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  • Birthday 09/12/1967

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  1. That's my default plan, it never hurts to try and save a few bucks here and there.
  2. I'm currently searching out viola plans and haven't settled on a size yet. Apparently the Strobel book has plans for a 15 5/8" viola based on a da Salo model. I found a used copy online of Harry Wake's book (hasn't arrived yet), which apparently has two sets of plans, but if I'm not mistaken both plans are for 16 3/4" violas including a Tertis model. If someone has a gently-used copy of the Strobel viola book, please PM me. Otherwise I'd be open to other viola plans (16" and under).
  3. This one has a silver adjuster with whalebone: https://reverb.com/item/44486142-w-e-hill-and-sons-violin-bow-by-arthur-barnes
  4. John Tepper of Tepper Tonewoods in Oregon. He has Englemann spruce as well. https://www.teppertonewood.com/
  5. The original cases by B & F I believe were made by Weber, but that was back in the 80's. They were were fitted with a blue cover. I think years later they were made by another manufacturer. I'm not sure if Weber is even making cases anymore. I'm sure there's someone who could custom make a cover for you, but it may cost more than the original case.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A number of things will certainly work, provided they can keep the water temp a consistent 150 degrees.
  11. 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.
  12. John, thanks for all the great service over the years, you will be missed! Jay Damm
  13. This is why I don't like giving out loaner bows. There's a reason why a case has two bow holders!
  14. I knew John was a builder, not sure what instruments he makes.
  15. 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.
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