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Christopher Jacoby

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  1. Roger, you old dogfish you, I am very glad to see a comment of yours pop up on here again. It is, like Camelot, a very silly place, but better when you come around. I love dogfish skin, and have used it to replicate tracked scratch marks when copying Guadagnini. The sharkskin scratches do what the leveling scratches on his work in Turin shows-- completely invisible until you get right in and peer at the varnish up close, then they are a little shocking.
  2. Sorry about your friend. A lot of us lost people the last couple years, and it's all feeling heavy. Take it easy if you can.
  3. The Becker shop, among others, has used ebony like this for years, if the fiddles I've seen from there tell any tales.
  4. there is still a Pasta making violins in Milan, making the purfling as those cats do. My friend Leo worked with him a few years ago for a bit.
  5. When I am bushing a pegbox, I bush in from either side on every hole, instead of pushing the smaller bushing through the box to the far side. Saves boxwood, and saves the scroll, as Im gluing pieces in that are flush inside and out and need very little trimming by tool...
  6. I don't think that is what violinmakers are doing, as a whole. I think that's what publishes well.
  7. It's not too thin. It was built by someone who actually understood what they were doing. spots down to 1.6 on old and new violins are not uncommon in the best examples.
  8. Thanks all for your replies! I'll try a Bobelock first.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. I'm afraid you haven't seen enough Strads in person yet...
  13. Uncle Joe, I can't even find my thickness calipers this month...
  14. You can boil or pond wood and get the spotty effect that can also be explained by a stain... THAT penetrates spruce...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. I've recently worked on a Craske AND an Erdesz with cedar tops!
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Lower arching for higher density wood, exaggerate the cross arch through the Cs a bit— sink the effhole wings and carve a tighter radius so it will fail into something usable.
  21. It's Jeff's sandbox... we just poop in it...
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