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Michael Jennings

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  1. Just to throw a wrench (wench?) into the works....... I have an early Nippon fiddle rescued from the dump that sounds MUCH better strung with "Octave " strings than it did as a violin [coyote call].
  2. Sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do...... I appreciated it, except you beat me to it.
  3. As others have stated...... I don't think you are going to make any progress, in the direction you want, until you FIRST recut that bridge [or replace it with a properly proportioned and fitted one]. Check out some youtube videos on cutting/fitting bridges.
  4. That is VERY interesting looking top/belly wood on the guitars. What is it? How would you characterize the sound compared to commonly used spruce? Regardless Lovely Instruments.
  5. I have been listening regularly to YoYo's 2004 recording of Ennio's music with the Roma Sinfonietta, Ennio conducting.... there are many things that only the Italians can do, as the Italians do them. [ expecting the "YoYo is Italian?" snark to begin.......... now]
  6. Cuff buttons shirt/jacket, watch strap clasp/buckle? Or loose bow knocking around in case?
  7. Belly? Shirt or jacket cuff buttons while playing in higher positions?
  8. Hey....that's mine! Where did you find it?!
  9. I have several #6 shot pellets imbedded in my sinus cavity, from a "work place" incident [No I was not part of the GWB Whitehouse staff]... That have been there for almost forty years. So far I haven't gotten any stupider, I don't believe...? The most fun about this is watching the eyebrows/facial expressions of staff at a new dentist's office after the first panoramic X-ray.
  10. OP, draw us a diagram or post a photo of what you have and what you want to accomplish [saw off].
  11. Just got home from a first session of Deep Tissue Massage. I do believe if the CIA had employed that technique, they could have dispensed with the waterboarding and all the other barbarity..... received the info they wanted and put a much more palatable spin on the whole affair.
  12. I'm dealing right now with a "mild" Tennis Elbow on the left side and Rotator Cuff Impengment on the right.... Taking Tumeric and ginger capsules, but what I'm really looking for is the Les Schwab for humans.... believe I could use some new shocks and bushings.
  13. Since it's apparently an example of " the usual rubbish" and of little value.... If it were mine I might be tempted to buy an "in the white" pre-carved neck from IV, save the the fingerboard, nut, pegs. Repair and patch the button break. Fit and varnish [for the best match I could manage] the new neck I imagine it wouldn't decrease or increase the "value" [$20.00] of the instrument.
  14. Sorry I should have been more clear re my situation.... I have yet to actually build a fiddle, but I do build guitars, Irish zouks, etc., and rasps are handy working on necks that size. I also do some cabinetry/furniture projects so the rasps are handy for me. I think that you are spot on in that the rasp isn't "necessary" and for fiddle work, if I had to choose the file would always win.
  15. I can understand the dilemma of being on a limited budget and trying to "tool-up". My experience is that you can get by with less expensive tools and a limited arsenal. However, over the long run, prioritizing which type of tools are going to get the most use and saving to buy the best quality you can pays off in limiting frustration, quality of work and only having to buy that too once. I have a set of Liogier rasps that I'm very happy with. Hand stitched, sold direct to consumer, and, although not inexpensive, reasonably priced for the exceptional quality. The unexpected final selling point to me was that all of his rasps are available with a "Left-Handed stitch pattern". After decades of using "the standard" or other people's rasps, I was gobslmaked at the difference is comfort, effort, quality of cut that made for me [southpaw].
  16. If you are looking for "match" to ivory you're going to be looking at celluloid (ivoroid). Only downside is it is quite flammable . Ste-Mac is the place to look.
  17. Not useful at all for plates [only a 2" throat depth], but really convenient for bridges and other small parts. No Idea how this ended up on the wrong thread!!!???? Can it be moved to the "broken dial indicator" thread?
  18. I have an Epiphone Broadway Archtop guitar 1946 that spent 25+ years in an unheated, and dubiously roofed, barn here on the island. Only damage was some deteriorated celluloid binding. Hanging on the living room wall now played regularly.
  19. At a certain point in life the speed of time becomes pretty irrelevant..... either you're above ground today, or under it. Make the most of the moment.
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