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  1. No. I've had this tool for ten years.
  2. Just last week I took some old "new" stock 14" Eastman violas that were received and shelved un-set up 10 years ago in our shop. They came with pre-cut bridges that were all consistently low, as the necks were all high (29-30mm fingerboard projection). I doubt the low bridges were an oversight by the technicians at Eastman, or the high neck angles by the factory workers. I have been told by another distributor that low necks can rise, but I wasn't sure if he was just trying to pass off his low neck angle inventory on us, something we're especially picky about in our shop when purchasing new inventory. The violas were received by the previous shop owner before my tenure there, perhaps they were shelved due to their neck angles, or they we're just an overstock at the time. All of the instruments also had open seams and one had a loose fingerboard, so they certainly went through 10 years of Midwest seasonal changes.
  3. I was guessing a conservative estimate in playable condition would be $3,000 USD, perhaps more depending on the shop offering it for sale, just my guess though. We'll see how much the owners are willing to invest in it. The ribs seemed to flex a fair bit when I opened up the back seams, we'll see how much work they'll necessitate. The lower top seam is opening a fair bit in the usual place, not sure if the owners would want to invest even more to go inside for clamping and cleating. It apparently belonged to a relative and they want me to bring it into playing condition for a youngster. Hopefully not for a beginner...
  4. No, it's a butt joint.
  5. GeorgeH requested some additional photos, so here's a few more...
  6. I occasionally do violin work for the local boutique guitar shop, and they sent this nice old thing my way today. German Strad label, with what might be French polish over oil (if I had to make a guess). Where the varnish exhibits the most wear the crackle disappears. Overall good condition, needs a bit of a cleaning (duh) with some rib and center joint gluing in addition to a set-up. I'm curious as to what others might think of the origins of this violin (region, factory etc.) Pre-war Markie?
  7. This is a lightly used thickness marking caliper from a violin makers estate. This caliper is in clean, working condition, and can sell new for well over $100 from multiple tool suppliers. I'm offering this unit for $65 plus shipping. Please PM me if interested
  8. Another funny thing is that when Mary would call up to the shop and ask for Ed, Jocko would sometimes reply "Ed's not here." He never said that when Ed was in the room. A smart bird indeed.
  9. Nate was gone at that point, and Perry Price came by for a visit after his tenure there. I remember him being an interesting character, playing Sarasate's Malaguena while packing a pistol on his belt.
  10. 1985-1986. Jerry, you were there with Rod, Jenny, Nowell, Jack, Mike (McMichael). Remember tracking Lee's deer through the woods after dark? Jay
  11. I hear ya. I was a lad of 18 when I began my apprenticeship there. I also lived with Ed and Mary and was the night watchman for weeks on end when they were on the road. It was definitely a creepy place at night, and a hundred year-old farmhouse does make it's own sounds at night. I guess I was tougher than I thought. However I recall the place with fondness and do dream about the place regularly, but they are anything but nightmares. The only mysterious happenings I observed when the Campbells were out of town is that the content of the liquor bottles were mysteriously lower when they returned...
  12. $219K would be just the beginning of the investment, but the place has lots of unique potential. I could see it becoming some type of artist or craftsman studio/home/workshop, which is basically what it was. One thing the listing doesn't mention is that for the fly fisherman there's a trout stream just beyond the back fence, the Yellow Breeches, and the famed Letort Spring Run is just down the pike a bit. Beautiful area, very rich in American history, from both the Revolutionary and Civil War eras, Gettysburg is about 40 minutes south of there. And then there's the Appalachian Trail that goes right through downtown Boiling Springs. Anyways, you get the idea...
  13. Now that both Ed and Mary Campbell have passed on, the Chimneys Violin Shop closed it's doors this spring. The home/shop just came on the market and I thought for those of you who were acquainted with them and their shop you might enjoy one last look around: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/614-Lerew-Rd-Boiling-Springs-PA-17007/9284547_zpid/ I apprenticed with Ed over 30 years ago and also made the shop my home, it's hard to imagine the old place as anything other than a violin shop. It will be interesting to see what it will become. Jay D.
  14. This is a beautifully and deeply figured piece of Birdseye maple. This flat sawn piece was recovered from a violinmaker's estate and has markings that indicates it was cut in Wisconsin in 1969, making it 50 years old. The piece exhibits heavy Birdseye figuring and flaming and also features a "live" edge without bark. The approximate dimensions of this piece are 24 15/16" long, 7 11/16" wide (narrow live edge side) and 15/16" thick (a bit thicker at live edge side). This piece may be just wide enough for a violin back, depending on model. If used for another purpose, the piece will require flattening and planing, as one side is in the rough and still exhibits saw/mill marks. This would be an excellent piece for tool handles, jigs and fixtures, tool rack etc. This piece is being offered for $69 including FREE USA SHIPPING. Please PM me if interested.