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  1. Thank you all for your responses. Will L, your list of radii most helpful and also the comments re violas. Over the years Maestronet has been a most valuable resource and I appreciate the help as I am isolated. Thanks again.
  2. I use 41mm when fitting bridges to 4/4 violins and 45mm for 16ins Violas. Does anyone have diameter sizes they use for fractional size violins. e.g. 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8. I am aware of the required string height above the fingerboard and am able to set the bridge height accordingly. Help would be appreciated.
  3. How do you measure the angle needed on the ends of new sound posts. I have seen illustrations of small pieces of sound post material loosely fitted to a sound post gauge with a fast drying glue, put in place and allowed to dry. The angle then trasfered to the new post and cut to length. Hey! there must be a better solution. May be to guess? Just what do you do. Please don't say "Take it to a Luthier" 600klms round trip! I like to live dangerously! Busker
  4. Images of this violin is refered to. I can't find them! Please educate me as to why I can't find them. Don't give a computer to an old man1 Busker
  5. Bridge fitted, cello now with player and happy indeed! I had not given any thought to the bridge radius altering the bow angle when changing from one string to another. I simply followed my template and that was that. Of course my experience is with vlns only and I did need help to satifactorily deal with the 1/2 size cello. Wow! String instrument geometry is indeed complex and needs careful thought. Again thank you. Busker
  6. Thanks Stradofear. A reply that makes sense to me and helpful indeed. When you are isolated from other string people this forum is invaluable. Your info appreciated! Busker
  7. Another (stupid) Question. On a violin the bridge is highest on the G side and we all know the reason BUT: On a cello the C being the larger has a greater oscillation and requires the correct finger board to string height, which is greater than the space require for the A. However because the cello is being played back to front so to speak, this makes the A harder to reach with the bow because it is further away and lower. Is there a meaurement compensation to facilitate easy reach of the A? OR is string height only governed by the room required for string clearance. I know what I am trying to say, I hope you do! Busker
  8. Don't leave me just yet! I have another question: Radius please? I hope i'm not causing the headache! Busker.
  9. I have been asked to fit a bridge to a 1/2 size cello. I have not done this before and wish to know the height of the A & C string above the end of finger board when fitted. Please don't tell me to take it to an expert as that would entail 200 kms drive each way! I don't like the blank given me to fit as I will have to remove a considerable of wood from the feet as I fear that the bridge height above the heart will not be sufficient otherwise. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread! Your advice will be gratefully received. Busker
  10. I play folk and Irish. Particularly like laments and slow airs. After listening to Martin Hayes on his CD (welcome Here Again) where on many tracks he plays a violin tuned down a whole tone I decided to give it a go. Result: Lower downward presure on the bridge, much lower string tension resulting in a much quieter vln. Play it through my amp and the result is truly wonderful. When doing a public performance I add variety by including some time on such tuned vln. (D,G,C,F) I am using Helicore strings. I will now do some experimenting with plain Nylon as a result of this dicussion. I play many historical tunes and mix them with a discription of the source of the melody. I play just fiddle, no supporting instrument. To add variety using non coventional setups may enhance performances. Thanks Busker
  11. I teach folk, traditional & Irish music. I always play along with my students and frequently stop them and demonstate myself. I find that it is important for my students to hear what I expect of them. There is much which cannot be written down and must be heard to be to understood. I love what I am doing. Busker.
  12. What on earth is a 'Violin Hickey"? Sounds painful. I have put my violin away! Busker
  13. Busker

    What is it?

    I have read all replys with interest but remain puzzled. The minature washer is not meant as a bridge protector as the strings have a protector slieve on them. Without a conclusive use of the ring I will continue to throw it over my shoulder! (Left of course!) Thanks for the try. Busker.
  14. Busker

    What is it?

    I have been opening ASTREA E string packages for some years and discarding the small rubber ring included. (About 6 mm OD) I can't find a useful purpose. Please enlighten me as to its intended use. Also please note that I don't play on these strings, at $3.30 ea you only get what you pay for!
  15. While not familiar with any freeware, I have used Band in a Box for ten years. I found it very limited and have moved to Sibelius 5. I am amazed at what I can now do. Yes, it is expensive but is of great benefit to me as a teacher. Again it appears that you only get what you pay for! Busker
  16. As I said "I like zyex" and they have been wonderful for me as a teacher. Dominants to me behave like a piece of rope! Busker
  17. I teach (22) students. Have been using zyex strings for some time. I find them mellow and kind to cheap violins. One very poor sounding vln was changed into a usable student vln when changed to zyex.. Also they appear to have solved a problem. I have several students with very moist hands and I find Helicore strings have a short life for such players. Possibly this is due to corrosion of the steel cores being continualy damp. Since changing the students to Zyex (composite cores) breakages have deminished. I like the soft warm sound. This I beleive. I hope I am of assistance to you. Busker.
  18. Busker

    Viola Bridge

    Several months ago I asked how I might make my viola A string sound better. It was fitted with a Helicore string and the sound was thready and not to my liking. Sound post adjustment did help but still the sound was not to my liking. Several suggestions were made and to try a Kaplan string was one option. I could not buy them here in Australia so got several Kaplan Heavy strings from the US. They arrived yesterday , one fitted to each of two instruments and to my delight, a much more acceptable sound resulted from both-Thank you all who reponded. I now wish to know what is the usual bridge radius for a 16ins viola. I have 25 violin students and maintain their violins but have little viola knowledge. This forum is a great help to those of us who are isolated. Thank you. Busker.
  19. See views of Pegbox on vln by Salzard workshop, Paris or Mirecourt, ca. 1840-1875. http://www.usd.edu/smm/Violins/1800-1849/Salzard.html Note the peg heads protrude from the peg box in the usual direction and not downwards. Interesting-Busker
  20. Hi All. Two weeks ago I fitted Tonica strings (New) to a students new vln. She was here today and she has reported that she liked the strings. However, made comment on the "E", saying that it was thin (in build) and at times she felt it was not under her finger. Her previous vln had been fitted with an aluminium wound "E" which was much thicker. Both agreed that they were pleasant and likeable. I will continue to use them but may use an alum wnd "E" instead. I also wish to try a Kaplan viola "A" but have not been able to source them here in Australia. We have an abundance of fine strings so a brand suiting your needs can be found.
  21. I have a JTL violin with a "Compagnon" label. It was bought 2nd hand in 1914 by my father and not only do I cherish it because of its history but it is lovely to play. It was not one of the makers more expensive violins. Enjoy!
  22. Busker


    I leave the question as asked to others. But, please, when you make the label how do you get it into a finished violin ? I have not attempted this yet.
  23. Thanks to all. I will try suggestions and see what gives the best result. I will advise the results.
  24. Sorry - this is a double post
  25. Sorry re the double post. Ken - The body length is 151/2 inches. Gliga 111. Gowan - Thanks for reply & suggestions - will see if I can procure strings you have suggested and try.
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