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  1. Yes, I figured that being packaged specifically for use by artists I'd avoid any major problems. I've tried both the stand oil and the refined oil, and they both seem to dry in about the same time. I should correct myself too, it was "Artists' Spectrum" oil. I have a test strip at the moment with about 4 coats of colour and one clear coat on top. The top coat I haven't put in the sun, and it's pretty much dried within 2-3 days in a darkened room. From what I gather, the cold pressed oil should dry faster, so I would guess that the source of the oil is the variable. This page describes the refining processes. W&N Blurb.
  2. Tim, I've been using the AE artists' oils (i've used what was labeled 'refined linseed oil'). It was $38 a litre from the art supply store on King St (Newtown), and so far it seems to dry to the touch in the sun very quickly, and is pretty much done after about 8 hrs.
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    2nd mold

    You might want to check out Picasa. http://www.picasa.com/ Heavily affiliated with Google, and for the PC by far the closest thing I've seen to iPhoto. Perfect if you're a tarisio leech like me Image resize happens when you export to a folder, and you can set a constant size and compression quality setting so that your exports always go out at the same size. As far as you're thumb's concerned... we have a 'new' rule in our house after I put a gouge through my thumb and my wife and I spent 3 hours waiting in casualty in the middle of the night. If I have to go to casualty again, my wife get's $300 worth of clothes/shoes at my expense. Cut AWAY from your body, or you might lose more than body parts.
  4. Quote: Anyone know what brand of fingerplane that is? It's certainly not Ibex. Would that be one from the St. James Bay guys? It looks like a Stanley/Herdim 101.
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    Best books

    Well, I've got a test wiki underway (serving out of my 'workshop' atm). http://llama.dnsalias.org/mediawiki/ After looking at much of the major Wiki software, MediaWiki (WikiPedia) is by far the winner so far. I've done a couple of test entries to experiment with the format. I would think the idea here is to have some objective material, as well as subjective comments arranged in a logical fashion. I've taken a few threads and ruthlessly ripped content from them. I thought this would be a painstaking process, but it's actually surprisingly quick once you find some meaty threads. The concept of a wiki is for everyone to have editorial access to the pages, and as long as everything falls within a certian editorial policy, the thing should mature pretty quickly as other users add, edit and re-organise the material. There's a comprehensive version control system, so if someone edits something stupid, the entry can be rolled back to a more sensible version. Questions that arise : Permission and licensing - does anyone object to being quoted and have their images used? I would of course intend for copyright to be preserved as they are here. How might this work? Naming - I've used real names from the profiles, but would people would rather use nicks? Comments and objections are more than welcome on all of the above.
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    Best books

