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  1. I have the stainless steel version of the the Veritas plane you're asking about. The adjuster is excellent. The ergonomics are excellent. The blade steel is excellent. Do you detect a pattern here? I'm certain that the malleable iron model you're asking about is equally excellent. I can't, however, argue that it's the best plane for your tasks. That's for you to decide.
  2. My luthier brands the soundposts he installs. Is that common? I appreciate it. He's saying "I take responsibility for this work."
  3. I would bet that they left it unlocked too. Then someone just spun the tumbler for the heck of it, and viola', it wound up locked.
  4. It came as part of the furnishings and equipment of a business my father bought and operated, with my help, years ago. When the business was shut down I requested the safe. Those things are pretty common and they're worth less than you might imagine on the used market, if you're thinking you'd like to have one. They can be nice to have, but they can be a pretty big burden too.
  5. I just use it for miscellaneous storage. I don't even latch it, let alone spin the tumbler. In fact I don't even have the combination committed to memory. Someday I might find myself regretting that I didn't lock valuables in it, but I hope not. Besides, you'd still have to get past my guard dog.
  6. Interesting. That's very similar to my own safe. Mine's in better condition, apparently. And it doesn't weigh anywhere near to 4000 lbs. My best guess is that mine's about 400 lbs. Some safes are fireproof, and that greatly adds to the weight. Anyway, I'll bet there's nothing valuable in it. (That's my Shih-Tzu in the photo foreground. She guards the safe. )
  7. I'm getting one almost every time I open a maestronet page that says "We found a real cure for ED", and it's accompanied by a cartoonishly breast enhanced photo of a young woman. I guess it could be worse. That's just one example. It's surprising to get that here. I'm glad to hear you're not get similar.
  8. It's bothersome that some (many) of the adds I'm seeing are lurid and crass. How were those selected as related to this topic? I wouldn't claim this if it weren't true, but I personally have no history of viewing such stuff, so I'm not the catalyst they're using to show these add to me specifically. It really seems like something's gone wrong here. Jeffery, comments?
  9. Purely an aesthetic/artistic choice, but I find myself wishing for a more neutral background for your photos. It would make it easier for viewers to sort out the relevant details. JMHO.
  10. I use Wittner Augsburg rests too. I honestly don't think that the absorptive properties of the dense woods chinrests are typically made from would be noticeably different than the zero absorption of your Wittner. You need to cover the rest with a cloth. Maybe your teacher needs a fan in the studio, if it's that hot.
  11. nmh1 is a new member, with all the constraints that brings. Give them a chance.
  12. I don't have any experience with the galliane frog (or the cello), but I admire Benoit Rolland for trying. I'm reminded of this quote from Steve Jobs:
  13. I don't think the Patagonia video applies to PhilipKT's situation. The zipper in the video is separable, like on a jacket. The zipper on PhilipKT's case only slides to the open position then stops, with the two sides still attached together. My vote is still for trashing the case.
  14. Since "Most of the clasps on this violin case are broken too," maybe the best solution is just to trash it. Sometimes it can be psychically cleansing to just get rid of stuff.
  15. Eventually the sun will expand and consume the earth. Not much we can do about that. The way things are going now, it seems kind of unlikely we'll still be here when it happens. So live here in the present. Let someone else worry about Maestronet.
  16. Thank you, Martin. I was actually considering getting one of those.
  17. This photo is from "Violin Maker's Notebook" by Strobel.
  18. Here's a mention for Bonn's patent four footed bridge in an 1894 issue of The Strad, and with an endorsement by no less than Pablo Sarasate. (!) double bass bridge patent&f=false If you search for "Bonn's patent violin bridge," several more pages come up.
  19. I'm not an expert, but if I had that to do I'd use this. It has a thick consistency, it's black (duh), and I've used it for situations like yours with great results. I believe that it's reversible too.
  20. He used sharkskin. What's the matter with you people anyway?
  21. And don't forget Willie Nelson's "Trigger."
  22. I'm not sure that this will be any help to you, since this Delta 14" dust collection attachment hasn't been available for many years. I think I bought it back in the 1980's, not long after I bought my saw. It puts the intake right at the sweet spot, so it works pretty well. They had another similar design available as recently as about ten years ago, but I looked for it today and couldn't find it. They might still have something available. They surely should! Anyway, here it is. The only modification required to the saw was to drill and tap the frame for the black attachment knob. (N
  23. I was thinking that the Ken Burns series about country music might prompt a run on banjos....... or pill popping and philandering.
  24. I have a unit similar to the one you're considering, but I have the space to hang it up in too. One comment I have is that those are noisier than you might think, and in the small space and close proximity you're dealing with, that might be disturbing. Would you mind wearing hearing protection at all times? Another possible alternative is to get (or make) a "downdraft" table that could be attached to a high quality shop vacuum, and use it when you're doing dust creating tasks. I'm suggesting a high quality vacuum, like a Festool, because they are most often substantially quieter and also