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  1. 30 degrees on each side adds up to 60 degrees for the whole edge. Is that what you're doing (?), because if it is that's way too blunt. A knife like that should be beveled about 15 degrees per side, for a total of 30 degrees at the edge.
  2. Wouldn't a relative humidity drop also cause the pegbox to shrink, possibly causing the pegs to become tighter?
  3. At the end she said "It took me forever to make that video." I can believe it, because it seemed to take forever for me to watch it.
  4. The story says the collection of 263 instruments is valued at $4.5 million, and that Bromberg and his wife are willing to donate 2/3 of that and sell the collection to the LOC for $1.5 million. At full value that's an average of $17k+/instrument. At $1.5 million valuation, that's $5.7k/instrument. My question is who decided/determined that these instruments are worth that much? Could it be that there are no donors coming forth because no one believes in the valuation?
  5. That's why we, the insurgents, had to take control of the airports. Did we use Sherman tanks for that?
  6. That's an adaptation of Carter's "Stabilizer" blade guide that's available for most modern bandsaws. And the saw is just another Asian bandsaw in all other respects. Please bear in mind that you can't cut an f-hole with a bandsaw, because how would you get the blade into there to start.
  7. "Delta" bandsaws made in Taiwan or China, as I believe those two from eBay are, aren't real Deltas, at least not to me. I don't know when they stopped making them in USA, but USA made Deltas are the ones worth seeking out. Apologies if I'm raining on someone's Asian Delta parade, but that's JMHO.
  8. I looked at Laguna (Taiwan) and Rikon (China) 14" bandsaws in my local Woodcraft store today. My impression is that they both look better in glossy, well lit online photos than they do in real life. That Chinese aura just doesn't feel right for me. I have a Rockwell (Delta) 14" with a riser that I bought new in 1982. (I checked my documentation, and I guess I'm getting old.) I feel very lucky that I don't have to go machine shopping today, when virtually everything comes from Asia.
  9. Here's another example of Martin's same player, "maiko," along with Naoko Terai, both using clip-on microphones. (Terai- ATM-350, maiko-DPA-4099) But this is a loud soundspace, and by good engineering they're making it work. I've never seen these players using anything else but these mics. The result is a beautiful sound. So why suffer the "angry bee in a jar" piezos?
  10. Was that just an urban legend about having to undo the engine mounts and move the engine a bit to get the oil filter out in the Fiero? (sorry morgana)
  11. What is the nature of your "idiot sticks." Are they actually sticks that reach from the nut to the bridge top, or perhaps angle gauges that touch the bridge back and violin top? The latter design could be stored in the violin case, and would be less likely to be "lost." You could even brand it with your bridge stamp, as a way to say "important, do not lose." I've never had a bridge warp on my own violins, but I understand how they should be positioned, and I always maintain them that way.
  12. The Alexander Quartet has been an endorser of Arcus carbon fiber bows for many years. I had the opportunity to see/hear them perform about two years ago, and sitting about fifteen feet away, I could clearly see that they were all using Arcus bows without exception.
  13. Our OP isn't the only one who's reading and learning from these discussions. Many others, like myself, are learning from the shared wisdom and experience of Jacob, Blank Face, Martin and others, and I, for one, appreciate their candor. Thanks to them, I feel that I've been somewhat innoculated against possibly stepping into someone's violinistic "dogpile" myself. It seems to me that one of the fundamental problems people have is that they allow their own sense of self worth to be dependent on the value of some "things" that they possess. It's good to grow out of that, and allow our possessed chips to fall where they may. Don't take "things" so personally.
  14. Don't you mean "tell us where you WERE located." This discussion is over 18 years old.
  15. That tip with the burned temper is unfortunate and all too easy to do with a dry wheel grinder. The knife won't hold an edge there until you hone down beyond the burn. I now use diamond honing plates for a lot of the things I used to do with a grinder. The coarse grit ones cut so fast that you can efficiently reshape tools like knives, small chisels and plane blades with no danger of burning. A set of them represents a large investment, but for me they're well worth it. You might also consider getting a diamond wheel for your grinder. They cut far easier, safer and cooler than aluminum oxide wheels. And because they cut so efficiently, you might start with a 180 grit, instead of the typical 80 grit that people get with aluminum oxide.