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  1. Your cello quartet played da spalla? Did you take pictures? I hope no one's neck got impaled!
  2. Joe Swenson said at the beginning of his post: So, look online for the Strad poster featuring the Vuillaume 1865 cello — you can make templates from the poster. EDIT: I meant look online for a store or vendor from which you can buy the poster.
  3. If Rubner doesn't work out for you, you could put a "wanted" post in the Luthier Exchange forum. I don't have a set for you, but I bet lots of folks have removed sets and just have them sitting around.
  4. I have a German gamba from the 1960's that looks a lot like yours. I can post pictures if you want to see.
  5. Maybe place an ad on Craigslist stating: "Tomato stake wanted"
  6. So how do we explain that the prize winners all dressed in concert attire? So how do we explain that the prize winners all played the standard rep? So how do we explain that the prize winners all showed up on time? Umm, because it is expected of them?
  7. If you think that the old glue may be an aliphatic resin glue, try De-Glue Goo. It softens aliphatic resin glues (as well as hide glue, though I'm sure you're already adept at removing hide glue without it).
  8. Hey Dwight, It's not one but •two• coffee tables! Joe (former IAA faculty -- after you left)
  9. As to why it was done, all I can think of is perhaps to create more vibrating surface area, maybe to increase amplitude of the lower modes?
  10. It’s not entirely clear from the pics, but it looks like the nut termination is causing the problem. The nut should terminate the speaking portion of the string at its very edge with a “cliff.” Your cello’s nut appears to have been trimmed improperly in an effort to lower the A string height. The nut seems to slope down as it ends, creating a curved and indeterminate contact point. This is very much like a sitar bridge (jawari or Jivari), in which the termination is a carefully curved surface which interferes with the pulse train traveling along the string, causing the pulse to break up and shift the string’s energy to the higher partials. That’s what gives the sitar its characteristic nasal twang. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jivari I once got a desperate call from a professional musician former student who stated the she was getting married the next morning and at the rehearsal, the piano sounded like a sitar! Sure enough, one of the strings was terminated with a ramp shape (poor bridge notching). A few swipes with a sharp knife cured it. So, in your case, if the luthier judges that there’s enough ebony left to do so, I’d have the nut re-dressed to make it terminates cleanly at its edge. Or, possibly better, just have a new nut made.
  11. Maybe the OP is an orthopedic surgeon from NY....
  12. Cymbal maker Matt Bettis, to the best of my knowledge, still lives in his RV and goes around the most beautiful places in the country making (excellent) cymbals. Quite a life: https://www.facebook.com/BettisCymbals/videos/vb.215413568489743/1594020173962402/?type=2&theater
  13. JoeDeF

    I can't read!

    I especially like the old fashioned tack!
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