Robert MacPherson

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    near Philly, USA
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    Armor. Medieval cast pewter. Clocks and watches. Argentine tango.

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  1. ...there's some information on tuning and strings here. It includes a couple of interesting links. and Mac
  2. The pegs on your instrument do seem shorter than the ones that we see in pics on the web. This could easily be a case of sample size error, and that some folks just made shorter pegs. Or, it might mean that these pegs have been shortened for some reason...perhaps to match one that was damaged. The other possibility is that the pegs you have are not original to the instrument. In any case, you can't go too far wrong by making the replacement peg to match the ones you already have. If it turns out that there are good reasons why they should be longer, you can always make a new set. On another front.... It looks like there's good news about replacing the tailpiece. Since it's just a loop of gut, it should be pretty easy to get your instrument up and playing. Have you figured out how they are supposed to be tuned yet? Mac
  3. The "classic" form of the Turkish kemence (Klasik kemençe) seems like the most likely candidate. Here's a link of some fine playing on one.... Mac
  4. Psalm, It looks like you have one of the folk fiddles of the Eastern Mediterranean or Eastern Europe..... name a few. They are all related to the medieval rebec, but are still being played today; some as a strong living traditions, and others as revivals. Many of them have an elongation of the treble foot of the bridge that passes through the "D" shaped sound hole and sits on the inside of the instrument's back. They are mostly played be stopping the strings with the fingernails, rather than pressing the strings down to the fingerboard. Google image searches under those names (and some more too, probably) will give you some idea what the tailpiece might look like. You can also find Youtube videos of modern players of many of these instruments. Good luck and have fun! Mac
  5. Psalm, Probably the easiest way is to put them on an image hosting site (I use Picasa) and link to them. I look forward to seeing what you have. Mac
  6. Thank you Chris and Bruce! Bruce, The ebony dust and glue looks nice! You make a very good point about getting the color from the ebony, rather than some dye which might soak into the wood. Mac
  7. Addie, I'm pretty sure that the roller skate is intended as an artistic statement. The body is not a wooden shoe, but rather a shoe last; so it's solid. Mac
  8. What is the black material used to fill the designs on the ribs etc. of the fancy inlaid Strads? I did a search, and came up with pics, but did not find where anyone described the material. I did find that folks use the word "mastic" to describe the filler used in conjunction with inlaid ivory or MOP. Are the plain black inlays the same stuff?....and if so, what is it really? Thanks! Mac
  9. Wow! I have some older (and perhaps even more unearthly) cases than that one stored in my attic. They haven't been there as long, but my attic is older by ten years, and that must count for something. And here I thought I was just collecting some old cases.... perhaps that music I have been hearing was not just the neighbor's radio.... The mind boggles! Mac
  10. With all that hype, I was expecting to see some bark on the neck. Or, maybe even a violin corpus glued right on to the side of a maple be riven lose after it's had a chance to soak up some sunlight. But, seriously...Thank you, David. Seeing the other end of the spectrum helps to put things into perspective. Mac
  11. That is a nice observation, Bill! It looks to me like the male thread was made by twisting a square rod. No two are exactly the same.... I suppose that the female thread must have been made by putting the male in the frame and forging the hole down around it. So long as the male is kept cool, and the frame is hot, the deformation should be confined to the hole. I have never heard of making matching threads this way, but I think it should work well enough for this purpose. Mac
  12. Yes, but it is only Art the first time. Mac
  13. A tremendous amount has been written about violins, and a surprising proportion of that partakes of romantic nonsense, nutty theories, and voodoo. Those of us who are trying to "wring the truth out of jive" are glad to have some beacons of light, logic and sanity to cling to. Roger Hargrave is one of those beacons. His work ads solid structure to the edifice of knowledge. No one is always right, but if Roger says it, I file it as "most probably a fact". Thank you Mr. Hargrave! Mac
  14. "sul ponticello means 'on the bridge', not 'under the bridge."
  15. "Can you sight read in the bass clef?"