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  1. Hmm. I see. Thanks for the response! The troubles started (though weren't nearly as bad) before I moved to Boston. I do suspect that the back was too green when it was used, but have no way of knowing that for sure.
  2. Here's a link to a google album with my photos: I was told the bass was made in 2005 but there's no label. The name on the back seems to say Hamburg Handcraft, though it's hard to read. I can't give you the exact humidity. I live in Boston, I have a radiator for heat and a window unit for AC. Winters are brutal here but I don't think it's a particularly dry place. I did study in Mississippi, and that's where I bought the bass so I'm sure the difference in humidities is stark. As for the wood, I've always mindlessly said it was maple back and sides with a spruce top but the figuring on the ribs is certainly unusual. Slab cut maybe? The back still looks like maple to me Nope! I've always meant to learn to snowboard but haven't yet gotten around to it. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Let me know if there's anything else I can tell you about it.
  3. Hey Folks, A little background, I studied classical bass in college then spent a few years working in a violin shop doing setup work and minor repairs. All this to say, I'm not a total amateur at luthier work but I've never really done anything very advanced. Now, on to my incredible shrinking double bass. The bass I've owned and played on for the past ten years is, quite literally, tearing itself apart at the seams. The back keeps separating from the ribs on the lower treble bout. I've reglued it a couple times but it keeps reopening. Currently the opening is from about four inches to the left of the end block(to the bass side of the instrument) all the way around to about four inches below the treble c bout (I haven't reglued it in over a year). It's massive. I think the back is shrinking and warping and so it is separating from the ribs but it's also putting torque on the rest of the instrument. This has caused cracks in the ribs to also appear. There are rib cracks on the upper treble bout and on both c bouts where they meet the lower bouts. Theres also a center seem gap on the top and a bass bar crack. Now, it may just be that this instrument is doomed and there's nothing to do but start saving my pennies and get a new bass, but is there something I can do to save this on? I'm currently borrowing a friends bass and I'm up for a big project. Could sandbagging the back help to release the tension it's building up? Would that stop the warping? Let me know if theres any other information I can provide. Best, Andrew Easterling
  4. Thanks for the responses guys! I meant to add a picture gallery but couldn't edit the post until a moderator approved the post. Anyhow, here is the gallery.
  5. I've got another violin I'm practicing my repair skills on. This one is gnarly, a nasty crack along the center seam that eventually crosses some grain lines. My biggest problem is that I can't get the wood to touch at all spots along the crack. I've considered a spline or a patch but because it's along the center seam I don't know if that's kosher. I've also considered cutting away wood to make the crack fully rejoin but I don't like the idea of removing original wood since I want to learn techniques that could be used on really nice instruments. Let's pretend this is a fine old Italian and I can spend as much time as needed to do a proper job. What would you do? *Edit* Pictures!
  6. Hi Matthew, it's good to hear from you as well. Nice to know the Red Wingers have a presence on the forum. I've got a second violin the needs a lower block so I'll be making a couple of them today. I just got my wood stock in so today is the day! Janito, Yeah, I wasn't sure what to call it. I visited Reuning's shop in Boston and Claire Givens in Minneapolis and at both shops I was fortunate enough to be allowed to look through some portfolios of past restorations. The work they were doing is phenomenal, truly inspiring stuff. I know I've got years and years of work to do before I can claim to be doing anything at that level but alas, I couldn't think of a better word for the process. I hope people didn't click the link hoping to find something more interesting. :\ I've got nothing but respect for the people who do such high caliber work. AKA Bob. I got really lucky with this fiddle. I went into an antique store my first month or so in Red Wing looking for a project violin and this one was sitting in a room neglected. I offered the shop owner fifty bucks for it not knowing what it was or if I'd be able to fix it. I've since learned a lot about identifying indicators of quality and realized I made out quite well. I decided I'd wait until I had more tool skills before attempting anything on this nicer instrument. It also came with a pernambuco bow labeled Eduard Reichert, Dresden. If you know anything more about either brand I'd love to hear it. Thanks all for the replies. I'm going to begin making new block for this instrument and another today. Wish me luck!
  7. Hi all, I'm new to the luthier field. I just finished a year studying at Red Wing and now I'm working in Boston! I've managed to get my hands on three old violins that all need some TLC. I've only got nine months of training in the repair field and half a violin build under my belt but I'm excited to keep pushing forward learning new skills so I want to take these jobs on during my free time. If it's not to much to ask of you fine ladies and gents I'd like to get your opinions on my plan of attack for this first instrument. I've made a gallery of pictures and I'll happily take more if you need. I was planning on regluing the ribs to the top block and resetting the neck into the block but I've been told a new top block might be necessary. Other than that I don't have much guidance on this. I'm going to ask the folks where I work as well but I figured the more advice I can get the better. Hope you're all having a pleasant Sunday!
  8. Would a French Polish not be the best way to solve this problem? I'm sure you can find a few resources online on how to do it. I'm pretty new to repair myself and I don't want to offer poor advice but that's what I'd try.