Alex_E

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  1. Just curiosity to see how close the sound would be when playing the Last Post. Taps would probably sound even closer. I thought the higher notes were close but the lower ones were not.
  2. As I usually post and reply to topics relating to making violins on the 'Pegboard', I have inadvertantly posted a new topic there that probably should have been posted here. A duplicate is: Hi Guys (and Girls), Firstly my apologies for such a large file but this is something a bit different and unique. A .cda file on a CD has been extracted and converted to an .mp3 file which contains recordings of the "Last Post" and "Rouse" played on one of my violins, this one being a 5 string with aluminium front and magnesium back. I know it's not in the same class as a Bugle but the player (Me
  3. Hi Guys (and Girls), Firstly my apologies for such a large file but this is something a bit different and unique. A .cda file on a CD has been extracted and converted to an .mp3 file which contains recordings of the "Last Post" and "Rouse" played on one of my violins, this one being a 5 string with aluminium front and magnesium back. I know it's not in the same class as a Bugle but the player (Melanie Carter) has done a remarkable job nevertheless. There are long pauses so be patient and turn the volume up, as the sound is a little low. http://www.filehost.net.au/file.php?file=V....
  4. The plates and ribs are held together by Araldite, inside there are standard wooden blocks. The neck is Maple, finger board and pegs Ebony. The neck is glued into the top block as on a standard violin. The full web site is at: Visit My Website where several versions and details are available, from the original heavy 5 string to the lighter improved versions.
  5. Following previous requests (some time ago) for sound files from one of my metal bodied violins, have at long last had a friend record a couple for me: They can accessed from this page: Visit My Webpage
  6. One of the best things about making a first violin is cheaply making some of the required tools yourself, such as Body Clamps, Fingerboard Holder, Body Calipers etc. Have a look at http://aluminiumviolins.com.au/ (in the Luthier section) where amongst sundry violins are details of some very easily made and some a bit more complex to make tools.
  7. Wonderful, truly wonderful to hear.
  8. Alex_E

    Shop business

    Interesting question that applies to other repair businesses as well. Many years ago I was workshop foreman at a large agricultural/vehicle dealership. The workshop and field repairs hardly ever broke even, the money was made selling new machines, BUT, the good workshop/repair facility offered would have induced people to buy from that firm knowing that if prompt reliable repairs were ever needed, that firm would provide them.
  9. I buy mine from SVS Tonewoods in Slovakia, both Maple and Spruce, prompt delivery (to Australia), excellent website for ordering over the Internet, good range of prices, no complaints about them at all.
  10. Thanks to all for your suggestions, after due deliberation, having an ABN, I have registered the domain name of aluminiumviolins.com.au. Once I receive confirmation that the hosting site has been set up (within a day or so) I'll publish my existing web to that site and will have ample space for publishing some music clips in due course.
  11. Firstly, apologies as this post is not about violin making, but as my primary Forum any advice or opinions you may care to give will be appreciated. As my personal web space from my Provider is used up and I intend to post some music clips in the not to distant future, I intend to set up a separate larger site with its own domain name. While I'm only a small time hobby maker, my metal bodied violins are reasonably unique at present so I'm looking for suggestions for a suitable Domain Name to suit. My present web address doesn't have a stand out name that comes up in search engines or giv
  12. The plates were formed by making concave molds somewhat deeper than the spec's (to allow for spring back) a rounded rubber mallet was then used as an interim tool which was hit with a large steel hammer. If the rounded rubber mallet is used as the primary impact tool it creates noticeable impact defects in the plates. This particular instrument is going to be lent to an experienced player (with both Symphony and Band experience to see how the bonding holds up under normal use, as the bonding doesn't seem to be as strong between the Mag and Alum as it does between Alum to Alum. In return
  13. Alex_E

    Bridge setup

    When having my latest 5 string Violin played by a very experienced player she mentioned that something didn't seem quite right when switching from the A to D string. I had concentrated on setting the correct string heights above the finger board and neglected the simple eyeball check of lining up the E and D strings at the bridge, the A and G strings and the D and C strings to check that the A, D & G strings all appeared to be the same height above their adjoining strings. The A was obviously higher in comparison to the D & G strings and once the A was lowered at the bridge to matc
  14. Full spec's and some photos here: Visit My Website Apologies for the crappy photos and the ones that won't enlarge as my allotted space at the server is full.