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  1. Thanks. That sounds like good advice. The neck is not set in any way. While there are several good manuals for violin making I haven't really come across anything for early guitars. I suppose it makes perfect sense that if Stradivari was driving nails into his violin necks that were just glued to the ribs he would do the same for guitars. Unfortunately, the instrument is closed up now. I'll have to see if I can fit a driver through the hole. I did just pick up a wireless borescope for some car work I was doing. Time to wipe off the grease and put it to use!
  2. This is false. As Deans stated above, only non-infectious RNA was found.
  3. Thanks, the bulbs I've been using aren't branded. I suspect the cheaper ones degrade faster. I just ordered a new set of Phillips Actinic BL bulbs. Does anyone have experience with those?
  4. It's just glued at the moment but I'm just making it up as I go along. Do you think it needs reinforcing? I'm planning on using gut strings on this one.
  5. So I just tossed out a recent batch of varnish that I thought was having drying issues without even considering that it might have something to do with my UV bulbs until I realized the violin I've been trying to tan for a few days hasn't really gotten much darker. The bulbs appear to be illuminating fine. Does anyone know if the output of UV spectrum from fluorescent bulbs gets weaker with time?
  6. I've gone down a bit of an outline stacking rabbit hole today and have found that this is absolutely correct, especially if you do away with scale. It's surprising how similar even a GDG and a Strad outline are apart from their corner placement and angle. I'm wondering now what it would look like to make a form that's an average of all the different variations.
  7. Well that's a pretty clear comparison! I'm going to have to pick up a copy of that book sooner or later. You can really make out the difference in the upper curves of the c-bouts.
  8. I'm finding it helpful to have a scrap of spruce to test gouges on as I sharpen. The tool should slide through with minimal effort and leave a perfectly smooth surface behind. If there is any resistance or lines/grooves left in the surface then it could be sharper. Both sides of the edge should look like a mirror.
  9. I was just doing some comparing between a Grand Pattern and a what I'm assuming is a Strad PG instrument (1718) and was noticing the striking similarities in shape and size. The measurements are all within one or two mm and the only differences I'm seeing in the outline are the upper c-bout curves being tighter on the Strad. Anyways, I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere before. I'm just excited that I can probably get away with using the same mould for either! Here's an overlay of the two instruments..
  10. It’s a 3 piece neck like what you’ll find on most baroque guitars. This requires less waste than a one piece neck. Since this is a non-traditional 4-string instrument I’m making my own patterns and templates. It’s just loosely in the style of a Stradivari guitar.
  11. That's some tasty looking sauce you've got there! Is this your Tuscan Strad model?
  12. Here’s my gouge set so far. It’s a mixed batch of SJ and JB Addis brandings from different periods, 1880s-WWI. I’ve turned new boxwood handles for a couple these but I like the variety of shapes so it’s not going to be a matching set. The largest one will likely become my new roughing gouge when I get around to turning a large handle.
  13. Thanks Jim. I noticed when tracing the scroll out in Illustrator how the arcs fit the curves with almost no adjusting necessary. The design is very balanced and not as bulky as Stradivari. I keep having to take off more wood than I'm used to.
  14. Karlsson Gouges have been getting a lot of praise on maestronet recently. Dastra's are nice too.