BarryD

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  1. BarryD

    ethical question about deposits

    Hey Don, I have had this happen a few times. They like the sound but the varnish is too "pretty" or too dark. I let them keep the violin until the "new" one is ready. Since they had to wait originally I work the new violin in at the top of the list.
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    ethical question about deposits

    Thanks David. Our reputations are what speaks of us as individuals.
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    ethical question about deposits

    Just to close out my part. I am sending out the check in the morning. Overnight with a tracking#. Barry D
  4. BarryD

    ethical question about deposits

    Exactly
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    ethical question about deposits

    When I first started out I didn't require a deposit. A customer would call and say they wanted a violin. I would go to work and when I was finished I would contact the customer and they would say "Oh I bought a different violin already". Now that I have a waiting list, I start losing customers if the list gets much more than a year. That's just my situtation and your thoughts may be different
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    ethical question about deposits

    David, I had the same thing happen years ago. During the construction process he was easy to get on the phone. When I finished the instrument I called for weeks leaving messages with his secretary that the instrument was finished and was ready to ship upon final payment. After weeks of no response, I sent a registered letter stating he had 90 days or I would place the instrument up for sale. Never heard from him. As far as my situation, I have decided to just go ahead and refund 100%. I feel it will come back to me somehow.
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    ethical question about deposits

    I have a 100% refund policy if the customer receives the violin and is not satisfied for any reason. This situation is a bit different. I have refunded deposits due to hardships in customers lives etc., but never after 4 years. I did offer to refund 60% of the deposit or complete to order to build the fiddle. Thanks for your opinions Glad to hear any other thoughts you may have.
  8. I have a customer that in 2014 gave me a deposit to make a violin. He could'nt decide about some of the wood. After a few emails back and forth he was still undecided and it was left thathe would get back to me. Being busy I continued to build other violins on my wait list and forgot about the situtation. Now, 4 years later, he contacts me and says he has bought one of my violins from an individual and wants his deposit back???? I offered to refund 60% 0f the deposit or complete the order but he is not happy with that. your opinions please....
  9. Look at Maggini's They are big violins.
  10. BarryD

    PegHeds....

    I have been doing business with Chuck for years. He is sometimes rushed but I have found him to be a terrific vendor and the quality of his products excellent. At one time I offered the PegHeds as an option but since everyone wanted them I just made them standard on my violins. Everybody has a bad day sometimes...maybe you caught him on a bad day?
  11. I agree completely. Experience has taught most of us that never dig your heels in too deep because there is always an exception to the rule. The purpose of the question was to find out if there was a simple method to test how any given finish changes/changed the sound. Whether the change is good or bad is debatable. I can tell by the way this thread is going the answer to my question is no...You just have to try it for yourself.
  12. Acoustic transparency is when the finish has no effect on the sound. of course NO effect is probably an impossibility but that is what is meant by the term. IMO you can't say that a violin in the white is always at it's best. Sometime the finish can add a little "something" but thin is almost always best. There is a difference between an "oil" finish and an oil varnish finish. Examples of Oil is Tung oil, Danish oil, True oil. You all are familiar with Oil varnish. Jezzupe, thanks for that tip, that's what I was looking for.
  13. are there any methods for testing a finish for acoustic transparency that can be used in a luthiers shop? I recently had a very fine and expensive classical guitar come into the shop for repair of a crack in the top. The sound this guitar produces is very clear, fast and strong. The finish is also very beautiful. I am not going to tell the type finish to avoid influencing your responses. Also just for background, through the years I have used French Polish, oil varnish, sprayed finish, shellac, polyu and probably some others I can't remember. I say this only to say I have had experience with all these but have never read any methods to actually test finishes. There may not be a way to test other than experience. I am always curious about finish methods. Varnish/finish is one of the most worrisome steps in making an instrument for me. Thanks
  14. BarryD

    Saving the mold

    I think I originally got this idea from David Burgess??? glue in the back linings, glue the back on to hld the shape. Then glue in the front linings and then the top. That how I do it anyway.
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    Michael Darnton...

    I see Michael posting from time to time on a photo forum I belong