Trenchworker

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  1. Trenchworker

    Repair of flawed fingerboard

    Thanks to all for your suggestions. Edi, the step by step procedure is much appreciated.
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    Repair of flawed fingerboard

    I forgot to mention that the scale lines at the bottom of the photo are mm.
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    Repair of flawed fingerboard

    A client brought in a half-size Chinese-made violin with a flaw in its fingerboard. I suggested replacing the f.b. with a new one, but the client won't pay for that. Would injection of glue or epoxy be appropriate? Photo attached.
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    Craig Tucker Memorial Instrument

    Like Doug, I can contribute to fittings and case.
  5. A stable flaw (about the size of a quarter coin) to one side of a fractional sized fingerboard seems to be developing a crack (doesn't go all the way through the fb). Client doesn't want to pay the cost of replacing the fingerboard. Would injecting glue through the fine crack and clamping, be sufficient for at least a few years?
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    MSDS for repaired instruments?

    Thanks for the offer, Jim, I can probably do it myself (I was an environmental chemist in one of my previous lives and dealt with a number of MSDSs) but I was curious whether there was really such a sheet for repairing violins. Never heard of it in violin-making school or thereafter. Must be a new reg, as it hasn't appeared on any previous purchase orders I have received. Which is why I wanted to know if anyone else has met up with this. Or perhaps a new bureaucrat wants to show his/her worth. I'll send them a letter of inquiry, to satisfy my curiousity. Just a cranky thought, but why is there no MSDS required (as far as I know) for bottles of soda pop, some brands whose pH values are around pH 2.3, which destroys tooth enamel and dentine? The last question is rhetorical.
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    MSDS for repaired instruments?

    Do any of you work in a state that requires Material Safety Data Sheets for repaired stringed instruments? !!! Is the hazard from dried glue and/or dried varnish or from string tension or hexes from evil luthiers? I have just received a new Purchase Order for instrument repair with this statement in capital letters: THE LAW REQUIRES MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS FOR PRODUCTS ON THIS ORDER. PLEASE ENCLOSE WITH INVOICE. I couldn't find anything relevant on the Internet except for tools.
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    Looking for spatula

    Ebay has all kinds and sizes (for cake, butter, cosmetics, paint palettes, etc), inexpensive, but as might be expected on Ebay, you pays your dime and takes your chances.
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    Looking for spatula

    Try Cole-Parmer.com, a laboratory supply house. Item SK-06369-15 is a stainless steel spatula with hardwood handle, 7 and 3/8 ", $31.50. Lab supplies are usually more expensive than elsewhere, e.g., flea markets or hardware stores, but finding such a spatula takes time.
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    Projected fb height at cello bridge

    Thank you, Brad H.
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    Projected fb height at cello bridge

    For a 3/4 size cello, what should be the fingerboard projection at the bridge?
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    Honed Bliss

    Mostly I run into trouble when cutting bridges.
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    Honed Bliss

    The only thing worse than forgetting to sharpen, is to believe that one more time to use a knife wouldn't make much difference!
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    What I found inside my viola this morning

    Maybe it was put in on purpose to provide support for sagging plates. After all, if a bridge can withstand the stress of strings......
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    What's the Name of Your Violin?

    I never named the violins I owned as a child or an adult, until I made my first one. I named it "Patch", for an obvious reason, and kept it for myself. After Patch, I started naming the violins I made after each grandchild, until I realized I could never sell any violin so named. So I stopped naming my violins, and "Patch" remains the one and only.