    Quote: Let's say if there is a book/CD that contains all the information above, wouldn't you buy it? It does not have to be a single author. It may be a collection of authors. Like a "Holy Bible of violin making". The only missing criteria is a publisher who is willing to pull everything together. Nothing difficult about that. I've been thinking for a while of establishing a wiki to conain a lot of this information. The value that's contained in these forums represents a number of different perspectives on different topics - something that all of these references lack. Unless Michael or anyone else here does actually want to embark on a commercial project that collates all of this information, I think the next best option is to collate and publish that information here. I think a group effort is going to be much richer than the work of any individual, without detracting at all from individual experience. I don't know how many times I've gone and done something, then several weeks later when searching for something else, come across a thread that would have meant I'd made a better choice.
  7. I have these ones from SVS. They're much thinner though, less than a mm, but they do the job for me.
  8. Hehe... I wish I had a touchpad, I'm sure there's hours of distraction there. There's a vst plugin called Spook Keys which has a selection of waveforms and a delay unit for extra 'spook'. You need a vst host though... there's a free one called VstHost . There's also one from fxpansion called hyperion, but it's no where near as fun as this one Click on 'new effect' and load the spook keys dll. Then in the effect menu click on 'edit...'.
  9. Yes it's not completely unlike a saw. www.obsolete.com
  10. Sounds like sore loser talk to me Amori. After a year of complaints from the ICC that cricket's getting boring because Australia always wins
  11. I thought you'd get a kick out of that Seth Our state parliaments are a little more relaxed than our Federal parliament.
  12. I haven't played one, so I have no idea... but our Hon. M.R. Egan seems to think so NSW Legilative Council Hansard
  13. There's a couple of examples of instrument evolution which come to mind here. The first is the Stuart & Sons Pianoforte... I don't know if anyone, particularly diehard pianists, thought there could be an improvement made to the modern Piano. Although Steinway has a reputation of being more of a 'Forte' than a 'Pianoforte'. Through some perhaps not so simple engineering they claim to have improved the sound by limiting the vibration to just a vertical standing wave. Combined with gorgeous artistic elements to the construction and a serious price-tag, they have in a short period of time taken a very prestige position in the market, and have been welcomed by elitists. The other is the Theremin. Originally, Leon Theremin and his wife promoted this instrument as the next generation in classical performance, and compared it quite ruthlessly against the violin. The fact that you don't actually touch the thing solved all the ergonomic issues, and the speed at which the left hand could affect the pitch made it more versitile in some situations. As far as tone is concerned, although completely different, the tube electronics produce all the complexity of a good violin. Unfortunately though, it looked and sounded a bit strange and wasn't capable of polyphony. The theremin, although it failed to gain recognition amongst classical musicians, became a staple of 50's sci-fi, and provided the basis for the whole electronic music industry from the 60's through till now. Robert Moog still sells Theremin kits, and they're extremely popular. Robert Moog's instruments also fall into a similar category, Wendy Carlos' 'Switched On Bach' album was a huge seller, but lost it's shine very quickly amongst reputable musicians and was labelled a gimick... The instruments used on that album though, gained respectability with people like Kieth Emerson, Pink Floyd etc. and are now ubiquitous and highly sought after in contemporary electronic music. So I think some innovations if they are successful can certainly gain acceptance within the niche for which it is intended, but if they're too radical and not incremental enough to maintain the stylistic intentions of the musicians they serve, then they are quickly forgotten. Thankfully though, the results are unpredictable.
  14. Yes it should. You can hold it with your chin before you play and keep it upright, but once your hand is there you then support it with your hand. Funny you should use Perlman's technique as an illustration when he doesn't use one Then again, he doesn't have much neck either, and consider he's playing in a jacket with shoulder pads and uses a white cloth. My teacher (who taught at the Menuhin school in SFC), used a makeup puff thing and a rubber band. The point is not to use nothing, but something in between which gives you enough support to manage the instrument properly (a bit of foam, or a folded cloth), but not something that rigidly connects the instrument to your body. Any difference in height can also be made up with a higher chinrest. There are the two schools, and of course it's an opinion, but there are very few great players that use one. Heifetz, Zukerman, Perlman, Stern, Szering etc... didn't/don't use them. If you're not a shoulder rest user, you usually don't wax lyrical when you get one, but if you are a user, and you get rid of it, you tend to want to start a cult.... which is what I'm doing right now. I suppose I don't really disagree with the overall ergonomic issue. I have an unusually short thumb and so with my left hand when my hand is in the right position, my thumb doesn't even touch the bottom of the neck!! This means I have to support the neck in the webbing between my thumb and forefinger, which if I don't think about what I'm doing can give me a terrible ache down my arm. Having said that, I have a friend who got carpel tunnel from the windows key on a microsoft ergonomic keyboard, so not all improvements are improvements.
  15. Not at all true... when you don't use a shoulder rest, and instead just something to stop your collar bone from getting beaten around, the technique changes. You use your chin only to prevent the instrument from pulling away from your neck and you don't clamp down on it. The violin should swing down across your chest when you let go with your left hand. The technique requires that you lead with the left thumb when changing positions so there is always support for the instrument.... it frees up the playing enormously as Dean points out, but it also requires twice as much brain power .
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