Urban Luthier

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  1. very nice! I remember the cello you exhibited in Toronto very well - It looked fabulous and sounded just as nice -- highlight of the show for me
  2. What a beautiful cello! Is this one similar to the one you exhibited in Toronto last year?
  3. This is about the smartest thing I've seen here in ages! Thanks for the tip Mike.
  4. love the texture Tets -- really nice work!
  5. I use a no 7 lee valley jointing plane, flat blade and a shooting board. 3-4 passes, glue right away, rub joint. no clamps.
  6. I've used the Holtier varnish and it is quite similar to the Hargrave varnish described in the bass book. My experience was that it needs to be applied in very thin coats. The colour on its own is very nice. Here is a sample
  7. Yea me too -- madder always turns red with alum -- or brick red. I've use potassium carbonate to extract the colour for both madder and cochineal (and precipitate the lake). It is very base and I'm wondering if this has anyting to oo with the magenta of the cochineal lake. Sorry I'm not a chemist!
  8. love to hear how one shifts cochineal to red -- I always get magenta when I use alum as a mordant
  9. additional cool HIP performances Concerto Italiano with Rinaldo Allesandrini and Rachel Podger on Channel classics
  10. If you are using the Stanley No 5 as a jack (ie to remove the high spots on a board) then it doesn't need to be totally flat. For a plane this size it will cost more to buy the equipment to flatten it than it will to buy a Lee Valley or Lie Nielsen plane. I've used both and they work great.
  11. Urban Luthier

    UV Cabinet

    I think I will get one of these -- did you get the 60 in one? Large enough for a cello?
  12. Urban Luthier

    UV Cabinet

    These grow tents look promising but I cant see a way to attach the lights to the tent structure
  13. Urban Luthier

    UV Cabinet

    The chart Thomas posts above and the the data sheet I attached for the Philips actinic BL bulb looks like the peak is at ~375nm. Which is what Koen Padding suggested for drying varnish in his VSA article "use of ultraviolet light sources in Lutherie" This isnt my area and I'm also struggling with purchasing bulbs for a new cabinet. If i'm reading correctly, Thomas's suggestion of the Philips Master Actinic is spot on
  14. Urban Luthier

    UV Cabinet

    i think this is the same product Thomas refres to above
  15. Hi Nick, I like the way it looks and it appears to be quite durable
  16. i've used the Holtier Brown varnish -- the varnish alone is priced the same as other solutions. One bottle (~$125 will do 4 violins). It works well. colour on its own is similar to the Hargrave varnish. I agree with E above -- the alchemist varnish is also useful - I use it as a ground mixed with pumice
  17. T&T is perfect for furniture -- just rub the coats on very thinly and burnish off. It isn't suitable as a violin varnish
  18. nice shop! Varnish magnifications look stunning