Evan Smith

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  1. Identify Violin Bow

    I don't do bows, please, and Thank You. I always enjoy watching the experts at work,,,the mortise is very clean. it plays quite nice. 743/57.7
  2. Acoustic science

    Those chords do wobble when they are in tune.
  3. Acoustic science

    In the first video he explains the details of the play ability of the instrument, and me as a guitar player of many years and many many different guitars and building them,,,,I understand him. He knows something of what he is talking about, how else do you explain how a particular instrument feels and works to the musician,, he does a good job,,,as to exactly how and why it works this way is still a bit of a mystery, and cannot be easily explained, you need to look at it and feel it and hear it,,to get it, it is an experience to know and understand, if that makes any sense. It does have a bit of a hole where some nasty frequencies reside, and that's part of it,,only one part.
  4. Acoustic science

    Usually I envy the ground you walk on,, This time I think you got it wrong,,, This really is a difficult thing to explain, and how it works, I could try to explain it but you wouldn't understand it, I could show you how to do it but it takes guys years to get to the point to consistently knock out the real deal time after time, even when you show them. The old guys knew it,, What he's done is come upon a way to control all the targets with ease, to activate the A-0 through the whole range,,get a full resonate clear sparkling loud, good articulation and I would assume projecting sound,,, to me whether or not it really carries, and how much actual push in terms of units of power this thing will produce, is a question I still have. It probably will have,,but it's all so adjustable there can be a lot of variability,,,,I honestly don't think he exactly knows how it works, but does have a pretty good general idea. The Idea is genius. It works.
  5. Acoustic science

    I for one think she made numerous conclusions that are quite valuable to me and others. She was a pioneer on many levels and caused many to think about things with in a different parameter. Some of her conclusions were erroneous, and the applications invalid, yet she did question many things and turned over much ground, she shoved a lot of fertilizer so others didn't have too. For that I am thankful and place a high value on all of her work. She gave her life in pursuit of this goal, and she fully reached it for me. Knowing what she believed has enabled me to adjust the plate arching shape to maximize the stiffness while reducing the weight and retaining the flexibility,, Will that make a good violin, not necessarily,,,actually not at all,,, but I think it is an optimum place to start.
  6. Acoustic science

    That looks good, in my minds eye, you've done the same basic thing as the Taylor, I'd bet it sounds nice,,,,
  7. Acoustic science

    Yes lots of marketing going on,, and lots of faith,,, no more x bracing is a big step,,, if it's really true,,,,,,that would be a big mistake, to think that every player in the world would want one tactile feel for the guitar. Maybe everyone would rather have a strad after all. However that maybe, I think that the new v brace is pure genius, it addresses several problems with the guitar with one blow. With this design, you can 1. adjust the amount of sustain of each guitar predictably, 2. adjust the amount of mids and high frequencies by the size, number and position of the central braces 3.adjust the intensity of the air coupling resonance frequency, which allows it to be activated at the highest positions on the fret board. The groove around the edge is the opposite of a bass bar in a violin. if the top wood were a bit thicker you would have more to play with as concerning depth and width of the cut. A guitar can still function with a large variable of weight and distribution therefore adding more choices. Expensive old martians have this trait in that they are fully active at the A-0 all the way up the board and deep and clear as a bell, like crystal of sorts,, worth a lot of money. 4. Adjust the feel of the attack of the string,, in the violin world that is the crunch or pop at the start of the note. That aspect of the tactile feel of any instrument is extremely important. On a flute it's adjusted on the embouchure plate, the cut of the hole, the sharpness and centering of the of the back wall, the ability for it to activate the fundamental resonance through the entire range. On a drum the attack and sound will change sound like a water drop, you feel it and experience it in the attack, a flat noisy drum will even feel bad to play. A kettle drum is a good example of a moving frequency vibrating sound board over a constant A-0 resonance, a single head responds to evenness, and they always sound nice. A two headed drum can be quite adjustable because you have two sound boards against a constant A-0, They can be made wonderful and rich and resonate, or very flat and noisy,,, kind of like a violin. Horns, harmonicas, pianos everything,.all the real good ones have a start of the note that is special,and it plays in tune, they are all directly related. How it allows you to speak is one of the most important aspects to a musician, and to have the appropriate volume. Many Guitars have these traits, this is not totally new, but before you get there with traditional bracing it a gamble not to lose all the power, or get muddy and dumpy, completely start loosing the clarity, so many guitars are overly mids and highs with no beef, it's too dangerous to go there. But the hand builders that know what they are doing can do it consistantly, but it ain't easy as it's gonna be with this new type of bracing. It's not a new sound just a very consistent very playable expensive sound. It's kin to saying that some of the better sounding instruments likened unto the old cremonese are now coming out of china by the thousands,,high gear mass production while we slowly run out of wood. Mr Taylor seems to think so,, he's a pretty sharp guy,, This may seem over simplistic, but to have this at your fingertips and be able to predictably adjust it and change it for any response range that might be called for is really a pretty big deal,,,, I think? Evan always not so sure
  8. Edward Byler's Bench

