nathan slobodkin

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  1. So William Chadwick also fictional? No such person or shop? Thanks, Nate
  2. Martin, Can you elaborate on how to get that? Likewise is it legal to sell bows that meet that criteria? In USA I think tortoise comes under "not to be used in commerce" which makes sale by a commercial operation illegal. I'd be interested to know if they are still salable in the UK
  3. It's an inexpensive Saxon fiddle so the "brand name " is presumably fictional. There are people here who can read this type of script so they may be able to tell you what it says. The bows however may be interesting and photos showing the profile of the sides of the head and frog may get some ideas about their origin.
  4. If you are a complete beginner you should get a professional to install your pegs. This is a simple job but requires some fairly expensive specialized tools and if you mess up you can turn the simple job into a much more involved one. If you are trying to get the pegs aligned properly while installing the Wittners there may need to be wood added in the form of a bushing. A trained luthier will be able to evaluate the situation pretty easily.
  5. Yes exactly but in a busy shop with lots of violins being set up there really is a significant amount of time spent diddling with the alignment of the pegs and then often having to do it again after the strings have stretched. I have found players extremely sensitive to this and will say the pegs don't work if the orientation is not perfect
  6. Very cool to hear from a descendant of this maker. If he worked for Kagan and Gaines during that time I would expect his work to be quite good. Do you have any idea who he studied with in Paris?
  7. So do you have a way to do this without having to loosen and retighten the string?
  8. If any one has an organized way of doing this I'd like to hear about it. I wind up putting the string on and then having to loosen the string again to adjust the peg head position. At best this doubles the time to put on strings and some strings really don't like being brought up to pitch and then completely loosened again as well as on pegs with over size holes or close quartered peg boxes the strings are liable to slip back to the original position as you retighten them.
  9. The photo is misleading. The belly is arched in the normal way. It is slightly low but not absurdly so.
  10. I always ask clients where they live and if they will be traveling with the bow in the near future. In my area the humidity difference between the coast and just a few miles inland can be problematic and I see a lot of bows that need to be rehaired when people from the plains states or Canada show up at Kneisel Hall which is on the ocean and extremely humid. I don't see any chance of damage from your bow being just slightly tight where as too long can make it unplayable. If it really worries you try slightly dampening the hair from the back side and then play for a while which will make the hair stretch a bit. If you do that don't leave the bow tight when you stop playing as it may tighten again as it drys.
  11. I agree. Lots of ways to varnish a violin and many formulations which are useful in some context. While my experience with Fulton turpentine based varnish was that it was harder than I wanted I did have some success using it as a protective isolating layer under softer varnishes.
  12. While you are taking pictures of the cleaned up corner could you send one of the saddle and button area? Was the lower rib one piece or two?