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  1. Nut groove

    His luthier might have filed it too much already. It can't be filed more to fix that, can it? I have no idea what you just said about your prowess with a file, it's very confusing and vaguely amusing. But I almost believe you. Larry's "paper shim" technique sounds safest to me, and it's only for a couple weeks. Paper in the nut groove can solve numerous issues, such as the buzzing that starts after storing the bass next to the air conditioner. This is a thing I did, maybe a decade ago. Whoops. Skill and time required to apply it: 1
  2. Nut groove

    I imagine you're going to need a new nut if you epoxy it. The baking soda thing looks handy, but not reversible either.
  3. Edge Doubling

    I have heard of a guerilla warfare type edge doubling strategy where plaster is used, and the surface sanded before gluing wood slivers in. This would be for making a cheap instrument functional very quickly, probably a child's violin. Frank, if you're practicing restoration then tear a page out of Weisshaar and do it. That is my half penny's worth. I only know what I've heard of, but I never heard of wood dust and shellac used in that technique. I shouldn't have heard of the plaster method either. It's wrong, not for general use that is, even though it might work.
  4. Starting salary for violin shop tech

    There's one guy in this field, high up enough to lure recent grads with $8\hour. But then he has the unhappy saps getting his coffee and picking up FedEx deliveries, and shows them virtually nothing. Great guy. If you compare that situation with an honest apprenticeship where nothing in the Weisshaar book is out of bounds, it's wonderful to be paid to get that, even if it all starts at zero. Ultimately some shops can't pay a lot no matter what, but if you can learn edge doubling from a professional while you're being paid something, that's really good. If you aren't paid, you are getting something worthwhile if you get to watch. I really do hope that you find something that will work both financially and career wise, but my guess is that at first it's a trade-off. I really don't believe that someone who can't even do quality and fast setup work is worth $14 or $15 an hour to most shops unless it's not a good shop. That low end is just not realistic. It doesn't match any of the experiences I am aware of, except when someone just out of school is hired as the main luthier somewhere. It's arguably not where you want to be.
  5. Minimum size plane for making centre joints

    What a terrible...y pragmatic thing to say. Hmmmm.
  6. Minimum size plane for making centre joints

    You actually did not have to admit that. Anyway, OP, yes, it is possible. My husband uses a #4, even for cello joints. I swear it. And his joints are much, much better than Nick's jointer does. I should probably have evidence for such a claim. It's true though. He reports that using a small bench plane is a huge pita, and obviously the bigger the better. Still, it's possible, which was your question. He keeps it very sharp to say the least. That said, I'm always wanting to buy him a Lie Nielsen #8 because when he tried one it was more thrilling to him than anything else I could possibly buy or give him. But it's spendy. As everyone knows. If he's not buying himself one, I figured he can continue to do without it for awhile. He is getting the same result with what he has. It takes me a sad amount of time to save $700 for a hand tool..somehow other stuff always comes up.
  7. Ground and Varnish suggestions

    Dunno if this is helpful two years later, but I was thinking of this site: www.jamescgroves.com
  8. Upgrading old cheap violins.

    Can you order a few new or older violins from China first?
  9. Violin neck (side) concavity

    Thanks, David. He did the board basically as you described but he mentioned that he may add a tiny bit of curve at the end. Somehow he got by with only doing a handful of cello boards in the past, and the last one was a few years ago. This one was much easier than expected. The Romberg (?) angle under the C was tricky but it was not the dreaded task he remembers, so that's good. Yes, adding the curve is intentional and also, apparently it's not easy. It is easier not to do it.
  10. Saving the mold

    Glue a square of butcher paper or grocery bag to your blocks. Remove the mold with a bit of hot water if you have trouble.
  11. TRIVIA: THIS AND THAT ABOUT THIS AND THAT

    True. I imagine they bonded over the observation, but my daughter notices nursing babies, nursing animals, and asks me to nurse her dolls. She loves to nurse. It's a human thing, not just a boy thing. Sometimes it gets weird. She'll hand me a stuffed warthog or a Predator action figure and tell me to "give the ba". Sometimes I have to explain that I just don't nurse that kind of guy. I use humor. I change the subject. But she is very much for ba rights and anti-discrimination of ba giving, which is sweet. I guess. My son thought he had exclusive rights. I am certain that she would notice some DDs in a tank top, but I doubt she would say anything. My son had no sense of decorum at this age. Lol
  12. TRIVIA: THIS AND THAT ABOUT THIS AND THAT

    Reminds me of the time my husband was holding our boy in a grocery store line. He was two. He points to a buxom young woman and says very loudly, " Look, papa! That one have biiiig boo-boos!" All his dad could say was, "Yep, you're right." Face palm. Powers of observation are good..
  13. Violin neck (side) concavity

    Thanks. Luckily that is an article that my husband has the analog version of. Thanks for the thread link too. Any discussion of cello fingerboards, or any fingerboards, is appreciated.
  14. Violin neck (side) concavity

    OT but any past threads specifically about cello fingerboards coming to anyone's mind that you can point out? It would be quite helpful to see a robust debate on cello fingerboards. I looked without luck...also, anything debating the pros and cons of an end bevel on the board would be particularly helpful... Thanks, and/or thanks anyway.