Brad H

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  1. New Fingerboard

    As others have mentioned, there needs to be quite a bit of forethought and then woodworking to fit a new fingerboard. For instance, do you want to change the projection height (assuming you aren't going to do a neck reset...maybe a shim is needed for projection, neck thickness, or overstand issues...or maybe plane a bit more off the bottom of one end of the board to correct projection )? Do you want to use the new board to center an off-center neck set? Are there any issues with the neck width which could be corrected in conjunction with fitting the new board? Is the neck surface perfectly flat? Then, there are the numerous steps involved with properly shaping the board and fitting it to the neck. Bottom line is that you could end up causing huge, unnecessary headaches for the next guy who has to correct your mistakes, and there is the possibility of damaging the neck or the body. Is there any chance of visiting a luthier who could at least give you some guidance? At least, read the section on fitting a new fingerboard in Michael Darnton's online book:
  2. Second violin cannot find makers or identify

    No, measure the neck stop, like this:
  3. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    Man, that is a dry sense of humor...gave me a good laugh.
  4. Caption this...

    It will certainly help those wanting to learn the names of the violin parts...the shoulders, the belly, the waist, the navel...oh, scratch that....but, don't the nipple and butt end go on the bow?
  5. D.I.Why?

    I think the broadly-accepted definition of a DIYer does not apply to violin repair, which is on a different level than painting a house or building a patio overhang. The damage caused by poor DIY work on a violin can be irreversible and is therefore more consequential than that done to the target of a home repair. In the violin repair arena, the DIY vs amateur labels come down to the level of commitment. If someone is truly committed to violins, they will have immersed themselves in any number of methods of acquiring information BEFORE attempting any repairs on violins. Hopefully, that "training" will include being able to recognize grades of violins and knowing the limits of one's knowledge and skills. Then, beginning with junkers, this person can attempt setups and simple repairs, getting feedback from a trained luthier, and eventually work up to more complex repairs on better instruments (but always keeping in mind the quality of the violin and the consequences of failing). At some point, they are an amateur. Compare that to Uncle Bob (a lifelong wood worker who plays guitar but has no experience with violins) who decides that he can make a new sound post and ends up mangling the f-hole, denting the spruce top, and distorting the plate with a too-tall, too-tight post. That is what I call a true DIYer in violin repair.
  6. Projected fb height at cello bridge

    75 mm is given in Strobel's Useful Measurements for Violin Makers.
  7. Honed Bliss

    Me, too but, in my case, it is just because I am lazy. When I don''t feel like messing with the water stones, or just want a quick tune-up, I use a flat glass plate and very fine abrasives with adhesive backing from Lee Valley....Here I use water with all three grades of abrasives. The green abrasive sheet is 0.5 microns - I usually load it with the green chromium oxide paste.
  8. Cracked End Block

    What do you use?
  9. what determines the sound a luthier aims at?

    Peter, interesting that you picked a duo for inspiration for ideal violin sound. I am still trying to wipe the big smile off my face after checking out a couple of their YT videos - very joyful musicians! You should let them know of their effect on your violinmaking efforts.
  10. what determines the sound a luthier aims at?

    I am interested to know the identity of this couple.
  11. What is it about E strings?

    I don't see the Hill E string on these string tension charts, but they may be useful. String Tension Charts
  12. Neck Pull-down

    I did the pull-down, the violin is strung up again, and the FB projection is now 28 mm. At this point, I can not perceive any problems with the procedure.
  13. what determines the sound a luthier aims at?

    I wonder whether you are describing a "round" tone, or a tone where each note is contained in an envelope of just the right amount of overtones. The notes have enough core but have a certain flexibility. I like the tone of the violin in this performance - I hear a certain " roundness" to the tone, especially after 2:35 into the performance. How do you directly import the video?
  14. Is there a Sound Post "General Rule/Tendency"?

    You lost me there. I am not sure what you mean by "torque".
  15. Is there a Sound Post "General Rule/Tendency"?

    In general, I have a much clearer understanding of the effects of north-south movements, as opposed to east-west. What is the farthest east or west you have placed a post and what was the rationale?