min time max I made a brass wedge, tapped a 4-40 screw hole and used a cap screw. Works much better than the wooden wedge, and brass works well using tools you probably already own. John
  13. Manfio, Does this differ for Violas? If you don't mind my asking, how thick do you typically make them for your Violas?
  14. Matthias, Great work!! It is inspiring, I am still working through my first. Thanks for the info on your finish. Almost as cool as seeing your great work is reading the experienced commentary as a tool for those of us that are less experienced to learn from. :-)
  15. I just came across this today as well.
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