Jack Devereux

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  1. PegHeds....

    For what it’s worth, I had a fiddle with a set of the peg heads on it and I eventually wore one out. I was gigging for a living at the time and playing a lot of old time and music that required non-standard tunings, but weirdly it was the A peg that died, which was probably the one getting wrenched on the least. It just felt like a tooth had broken off a gear inside or something, you’d turn it and feel a big clunk and it would slip. They were on the fiddle when I got it, I see no advantage to them over wooden pegs that are put in properly.
  2. John Devereux Violins

    Ben, very cool! Thats a lovely looking fiddle. Thanks for the photos and information, would love to see more when you get it back. When you say it’s a shame he didn’t maintain the same style after immigrating, what did he transition to? Henley says they tend to be quite big? Would love to hear anything more you think on his making, or if you know anybody to consult, my interest has been piqued. Tim, I hadn’t seen that book, it looks quite good, I’ll have to put it on the list.
  3. John Devereux Violins

    Leafing through a copy of Henley, I discovered I share a name with an English violin maker who later immigrated to Australia- John Devereux (although only my mother calls me John and only when I’m about to get an earful). Most people spell the surname with an A (Devereaux), so I was particularly interested that he has the same version, sans A. Googling hasn't turned up much, was wondering if anybody had any information on him or has seen any of his instruments. Henley seems to think highly of him, but, you know, Henley... Thanks, Jack
  4. Excellent Stradivari pictures

    Shameless plug for my boss (John Montgomery, who along with Michael Zirkle did these photos/measurements)- you can buy the whole set of photos in a binder notebook. Really handy for spreading out on the bench when working on stuff, 1:1 photos of F holes and scroll for making templates, and they’re printed with an eye to matching the varnish color to the original instrument, so you don’t have to worry about your computer monitor throwing the color off. I know he has a bunch of the Betts ones at the shop, and has similar folios on all the other instruments in the LOC. If you’re interested the shop phone number is easy to find, just give a call, they’re a great resource. (if this breaks any advertising rules I apologize and will happily remove it)
  5. My first real label. Is it missing something?

    Clean that glue up!
  6. Crazy price for broken violin

    I laughed loudly in public at this. It’s funny cuz it’s true..
  7. Nathaniel Rowen

    I'm Facebook friends with him and have exchanged emails with him a few times. I believe he moved up to Beacon NY? I don't know the guy but he seems very solid in our correspondence, and the instruments of his that I've seen are quite nice. I think he worked for Guy Rabut for a while. He also plays old time fiddle, so that's a check in the plus column in my book...
  8. Basic Acoustics Resource

    Hahaha, yeah, I suspect I just entered the dimensions into the box wrong. I'll try it again and report back... Are there general correlations between density and sound or is that over simplistic?
  9. Basic Acoustics Resource

    No, I have no idea what the range even is. Is that wildly off? There's a solid chance I entered the measurements wrong...
  10. Basic Acoustics Resource

    Awesome, thanks! http://www.fiolinmaker.no/en/tips_tricks/eigenvekt.php I just used this site to calculate the density of a back I had laying around and came up with 2.123g/cm^3. What does this tell you? When you're thinking about wood densities do you just record and find what trends tend to work for your style of making, or do you actually seek out wood in a specific range? Are there characteristics that woods of different density typically display?
  11. Basic Acoustics Resource

    I feel like I'm beginning to have enough grasp of tool skills to kinda make a decent, repeatable box to a set of specs, and am now trying to be more systematic about documenting both the things I can control (arching, graduations, bar shape, whatever else), and the qualities of the wood I'm using. I hear all these terms and concepts about wood density, modes, speed of sound, all that jazz thrown around that I don't really understand, and would like to learn about this stuff, if only for note taking purposes. Is there a website, book or something else that breaks these basic violin making acoustics concepts down? I've searched and can't seem to find anything that seems definitive. Thanks!
  12. Art Tree House Washed Linseed Oil

    Thanks Joe!
  13. Art Tree House Washed Linseed Oil

    Has anybody used this stuff? Seems too good to be true- already washed and cheaper than the cold pressed Kremer stuff... https://www.arttreehouse.com/store/content/water-washed-linseed-flax-oil
  14. How Messy can Your Shop get?

    You could have eaten off the floor of the shop I was trained in. Wasn't any big deal, every tool and supply had its specific place and went back there when it was done being used. Quick sweep at the end of the day and you're good to go. All of the high end shops I've visited seem to follow a similar protocol, and I certainly strive for that in my own space. Not nocking anybody who has a messy space, I just don't understand how you could get any work done like that.
  15. Sharpening Bridge Knives

    That makes sense. One more question and I promise I'll stop bugging you! How big is the blank you're starting with? I was trying to put that shape into the standard issue 1/4" Hock blade. Is that size workable? Thanks!