Ed Shillitoe

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  1. I believe it was published in the 1820s in Germany. A translation was published in English around 1900 and reprinted by William Reeves around 1975. The full title in English is 'Treatise on the structure and preservation of the violin, by Jacob Augustus Otto'. I have a copy of the Reeves reprint which I bought from Mr. Reeves. The book doesn't seem to credit the origin of the picture as far as I can see, and its not exactly the same as your picture either.
  2. You can find a similar diagram in the Heron Allen book on page 137 or in the Otto book in Fig 4. Not exactly the same but at least on a clear white background which might allow a better scan. Ed
  3. You should visit Markneukirchen then! I was there a couple of years ago and its quite an interesting place - but no one in the entire town, literally, understands a word of English! Without German you will starve and never get out! Ed.
  4. Do you have the "Katalog der Sammlung ... ... " by Rudolph Hopfner? It comes with a packet of actual size drawings of many old bows, which include cross sectional drawings of bow heads. Ed
  5. Clever idea Brad. I have a couple of bows right now with this issue. The problem though is that the top of the frog slopes down a little toward the back - this would make it very hard to get the measuring calipers at exactly the same place each time. We are dealing with very small adjustments here. I remember hearing an idea from Rodney Mohr at one of the VSA meetings. He suggested opening up the eyelet hole just enough to let the eyelet stem move up or down. Then putting the screw and eyelet in place in the stick and putting a little epoxy putty in the frog. Then you could press t
  6. Sounds like sealing wax to me as well. When I was a child we had to use it to fasten knots on the string that went around parcels wrapped in brown paper. We got sticks of it from the post office. You tied the knot on the parcel, heated the end of the sealing wax with a match until it got drippy, then quickly pressed it down onto the knot. It solidified immediately and held the knot closed. I expect you could do the same thing with a hank of bow hair.
  7. This week I was due to ship a new bow to a principal of one of the big US symphony orchestras - when I told him it was coming he asked to delay the trial and wanted his deposit back! He has been told that they will not play again until the end of April but of course there is no guarantee that they will restart then.
  8. Here's a possible solution - it's a prototype of a bow fluting plane that I put together at Oberlin a couple of summers ago, with help from David Orlin. I haven't used it for an actual bow yet - the picture shows a test on a scrap of wood. I have a larger one for the reeding at the butt end of the bow. The details on the head have to be done with small gouges. Ed
  9. My tip is to make sure that you and your customers understand the liability for import duties. These can be large, and until they are paid the postal services will not deliver the violin. Ed
  10. Good idea Duane! I sent the link to our local art theater. Ed
  11. 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
  12. Jerry - do you have a source for un-threaded eyelets? Ed
  13. Take a look at Sai Gao's Facebook page. A couple of days ago he posted a new jig to help fitting eyelets.
  14. 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 sto