Evan Smith

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  1. Alignment pins are Truth, Fact, Judge and Jury. No guess work, no doubt, no shadow cast, no run out. If I'm about to be charged with a crime, guilt is only implied with out the presence of law, the establishment of the standard of righteousness. With the pins, I start out confidently that this is exactly the right position of the plate, and any stretching and pulling to get the over hang even, is in the right starting place. At times a pin might need to be left out of the final gluing. But it will be close to the pin spot,,, just no cigar. That way I won't spend a lot of time tugging around, only to find out later, that the entire plate is shifted. I glue size the plate and ribs, then I let the glue dry and clamp the ribs to the plate. Then when it looks right I remove a few clamps at a time and glue that section. I move around the entire plate that way. To not use pins automatically introduces a variable in the methodology that will always be a possible source of inconsistencies. This becomes more evident as one ages and the workmanship starts to lose it's youthful vigor. At that point it can take on a relaxed softness, and that can start looking a bit a bit unnecessarily sloppy, but using pins eliminate a certain aspect of that. Things can be a wee bit out of shape, but with pins the out of shapeliness has a form of balance.
  2. I wouldn't wipe it with anything rag like or paper towels or anything of the such. That will total it for good. Get something like this,,,,,,,https://www.amazon.com/Libman-Hand-and-Nail-Brush/dp/B001G5O08G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=libman+fingernail+brush&qid=1565056667&s=gateway&sr=8-1 and sprinkle some thinner on the back and proceed to loosen it back up. Don't wipe the brush on any thing or touch it with anything. just hit it flat on a large brown paper bag or such as the like and keep brushing, knock out the excess and brush,, repete,,,, add just enough thinner don't over do it, slow steady strokes, a few drops of thinner, watch carefully,, not even a challenge to fix this, nothing to fix really just spread it out in a reasonably intelligent manner. go from the neck to the button,,, the neck to the button, knock out the excess and go again. as soon as it is removed to the proper amount and it is level stop. Use a tooth brush to tidy it up using the same long strokes and it will be perfect. As you feel the tooth brush start to grab, then you might try light fast strokes with the fingers to finish it off. I finish them this way and after they are dry, no sanding or polishing necessary, it will get sticky but a fast lite stroke will smooth it out and polish it ready to dry. I know that it can't be done that way and it can't possibility work but I do it all the time...
  3. Me too, I've got a box of old odd knife blades, I looked and these are no longer in there, and being that I would never give junk to another maker, I probably used them in a welding project or made curtain rod holders out of them or something useful. It is possible that I just threw them in the recycle, just don't remember. What I do remember is,,,,, Junk.
  4. This is a typical Ed Campbell bass bar shape, including the flat upper and lower block areas. I don't do either anymore, maybe I should revisit?
  5. Lyrics: Well the man's name is Sunshine And he come up from the town Said he bring a proposition For a man when he's down Gonna buy me an aeroplane Gonna teach me how to fly Gonna take me to America Gonna make Mama cry And when I hear that lonesome train whistle blow Then I know it's time for me to go I been round this cold hard town too long There's so many roads a man could go Roads that glisten in the night like diamonds Oh how I long to be Living the mystery Living the mystery Well the phone keep on ringin' But the man's never home Ain't nobody at this address.. Will you people move along!' Well I'm a sure fire addict For a world up in the stars Turn a new sod over C'est la vie, au revoir And when I hear that lonesome train whistle blow Then I know it's time for me to go I been round this cold hard town too long There's so many roads a man could go Roads that echo in the night, I hear them Calling to you and me to keep on Living the mystery, Living the mystery Well I'm a sure fire addict For a world up in the stars Turn a new sod over C'est la vie, au revoir C'est la vie, au revoir Living the mystery
  6. It's hard to replicate anothers experience,, and/or a really great teacher with that experience. It's so much faster to listen and be teachable.
