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  1. Thanks Chris, i just got back from a trip south to deliver this....and delighted that the new owner is over the moon with it so am drinking a large glass to celebrate that all are happy! neil
  2. Thanks John...these are the PI strings from tomastik...I've tried the violin ones but wasn't totally convinced but the viola ones seem to work really well and I've used them now on the last three violas. neil
  3. ...and another viola just finished and due to be delivered down to England tomorrow....
  4. ………imperfect wood covered in the perfect ground and perfect varnish….. :-)
  5. ...and the latest viola getting close..
  6. Hi Chris, I try to get as much colour from uv before anything else…normaly two to three weeks is all i manage as I’m often running late to a schedule and have someone waiting for the instrument to be finished. I then try to lightly stain up the areas that will be exposed by worn areas of varnish and rub a bit “dirt” into the areas one would expect to find more dirt breaking thought the ground….the type of stain depends quite a bit on the wood, i tend to use a combination of nuss-bitze and watercolours with added earth colours for the dirtier areas…..to be honest i tend to be constantly experimenting so each instrument will have a different system, I am presently finishing the varnish on a viola with a slab back and that was lovely to colour up and far easier to get the look then quarter cut maple generally is. n
  7. Hi Tango, Thanks! much of it is i just got lucky with some great wood that took on colour in a nice way….i also apply a wee bit of stain in some areas at the time of the ground, and then some more once i have worn off certain areas of varnish, but i try to avoid too much staining or anything that will not carry on wearing in a natural way. regards, neil
  8. Hi Don, I’m not sure what they are called… a supplier here in the uk used to have a make of fittings they called their “TWI” range that made great pegs and chin rests, at one stage last year they stopped dealing in the range, i bought a pile of their remaining stock and this is one of the last ones i have. neil
  9. ...another one almost ready to go....
  10. Thanks all....Chris the system on this one is basically the same as i have been doing for a while but yes there is a little stain on the wood also to enhance the figure and attempt to get the dirty look on worn areas ...... Hi John, i was saving that dust to put in the fiddle :-)
  11. Latest Del gesu inspired violin just strung up....
  12. Probably the easiest place i know where you don't need an account is here.. http://www.thestringzone.co.uk/categories/viola-cases neil
  13. Yes, that’s my feeling generally with workshop sales….. instrument makers tools and wood are worth the most to those that bought them and are not a particularly lucrative inheritance/investment for their survivors.
  14. I was quite involved with the initial cataloguing of Davids workshop and spent the best part of a week working to go through everything and draw up a comprehensive list of the whole workshop and wood store…some of the materials where sold off before the auction but the majority of the wood and some of the tools went to auction…I can’t of the top of my head remember the house that handled it but the general feeling me and the others working on the inventory was that we should not hope that our families would live in luxury from the sale of our wood store and workshop after our demise…I seem to remember he had a set of “Henley optical company" infill planes and they did get more at auction then many expected. The taste in good tone wood is pretty personal and I think one would be far better off buying nice bows as an investment ...and if you want to invest in raw materials, maybe top quality bridge blanks would be the best bet :-)
  15. who needs gouges...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E0x-T4d5Rc
  16. Yes the nylon I have here is also about 2mm, the real gut varies between 1.8 and 2.5 with the average being about 2.3mm, and Kevlar when pulled tight under string tension less then 0.2mm. I’m not sure what the exact geometry is regarding where the cord leaves the holes at the back of the tail piece as apposed to where its pulling on the tail piece but I can’t see how the diameter of the hole could make any difference to the way it will pull under tension. I’ve just now done an experiment using the same tailpiece fitted with Kevlar and then with a nylon cord and measuring the height of the tailpiece above the saddle and the string angle over the bridge, it appears to clearly confirm that a change in the diameter of the cord has a similar effect to altering the height of the saddle and by a similar amount...and altering the saddle height by this amount makes a very noticeable difference to the string angle over the bridge which in turn makes a big difference to the way the instrument works. You just need to look at a diagram of the set up of tail gut, tail piece and strings breaking over the bridge and imagine the gut as a tapered wedge being pushed in or out to illustrate the change in gut diameter and its patently obvious that increasing the tail gut width will make a difference to the string break angle over the bridge….and if that’s too hard to comprehend do as I just did and try changing the gut to Kevlar and you can easily measure the change in angle and the drop in the end of the tail piece….you can argue if the string angle over the bridge is relevant (I personally think it is ) but to argue that changing the diameter of the gut doesn’t effect the string angle is just nonsense.
  17. In my experience dropping or increasing the height of the saddle by 2mm can make a big difference....the different in diameter between the kevlar and real gut can be 2mm+.
  18. The other aspect that most people seem to ignore (or at least never mention) is the considerable difference in diameter of the various materials….real gut is over 2mm thicker then the kevlar resulting in the equivalent of lowering or heightening the bottom saddle by this amount which changes the string able over the bridge considerably, the nylon ones i general use are just a touch slimmer then some of the old real gut i have, but far thicker then the kevlar i have in the workshop. While I am sure the stiffness of the material has an influence on sound and resonance, I think that a biggest difference in sound between different tail gut materials could well be due to the change in the string angle they make, and the “resonance” of the material very likely has the least influence.
  19. I was there for the first time in a couple of years and it was good…pretty busy with lots of players milling around trying stuff…I can’t talk for any of the other exhibitors but for me it was well worth the trip down from Scotland, I picked up an order and several other leads that may well lead to work, also in the few quite moments got to take a look at my colleagues work and chat to old friends…I’m afraid i didn't take any photos. neil
  20. heres a bargin???......http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Violin-Wood-Toothed-Plane-Miniature-Maple-/111870455125?hash=item1a0bffad55:g:2sUAAOSwHaBWkbW-
  21. I’d agree, i can’t see that the shoulders themselves will add that much weight…the size quite possibly and certainly discomfort…I always thought the Gibson head looked pretty pure Bergonzi.
  22. Only just read this one Conner, but it hit a nerve as I turned 50 on 1/1/16. I also want to de-clutter and have been trying to for the last few years. This form of mid life crises hit me especially hard a few years ago when I was clearing out my late parents home in preparation to sell, I think we all keep far to much junk thinking that it might come in useful one day (and I often think that my upbringing in a remote part of the north west of Scotland makes me especially reticence to get rid of anything that “might” just be useful one day..)…but generally whenever I sell or throw away some special treasure I desperately regret it a few weeks later so I have no idea what the answer is.
  23. ...the only spirits allowed in my workshop are single malt.....
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