Christopher Jacoby

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About Christopher Jacoby

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  • Birthday 08/28/1981

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    Takoma Park, MD
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    Violin Making, Tool enthusiam, Open-minded discussion, and the mechanics of sound.

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  1. Christopher Jacoby

    Viola string lengths

    String length, mensur, afterlength, and tailpiece length all change when you shorten the first. It’s possible you’ll get good results moving the bridge up, but consider a T nut...
  2. Christopher Jacoby

    Trevor Davis cello today

    Trevor’s in austin, TX now. He’s a great maker.
  3. Christopher Jacoby

    Hybrid Spirit + Oil Varnish

    Sure! let the oil dry with Uv and air movement a bit longer, so that you get no surprises when the next spirit layer dries
  4. Christopher Jacoby

    Catalin Murgoci at Carpathian is NOT sketchy. He has gotten savvy and updated to a mobile website and electronic payments the last few years, but he has been promising and delivering great wood to me since the dollar meant something against the euro ten years ago. He has always treated me with respect and understanding, even when a wire got twisted up on my end after he had shipped quite a large pallet of poplar and maple. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
  5. Christopher Jacoby

    Good Soundpost Wood, Old vs New

    As long as they aren’t southern yellow pine, that’s a bag of gold!
  6. Christopher Jacoby

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Figure is fascinating! there is "compression" figure in some species, and the different can be hard to tell. Ive seen it most following Aussie desert timber connoisseurs on IG and elsewhere. CurlyPete is on IG, and sells on eBay, and I have learned more about timber, mineral content, burl, harvesting and stabilizing difficult hardwood from his feed than anything other than my own poor skills with a chainsaw. Jim, I agree from personal experience in willow and black walnut harvesting especially-- Im sure not all species do it-- but if I got the call to gird some trees because a farmer was going to have my buddy bulldoze them to make way for crops: If one had a certain type of figure, the whole stand usually had it.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    There's a general frustration with your obtuseness, and your repeated mention of 'facts' about makers, and schools of making. You seem to get frustrated with the esoteric nature of others' disagreements with you. Its because you don't have any roots to be talking about the blossoms. Dalla Costa did not just enlarge the effholes. He did everything from wood treatment through arch planning for that wood to varnish to work in concert with a larger effhole. You have to build a few dozen instruments to not be going "oh, so it turned out to sound like That this time?" and to have some intent with the steps followed. Major malfunction: THE LEGEND OF UNBEATABLE GOLDEN AGE ITALIAN IS NOT BEING ADDRESSED SO THERE CAN BE NO MOVEMENT FORWARD. But most modern makers without a nest egg beneath them are busy working. moving forward. Not sticking Phoenix feathers up our asses and asking players if they can hear how we have beaten the Stradivari standard when we make bird sounds. You say oh, if I actually built ONE, and it wasn't Quite good enough.... Build thirty that will get someone else's label before you build your one. This isn't intellectual badminton about soaring ideals. It's hard, dusty work that breaks your self-worth down over an over again. You obviously have run across a Dalla Costa or two you really dig, or someone who raves about them. They're not stunners, and are pricey for how they perform in the hall. Your thoughts on the modern Cremonese consortium and such are also thin-- folks that are having their instruments used in the place of old Italian work don't need to band together and create a manifesto. That is nothing against those makers, or their work-- its an angle. Its a mistake in your misunderstanding of our modern industry to think the romance and legend of Golden Age needs to be addressed head-on and challenged constantly. Many a waiting list sits warm in the pocket of makers providing power and reliability without. Players and dealers and makers using their senses instead of their prejudices have no trouble discerning, and I see instruments every day that illustrate the fantastic skill and finesse of living makers.
  8. Christopher Jacoby

    'Graduation day ' in Strad, July issue

    Yes. And it’s not depressing! just a revenue stream with a dam in it— it cuts what it wants out and uses it to spin the narrative best for its readership. Editors mean well, and I admire and appreciate my editors. They have a job, and get to steer content to accomplish that job. confusing misunderstandings happen. The depression comes from worrying too much over the spin. But it’s a similar place to get to, as the feeling that an insurance check for a violin I’ve made would be okay, too. If the forklift forks go through the case, at least I’m around to make another, and the check will ease the realities past the ego’s needs! My buddy Robert Wood had VICE TV follow him around for days in a block, discussing every aspect of his work, his Violins, his materials, and his hopes for the craft, and the producers kept pretty much only the family angle, and family sacrifices made, in the video VICE released. It was not the plot he thought he was sharing. Its good exercise. Publishing, and being interviewed, count as being tied into the hockey goal to learn to stop fearing the puck. You can always go down with your own ship, clawing for control of your narrative, and see others casting you in whatever roles they find most useful... they will do it ANYWAY. you can always make a fool of yourself defending your own honor on a forum somewhere...
  9. Christopher Jacoby

    'Graduation day ' in Strad, July issue

    A fact that can’t ever be convincingly explained to folks sniping at authors. You can’t submit something and hold on to your vision of it. You get a check, and the new owner of your copy uses it at whatever angle or cut translation they want to...
  10. Christopher Jacoby

    'Graduation day ' in Strad, July issue

    Westerlund’s instruments sound pretty good. I sat and heard him talk about his wooly methods for a couple hours a few summers ago. The lack of measurable goals was quietly infuriating, yeah, but that’s a personality thing. The reveal of the plate reaching its homogenous pitch when the effhole wings were fluted was satisfying, and the simple idea that materials of different properties and densities could be judged for their ideal arch height by waiting for them to come to pitch with the other parts as height is removed... i liked the spirit and obvious expertise Peter had in his own system.
  11. Christopher Jacoby

    Carbon Fiber Soundpost Jack

    As folks debate the new adjustable soundposts, I’ve found a pretty valuable use for the Anima Nova post— as a fine-adjusting jack to register cracks from the outside. If a crack is truly fresh, cleats inside aren’t strictly necessary, if it’s registered and closed well. Saves everyone some money not having to pop the cello top to get the two sides aligned right. Soft-jaw Herdim strap for the finish! I only wish the magnetic ball-joint in the post’s feet was a little heavier-duty... when actual knocking of the post is desired, it can let loose.
  12. Christopher Jacoby

    Best Tape or covering for ribs?

    Well, I’m gonna take some good advice and hit the block button on someone for the first time. I look forward to seeing Rich’s fiddles in the wild.
  13. Christopher Jacoby

    Best Tape or covering for ribs?

    I’ll let the folks who own my straight varnished instruments know that, as far as an untrained voyeur in Kansas City knows, they own REALLY RARE Jacoby Violins. check it out: Stop telling others what they can and can’t accomplish; what they have and haven’t done. This isn’t about Violins, and it’s not about my standards, which I needn’t defend to you and your plaster-watching. You could have taken this from our interaction: Oh! Someone can defeat a problem that I in my inexperience have no idea how to, and it might be useful to know. And naaaaaah, I’m not telling you the two or three simple ways I’ve sidestepped plaster ghosts, because you rub me the wrong way. It’s annoying to see you packing empty, condescending calories into this forum.
  14. Christopher Jacoby

    Best Tape or covering for ribs?

    @JacksonMaberry Looking good!
  15. Christopher Jacoby

    Best Tape or covering for ribs?

    My problems don’t include being too jacketed to adjust for such things. I’d recommend making less definitive statements and accusations about technique, and results. And wait, do YOU apply plaster? Did YOU try it? Hand two luthiers the same paint kit, or burnable varnish offense, and see what differing experience can change. It’s surprising.