  7. That's the whole story. Add on the pressure that not everyone likes everything, or even anything, then add on some concern over that, it soon turns into trying to be a people pleaser,,, and fretting about it,,,which is why we're doing it in the first place,, then potential disaster awaits upon every note. The pros that I know personally don't really care what anyone thinks, they have a job to do and they just do it, focused and clear, they know what they are doing, they know every note, even if it's only .0001 millisecond before they play it. They just do it,, no sweat. There might be some butterflies standing in front of a large audience, but never any doubt about their ability, and the butterflies disappear as soon as they get in their element. Mark O'Conner goes into a zone, like another solar system when he performs. He had cluster headaches early on and would play through them to concentrate hard enough to ignore them, his ability to focus is really incredible, when he plays he literally can disappear. I think that focus is the single issue here. I don't mean to jump on a worn out band wagon here, but I got bullied and isolated pretty extreme early on, and the voices screaming in the head are hard to silence, and the focus doesn't come without a fight. For a long time playing in front of people rendered me completely disabled. But when it does work it is wonderful. My go to therapy is to grab the fiddle and go play in public,,, anywhere, grocery stores, malls , parks,,the subway,,,, it has been eye opening to have people come up and tell you that they look forward to having you come there any play. It's amusing how often people offer you 5 bucks,,,, Who would've thought, it actually happens a lot. It gets easier all the time. Playing in front of people has to be practiced,, just like learning the music in the first place.
  8. Thanks for all the work Mike,, I'll be getting some microscope slides and a proper box to store them, what a great Idea! An easy way to keep track of the colors used on each fiddle.
  9. That all looks delicious,, Great job of matching the top to the mahogany back. Thanks for the explanation on how you accomplished it.
  10. In my experiments I have taken the thicknesses down to thin and light, and the result was instant response, wolf tones and high volume. After learning where to not go too thin,,,, to get rid of the wolfs and coyotes, then they were fast and loud, and could not be played softly. Then came the heart break when I was informed that"That" was a problem. So I found that adding a thick spot in the back, a rectangle from corner block to corner block, starting about 10 mm in from the c-bouts, and smoothly blended up to 7mm in the center add the dynamic quality that was missing, while still retaining the high volume capability. It seems that the stiffer and heavier the center of the back the more bow pressure it requires to achieve higher volume. If the back is too thin and light and the fiddle has reached runaway status, the edges can be thinned to restore the dynamic component, but that only goes so far before reaching the point of losing the high frequency output, the back will cross over to acting like a mute. On the back there appears to be a balancing point between the heavy center and the thin edges to produce that magical place of dynamic excellence.
  11. Bill, That sounds like a beautiful instrument, do you have any pictures of it? I think Cocobolo is beautiful, Speaking about it in the past tense, I assume someone loved it more than you did? It was many years till I was able to say no and keep one for me.
  12. Polyurethane coating for heavy sweaters? Rue, you are a trip,,, I thought, it might just work, but I think that a spray on rubber coating might do it better than poly and it wouldn't be so stiff,,,,,,,,,, Oh,, by the way, I wouldn't spray the armpits, a heavy sweater all sealed up would get hot really fast, and oh,,, by the way? Is it going to be a slip on,, or a button up? If it's gonna be a button up with a rubber coating instead of poly, the buttons will feel gross and sticky going through the hole,,,, Maybe a zipper?
  13. Andreas, I don't think it is such a big deal,, who was there? pond it for a while, throw it in a hot tub for a while, a hot springs,,, put some ashes and dirt and water with the wood for a bit, switch to some vinegar and dirt,,, leave it kicking around on the ground. Bury it in horse manure, what ever,,,,,,,,, The wood that I have left lying around for a dozen years kicking around in the dirt will ring like a piece of steel, some of it just seems tougher some how. I don't make fiddles out of this kind of thing but I have observed this plenty, and stuff happens, and not being God myself, and Him not wanting to talk about it, my mind will not wander any farther on the subject, I would like to see what Bruce finds. Do some serious research on the borax,,,
  14. You don't live up to your name very well,,,