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  • Birthday 09/12/1967

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  1. Update: I just returned from a trip to Manistee, and I had an opportunity to visit the Manistee County Historical Museum. One of the staff was kind enough to remove the Paulsen violin from storage and assist me any way he could. The violin in their collection is labeled as a Peter Christian Paulsen Master Model, apparently not one of the more common grade production models. It appeared to be of decent workmanship, and I've attached photos below (forgive the iPhone pictures taken in poor lighting). The maples didn't strike me as American red maple, and I'm guessing the local timber had little or nothing to do with Manistee being chosen as the location of the factory. I mentioned to the staff member I was curious as to why Manistee was chosen, he said it was likely because Manistee was heavily promoting itself as a manufacturing town at the time. Nice little historical museum, by the way. Much of Manistee's history is tied to Great Lakes manufacturing and shipping (freighters). The staff member is also going to be forwarding additional scanned paperwork tied to the factory in the future, I'll be sure and pass along what I find out.
  2. My home-made bow grip winder. This is based off Josh Henry's design, which one can find on YouTube. Mine is made from an old hand-drill and 1/2" Baltic birch plywood. Even with heavy sanding, Baltic birch doesn't stain or take shellac very well (as one can see), these days I use a polish made from melted beeswax, linseed oil and turpentine.
  3. Yes. I had that issue once some years back when I was working with Citra-Solv, which contains detergent in addition to limonene. I recall it being a Markneukirchen fiddle, possibly a Meinel. It was tacky the first day and fine when left overnight. I gave up the Citra-Solv years ago as it needs to be followed up with water to remove the residue. I now use food-grade d-limonene as it leaves very little residue, but I use it mostly on fingerboards which I follow up with 0000 steel wool. I seldom use limonene on varnish these days, unless it's a horribly filthy rental grade instrument whose finish I'm well-acquainted with, i.e. Eastman 80 or 100, which can stand up to a number of cleaners that I wouldn't use to clean a fine instrument. I tend to gravitate towards Vulpex detergent for better instruments these days. What I like about it is that I can control the strength somewhat by how much water I dilute it with.
  4. I've used two baby bottle warmers over the years, and they are cheap, but neither one of them lasted a year. Then again I don't think they're made to last.
  5. A number of things will certainly work, provided they can keep the water temp a consistent 150 degrees.
  6. If you happen to have one of the Chicago-made classic Hold-Heet automatic glue pots, you may want to take care of it and hang onto it. Everyone I've seen that normally sells them online/in-store appears to be sold out and I can't find a working web page for Emco Electric. Google says "Temporarily closed", so I'm not sure what the story is. I'm currently coasting on my first rebuild (10+ years and going strong) and my home shop glue pot is strictly for making instruments and doesn't see the daily use it once did. I have access to two for daily repair use at the repair shop so I'm hoping I'm good for a while. Not sure what's involved in a rebuild but even simple electronics aren't my forte.
  7. John, thanks for all the great service over the years, you will be missed! Jay Damm
  8. This is why I don't like giving out loaner bows. There's a reason why a case has two bow holders!
  9. I knew John was a builder, not sure what instruments he makes.
  10. Right, I recall when tracy took over the fretted instrument woods, it also appears that he's taken over the orchestral aspect of the tonewood business judging from John's website.
  11. I just saw yesterday that Bruce at Orcas Island Tonewoods is retiring and no longer accepting new orders. I also noticed last week at the Old World Tonewood web site it's now listed as King, NC based with the email contact listed as tracy@..... I sent emails to both John Preston and Tracy and haven't heard back from either yet. It appears that Old World has changed hands but not sure what the story is.
  12. Our shop has an Arthur Barnes W.E. Hill & Sons bow. Barnes reportedly worked at the Hill shop from 1919 to 1939. The stick is stamped "2E8" under the frog, whereas the frog is stamped with an "E". From what I understand the E was to match the stick to the frog, but I'm not clear if the numbers denote the year of manufacture.
  13. Apparently they were sold by firms (catalog houses?) in Chicago. I read somewhere that the manufacturing equipment was made in Wheaton (west of Chicago), as it was something of a mechanized process. An example from the factory is on display at a museum in Manistee, I'll have to check it out when I'm up there this summer. My wife and I are looking to settle there over time.
  14. While the Jackson Guldan company is recognized as perhaps one of the few (if not the only) American violin "factory", the American Violin Manufacturing Company appears to have fallen into relative obscurity. While the company president, Peter Christian Paulsen, had worked as a violin maker in Chicago for a number of firms, he became president of the company in 1919 and died in 1920. The company was based in Wheaton, IL and established the factory in the Lake Michigan port city of Manistee. The output was reported to be 40 instruments per week, and apparently only lasted 4 years due to sluggish sales. I'm not sure what kind of output constitutes a violin factory vs. a workshop, but 40 violins a week would be substantial in my book. What I'm curious to know as to where the wood was being obtained from. The lower Michigan north woods was definitely timber country, and red maple would be readily available in the area, I'm not sure if there would be any suitable spruce from the Great Lakes region, perhaps white spruce? I suppose the spruce could have come from anywhere, but given Manistee being a timber producing region, I would think that may have been a deciding factor in choosing it's location, or perhaps the ability to ship the instruments to Chicago for sale by rail or ship. https://www.manisteenews.com/local-history/article/The-American-Violin-Manufacturing-Company-14243275.php
  15. That's what I started with when I broke the xylene habit. Citra solve has other agents in it that need to be rinsed/removed with water. I switched to pure limonene about 3 years ago and stuck with it. It evaporates leaving virtually no residue. https://www.ebay.com/itm/D-Limonene-100-Food-Grade-Citrus-Solvent-4oz-Dlimonene-Orange-Oil-Free-Ship/131548129653?epid=1641147265&hash=item1ea0e12975:g:v7AAAOSwADNXPQso
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