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. Yeah. Glue, fill. I would use lycopodium and then touch it up and varnish it, or just add deft for a day or two
  2. There should be a follow up with the musicians who benefit somehow! Good thought.
  3. The makers involved are awesome, and the cause is wonderful. Please share if you are able, and know of venues appropriate. Here is your chance to win a brand new $10,000 handmade violin and a $5,000 violin bow, together with a case. Proceeds will help give aid to musicians around the country who are facing terrible financial difficulty! Donate or purchase tickets here: To raise aid for musicians struggling due to pandemic-caused gig cancellations, professional violin maker Jacob Brillhart has committed to donating and raffling a violin valued at $10,000 that he will be building over live stream video (watch it on Facebook Live!). He will be working double time, from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, in an attempt to respond to the immediacy of this disastrous situation. Respected bowmakers Eben Bodach-Turner and Evan Orman will be collaborating on a violin bow, valued at $5,000, that they will also be donating with Brillhart’s violin. Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon Vermont is handling donations and raffle ticket sales. To buy tickets or donate, follow the RallyUp link included above in this message. Read more about the volunteer team behind this project at the Seven Stars Webpage: Musicians who have lost the majority of their income due to the pandemic can fill out the short Google Form, link also included. We will be distributing $250 aid packages on a first come first served and vetted basis. The more money raised, the more musicians will receive aid! All proceeds will go directly to musicians with a very small percentage going to the Seven Stars Arts Center to defray processing costs. Musician Aid Application Form Please consider donating or purchasing tickets at the RallyUp link! Check out this video to learn more:
  4. Deft was wonderful when i learned to use it, in the high desert. I know folks in New Mexico and Utah that use it with color added for touchup, even. It shrinks, then it stops. Anywhere humid, prepare for days of laying a bead in, then waiting 36 hours, and then doing in again. It's doable, but if you want to avoid all the real frustrations Jeff and others laid out, make sure its dry when you put it in, and you give multiple thin layers time to cure.
  5. Pins in the top are a sure indication of a future crack right there...
  6. Advert: violins so ugly you'll be glad you're born blind...
  7. i feed a little medium CA glue into any knots.
  8. I have THREE busted dial/pin rigs on three thickness calipers. They were in a box not properly taped up during our move, and the TWO that weren't broken hit the concrete... and broke. Looking at $100 shipped for the same Käfer dial indicator from International Violin, whom I always prefer supporting, but wondering if anyone has a lead on decent dial indicators for less. I do love to buy old things on eBay and never have them quite work right, but there should be a reliable metric dial out there somewhere, and I'm having trouble finding options. Thanks in advance!
  9. hi Ernie-- we had the opportunity to showcase that viola at the VSA convention, if you recall, and that made the deadline more pressing.
  10. Got the flat feet! i was speaking from my own adverse experience with a great deal of .33 and .34 spruce I used in 2008-2012 or so. Modes aside, those instruments’ lives are drastically shortened by having such light tops. A dozen of the 30-40 fiddles I made those 4 years have come back through my life, and the models with flat arches are warped and distorted beyond their years. Sunken bass effhole wings, massively open treble effholes, saddlebacked tops, etc. I do now work with spruce in the .38-.48 range happily, but the fiddles made with pronounced cross arch from that wood (and those left Sacconi numbers or thicker to boot) are still in reasonable sculptural shape in comparison! lastly, though.... some of those warped fiddles are sounding fantastic. A neck reset, an arch correction here and there, their owners are using them professionally... low density beware, and handle with an exaggeratedly strong cross arch...
  11. I'd go the opposite. The lower density the wood, the more it needs a strong, acute cross arch and height. The denser it is, the better it can weather being low and flat...