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nathan slobodkin

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  1. David, Are you cutting full depth with the gauge or just marking?
  2. No. When the plate is scraped the winter grain is cut clean while the softer grain compresses and then swells up leaving the hard grain lower than the soft grain. As to what is shown in the photos I think these are real cracks either from some stress or from a previous defect in the wood.
  3. Depends on several things. if you do all your work by hand cellos are about 3 times the work time but much harder on the body. If you use machines for rough work then that difference is much less. Also if you are making willow cellos versus maple violins the difference evens out some. It doesn't take me much more time to purfle a willow cello cello back than a maple fiddle.
  4. Had you used the golden ground stuff before? If not Golden Yellow can mean different things and as Argle said cinnamon brown is a good start for a nice finish.
  5. I have set many hundreds of necks with no known failures sizing the neck root once with medium consistency glue, wiped off if necessary and reflattened after drying. The only time I have ever heard of a problem was my teacher warning me that if the glue was too thin the neck might check.
  6. As long as the glue is kept dry it will last indefinitely. I keep mine in either glass bottles or ziplock plastic bags. You can definitely reheat the glue a couple times if you keep it in a refrigerator between heating. it will actually be strongest on the second heating and will go down in strength after that.
  7. Thanks Jackson. Looks like my next purchase.
  8. I have used the same 1940's vintage grinder since it was given to me when I was 14 year old. I insist on a single continuous hollow ground bevel on all my tools and have always been able to accomplish that without any jigs by using my finger against the tool rest as a guide and not letting go of the tool until the grinding is done. As my hands are now somewhat battered by millions of repetitive motions this has become very uncomfortable especially on my largest gouges. I am currently setting up a new shop in my home and am very interested in the CBN wheels and also the Veritas tool guide and will be buying a new grinder to put them on.. Is any one using this combination? From what I am reading the 1 1/2"wide wheels are recommended while the veritas will only accommodate 1" wheels.
  9. That is very sad news indeed. I worked across a bench from him for several years and he was a great maker who was always willing to share his knowledge and to encourage all of us to be the best craftsman we could be. Also a kind and decent man who was a good husband and father. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
  10. Sorry Mark. Your last line was "drilling a plugged end pin hole in an instrument has always made me a bit nervous." Reading that and David's comment I am picturing some shared horror story which I have not yet experienced. I do see that being able to turn the inner diameter of the bushing would certainly save time and wear on one's wrist.
  11. The chapelle is also nice and lets you thread the string through the peg while leaving more wood above the A peg. No matter what the shape used leaving the inside of the corners rounded rather than square increases strength substancialy.
  12. So this label and stamp can be legit for early Roth's? I have sent pictures to Wilhelm Roth but don't know how long it will take to get back to me. They don't take credit cards so payment will be a real pain. I think Jacob Saunders was saying Europe had done away with checks but these guys want "bank drafts" which sounds like something out of Dickens.
  13. The label and brand I am talking about are identical to the last label shown in the pictures above. I reviewed everything I could find about this last night but am confused as to dates of these undated Roth labels. From what I have read it seems likely they were used prior to 1922 when the more familiar stamp and dated labels came into use. Is this right? I gather there were exceptions to every rule and some later instruments may have gotten earlier labels. Any thoughts on this appreciated.
  14. I have a violin in the shop today with the reproduction of the Wilson Strad label and the cursive brand. The date on the label is 1725 which according to one of the lists of EHR instruments would indicate the highest level but the instrument is not as nice as some Roth’s I have seen. I’ll be researching past posts tonight but does anyone know the grade and approximate date these labels and stamp would indicate? Unfortunately I have had a lot of trouble posting pictures lately and may not be able to put any up.
  15. Thank you Martin. There could be an entire site devoted to what I don't understand about computers.
  16. I agree. The fuming I am talking about is 10 ml ammonia in a 700 liter space.
  17. Like mine. Easiest way to discourage A peg cracks.
  18. In place of pictures I am seeing triangles with exclamation points in them. clicking them gets me to empty photo sized boxes. ?????
  19. In Maine, USA anything involving partial payment results in a shared ownership and relegates the matter to a civil court. On the other hand if some one takes the merchandise and pays nothing then laws against theft apply and not only will the police try to recover the merchandise but possession of it becomes a crime regardless of how it was acquired. I am aware of a case some years ago where a colleague answered an ad for a cello for sale and purchased a cello for the few hundred dollars asked. He was aware that the the instrument was worth much more than he paid, suspected it was stolen and immediately contacted the shop whose stamp was on the bridge to ask if someone was missing a cello. The owners’ insurance company then tried to have him charged with possession of stolen property despite his having saved them about $40,000. The police declined to charge him but as far as I know he never was reimbursed for the money he paid the thief. The ethics involved are another matter and in my opinion the shop which bought the instrument should be compensated for the money they paid for it but should not make a profit.
  20. Yeah. The question is what is out of whack. The neck needs to be centered, the button position is pretty much set by the neck and the back seam is for the most part not relevant.
  21. Absolutely! Thank you David for this wonderful word which I will definitely be using.
  22. Gluing a piece to what is left accomplishes nothing. You need to make a complete new block so you can cut a neck mortise which fits the neck root tightly before gluing.
  23. Why are you taking the board off? If you are moving or replacing it you would normally have to refinish the neck anyway.
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