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. ulbricht makes great instruments! I cut and processed the willow tree that viola was built from. Sounded pretty damn great.
  2. Grateful! This is a killer episode
  3. For those of you into violinmaking, check out and listen to our Halloween Episode tomorrow! How the devil made the first violin, Glenn Gaudin’s tale about the famous gypsy violinist RIGO’s haunted instrument, and some awesome historical spooky realness from Ben Hebbert from London. Love to hear what people think. HALLOWEEN EPISODE TOMORROW⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️JANCSI RIGO’s possessed violin. Glenn Gaudin possesses Jerry Lynn to tell the tale.⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ The devil made the first violin, dark tales in luthier history. Ben Hebbert drops spooky knowledge on ya!⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️This episode is a shocking treat... Pray to St. Omobono for your souls! on, Stitcher, Apple Music, or wherever you get your podcasts!
  4. Had a client announce she'd like a Violoncello da Spalla today-- Any resources I'm unfamiliar with ya'll know of?
  5. Reinhardt Zack at Traditional Tonewoods is also excellent. As for blocks, going wider and stronger for the upper block is good for sound and projection, IME, and the lower block can be tinier.
  6. Those are very reasonable prices for a fiddle, even if it needs a full setup afterward. Genrally, a decent beginner violin should run you in the ballpark of 800-1200 bucks
  7. hehehe. I'll be around in November!
  8. Phillip, I love these posts you’ve been making. Jay has made nothing but good wake behind him, and I know the market appreciates him almost as much as you do ❤️
  9. /hi bk! A 1/4 or 1/2 violin would be a boon to any school program. Those fractions don't accurately represent the adjusted dimensions from 4/4, of course. You can get a set of standardized measurements for partial size violins online or from folks here. I would say to broaden your model some across the C bout and lower bout, and to put an untapered, brutish bassbar in to stiffen the top more. Big P Prier had me build a 1/2 fiddle for my fractional at school. It was as close as I've come to quitting...
  10. Oof, Jeffrey, I had a weekend from my nightmares with a pre-WWII Pressenda another shop sprayed a glow coat of shellac over. It broadened my skillset, and grayed all my hair....
  11. jules, you need to look for a material-added polish to french polish over varnish like that. myrrh in spirit, or a high-benzoin content polish applied as an added layer, not as a wet rag mixing your base layers around. Jim Banicke passed a 50/50 shellac/benzoin with a few drops of eucalyptus oil added recipe to a couple of my employees at Potter's. It can add a shiny polish layer over just about anything, but needs some practice-- it requires a drop of oil on the rag almost every time, but will turn cloudy after a week if this need is overdone. but then, do you want to be using a varnish that dulls when someone tries to polish it in 200 years?