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  1. I was look around ebay and didn't see any ZSM violins. Have they stopped making violins?
  2. http://www.google.com/patents?...bastrop+texas#PPA1,M1 Google Patent Link showing the Violin patent I thought this might make for interesting discussion. It's a patent for a violin and makes some accoustic claims. I actually own two of these violins. I'd be interested in peoples thoughts on the document. Jason
  3. How does one find local auctions with violins? Is there an auction circut? Is there a whole sale circut?
  4. quote: Originally posted by: apartmentluthier I quite like the before photo. I think I would have left it, or perhaps just a touch of spirit over the bare areas. Yep that definately would have been one way to go. I didn't even consider that. Thanks for the idea. I'll know better next time. Seems the only difficult part of that would have been matching the varnish.
  5. Yes, I put it on my blog there. I figured it would be more correct to do a proper post than a link to my blog on a nother foum.
  6. I finally finished the re-varnish job on "Nash" my 100 year old JB Clopton Violin, owned orginally by Marshall JF Nash of Bastrop Texas, whom I received by the kind goodness of his grandaughter Gloria. To make a long story short: I purchased a violin from Violins etc... in Austin 2 years ago, my first violin. The Violin was made in Elgin, Texas by a little known American Maker JB Clopton. The violin is very unique in that is yellow in color and in the russian style. We named him "Jed" (as in Clampet), we name all our violins. Jed is number 22 of Mr. Cloptons Violins. I put out feelers to see if anyone on the web had heard of this maker and I was contacted by "Gloria" (other info left out for her privacy). Who told me she had a violin made by Clopton that was her grandfather's. JF Nash was the town Marshall of Bastrop, played in the Bastrop Orchestra, owned a stage coach company and was in the McDade gun fight. Thus by the grace of Gloria, now I have two pieces with real character and age, but also cool history associated with them that I can document. When I got "Nash" as my girl named him. He was in need of repair. There was no nut, no saddle, sound post was laying down and the finger board was on crooked. Nash is #20 of Mr. Cloptons Violins. I took the violin (or Gloria did) to Brian Duckworth, one of the best people and Luthiers on the planet (http://www.duckworthviolinshop.com)and he put it back in playing condition saving the finger board. However, the varnish was in horrible condition, due to storage and some sort of solvent that appears to have spilled on it. A lot of bare wood was exposed(probably someone tried to clean it up with alcohol). After, weeks of research and advice from net friends, responses from my posts here on Maestronet.com and some e-mail with Gloria, I decided to re-varnish "Nash" and restore him to his due glory. My goals were: 1. Restore the Varnish on the violin to what it would have looked like with out the alcohol incidents. Ie... Not new, bring it to a state as Marshall Nash might have left it rather than brand spanking new. 2. Match the color of the "Jed" as they appeared to have the same varnish. I expect some color difference, because "Jed" seems to be made of Pine on the top instead of Spruce, but wanted to get in the general vincinity. Jed also appears to have a shiny coat of shellac on him that I did not intend to duplicate. 3. Make the violin playable. As I have a deal with my girls that for their highschool graduation they can pick a violin off my wall as a present. Macalah my 7 year old has her eye on "Nash". She loves two things, Charlie Daniels and Aslan from the Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe and the idea that "Nash" was the violin of a US Marshall and Stage Coach Drive (read REAL COWBOY), tickles her to death. I have more violins than any human should I've attached several pictures 1. Nash before Restoration. 2. Nash after restoration. 3. Jed for color comparason. 4. Both Front (Jed Left, Nash Right) 5. Both Back " 6. Both Sides " I'd welcome any comments or thoughts on the project and advice if I ever try this again:
  7. Is 1704 a color or a style of varnish? Available for Luthiers or Home Depot? I'm looking on the web for a French Polishing process to see if I would do that or not. I'll post pictures on the on the completed project for reference. thanks... Jason
  8. Thanks again for all the tips, I'm on coat number 3 in two days... Seems to be going well. Once you have all the varnish coats on do you use a final coat of something else? or a final polish?
  9. How long do you let it dry between coats?
  10. That's great thanks for the help. Can I sand between coats with 600 grit paper?
  11. I'm starting my first attempt at varnishing a violin and wondered if anyone had any guidlines for how many coats of spirit varnish one should use? I'm using JOHA Violin Spirit Varnish from Luscombe Violins. Thanks, for your time
  12. Has anyone had experience with Cremona Brand Violins? I've been eyeing Hellier Copies and am looking at this: Product: CREMONA MAESTRO "SPECIAL EDITION-HELLIER MODEL" OUTFIT- VIOLIN 4/4 Item Number: SV-1800 and a Gliga Maestro. I'd appreciate any comments, thoughts or experiences.
  13. Hello, My youngest daughter (7) has been playing violin for about 10 months. I told her when you started that, if she decided to take violin, she'd have to stick with it for a year. After a year of earnest practice, if she still didn't enjoy it, she could stop taking lessons. I think it's important that they learn to commit to things. I also told her that if she decided to continue, I'd buy her, her own violin. She rents currently. She's indicated that she'd like to continue lessons after the year is up and she'd like either an all Black Violin or Lion's Head Scroll violin. Would be so kind as to make some recommendations? I'm willing to spend $300 to $400 on a student violin for her and looked at Gliga Gems I's but could not sell her on the artistic ones. There doesn't seem to be a good selection of Black 1/2 or 3/4 size violin's and I don't want to get an e-bay $30.00 one. Thanks, jason
  14. Someone mentioned that they thought it was a Gliga based on the scroll. Anyone else see that?
  15. Yes they are geared pegs. Very cool and easy to use.
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