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  1. I'm enjoying seeing this come together. Thanks for sharing! What is the M5 of the back if you don't mind me asking?
  2. So did anyone get the 3d printed plates? Are they still available?
  3. Hey, I was just wondering where you sourced this data? I'm finding that the Red Maple I've been using has yielded relatively lower tap tones with average thickness plates so it's somewhat reassuring that there is such a wide pitch range among the old Cremonese instruments.
  4. Thanks for your description Michael. This is very helpful. I had been leaving more of a defined line on my instruments. It may not make much difference tonally but it's nice to know how it was done. Can you share any info on the condition or period of the Strad you're referring to?
  5. Oh, that's interesting. I'd never questioned whether Sacconi was correct or not. I seem to remember Roger H. making some mention of these zones as well. Has anyone seen these first hand in the wild?
  6. I was just wondering if the unhollowed upper and lower block zones that Sacconi illustrates below are found in instruments by other Cremonese makers or if they are exclusive to Strads with original graduations? "The zones however, at the extreme upper and lower edges, defined by transverse straight lines which pass over the internal edges of the head and tail blocks, by Stradivari were always excluded from the hollowing out ... It is therefore a serious error to eliminate this reinforcement as has unfortunately been done in many instruments."
  7. A couple shots of my recent pg Strad model in natural light.. I mentioned earlier that the plates are tuned on the low side of the accepted range but I’m really enjoying the sound. It’s evenly loud across the strings and there’s a bit of ‘sparkle’ in the high end. This is probably the first instrument I would consider worthy of selling if it weren’t for an antiquing mishap that I tried to patch. I’ve realized that when you add pigments to layers of varnish it makes it impossible to patch it seamlessly.
  8. Sure Jim, I’ll let you know when it’s more established. Once we get our maple and spruce plantations going we’ll have everything we need!
  9. It’s too soon to judge. I’ve only got a few sprouts so far. Honestly, it would be a welcomed invasion. I’ve got most of the rainwater in my yard channeled down a swale to the far corner where the equisetum is and I’m planning on planting a few more water loving plants along side. I’m thinking of it as a micro-marshland.
  10. I planted a group last fall from a nearby nursery and they were immediately eaten by the neighborhood rabbits (thanks to Jim Bress for the bite mark id). So I'm happy to see that they've come back and appear to be spreading! I was thinking of just maintaining an indoor pot incase the rabbits decide to dine on these. I prefer to use equisetum when it's fresh and green.
  11. A few healthy looking sprouts in the garden..
  12. This one always blows me away..
  13. This is a lean varnish, easily chipped away with a fingernail.
  14. I tried this out as an experiment and found it hard to work with. The consistency was sort of a slippery sludge that would settle at the bottom of the jar and the alcohol evaporates quickly so the working time is very short. I've found turps to be much easier to mix and apply evenly. However I'm a novice and it's very possible that I was just going about it the wrong way so don't let me steer you away from the idea. My varnish has gotten significantly more chippy since I cut the oil content,. closer to 1:4 ratio. You could try that.
  15. These are all excellent,. some less expensive additions would be.. Reuning- Bergonzi Beare- Stradivarius
  16. DoorMouse

    F-hole ?

    I've wondered about this as well. I usually drill perpendicular to the surface rather than the plate edge.
  17. What sort of vessel are you cooking in? I like how you can see the color against a white background. Also, your photo looks like an eyeball.
  18. I've had that issue when cooking the colophony too hot.
  19. I’m really enjoying the fragility of this varnish. It makes antiquing much more fun..
  20. I've been mixing it into the final 2 coats of varnish on the Strad model I'm finishing up. Since I'm working with such thin coats, the varnish ratio gets thrown more to the fatty side which is fine (fat over lean) but my future plans are to mix in the cochineal when cooking the varnish to avoid this issue.
  21. That corner looks dangerous! Beautiful work as usual.
  22. Powdered and ground into oil.. I’m finding that the small amount of oil I’m adding is affecting the drying time so the plan is to use the cochineal oil mix when I make the next varnish batch.
  23. I don't listen to too much straight country but I can't help but appreciate Townes' songwriting..
  24. Flipping the orientation of pieces 3 and 4 might help.
  25. Nice, I use the old paintbrush in the keyster trick when I'm varnishing.