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Christopher Jacoby

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About Christopher Jacoby

  • 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. Thanks all for your replies! I'll try a Bobelock first.
  2. Care to elaborate? I tend to go Obligato/Larsen for larger violas, but I've never strung anything anything this big up with that set. I've done long scale Helicores for a 17 1/4, but didn't care for the sound
  3. Hullo all-- I'm building a massive viola for a player and need some crowdsourcing on what case that's on the market (not custom) might fit it. The back length with calipers is 434. That's probably not even the problem, though. The upper bout is 216, and the lower bout is 254. Anyone already know of a production case that will let my client pop this behemoth into it and head home? Thanks, Chris
  4. I see a black Rowan semi-regularly here in DC. Beautiful, imaginative work. For black, as for grey, an undertone of red is needed so it doesn't tend toward green and anemic in some light. It's funny how worked up some of you are getting about this. Paint the sucker black.
  5. I'm afraid you haven't seen enough Strads in person yet...
  6. Uncle Joe, I can't even find my thickness calipers this month...
  7. You can boil or pond wood and get the spotty effect that can also be explained by a stain... THAT penetrates spruce...
  8. It's the patient work of a few months with warm sandbags and weights to bend some arch from a flat plate. More than a few old Italian basses were turned into much more money than was paid for them by making a handful of fiddles with original wood and varnish for the experts to dull their teeth on...
  9. I think we are generally too proud of ourselves for "invisible" repairs. I'll agree that these weren't fixed as well as they should have been. But a few dozen years of dirt, portions re-opening, and especially people polishing a violin's finish reveals (and blackens) everything. There are more than a few repairs I've seen out of shops that were held as the place to learn proper restoration, that are black and obvious where they were repaired. I bet everything was invisible and shiny for the first decade...
  10. I've recently worked on a Craske AND an Erdesz with cedar tops!
  11. The humidity and hundred degrees heat have been FIGHTING ME. The varnish fogged up just going out into sunlight for this photo! But it is done, and headed to Dorian today. Thank you @joerobson for the varnish you provided me so long ago. All went well.
  12. The key is to buy Burgesses. Plural. Twice a year he tried to buy them back (I suspect it is so he can sit them around the Thanksgiving table and feed them mashed potatoes) and you just keep making money THERE IS NO BUBBLE WHEN YOU GO BURGESS BABY
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