MarkBouquet clearsky

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    San Francisco Peninsula, CA USA
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    Music, violin playing/making, woodworking/furniture design/making, bicycling, I'm owned by a dog,

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  1. It's nice of your friend to play the fiddle for his boat, but I can't help being doubtful about whether his boat really appreciates it. Anyway, I've considered the Glasser carbon composite violins for a while, but I haven't made the buy yet. It is reasonably priced, and would have an undeniable utility. It's not considered to be loud, which is a criterion for our OP. I can't imagine paying the price for the MF or L&C.
  2. Another Tarisio item was the Andrea Guarneri viola, for which the high bidder was "microsoft." Is that an alias for David Fulton?
  3. Maybe it's dumb luck, but I can't remember having an E string break at the tuner, and I do use Hill style from various makers. One trick regarding those plastic protectors is to put them in the string loop first, instead of trying to put them on the tuner, and then put the string on. But I have to admit that I stopped using the protectors, and still no breaks. It might be more professional to use them anyway, so to insure against potentially subjecting an audience to the irritation of a broken string. Finally, I lubricate the tuner screws with powdered graphite such as a locksmith uses, and it works great for me.
  4. What does this mean? That the thief can't be charged? That the item can't be recovered? Both of those? There's so much unsubstantiated hearsay in this discussion that I can't help thinking that the whole thing should be deleted so not to leave it in the historical record.
  5. My understanding is that if an insurance company compensated you for it, now they own it. I'm no expert though.
  6. Your photos, particularly of the front, are too poorly lit to reveal much. The back is slab cut, and might be maple.
  7. Oh, so that what a mountebank is! A magsman, illywhacker, defalcator, why didn't you say so in the first place. But they left out scumbag from the synonyms list. (?)
  8. Granted, and I certainly don't want to seem argumentative, especially when you have the expertise here and I don't. But to satisfy my own curiosity I looked up the price of a 3/8" x 12" sterling silver rod, $152.00, and if you cut 1/2" off of that it's about $6.50, and considering that you wouldn't necessarily have to throw away the swarf - I'm guessing that it could be saved up and sold to a recycler - it doesn't seem like that much money when considered alongside the value of your time. But I must reaffirm that you have the expertise here, and I'm just engaging in speculation. And if it's available, silver tubing would certainly make more sense.
  9. I'm not a bow maker/repairer, but when I read your question my first thought is why not machine the ring from solid stock?
  10. That plug on the heel of the neck might be covering a screw. Test with a magnet.
  11. NS Design made this adaptation of their "Balanced Shoulder Rest" for acoustic violins. The Balanced Shoulder Rest was originally created for NS Design electric violins. The acoustic adaptation seems to have been a marketing failure, and I'm not sure that they're still available. Also, Tracy Silverman stated in a recent video that "I'm working on one," regarding a self supporting device for acoustic violins. He has such a device for his electric violins, and though it appears overly complex to me, it seems to work well for him. Personally, I think it's time for someone to solve this problem. There's just no escaping the fact that clamping the violin between one's chin and shoulder is an unnatural way to hold it.
  12. My drill press chuck has a threaded collar that locks it on the Jacobs taper quill. The chuck key is reduced at the end of the handle, to make a pin wrench that fits into that collar. It's nice American (Powermatic) design and engineering.
  13. And the side flaming changes direction from one side of the button to the other.
  14. Also, it would be much more effective to photograph the bow on a plain white surface. All the background objects and surfaces only interfere with the images, and make it harder for the camera to focus properly too.