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  1. I've actually used baby bottle warmers in the past and they do work, they just didn't last. Both of mine fried in a matter of months. But in a pinch they seemed to work well enough, for a time anyways...
  2. My own glue pot needed a rebuild at around 10 years, our shop pot lasted almost 20. I see Herdim makes one for $200-$300, it appears to be adjustable. I think $150 for a new Hold Heet is plenty to spend and well worth it in the long run, but I also don't blame people for making do with another arrangement that works well enough.
  3. Lots of arrangements will work, if one is just getting into luthiery a dedicated glue pot is likely an unnecessary expense and your funds are better spent on quality carving tools, etc. Any type of double boiler arrangement where you can specifically control the temperature should do (provided it's reasonably safe and reliable.) A Hold Heet (or other quality-made similar product) is a good investment in a shop environment or if you're in it for the long haul.
  4. Our Hold Heet just started to go last week. We knew something was up when it started throwing the breaker in the outlet. I transferred it to a power strip, fired it up and took the temperature of the water. Steam was coming out of the pot when the lid was removed and the temp was over 170 F and climbing. I found a reasonably priced second hand replacement and it's on it's way. The last time I had one go out I had the factory in Chicago rebuild it. I called them this week and their phone number had been disconnected, not sure if they're still in business, but I see plenty of people offering new Hold Heet glue pots for sale.
  5. SOLD! Routed cello tops and pernambuco sticks still available.
  6. The two that I tested ran around .47. For those who go by density you might want to lean towards thinner/lighter.
  7. This is a set of seven, well-seasoned European spruce violin tops. All pieces are seasoned, very well quartered, sawn through the middle and ready for book matching. The pieces are all stamped "Germany", which would indicate they were imported post 1990. These pieces were likely imported through the C.A. Gotz company, perhaps 20+ years ago. See photos for representative grain spacing. The entire group of seven tops is being offered for $350 plus shipping. Please PM me for questions or comments.
  8. SOLD! Pernambuco bow sticks still available.
  9. I heard back from Gordon Carson in BC. He has black cottonwood cello sets quartered and slab. I looked up black cottonwood and apparently it’s a populus species.
  10. Yes, I actually have a set of sycamore cello. I'd like to have a set of poplar as well. I have a European black poplar set for viola, a cello set is a bit trickier to come by. Sooner or later I'll likely come into a set as my name creeps up the waiting list. Just wondering if any makers use American varieties of what is called poplar this side of the pond.
  11. Just curious what varieties of poplar makers are using for cellos and where they source it from. I know of one US tonewood dealer who sells European poplar, but quickly sells out and has a long waiting list. I'm aware of the Romanian source, but I prefer to do deal domestically. I communicated with a midwest cello maker and they said they just acquire it from friends rather than dealers. I know yellow poplar grows deep in southern Illinois, perhaps I need to contact a mill in that region.
  12. Just subscribed, looking forward to the next podcast! Nice to know there's others in the trade who (secretly or not) share some of the same feelings that I do! Grateful to be in the business, as Chris once said to me, it beats selling insurance...