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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 (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....mp3&id=227 Regards Alex
  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....mp3&id=227 Regards Alex
  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 give any indication of the contents, being: http://myweb.westnet.com.au/ellio/
  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 she will record some sound clips suitable for posting on the Internet (I'm a non-player), so I will then at long last be able to share the brilliant sound that these instruments produce, for those people who have long asked to hear the sound.
  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 match the others the problem was rectified.
  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.
  15. I had visions some years ago of learning to play the Violin but after months of practice could barely play "Mary had a little lamb" and reading music is virtually a foreign language to me. However all my life I have loved making things and started to (and continue) to make Violins with every one an improvement on the last. I have a couple of friends who play them for me and advise on their sound quality but can also tell just by drawing a bow across the strings whether the sound is right or not. I find great contentment in being able to make a beautiful sounding instruments, even though I will never be able to play them myself. Have presently almost completed a 5 string Violin, (finished the case this morning), it just needs the sound post fitted, strings added and final bridge and nut adjustments for the correct string heights and I'll be able to find out if it's sounds as nice as it looks.
  16. Holding the instrument firmly in position was one of the priorities when I designed my aluminium cases. It doesn't show clearly in the photos but the body rests on padded rails, between padded sides (foam rubber) and when the lid is closed a further four padded points close down onto the front of the body holding the violin firmly in place no matter what position the case is in. The cases are also designed to be placed back down, side down or bottom end down and will stand unassisted in either of those positions. The bottom end down is the one I like best as several cases can be stored together in a small area. The design criteria was for a case that could be rested on its bottom, side and end (for vertical storage), has a lid that when closed automatically holds all the compartment lids closed, as well as holding the instrument firmly in position, with no chance of it lolling around inside the case with the bridge and strings rubbing against the lid when being carried, that cheap cases allow.
  17. What are the better ways to accurately form/cut/file the optimum sized string grooves at the Nut. I used to use the tip of a tiny round diamond file but alas, the end snapped off and the remaining diam. is a bit large and nothing else I've tried seems as efficient.
  18. Thanks for pointing out that error, I actually meant to say 1/64" (0.015625)
  19. Thanks for that info DarrylG
  20. After sundry Internet searches I have found a number of differing opinions, that range from: 1/64" (0.4mm) for all strings except the E which should be 0.25mm. Another says: E - 0.25mm A - 0.38mm D - 0.56mm G - 0.84mm While another says a height equal to the string diam. which in the case of a new set I have on hand would be: E - 0.24mm A - 0.5mm D - 0.6mm G - 0.7mm The drawback I see with using string diameters is when changing to a different brand of strings that may have quite different diameters. Any other opinions?
  21. There is a Violin Arching program by Richard E Thomas, for Violins, Violas and Cellos that allows the insertion of any given parameters and will then convert them to both short and long arches drawings that can be printed off. It is a marvelous program but I have been unable to find a link on the Web, perhaps other posters here may have that information.
  22. While this end pin thread is running, what are the recommended diameters of the shaft at the button end for both Violins and Violas? Also, with a five string instrument is a Violin end pin strong enough or would it be prudent to to use a Viola sized one. This link shows a metal metal end pin holder that I made several years ago that works very well. End pin holder
  23. Alex_E

    Peg shaving

    Well the kerosene worked better than ordinary soap but the clear leader was better quality Ebony regardless of cutting compound used. Out of five pegs shaved one was jet black ebony and it cut flawlessly, out of the poorer quality remainder two were usable without touch up, one had a big tear on the centre of the shaft (usable with an Araldite repair if need be) and the last one had a large tear at the collar and was unusable. So no easy fixes, it seems good quality Pegs and a very sharp blade are the essentials.
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