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  1. Nathan, the "fleck", thanks for the correct term, is quite pronounced in this piece. I am surprised I would not have noticed it before, or at least not to this extent, if it is common as you say in Maple. The finishing method must be key to produce the effect.
  2. I appreciate the observations and comments. I suspected this piece would not be worth the effort but don't yet have the eye or knowledge to fully ascertain that on my own. I have been doing stringed instrument repair since 2000 but have only begun to work up my chops on viol family student grade material within the last 5 years, there is much to learn! What needs to be done to make this instrument right again, seems rather obvious to me. Whether or not the piece would be worth the effort, is not yet in my comfort zone. I am still curious about the character of the wood grain in the last image. I have been a craftsman building custom fixtures and cabinetry since 1983. I don't recall ever seeing Maple with the diagonal seed pattering in the grain. Is it some type of European variety or not in the Maple family at all?
  3. I have a rather needy violin and am hoping someone can enlighten me on what it might be, and opinions on whether or not there is enough value to justify the effort to bring it back to a reasonable, playable condition. I am aware there is a lot to be done here! There is no label or other markings. There is obvious evidence that the neck block has been loose and poorly re-glued with inappropriate glue. The adjacent treble side rib is also miss-aligned and there is a space next to the heel. The projected neck angle is currently 21mm and the neck height over the top is about 7mm. The button has been crudely shaved along with a fill that was added to the end of the heel. Inappropriate glue used at top and back separations and who knows where else. Tail block is split top to bottom. There is a decently repaired top crack which has been cleated and appears to be by a different hand than the Helpful Henry that did the other work. Peg box is OK but would need new pegs fitted. I have been wondering if this is possibly a hobby fiddle made with locally available woods? The finger board looks like Walnut to me and the ribs and back don't look like any Maple I have experience with. It's curly and like Maple at a casual glance but a close look at the grain character makes me think it's something else. Thanks.
  4. OK... glad I didn't break it.
  5. Well, no luck, still getting error code 200 when trying to load images.
  6. Tried logging out and back in, still no go. I had also updated my email address, maybe Maestronet powers that be thought that suspect? I'll give it another go tomorrow, I'm out of time to pursue this any further today. Thanks again, Paul
  7. Hi Jeffrey and thanks. I just tried a PM to shelbow to take her up on the offer to post the images for me but got the same error code. I'll try logging out and logging back in, see if that does it.

  8. I was trying to start an ID thread but kept getting error code 200 when trying to load images. Image files are all no wider than 750 pixels and there are no file sizes larger than 160KB. I was using the browse function to load the files from my computer. Am I missing something? Thanks...
  9. This apears to be a pretty nice violin. The person that owns it says her grandfather aquired it in the nineteen-teens. Can anyone identify the country of origin or possible attribution to a maker? No label or marks inside. I posted this already at the Fiddle Hangout, please see the images there. http://www.fiddlehangout.com/topic/45313 Thanks!
  10. If you frequent flea markets or resale shops, go through the ladies leather purses. Your likely to find one two that can harvested for suitable grip leather. Old leather gloves may be worth looking at too.
  11. It's already been done, it's called a pencil.
  12. Know any potters? If they are making any Raku firings they will take all the wood shavings you can give them.
  13. Yes, I'm quite familiar with Poplar and have enough on hand for thousands of plugs and wedges. Right now, I'm comfortable with Basswood for spreaders and will stick with that for now. Thanks.
  14. Acually, I have been using an Exact-A-Knifer for exacting chippertation and spreadulization. OK. You better tell Jerry too.
  15. Thanks to the responders. I have been happy with the Basswood for the spreader wedge but not so much with it for the frog and tip. Poplar sounds interesting, kind of in between the hardness of Basswood and Maple.
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