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Christopher Jacoby

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  1. I'm afraid you haven't seen enough Strads in person yet...
  2. Uncle Joe, I can't even find my thickness calipers this month...
  3. You can boil or pond wood and get the spotty effect that can also be explained by a stain... THAT penetrates spruce...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. I've recently worked on a Craske AND an Erdesz with cedar tops!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. It's Jeff's sandbox... we just poop in it...
  11. Are we setting it up? Is @barnesviolins (HI DORIAN) was it you that was doing setup? Nick Allen and I can get it done if things are complicated.
  12. Thanks @Dwight Brown And Sheldon-- I'd be happy to take a look-- the speculation on here is fun, but you can't beat checking the bassbar placement, centeredness, geometry, and setup to iron out an annoyance like the one you are describing.
  13. It was me. I am someone. It's on my Instagram.
  14. the fingerboard has already been wedged to raise overstand and projection. IF this is something you NEED to change, then the neck needs to come out, get shoed, and reset with different geometry. if the extension is at 26.7 and it's sounding well, don't worry about it until there is worry needed.
  15. What's your @ on Instagram? I'd like to see your pottery.
  16. Sounds like a good model to me! I'm really looking forward to the return of the Reed-Yeboah event too.
  17. Guys-- isn't gesso just processed POP? Can't we just buy gesso?
  18. You're very right. I let my website lapse six years ago. Instagram is, of course, an old folks playground too, by now (I'm 40 this year.) TikTok and SnapChat are the visibility behemoths now, and as they too will churn under for something new soon, I'm too busy to get on board.
  19. I don't understand this need to over-intellectualizze the process, or to do what Andreas claimed-- to have a vision of one's work as a package that fits inside a marketable label. You don't need to be in an orchestra playing the Ring cycle to understand the violin should be well-balanced and not too heavy. You don't need to have a tale about the important ramifications of your intent and vision to learn to carve a bassbar that projects and yet lets the fiddle speak clearly and articluate when played ppp And I know that maestronet is the estuary for this sort of rigor of imagination. Take the grandiose ideas out of worrying about marketing and make woodchips every day. Your intellectual vision should be to stay stubborn enough that you start making money eventually. If you're not building three or four a year at least, you probably aren't going to get anywhere worth having some silly vision of yourself.
  20. The spirit of what you're saying pans out... But the market elevates what it wants. I know more than a handful of antisocial, approaching unpleasant luddites who can't stop their fiddles from selling...
  21. Yo, we ALL want Luis' target audience
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