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Barry J. Griffiths

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  1. I’ve been getting mine from Gatchell Violins (Chinese). They fit in more tailpieces than some of the German made ones. They work very well, are easy to install and improve the sound of not only the E string but the other strings as well.

  2. I use parallel jaw, flat ground pliers. The parallel nature of the gripping surfaces tend not to ‘pinch’ the endbutton but apply a more uniform amount of pressure. I also use them with added padding to remove stuck ferrules from bow frogs.

  3. As luck would have it I just ran out of Everclear. There are now two versions. The original recipe is 190 proof (95% alcohol) and another, less potent 151 proof (75% alcohol). I also found a new brand made here in Kentucky which is 190 proof and was $13 or $14 for a 750ml bottle. It’s sold as Clear Spring from Red Bull Co. in Bardstown, KY.

  4. From the symptoms you describe and the smaller size of the violin I would take a look at the string distance between the bridge and tailpiece. Sometimes a shorter tailpiece can get the after-length corrected. No major surgery and, if you don’t like the results the whole thing can be easily reversed.

  5. I was cleaning up my workbench (always a dangerous thing) and I rediscovered this violin soundpost from years ago. Overall length of 50mm, width at the ends 6-6.25mm, and width in the middle 4.0mm. I have no idea who made it or what violin it was from. Clean cut ends and very narrow grain (spruce).


  6. A violin bow was brought into the shop yesterday. The bow was dropped and the tongue on the frog is broken. The only thing holding the bow together is the glue holding the hair at the spreader wedge. If you push on it it's like rubber. Is this worth fixing or would a replacement frog be a better option? It's stamped Valdecir on one side and Sousa Sonata on the other side. The stick appears to be pernambuco; not sore of the metal used in the mountings. 

    For some reason I can"t seem to attach photos to this post.

    Thanks for any and all input.

  7. I’ve seen all of the blocks pictured above. Mine look like something in between #1 and #2. I also see quite a few with a slot filed into the block right in the middle of both blocks which makes block removal very safe and easy.

    Here is a frog block with the most unusual angled cut to the bottom face. The tip block was the same.


  8. On 6/12/2019 at 4:57 AM, reg said:

    They are of course cheap strings and presumably being used on a student violin

    I couldn't disagree more. In the case of Goldbrokat cheaper does not mean lower quality. Many of my clients prefer Goldbrokat to most other 'better' strings

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