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  1. Oringo, I was curious, is the book that you're referring to (ie - "La Chélonomie"), the same book that is transcribed by Dipper?
  2. Oh, that brings up a good point too. I think there's a concrete wall behind the bench that doesn't go to the outside. I could probably anchor the back of it to that wall, without worrying about cracking it on the outside and spurring a flood when it rains. That would be a good thing to do.
  3. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for Tapcon screws when I swing by the HW store. I've never heard of the anchoring epoxy before either. Do you think this would hold up to the abuse it would take from constant vibration from carving a plate? Not sure if it would be brittle and crack when pressure was applied to it. Maybe not. Would probably prefer to not put holes in the concrete if that was an option.
  4. OK, great. I think I might give this a try then. I was concerned that I might compromise the integrity of the foundation if I attempted this, but if you guys have done this, then I should be OK. I'll stop by the HW store and see what they have as far as expansion anchors. I think I have a hammer drill. Need to dig it up. Thanks! FW
  5. Hi All, I am making a bench down my basement. I want it to be very stable, so it doesn't shift around when I'm carving plates. I was contemplating drilling a hole into the concrete floor and inserting some sort of bracket for the legs, to stabilize them. Has anyone done something like this before? Good idea? Bad idea? If good idea, how'd you go about doing it? Thanks, FW
  6. Like a lot of things in violin making, there's not an exact science to this. The best thing to do is to try a couple places, see what you like, what you don't like, and stick with the dealer who works best for you. It's a good practice to stock up on wood anyway, so you can age it yourself. Buy lots of wood early on, and then by the time you get to using it, you'll know its been aged.
  7. Wait, I thought the violin making world is the dark side.
  8. Great! Thanks for all this information everyone! I have been playing scales, and just concentrating on making sure I hit the exact right note, without sharping or flating it at all. I think the more I practice, the better I'll get. But it's good to set my expectations that good intontation is a life long process. I was listening to this video on youtube, and this girl seems to have very good intonation: I like the "adjusting faster" quote. There's probably some truth to that. Lots of things going on when your fingers are hitting spots on the fingerboard. My violin teacher was talking about hitting double stops and listening for the beating of the harmonics within the notes. Hopefully the more I practice the better my muscle memory will be for where the note is. We'll see, I guess!
  9. Hello, Does anyone here have any tips about how to develop good intonation. I've been playing with the tuner on the fiddle, to make sure I hit the right note (not sharp or flat). Any other tips for learning good intonation? Thanks! FW
  10. Right. There will be a reluctance on my part to smack into a finished bench. I'm just going to have to get over that though. Ended up going with my old tried and true Epifanes again last night. Figured it'd be good because it's somewhat waterproof for sharpening up with Japanese water stones and such. Very stinky varnishing inside though. Need to evacuate the house for about 3 days.
  11. Has anyone considered using epoxy for a benchtop finish?
  12. Not sure why he wasted perfectly good time restoring that, but to each their own. Sound is quite dull, and lifeless, as would be expected.
  13. Willow is much nicer to work with, IMHO. The smell, the texture, the fact that it falls in August after any storm, so you can pick it up for free without hurting a tree unnaturally.
  14. Very nice. Are you doing work on it?
  15. Probaby true JSully. But that's a Strad she's flinging around. I don't know. Just makes me nervous. Every last one is critically important for so many different reasons. I know she's a very well respected player, but she should acknowledge also that she's a care taker of the instrument, as well. I think it wouldn't hurt to practice a little more due dilligence, so future generations can also appreciate it. Just my opinion!
  16. I used this, but I only used it because I have a black walnut bench: http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/product.do?part=3239&engine=adwords!6456&keyword=product_ad_92&type=pla It's pretty stinky, so would be good to use it before you go on vacation for a few days. Comes out nice though. (It's a little pricey too.)
  17. The varnish on the maple back almost looks like it has a shadow, sitting up high on the ground. Maybe it's just the flash from the camera, but pretty cool, all the same.
  18. Thanks Addie. Ya, I'm going to have to dig deeper into this topic. Some interesting stuff. It's too bad that they do not make an electronic tuner set up on the Pythagorean scale. That would be pretty neat.
  19. Unfortunatly, there's a couple of videos like that. Several near misses in the last 30 seconds of her performances. It's only a matter of time. Shall we hedge our bets?
  20. I'm still not sure that I'm grasping the whole "perfect 5th thing". My v teacher was talking about the circle of 5ths. I'm not really sure that I get the whole concept. But I do know what you're talking about as far as the beating. I know how to use this to tune the strings to each other.
  21. The rate of loss of instruments has probably decreased markedly but instruments that are in regular professional use often do suffer damage no matter how careful the user is. Music stands are knocked over, people bump into the person carrying the instrument, etc. ... Yes, Anne Akiko Meyers doesn't strike me as someone who's particularly careful with her instruments. Must keep her luthier in business though.
  22. The right tools are a BIG investment. But if you don't get the right tools for the particular aspect of the job like carving the scroll, or f-holes, it makes life very difficult. If you're serious about violin making, the investment in the tools and the time you put in, and experience you gain is very rewarding. I'm hooked. Joe ... This is NOT an understatement. You will probably spend about 5-8k setting up your shop when all is said and done (personal estimate, others will probably disagree on the exact figure... Probably on the higher side ). Of course, this will not be all at once either. It will be over the course of time. It will take a lot of time just to figure out which tools you actually NEED. And you will buy tools that you don't need (accidentally), and re-buy the ones you do afterwards. All part of the learning process. But, don't let this discourage you. It is a wonderful hobby. I thoroughly enjoy it, and you will too.
  23. Oh, I didn't realize that. I had gone to my v teacher, and he had tuned my v to his guitar, but when I brought it home, it was not matching my usual tuning on the electric tuner that I used. That must have been the reason. So you're saying that I should tune the A string with the electric tuner, and then tune the other strings to the A string, correct?
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