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  1. The Acadia Trad Festival, to be held June 24-29, 2018, is a week of classes, workshops, concerts, community dances and music sessions held at the College of the Atlantic campus on the shores of Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine. The 2018 Acadia Trad Festival will focus on Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, Québecois and Old-Time music and dance styles, and boasts a world-class faculty. Major classes are offered in fiddle, banjo, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, harp, cello, flute, whistle, accordion, dance, and fiddle-making. Additional instruments and genres are offered as afternoon workshops. For more information, and to register or purchase concert tickets, visit https://acadiatradschool.org.
  2. There are still a few spots left in the lutherie class with Jonathan Cooper. Learn more about the program at https://acadiatradschool.org/festival/.
  3. Portland, Maine master luthier Jonathan Cooper will be teaching a one-week lutherie class at the Acadia Trad Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine from June 24-29, 2017. At his shop in Portland Maine, Jon has made over 400 instruments in the last 40 years. His fiddles are played by many of the world’s best performers in trad music. In this one week workshop intensive, students will work together on a fiddle that will be completed in the white – no varnish. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate and advanced makers but can be a good beginning foundation as well for those interested. Students are welcome to bring an instrument they are working on and get guidance from Jon in working on their own instrument. The class will cover an introduction to design and construction in all important aspects. There will be hands on demonstrations as well as access to an extensive personal library and direct examples of work from famous makers. Daily talks on varying subjects including history, maintenance, set up and sound production will be open to the camp at large as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, however a limited number of tools will be available for students who do not have all the necessary equipment. This class has a $40 lab fee payable when you arrive. Please share:
  4. Portland, Maine master luthier Jonathan Cooper will be teaching a one-week lutherie class at the Acadia Trad Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine from June 25-30, 2017. Scholarships are available! At his shop in Portland Maine, Jon has made over 400 instruments in the last 40 years. His fiddles are played by many of the world’s best performers in trad music. In this one week workshop intensive, students will work together on a fiddle that will be completed in the white – no varnish. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate and advanced makers but can be a good beginning foundation as well for those interested. Students are welcome to bring an instrument they are working on and get guidance from Jon in working on their own instrument. The class will cover an introduction to design and construction in all important aspects. There will be hands on demonstrations as well as access to an extensive personal library and direct examples of work from famous makers. Daily talks on varying subjects including history, maintenance, set up and sound production will be open to the camp at large as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, however a limited number of tools will be available for students who do not have all the necessary equipment. This class has a $40 lab fee payable when you arrive. Please share: http://acadiatradschool.com/festival/
  5. MamaTorra

    Where to buy maple for pegbox repair

    Gotcha! Thanks Vda!
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    Where to buy maple for pegbox repair

    Cool. It does sound like a nice technique. The only concern I have is with redrilling, as I don't have any special tools for that (yet). Do you have any tricks for making sure the hole goes in at the right angle and straight to where it's supposed to? Without the block you'd be able to see to verify… Thanks again!
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    Where to buy maple for pegbox repair

    Thanks, all! Love this forum... I'm curious, Violadamore - why the solid wedge across (#3) rather than doing each side individually? It's a cool idea, hadn't heard it before. Does it have a benefit over doing the individual sides? Jerry Lynn - no worries. I have a few progressively invasive options here if things don't go well: First I'll try the interior patch with spiral bushings. If that doesn't hold I'll try the full cheek replacement. This is my first repair (YIKES, I know!) so it's nice to have a backup plan. Thanks for the recommendation of "Old Tone Wood" - I'll check him out. One of our wonderful colleagues on here contacted me by PM and offered some scrap maple, so I think I'll be set with wood at the moment. If that doesn't work out I'll try some of the local furniture makers and see what they have. Thanks again, everyone!
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    Where to buy maple for pegbox repair

    Sure, Violadamore! Here's my Flickr album for the project (you may have seen this before - I think you commented on my post about the 'Brandilioni' a while back). https://www.flickr.com/photos/jenatjax/sets/72157642181347644/ I was thinking of trying the half-cheek/spiral bushing first and seeing if it would hold just so I could try the technique. That way if it doesn't work I can always do the full cheek. Thoughts? Do you think there is enough wood there to even attempt the half-cheek? I would much rather keep the original outer wood for aesthetic purposes… If it all goes disastrously wrong I'll give it a whole new neck and scroll. It needs a neck reset anyway, I'm told (although the neck and button appear solid - I suspect the button may have been poorly repaired at one point - how do I know whether the neck is solid or not? I don't want to pull it off if I don't have to). Good to know I don't need anything really special for this (i.e. tone wood) as currently this is the only violin carcass I have lying around. Thanks much! MamaTorra
  9. I'm repairing a lovely old violin with some major pegbox issues. There were several previous repair attempts (not by me) and there is now very little wood left to work with. I want to re-cheek both sides with full thickness at the A peg and half thickness with a lap joint on either side. But, I have no idea where to buy maple appropriate for this kind of repair, as most of the repair wood I've seen is spruce. The scroll is not flamed, so finding a relative match shouldn't be difficulty. Where do you buy wood of this type? So far I've only found maple for backs and ribs, which is either overkill or too thin for what I need since I'm going to need some extra thickness in order to carve the angle for the lap joint at the narrower scroll. Thanks in advance for the guidance!
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    New (old) fiddle, hoping for guidance

    Great - the strap idea was what I was thinking, except I hadn't thought about not putting them in a perfect rectangle. That makes a ton of sense. Thank you, Jeff!
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    New (old) fiddle, hoping for guidance

    It's stable on one crack, the other side not so much. I'm going to work it off and see how it goes. A friend of mine just did a similar fix with a long patch rather then cleats. Thoughts on that?
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    New (old) fiddle, hoping for guidance

    Top is off and I didn't break it in the process! Super interesting old repairs (at least to me, since I'm new at this). See Flickr album. Onward…
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    New (old) fiddle, hoping for guidance

    Yes - I saw that too. German with an Italianized name. I found only one photo of a Brandiglioni violin online (also on Ebay, who knows it was real) and it was REALLY different than mine. Super dark finish, not a Maggini, none of the characteristics described of B. It's actually discussed on the Auction Scroll back in October of last year. http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329300-any-guesses/ Whatever mine is it sure it fun sleuthing!
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    New (old) fiddle, hoping for guidance

    Email and pics have been sent to Amati. Will report back when I know something (could be up to 4 weeks). Thanks for playing, all!
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    New (old) fiddle, hoping for guidance

    Franciscus, I'm an insatiable researcher and I found every detail I could about Brandi(g)lion before I bought this (there is surprisingly little online). The description is consistent with the Amati/Brompton's description, albeit very broad, as is the year on label (1832) which is 2 years before he died. That said, I bought knowing full well it probably wasn't real. But… maybe I'll email Amati for their free appraisal just for kicks.