Christopher Jacoby

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About Christopher Jacoby

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  • Birthday 08/28/1981

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

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  1. That first fiddle (labeled Del Gesu) looks to be a very new fiddle. Nice antiquing...
  2. Get a violin scroll, measure the widths every few cm, and draw it out. adjust if you want and take note of the widths at the apex and trough of any curves. Since you can get most of these width measurements from nice fiddles already, from online or Strad posters, books, etc., make a template and then decide how you're gonna do it the next time.
  3. I built a few Brescian violas on the back this way. If you are starting with a board, why not start with the back for the finished instrument? I drew the fiddle out with dividers on the chunk of maple, and glued the blocks where they went and shaped them, etc. etc. Mauritzio Tadioli seems to build off a board without a form pretty often, if you go haunt his facebook and Instagram photos. His instruments are top class...
  4. You match endgrain direction as you can, and touch up the rest. add wood if there are heinous gaps. don't have too many beers.
  5. Mike's drier is magical. Japan drier is often just cobalt, and works nicely.
  6. I set violins and violas 8-12 deep in the block. Good for stability, good for sound. Some asshole's gonna have SOMETHING to say about your "expertise" no matter what you do.
  7. Solving a problem that doesn't exist-- you set the foot of the post, then pull the head up behind the bridge foot.
  8. I agree! But hey, you and Gabrielle Kundert are the only ones ONLY building violas
  9. I think the line from Julie was the Meteny/De La Dyle. We carry them at Potters and they are quite good for the price.
  10. shhhhhhhhh i need a few months before the patent is ready
  11. a "hi-vise!' I use it for a lot of what I use a patternmaker's vise for-- clamping a scroll in a jig for the work to graft it, clamping a cello scroll so I can plane the fingerboard... I clamped a bassbar blank yesterday to true it up quartered a little better