Urban Luthier

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  1. Ha, I'm Canadian so i feel your pain regarding the dollar. I agree, very expensive but well-priced compared to a lot of audiophile nonsense products. Especially for folks who make their living from audio engineering. Generally, the street price through a dealer will be less. Tying back to this forum... I simply mentioned this brand as a starting point for makers or musicians considering high quality audio playback equipment - a way to cut trough some of the Audiophile media noise.
  2. Yes I agree a side topic of its own, but I think good audio recording and playback equipment can help violin makers make informed decisions about making (if one is able to keep some level of control over the recording and playback chain). The headphones referred to above could be a very useful and affordable reference tool for makers who archive the sound of their instruments. If one is use to simple mass market headphones -- listening to a pair of good electrostatic headphones will be quite a shock
  3. No argument from me, as an audiophile (not audiofool) I believe fine audio equipment can, and should enhance ones enjoyment of music. @Roger Hill notes above how some audio nuts go to the ends of the earth to fine tune their audio system to their own ‘personalized representation of sound’. The very sad reality is - they are listening to distortion. Simply head over to Stereophile and look at some of the measurements of many of the high priced audio equipment. Many (not all) measure so poorly that they are little better than tone controls. Some products costing $100s easily outperform some costing 10 x that. My advice to anyone here who wants excellent quality playback in their home (I mean broadcast level quality) is to look at a pair of Harbeth speakers and an affordable 100 w solid state amp. There are alternatives of course but the Harbeths are domestically friendly, easy to set up and used by countless studios to monitor and mix television, radio and film. reason being is their mid band frequency response is flat. Too much hassle? An Apple HomePod is an excellent device for casual listening. It uses incredibly powerful dsp to deliver a relatively flat frequency response. The koss phones mentioned above are quite good as well for personal listening. Simple rule of thumb with audio gear - listen to speech. If the human voice doesn’t sound natural than nothing else will.
  4. I expect you will have one happy customer when you finally get a chance to deliver it!
  5. Yes the Amati, but i think it is now back at the RAM
  6. i went through something similar a few months ago. Given that my shop is small - I bought a 24 in box fan and taped a furnace filter to the back. Not pretty but it works.
  7. Even though this is a very old thread it is worth pointing out that Clive Morris cellos are used by many highly regarded cellists who specialize in early music. The Royal Academy of Music has several Morris cellos used by students. In addition to Susan who posted above, David Watkin played a Morris cello - you can see and hear it here (along with the actual Fleming Amati Susan's cello is based on)
  8. Veritas offers a slow adjuster for both their custom bench planes and the bevel up block / jack planes. I use them in mine and I find them very useful https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/planes/maintenance-and-accessories/72193-slow-norris-adjuster-for-veritas-custom-bench-planes
  9. I'm using a couple of the Sigma Select Power II stones from Lee valley and a strop. Expensive but they cut fast and should last a generation. I use the green honing compound.
  10. in addition to the Hargrave bass book, it is worth looking at the Strad Varnish book by B&G. There is a chapter on wear patterns. Plus all the life sized photos are useful also!
  11. Just had a look at your photo blog Dave, really nice!! https://slightviolins.wordpress.com/category/making/
  12. Yep I found out the hard way. I finished the inside of my cello ribs with a toothing blade set to take the finest cut.
  13. Nice looking violin Guy! if you don't mind me asking, what software did you use for the photogramatry?
  14. I do understand. I had a heck of a time with cashflow when I was a student. That said one can easily put in another 100 dollars setting up a vintage plane if it needs work and the blade needed replacing. A veritas or Lie Nielsen block plane will last a lifetime (the low angled version with a regular blade and toothing blade) One can always bevel the blade for a steeper angle if needed.
  15. The high angled version of the Veritas standard block plane is a good investment and will last a life time. Very easy to setup and fine tune. The blade and sole come dead flat. The plane has real heft to it https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/planes/block/47881-veritas-standard-and-low-angle-block-planes
  16. Thanks Davide and David. Lee valley sells Bahco scrapers. I'm going to try sharpening to a knife edge and rolling over the edge per your workflow David. I can get my scrapers sharp and use them effectively but it takes way longer than it should
  17. Hi David. How thick are your knife edge scrapers if you don't mind me asking?
  18. I started out using a scraper to do this but found that i used too much pressure which resulted a rather ugly curve leading into the edge crown. Kind of like a flattened curve that didn't blend with the rest of the recurve I now try to do as much as I can with a razor sharp gouge (stropping every couple of minutes). Sometime additional pressure on the tip of the gouge helps me, some times coming at an angle helps. Final clean up with a sharp scraper and light pressure. the hardest thing is getting the scraper razor sharp -- which i confess I still have trouble doing
  19. Very useful info, thank you David. The colour rendering index information in particular is net new to me. While I don't do any restoration work, I do varnish In my studio. I expect my IKEA Led bulbs are not the best solution for judging colour balance
  20. Thanks. it looks like the bulbs are 2700K - closer to halogen bulbs perhaps?
  21. Hi David I can't find the link to the exact ones I bought -- they were in the 'now or never' bin at $9 CND each - (about $2 US after exchange). @tsummerville posted the a link to the US site for the IKEA TERTIAL work lamp above. I've seen these - they look similar to mine but the key difference is the on off switch on the new version is a rocker type on the cord itself. I think this is a real disadvantage from a usability standpoint. The version i have has the switch on the lamp itself - similar to your lamp. The IKEA ones are well made from stamped metal parts, real springs - and mine at least have a real ceramic bulb holder. The bushings are plastic however -- I've only ever had to tighten them once. The plastic mounting bracket is useless. -- The Lee valley lamp bushing is far better option for a bench top mount. Chris
  22. Thanks for the photo and the reference to the bulbs. I'm going to try these I adopted a similar setup for my shop - two overhead lights (same sort of fixture as yours but from IKEA) and two IKEA task lamps on either side of the bench a-fixed with these handy lamp bushing from Lee valley. Plus a central ceiling light When I built the studio - I wired things so I could turn the main overhead light and overhead bench lights on/off independently. The IKEA bench lamps are the old style ones with the switch on the top of the lamp. (these are much better as you turn them on as grab them). So all lighting adjustments are within arms reach of my bench and can be adjusted based on the task at hand.
  23. Some times we get so hung up on the weirdest stuff. I have a hell of a time telling the difference between violins (most sound similar to me with the biggest difference being the person playing the instrument). Violas and cellos are a different story. I've made a few violas after the Strad Archinto (which had its ribs lowered unfortunately). in all cases I used normal or higher than normal rib heights - no loss of focus or dynamics - if anything they sound better.