Ed Shillitoe

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  1. Good idea Duane! I sent the link to our local art theater. Ed
  2. Well it's a little sad to see all that go. I used to visit that shop with my girl friend (now wife) many years ago and get advice on violin making. Ed used to sharpen my tools for me before I got the equipment for doing that! Ed
  3. Jerry - do you have a source for un-threaded eyelets? Ed
  4. Take a look at Sai Gao's Facebook page. A couple of days ago he posted a new jig to help fitting eyelets.
  5. OK, Here's my list: 1. Gasteig. The cultural center, where the Munich Philharmonic and other groups perform. Tomorrow they have Hilary Hahn for example. 2. The S-Bahn. The underground/overground train that goes all over, including the airport. Not expensive and easy to use. 3. The Englischer Garten. A huge city park for walking, running, jogging etc. A beer garden at one end and a nude sunbathing area at the other. Something for everyone! 4. Hugendubel. One of the biggest book stores anywhere, just off the Marienplatz. 5. Bauer and Hieber. A sheet music store with all kinds of books and musical publications. And also - the Hofbräuhaus. A great restaurant / pub with amazing German food and drink. Visiting musicians congregate there.
  6. Hi Argon: I have a gold and ivory mounted bow that Garner Wilson made for me in 1973, and it has the number 303 on the stick, under the frog. He left Hills in 1966, which would have been 7 years prior. I suppose that means that he was numbering them sequentially from that date, and producing over 40 a year. It sounds like a lot, but I suppose it is possible. If I'm right, then your bow would be from about 1975. The cost would have been 85 pounds, plus 2 pounds for shipping! I've always liked his work. Ed
  7. Thanks Brad. That's exactly what I was looking for. And thanks FenwickG. I'll look up the Alberti solution, but I think the way Brad does it is probably the most accurate. The stick I am working with is not only old and worn, but some previous repairer has filed away at the facets in an effort to fit a commercial frog. I doubt if any jig is going to help a lot.
  8. Thanks everyone! Nice to hear from you Ben! Maybe I didn't explain the question too well. I do have a lathe, but by itself it does not drill the inner hole exactly in the right place n the bushing. With a traditional bit there is the probability of the tip wandering a little before it bites and starts to drill in. Even if it didn't wander there is still the possibility that the eyelet is not placed quite correctly in a lateral direction in the existing frog. Also the inner hole has to be exactly on a line that is parallel with the upper facet of the bow. If it is not, then the frog will get too tight or too loose as it travels back and forth. One way to help might be to use a guide such as shown in Fig 8.9 of John Stagg's book. But that would still not help to get the screw exactly parallel to the top facet of the bow. I think the only way to line up the drill (whether a step drill or a conventional drill) exactly, would be to seat the frog exactly in place and use the eyelet to guide the drill. But -that requires having the eyelet extending exactly the right amount from the frog and I'm not sure how to arrange that. Of course in making a new bow the situation is much easier - the stick is an exact octagon and there is also some trimming of the stick left to do, and that can help to seat the frog. On an old bow the stick can have all sorts of distortions and peculiarities and the frog can have its own little quirks as well.
  9. When bushing an old bow where the screw holes have become really worn, what is the best method for drilling the small hole accurately? The placement of this hole is critical, because if it is too high or too low, the frog will be loose or will bind at one end of its travel. The way I do it is to drill the large hole first, then put the frog in place and drill the small hole with a long drill that passes through the eyelet. This works well if the eyelet is screwed into just the correct depth. But if it is just one turn too high or too low then the small hole will not be placed correctly and the frog will bind. But, how to find if the eyelet is the right height, without doing it wrong the first time and repeating the bushing? I do have a Bow Badger and it works quite well on a new bow, but for an old worn-down bow it is not so good. Any suggestions? Thanks! Ed
  10. Thank you all - that's very helpful. Especially for the two links! Ed
  11. I will be visiting Markneukirchen in April / May and wondered if anyone here has suggestions of what to see. There seems to be a good museum of instrument making, including string and wind instruments. Also there is a violin making 'adventure workshop'. What is that? They have an annual instrumental competition which for this year is for bassoons and flutes, and there are apparently concerts by the Markneukirchen Symphony Orchestra. The city web site says that the town has 100 instrument making workshops and 5 factories, but I can not find the names of any of them. I would certainly be interested to hear from anyone who has visited lately. Ed
  12. The Stradivari house is worth seeing. It's best to have an appointment with any luthiers you want to see because they have different opening hours.. In the museum you can hear a short recital on one of the instruments most days if you get there at the right time. And I agree about checking the train schedules! We also missed the train out because it left on a different track - announcements are all in Italian and most people don't speak English. But its a charming place and well worth a visit. Ed
  13. But my favorite Geman verb is Verschlimmbessern (verschlimmbessert, verschlimmbesserte, hat verschlimmbessert) which means, as I understand, to make something worse while trying to make it better. There is no English word for that -but I know the feeling. So when you are fitting an ivory face to a bow and decide it needs just one more stroke of the file to make it perfect but instead you make a huge scratch on the head, you can say "Ich habe den verdammten Violinbogen verschlimmbessert!". Ed
  14. Interesting! In my last German class I learned the verb for bend (biegen, biegt, bog, hat gebogen) but never made the connection with the word for violin bow (Violinbogen). Ed