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    Poplar viola grads?

    It looks fine. Remember, it's always easier to remove a top and bring the graduations down rather than appeal to some kind of magical method or faith healing to replace wood that shouldn't have been removed in the first place. Rather than depend on those graduations alone, you will obviously need to give a lot of time to flexing the top and see how it feels. I'm sure you know this. Nathan Slobodkin said pretty much all that needed to be said.
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    Trigger finger

    Ouch. I read b6 and curcumin can help, but I am sure you tried everything. I'm not some particularly ingenious googler, so I know you must have seen the same articles. Acupuncture works amazingly well for some conditions...it provided instant relief for the whiplash from a car wreck for example, but when I went to get general back pain taken care of I don't think it helped much. So I'm glad you went with the obvious, fast(ish), science-based solution. Recover quickly!
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    VSA and job searching

    Thanks for this, and I realized that is the other side of the same thing you said before. I am easily frustrated by some aspects of "the job", and if that came out as hostility toward the VSA and it's events, like Oberlin, and a whole bunch of other stuff, I apologise. I know you are right and I didn't mean to be crude. I hope my husband will finally join the VSA, especially if there are lots of good job listings. He's not even looking. I was just asking a question about what to expect at the conference in case he wants to look in the fall. What I was hearing is that you don't think people should expect the conference to be a job searching vehicle, just a way to possibly meet a few buddies who might in some distant future consider their VSA buddies for a job. And that is not what you wrote, I see this. That Constantin Popescu job looks great, what an opportunity. I'm sure they are getting a ton of bites. I'd assume so. Thanks for posting that, David Burgess.
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    VSA and job searching

    All I can say is that I did tell you, which you know. You replaced one piece of bad wood with more of the same, "against your better judgement", unprofessionally and condescendingly. It doesn't matter anymore.
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    VSA and job searching

    No one wants a job "through" an organization, but "with" an employer who is probably a member of it. I would never clown people who attend things that are part of the VSA's efforts. However, it can be hard to break into certain circles if you aren't someone who has an insatiable lust for craft beers, as well as the occasional indulgence in whatever else (*cough*) people enjoy when they're trying to relax after a day in a dark room. Would you deny it? Of course you wouldn't. YOU'RE THAT GUY. I am pretty certain that there are some "social" circles that will never apply to people who work as hard as my husband does. So, that's that. Luckily, there are others like him, and although they're mostly over 60, they're out there. Oh, and Chris, he had a lot of fun remaking a scroll and throwing away three backs of crap wood that you traded him for two Rivolta cello backs/sides, with a smile. Got a bad pallet, didn't you? You know what you did, because you showed him the few pieces of wood he could choose from. Sure, there were no visible defects, which you were quick to point out, but every piece he got from you was bad. It's been fun interacting here and IRL, but I think he will manage much better to do without your obviously well-meaning help and advice from now on. He can decide for himself who his "colleagues" are. He would tell you the same thing, in a less nice way.
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    VSA and job searching

    Why is it such a bad idea to set up something for people who are looking seriously for a job? Wouldn't you want to have an idea of who is looking for a job? Obviously, it's a first step. You already go there, see people's work, and you might put them on a short list for possible employment in your head. Don't you? This would just make it easier for all involved. It's not like my husband doesn't ever get out of his hobbit hole, and he can be a lot of fun to be around, but he's not about wasting time. And yes, it goes both ways. My husband has already decided against job offers. He is also looking to find someone that he wants to work for, the right situation, the right geography, the right opportunity. Going to the VSA will probably make it easier, one would hope, since there will be many more opportunities to meet people than one would find, say, in Kansas, and we all know that you can't really know enough to make a decision over the phone or internet. I was only asking if the VSA Convention organizers would consider making it even easier for people. Maybe some shop owners would like to peruse the field without particularly posting an ad anywhere or anything--they just want to get an idea. It could be very helpful for everyone to have a job search component of the convention be available. "Putting in the time" and "working hard to get better"...do you mean going to Oberlin? Do you mean spending time in the hotel bar at the Convention? Or do you mean working hard to get better? Someone who is working that hard probably isn't spending their free time building relationships, drinking beers, and smoking a joint with their competitors. That wasn't meant as a jab at Oberlin by any means...Oberlin is probably pretty great. It sounds like fun. So are bars...fun. Between me and my husband, fun is more my purview. It's just a personality thing. He would rather be in a dark room scraping wood with his buddy than drinking a beer with him, no BS. I concede the role of relationships in any business, especially such a small and interconnected one. My husband actually helped teach one of your guys during his school breaks when he was still at the Chicago School. You know that, but you've never met my husband, and you act as though he still has some kind of time to put in before he can expect to get a job anywhere. Or were you just being general?
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    VSA and job searching

    This! Your idea is more of a surgical strike, as opposed to a workshop meet and greet. I'm sure it would be possible to figure out how to facilitate this without wasting anyone's time. Maybe I'm overthinking. Can you see if an employment bulletin board would be considered for this year? Maybe those who don't care who sees might be able to tack up a resume.
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    why does workmanship matter?

