Jeff White

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    Santa Clara, Ca
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    Motocross, guitar and violin restoration, flying, construction/renovation.

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  1. Agreed, if that is right (I don't see any disqualifier in the pics) then the price is in range. Part of what you are paying for is the reputation of the shops claim on it being correct. I'm not sure about the branding and serial on the ones before 1920, just have never seen one. I would be interested to know what the earliest ones where like (Id-wise). $8k-$12K for the 1920's Roths is common. Below $3K is a very different Roth (60's-70's). It's a pretty violin. Reminds me of a 20's Roth.
  2. FWIW, the winning bid of the Guarneri Biddulph books on the lastest auction paid just under $2K for the set. jeff
  3. Tarisio does this once in awhile, I think it's to create excitement. They know it's low
  4. A set just came up in Tarisio's T2 auction.
  5. Hard to tell from those pics, but I agree with Doug that it looks a lot like the maple on the Japanese Violins )era, Nippon)
  6. Brad, I should have mentioned that I'm rebushing the screw hole anyway, (oblong,enlarged and cracked). I will be using a new eyelet too. In that past, I have just "barbed" the tang and drove it back in, but that was to reset a screw that came out. I'm kinda shocked that I've never had to change to a new one before this point, but here we are. Probably because they don't wear out easily (brass/bronze eyelets and all). The current screw is mangled and not right in many ways. I get your idea, drill out enough to make it a snug fit with barbs, and up the annie with adhesive. Thanks.
  7. I have never changed out a bow screw. Only put on back in and secured it. The old screw is a tapered square, and the new one is a non tapered square, and a little bigger than the largest part of the original. I can think of many ways to deal with this, but I want to do it correctly. Nickel button with an ebony core.
  8. Brad, if she took a "week" course, she probably did the same as you. Isn't Lynn the only one doing that? Anyway Carolyn, I agree with the previous posts, too much water. Don't soak it, that's a Utube thing. The hair problem on the sides is probably that you are not "turning " the hair on the second knot. Either way, the problem is definately your second knot.
  9. I have made the mistake (only once) of trying to fit a bar with the cleats in place from scratch. Took forever. As said above, fit the bar before you put the cleats in then refit over the cleats. I've never left a gap, but David makes a good point and maybe I was just lucky (or THOUGHT I fit it tight...).
  10. I'm kinda with you Evan. I'm shuddering at certain points, but (As David mentioned)considering the grade of repairs that the typical utuber puts up on repair, I'm thankful something closer to reality is out there. Don't want to discourage him with too much critique. My thoughts and concerns for the novice watching: 1. To check more carefully the scoop (or, at all). Maybe I'm too anal about the board?? 2. Interesting that the Aussie's call the nut, the saddle. (when he went to put it back on). Oh, that's right, they are on the other side of the hemisphere, and like water going down the toilet........................ 3. The water and pumice scared me. I'm big on sometimes not ever touching up areas so as not to disturb the delicate cracliture (sp)?. While I'm sure it's cleaner now, the varnish texture is gone, for the most part. 4. Like listening to Iris Carr saying the word, I love to hear them both pronouce "crack". Somethin' about it. "Crake"
  11. double post, sorry
  12. A lot of people feeling helpless, comes out in many different ways with people. My wife has an optical business (a very "whinny" crowd) and some people have been all over the place emotion-wise. One day to the next. I think its everyone's feeling of helplessness, and how it manifests itself.
  13. Thoughts from another view in the music industry: I can relate to much of this, as a lifelong musical instrument dealer/repairman. I spent many years as a reed repairman and would often marvel how much pickier the amateur players where than the pro's. Even MORE true when I worked on guitars for years. The phrase "just go home and practice" came up a lot between staff behind the customer's back. My main background in the first half of my life was as a saxophonist. Because I would work on and play test up to 10 different saxophones a day, I learned to easily adapt to different feel and finger placements on differing horns. I didn't even know it was happening until I started noticing how much trouble others had in doing this. Much easier to deal with this on a sax, than a violin BTW. A customer would want a beautiful warm sound on a vintage horn(like a 40's Martin), but would not be able to deal with the light weird feel of the action on the horn. Same goes true for intonation. Playing lots of horns gets you to learn to adapt to different horns in the way of intonation without even knowing it. Reminds me of why Violists are so "unbothered" by such things (my favorite customers!!!). As guitars were mentioned (intonation) in accordance with piano's.......most might not be aware that guitars are not in tune. When I would "intonate" and electric guitar (or somewhat, an acoustic), it makes the guitar only really in tune on the open and 12 fret (octave, harmonic). Everywhere else, was a compromise (hence the phrase, intonation compensation). If you made a fret placement for near perfect intonation that would work for one particular string, it would not work for the other 5 as they are a different tension. Great guitarists never seemed to be constantly in the shop for having me "tweek" the setup for intonation. They compensated for it in the individual fingers as the chords where played. The first time I saw this done (much better guitarist's than I)I was amazed. This guy could pick up an old Kay crappy electric guitar (think Jackson Guldan sp?) and play it in tune. The fingers would just move with pressure and bend within the context of their hand position playing the chord. I guess it would be similar to a violinist on double stops, but you are dealing with at least 3-4 fingers. Many think the frets help, but at a higher level, they make it harder to intonate. Just my thoughts on what some may not know.
  14. He hired Burgess to HOG it out