Evan Smith

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  1. Need better pics, rib corner miters, inside ribs at the c-bouts, is there a rib seam at the lower block. It strongly resembles a stripped revarnished Bottom of the line Jackson Guldan, American factory made 1920's
  2. You're welcome. What not be obvious is that the tape is put on almost the entire rib. It starts with everything lying on a flat table including the tape so everything is parallel. Pull out enough tape to cover it all. leave the roll lying on the table, while holding the tape out straight,, rub the end down with the thumbnail on the far left and continue around the rib,,, then leave the last two inches or so free from the tape. Continue with the tape,, starting about two inches from the end of the second rib, where the two ribs join should now be in a vee shape,,, continue with the tape to the end of the second rib. the tape needs to be pressed down to adhere fairly well because when the vee is flattened out and the tape is pulled straight there will be a lot of pressure on it and it can pop off. As the vee is flattened out and the tape is pushed to the joint there will be a lot of pressure pulling on the ribs pushing the joint together and the ribs can break if this is not done properly. The rib is held between the thumb and index finger and the tape is pushed to the ribs as you walk toward the joint with the fingers and the ribs are flattened out. Once the tape reaches the joint they will be flat. Too much vee and the ribs can be broken, not enough vee and there will not be any pressure on the joint to hold it together. Hope that makes sense. Practice a bit so you don't break any ribs,,,,,,,,
  3. Yes it sounds familiar, Hands can have a large range of physical characteristics, short and fat, long and thin. Fingertips can be soft and supple, slightly moist and a bit sticky, They can be tough, calloused and dry, and very slippery, especially guitar or bass players, the callouses can grind up violin strings. The conditions they operate in can change, metal,, dirt and debris can rub off of the strings and cause the fingertips to become quite slick. If they feel like graphite after awhile I just use some spittle on the tips to moisten them up. Don’t lick off the aluminum, not good for you. The playing style can determine a preference for dry or moist. A habit of dragging around or making last minute adjustments for pitch can make sticky fingertips inconvenient and annoying. Vibrato can be difficult especially at first with fingertips that are too slick. Learning to nail the note in tune without having to do any micro slides to adjust, and releasing the finger pressure before moving will eliminate the annoyance of having sticky finger tips. I have practiced scales and vibrato deliberately with sticky finger tips to get things trained faster. It can be eye opening. Practice a clean attack, and a clean release without mumbling by dragging and smearing everything around. Not necessary to lift the fingers too high. The finger tips are also held in place to make learning vibrato easier. I use rosin on the fingertips for this. (it's not as sticky as you might think) When I am working on clean articulation I want my fingertips stuck where I put them till I learn to get them there every time, make any sense at all? Then it is good to go to the other extreme by putting some oil, like olive oil on the fingertips to experience some totally unrestricted playing. If I have a long tiring gig and things are sticky and sweaty, I use a couple of drops of oil for relief from the grind. Flutist need some lubrication for their low B. Right above the nostrils in that little indent in your nose is a good source of oil, high quality oil. At first I could not stand any moisture on my fingertips, couldn’t play after washing hands,, too uncomfortable and annoying. Now it really doesn’t matter, it will all work. A few ideas to think about, or not
  4. The movement of the wood is greatly reduced by stewing and drying several times. Then heat it correctly, there is no damage and it is very stable, it is a process, not an afternoon in the oven. It won't cup when you carve it, It cuts cleaner, it doesn't care if it gets wet a bit, not prone to warping . I always do this, but when I have used normal aged non kiln wood, it was very moody and a real pain. I won't do it again. I think that most wood has internal stresses that need to be relieved. You can leave these fiddles in a hot car in the sun, and no cracks, play around a campfire on a cold frosty nite, then hold the fiddle over the fire to warm it up, scorch the varnish a bit,, no cracks, we can be rough on fiddles I know what they can take, I have to know,, it's just a box with strings to me, It's got to be right. So I stand in the "camp" of Stewing the wood to some degree, depends entirely on the wood, some wood needs a bunch of cooking, other, just wet and dry, and by dry I mean hot and steamy dry, then reduce the moisture An o2 free atmosphere makes a difference. A guitar top could permanently shrink a long ways,,. better now than on the Deck I always say..
  5. What a Handsome young man, And now, many miles later,
  6. Are the economies so reliant upon the musical instrument business that any thing of value is suspect? Excuse me,, We get our cut. Pay the fee and go to work, simple business. I'm asking, Please continue. What does that world look like, from here I don't see it at all,,, Here, we shovel snow,
  7. Norway Maple Hard dense and heavy, can be very stiff. Not as hard as sugar maple, warps, cups and twists as it drys. Heart wood is dark, lots of inclusions, never can trust that a full piece will be clean. I have a couple of dozen cut up for backs, more neck blocks than that drying, unsure how much I will love it. Working it with hand tools is rough, feels waxie and tough, has a rubbery component that is a bit strange. Pegs or Fingerboard no,, Burning it might be a good option.
  8. I t would be best to dowel the heel now rather than try to repair it after it breaks. The grain is horribly crooked and it is only a mater of time. About 45 degrees off of the ribs,,,,,,from the front toward the scroll ,,,,to the bottom of the heel, close to the outer curve of the thumb placement. Not a big deal if it's done before it gets dropped, or bumped, or if you cough while playing it.
  9. Heck if we were closer, a sheet party would be in order,,, real violin makers panel their shop walls with aged flame maple any way,, I'm not real.
  10. The Guitar is something truly weird,, I love weird, but truly weird is over the top,, Great Job! Would love to try it out. Amazing 5 string.
  11. US of A Hurray,,, I'd certainly enjoy a nice cordial blind playoff, An even dozen each from any maker, That would set the record straight! sort of!