    I think you want to find something made by a competent maker for many reasons, like your own comfort, resale value, etc. Bad workmanship means that a lot is wrong with the instrument in the first place, so I am not sure what you're asking. Bad workmanship doesn't mean that it's just not pretty. Bad is bad.
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    Strad Style - On DVD and BLU-RAy

    I just asked my library to order it, and they bought two copies. I am not sure that was a good idea. This movie is sick. No violin maker could enjoy this. He's performing incantations to the devil over the box and stuff. Yet, there is a certain charm. Mostly the charm of a train wreck.., you never see the guy do any of the difficult parts. I'm sure he didn't. Couldn't. It'll drive you bonkers watching him make the box though. Then the soloist makes an album and calls it Strad Style. Says the violin is magical. And I kept thinking on the purported maker's massive mistakes and failure in basic tool handling.... it's going to upset any of you who see it. My advice is to find enough alcohol to drink during the film that you forget what you have seen.
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    VSA and job searching

    I am wondering if the VSA convention is set up to help people meet shop owners who might be looking for employees, or if it's just something people have to figure out themselves over the weekend. I hope there is a "workshop" for connecting such people with one another, or that someone can make that happen. Also, curious how many of you met your employer or employee at a VSA event. Your answer in the poll is anonymous. Thanks.
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    We need a "Like" button on Mn.

    Without emoticons, we can never understand what others are thinking or show that we appreciate their perspective and experience. The metatext is lost forever when we can't endlessly like our own contributions. Ok, no. But you know what would be useful? Just for scanning purposes, something like this... 0 out of 4,023 people found this comment helpful.
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    Walnut hull tint

    This. It's a great tool. I didn't feel like it's very easy to control the color though. Doesn't it fade a lot? If not, at least, it changes a lot. But for how it can produce a craqueleur effect for antiqued instruments, it's amazing.
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    Craig Tucker, in rememberence.

    I have been thinking about Craig recently, realizing that he had not posted lately. I kind of knew, and I am so sad to see that he has passed away. When? I was amazed by his proactive attitude toward his health. He seemed to have a really great, happy life, and I will always remember him for that reason. And I liked his meandering writing style, both pensive, and humorous. I didn't know him personally but I admired the heck out of him for his incredible strength. I don't know if I would be strong enough to get dealt a health hand like his and stay around another 32 years. Not only was he persistent, he was productive, creative, and always learning new things too, like his foray into bow making last year.
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    reivew of 'Gone' by Min Kym, book about stolen Strad

    I overstated it a bit by saying the book sounds boring. It doesn't. I appreciate the review. But her feelings about the violin as her soulmate and that it should be the ex-Kym rather than the Euston and all that just sounds totally unreadable. Why is that a lack of empathy? I'm actually a very empathetic person but I have my limits. Yes, she is a person with feelings and etc., But there are billions of those. There's few Stradivaris, and her idiocy caused an opportunity for the theft of one. What she did was like leaving a briefcase on the floor that was full of millions of dollars of cash. I didn't get from the earlier review that she owned up to her mistakes. That helps, but there's still the general theme of the book. So forgive me if the idea of willingly slogging through 12,000 words of her boo-hooing about the terrible burden of her talent and privileged life and how she tickles herself when she thinks about the violin she used to own...just, no thanks. Even if it's much more psychologically interesting than that, it still sounds like a not very enjoyable and very unsavory read. I'm sure many of the most interesting bits are her account of what occurred after the instrument was found. I have no clue how the violin trade functions at that high level. She paid under £500,000 for it originally, and I guess it's sad that she couldn't get it back. I assume she bought her Amati with the insurance money. Someone definitely profited from her error, and that is the bit I would find interesting. I'm sorry if this viewpoint continues to be somehow offensive.
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    reivew of 'Gone' by Min Kym, book about stolen Strad

    Ah! I remember hearing that story (of the circumstances of the theft) and it definitely seems like she shouldn't blame her boyfriend. Even if he was trying to get his hands in on the deal somehow, or screw her over somehow, that is also her fault. Keeping the instrument safe was her job. Apparently she can't fob off the insurance company with her story, so she wants to prove it to readers. Other than the abnormal psychology aspect of her 'in hindsight' devotion to the instrument, which borders on the obscene, it all sounds almost boring.