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  1. 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.

    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

    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..
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Good Cello Makers

    I have a German cello in beautiful condition that would be a big step up for you but it needs setup work, and that would cost. I posted about it some time ago. Five thousand isn't much for a cello, but this one was bequeathed to a bar owner who used it as a wall hanger for a few months. It is in amazing condition, that said. Old, lovely, really lovely, just needs work. Look around and I am sure you will find what you are looking for. If you are still looking in a month PM me. We are figuring out what to do with the cello within a couple weeks, but no hurry. I don't think it would come with setup done, so the price would reflect that. Less than five thousand, for sure. You can likely find similar deals closer to your area. Dwight? Any ideas?
  7. Conforming f-hole templates to arching between c-bouts

    Not from the poster, but you can always email certain luminaries in the field who are sure to have the highest quality violin porn available: you know who they are. And so do I. Seeing how the light hits that area where the fluting is makes such a difference. It's not really possible with posters, at least, you have to guess a lot. I have been surprised before that I was looking at photos of the same instrument as a poster showed. Some of those people are pretty generous with photos and information. You know every time someone gets a very interesting item they are talking about it, getting measurements, taking photos. Some say they don't, but they do.
  8. I'm continually seeking ways to get different Google results for violin varnish research, and so, looking up "lute varnish" got me this delightful research and project summary by Andrew Atkinson. I have seen him and his beard before on YouTube and a TV show maybe (eta: nope, I was thinking of David van Edwards and his beard. So never mind.) Anyway. Nothing to do with varnish, everything to do with historical research into authentic tools that violin makers would have had in the 1600's. I hope this is a fun read for some of you. I can guess who will and won't read this, but some of you will. So enjoy. Anyone actually seen these artifacts of the Mary Rose at the museum? Anyone made anything like any of these examples? I'm also interested in discussing any ways violin makers can examine and apply principles that were probably first applicable to the earlier lute makers.
  9. MINIM Virtual Musical Instrument Museum

    Fun browsing, though not enough useful shots for making. But really fun, weird stuff too, and it's all in one place along with the best Cremona examples in the UK. Check this iron cello out for example. What would possess someone to create this???
  10. Violin i/d - tragically maltreated

    That center seam is also tragic. And the button. It looks like someone tried to do the world a solid and set the whole heap on fire, but failed, tragically. The scroll is really scoopy. The f holes are really nasty-no sharp knives involved it looks like. I don't know enough to connect any school with that set of attributes. Some Eastern Europe instruments I have seen have scoopy scrolls in particular, but I think anyone would produce such a scroll if they weren't studying scrolls of Cremona. I think this maker didn't have much access to that sort of information. So who knows where it came from...not me. My noneducated guess is this: You should finish the job and burn it into ash, which would actually be useful for violin making. Repair? How many hours do you have to lose on this? It looks old, so there's that.
  11. Fixing up and revarnishing a VSO

    Ooh, great idea. Car keys. It's so enjoyable to be able to help. Clearly Weisshaar is useless here. This is an experiment to see if the vso can be made worse or not. I say anything is possible. Wait...that is the purpose of this experiment, right?
  12. Fixing up and revarnishing a VSO

    After using the citrisolv, use a dull pocketknife to give your vso some attractive texture as you scrape off the Chinese plastic spray. Oops, did your knife slip? That's why wood putty was invented. Use it liberally. Instead of pricey technical gelatin or hhg, why not try knox unflavored. Much cheaper and basically the same thing. Really, why not. And a bit of Thompson's water sealer over that with just a pinch of some sort of pigment of your choice. And there you will have a less shiny all-weather vso not in reddish pink. Great! Let it dry outside on a very windy day. Which is all of the days this time of year. And throw away the ugly painted fingerboard and glue on a new ebony blank. The minwax thing is way too much effort. Put on some red label strings. Super. If the strings are touching the fingerboard just raise the nut by a couple mm and cut a higher bridge. There are plenty of YouTube videos to show you how. But many say it's so easy you don't need to bother looking any up, really. Also, templates are for amateurs, just do that bridge by eye. You're welcome. Please post lots of photos.
  13. Typical tuning aficionado?

    Oh! Because the internet. Indeed. Well, I made you all look. Nyah. Fox, I think he has his blade set to Romano. Painful to watch and to hear. It keeps catching and clearly he is used to that. Also, what is that yellow gunk around the edges...ewww. Is it glue? Propolis? I take it that this is not at all what most plate tuners are doing, then? I couldn't bear to watch the whole thing. If the poster of the video is reading this, please explain what I have just seen. I feel like I fell off the edge of the internet, where your 50 educational videos and 400 subscribers live. It's very confusing.
  14. Typical tuning aficionado?

    The bass bar angle/tuning technique--what is going on? Also, can you actually hear the dullness of that blade? It can't just be me hearing that awful sound. That plane is dull as a hammer. But why can't I hear what he hears with those tap tones? My hearing is not impaired. What's he doing? How does he know when to stop? He has dozens of videos. He explains why he works this way as though it is all part of a normal, typical, valid technique, and as though everyone does the same. And he has a website too. So he is for real. I guess I should admit when I just don't understand. The technique, the purpose, all of it. Does anyone get this guy? Can you please explain? Thanks
  15. Color coded graduations

    Rather sure. The thing looked like a John Pringle technical drawing. By which I mean, it was nice, really nice and enormously far beyond my level. Just an even grid within a tracing was doing good for me, and it's more than my husband was doing before. He used to be a bit more like Conor about his notes. There were notes, but in very general terms. But now I can't find the video again so who knows. I guess it could have been someone else's, that's possible. I know that video where you are measuring arching, but that is a different one. In any case, you and Roger Hargrave and lots of other people do keep serious records of your work, and it seems like a good idea.