    It looks nice Ed,, f-holes are fine, they look good.
  9. Pros and cons of Dremel Purfling router

    Manfio ! Waxing poetic today are we? Brilliant, just brilliant! violin 11.The slot for the purfling is straight and even, consistant distance to the edge, miters perfect,, essentially flawless, boring, doesn't look handmade at all. Evan Guilty sometimes,,,
  10. Never gave power tools any thought,,, I have a bunch, sometime I use them sometimes not,,, It's mood thing for me,, I just put together an experimental fiddle to answer a couple of questions that I have, and if ever I pull out the big guns it is usually then,, but it felt good to take my time and enjoy the moment. Never knew it was an issue, no one has ever paid for one wondering how it was made.
  11. what determines the sound a luthier aims at?

    Putting in stiffer bass bars to remedy wolfs is often a band aid fix and really doesn't address the root problem,, unless the bar was insanely small to begin with......... Violins don't have to have a wolf high on the g string, they can be light thin and loud and still no wolf. "No" wolf, doesn't happen by chance,, maybe occasionally it will ,,but so does winning the lottery,, but it doesn't have to be,, ever. Because of the design something is always going to try to happen up there, too many static and dynamic frequencies converging there,,, and at best it can be turned into an area of slightly greater resonance spread out over a few notes but hardly noticeable at all unless one is specifically looking for it.
  12. Perry Sultana...

    Hey E,, This is pretty simple,, inlay is not as hard as it might appear to be,, you got this! With a straight design you can draw or print out the templet to the design and superglue it straight top the shell or whatever and cut. all the straight lines will converge and fit together, it doesn't work this way with curves because of the change of radius with distance, so there is no room for the width of the cut without messing up the fit. The left side shows a rectangle, the right side shows a square,,,,, It is not necessary to think in terms of individual pieces,,,You can use 4 pieces with 90 degree corners glued to a substrate to cut it out on if there is not one piece big enough to use whole, the extra thickness makes it much easier to handle the small pieces. Some people glue the shell on the end of a stick and cut, use files or whatever to make insanely delicate things to inlay. I've been surprised how easy it actually can be, just can't be in a hurry..Glue the pattern on top of the shell with the lines thick enough to allow for the width of the blade, and cut. After each cut the edges can be lightly dressed to a near perfect line, as the pieces get smaller and smaller and harder to hold on to. The 22.5 degree lines can be increased or decreased to make the small short points look narrower or fatter. Right now it's evenly divided, just put the conjunction at the circle. This is drawn as a rectangle on the left side and a square on the right. 1 glue the shell to something that will be cut or sanded off when finished, the extra thickness helps a lot, think hard plastic that cuts well and glues well,,end grain maple, spruce,ect,,,. 2 glue the pattern directly to the shell with lines drawn thick enough to allow for the width of the blade to cut so the finished product is correct size. 3 straighten each joint as you go with a bump on something fine and straight, no sense handling all the tiny pieces. 4 mark each piece on the pattern so you know which ones to dye and where they go. 5 keep track of them all, a layout board comes to mind 6 have a brew and think about it,, you've got the talent for sure,,
  13. Nick Allen's Bench.

    If you're fairly new to this,,,,rough arch, then blend the arching to current edge, then recut the platform then blend arching again, for 2x the practice, like doing two fiddles in a row,,,,, or not, it's just practice. Often the corners and c-bouts are a bit thicker than the rest of the edges. Looking good.
  14. Stavanger's bench

    You're learning fast,,looks good,,corners have a strong and graceful appearance,, quite acceptable, even if you are in a itty bitty teenie tiny closet shop,, It's not about how perfect you can execute the work, while keeping the chips off of mammas carpet,, It's how well you can cover your mistakes. Evan Sneekie
  15. Scraper shapes for edge work

    The varnish and over all impression will do in two pinches,, Evan Double Salty