Jim Bress

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  1. For #2 I would want to test whether the stiffening solution has a high or lower weight to stiffness ratio than increasing rib thickness.
  2. I don't know how aluminum would affect your varnish. Leaching of aluminium from cookware increases with temperature, as pH drops below 6.7, and increases above 10 pH. Alloys change these numbers to varying degrees. I stopped using Aluminum cookware after high levels were found in my blood. I returned normal levels after not using aluminum cookware or drinking from aluminum cans. http://www.electrochemsci.org/papers/vol6/6126424.pdf
  3. Borosilicate Erlenmeyer flasks and/or beakers.
  4. I noticed that all the bows are "stamped, maker name" instead of "by, maker name", i.e no guarantee by Tarisio on attribution. There seems to be a lot of action already, so maybe this is not a concern.
  5. That's pretty much what I do except I don't set up in the white. I also tap listening for sustain. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress. -Jim
  6. I have this set purchased around 2012 and like them very much. Mine were also roughly ground. Unfortunately, at the time I did not own a tormek so shaping the bevel was a huge pain. However once the chore is finished that are a joy to use. My smallest gouge is also an incanal and has a 5 mm radius. I find this gouge very helpful when hollowing out the peg box. The two largest gouges in the set I use as roughing gouges and have put long handles on them. -Jim
  7. Dear Joerg, I believe everyone here is trying to be helpful. Text is often difficult to read or predict how someone will interpret the tone of the conversation. Hang in there, you’ll get it done. -Jim
  8. Anthony, what is your methodology for working traditionally?
  9. Wow, that sounds really great. Yup, could have listen to Patrick play for much longer.
  10. If you're still in town the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a few instruments out with easy access.
  11. Don't lose heart. You can add wood to the heel if it gets too short and rebuild the mortise if you need to start over. I did both on my #1. If the neck is set just a bit crooked it will still play fine. -Jim #1
  12. Increased permeability of wood after ponding may facilitate drying. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00833406 https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-85778-2_8
  13. I have a Jet that I'm happy with. I have no idea what the finest model on the market is. I will tell you what I want in a drill press. 1. No noticeable run-out. 2. No or as little vibration as possible. 3. A quill lock that is reliable and doesn't have any give if you happen to pull down a little too hard. 4. A table that will rotate 90 degrees. 5. Variable speed. Of course you can get by with an egg beater hand drill, but that's not the question. -Jim
  14. That's good news John! My wife is an Audiologist and I know from conversations that some people have a lot of trouble adjusting to hearing aids. It's kind of like tonal adjustments for people. My wife often (not always) recommends Resound Quattro for musicians. Like violins, there's a lot of qualifiers involved in choosing the most appropriate hearing aid. Glad you found something that works for you. -Jim