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  1. Brad H

    C bouts width

    I will expand FiddleDoug's "etc".... Current bridge height? Current String height of E and G above board, Vertical height above body of top of FB at G and E string position, i.e., is the neck/ FB tilted? Overstand height, FB projection at bridge. Mother's maiden name and Exact street address of your 1984 residence...
  2. This link may will give you some background info on each wood, albeit from the perspective of guitar fretboards. Here is a chart of the densities of various woods:
  3. That is pretty wild. It is difficult to be sure, but the big "Papa" bar looks to be glued in based on perceived grain differences with the top.
  4. If he was a real person, he made all his fiddles in 1921
  5. This looks to be a nicer model than the $3kish retail HEH that I had....but, yes, madness.
  7. I haven't read the entire thread but the comments I have seen have all been facetious. Titanium washers, I assume to lighten the load... Another solution which derives from a similar- but much more misguided - principle as the integral bass bar, would be to carve the post from each plate. The half-height posts from each plate - one of spruce and one of maple - would then be joined together in some fashion as the top was glued on.
  8. Brad H

    The Local Hacks

    Perhaps there is a local forum in which parents could be educated about this racket. Maybe the local youth orchestra websites would be willing to publish an informational blurb to warn parents. Or, the honest teachers could advertise their unwillingness to take kickbacks on their websites. The honest violin shops could do something similar. One would hope that education and awareness would reduce the problem. By the way, I have only had one teacher ask for a kickback, although I think I have may have pre-empted some similar requests by other teachers by stating my position o
  9. I suppose my sarcastic post might lead some astray - I will amend it to make this clear.
  10. You can always just drive a thin nail down through the top into the post, like this. I was going to adjust the post on this repair - it was in for something else - and decided the post was just fine where it was. Please note that this was a sarcastic suggestion - don't do this.
  11. Yep. My challenge is N/S orientation. The other factor which affects my perception is lighting. I can sometimes get different readings if I am just bringing light in through the bass f-hole from a lamp versus when using my luthier's light. Since the plates converge as they get nearer the bottom block (are not parallel), a post that is cut perfectly perpendicular on both ends (only considering N/S line) will not fit perfectly if set in a vertical position. I agree that the perfect fit of the post ends is more important than whether the post is in a vertical position.
  12. David, thanks for the support... I don't mind being in an apparent minority in perceiving this Escher effect, or reacting differently to posts on different days.
  13. I usually wear reading glasses when working on violin setup...and keep both eyes open. Yeah, I get the deal with different reference points. I have learned not to react to my first impression when viewing a post. I also usually hold the violin in as close to horizontal position as I can get. After an initial view, I usually rotate the violin slightly, dipping c-bouts up and down, and can go back to the exact same initial view...and sometimes get a different reading. Additionally, I think we all have our own idea of a "straight" post (assuming we are aiming for straightness).
  14. Am I the only one whose eyes are tricked when viewing sound posts? One minute, it may appear the post is leaning forward, but if I keep looking at it - just like an Escher drawing - I can almost see it leaning the other way. Or, picking up a violin and re-examining a previously set post and thinking, " OK, how did I do that?". I mostly look through the treble f-hole, but will use the bass f-hole, too. The other Escher effect occurs for me when setting a post sans bridge, and then viewing the post after installing the bridge. Usually, I see the post in a more backwards leaning st