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  1. So, do you apply a different ground to the maple?
  2. Wow, what a difference a couple of years makes! There are nearly twice as many responses to my question now as there were when I first asked it back in 2012. And a big thank you to Jose Catoira for providing information on how much alum to add to hide glue when making a ground solution. Also thanks go out to christian bayon and Peter K-G for their ground preferences! And a big thank you to all the rest who have taken the time to comment on my query. Best, Jason
  3. Hey all, I thought I would revive this topic to see if anyone has any new experiences regarding a ground comprised of a weak-glue-solution. I am contemplating building the ground with: 0.5oz of hide glue; 12.50z water; and 1/4 teaspoon of alum. Does this sound like a reasonable recipe? I am especially interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with this type of ground. Thanks and regards, Jason
  4. Interesting indeed! So, how does it sound? Jason
  5. I'm certainly no purfling expert, but if it were me, I would install an inch or so of new purfling such that it straddles the crack. Also I would bevel the ends of the old and new purfling. Both ends of the old purfling would be cut looking up and, therefore, the matching bevels on the new purfling would be cut looking down. I don’t have any science or empirical data to support my suggestions, it just seems like a logical approach to your questions, to me anyway. Happy New Year! Jason
  6. Happy new year to all and don't forget to eat your blackeyed peas! Jason
  7. I make small scrapers from old hacksaw blades. I grind a radius on one end of blade, leaving a small hook on the edge. If find that these hacksaw blade scrapers work well for shaping the valleys on the back of scrolls.
  8. Hi there T Ford. Great fly casting analogy! I'm continuing with the self-teaching approach to learning the violin, which includes constantly referring to how-to violin books and tutorials. I've nearly learned to play the tune Danny Boy and have enjoyed the journey. At some point I will get professional lessons, but until then, I will continue to learn on my own. My biggest fear is learning bad habits. Best, Jason
  9. I used hide/animal glue on the only two nuts I've glued. And I glued them to the fingerboards, not the necks. However, garden-variety Elmer's white glue IS water soluble; so it should clean up with warm water, just like hide glue. Therefore, it doesn't appear that the Elmer's white glue users have caused any permanent damage. Best, Jason
  10. I, too, have tried the Huayin strings and found them to be nearly as nice as Dominants, but cost considerably less. For instance, the last time I bought strings for my Violin, Dominants cost ~35USD and Huayin cost ~10USD; that's big savings in my book. Jason
  11. "...but I believe it should be around 27mm." This is the distance I've been using to set the height of the fingerboard projection at the bridge. It's (27mm) also the distance that is often quoted in Violin how-to books. Jason
  12. What about a dab of super glue in the string-notch on a bridge?