Mark Norfleet

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  1. I usually leave more in the center too. heres another shape I use. I think the ends are all at 45 degrees.
  2. This is my approach to reducing stress risers at the ends of cleats. This shape is also very useful when reinforcing cracks that are close together. I’m clearly not in complete agreement with Michael’s comment from the recent chest patch thread that patches should have clean sharp edges. In this case, I did some regraduating after the patch was in. The photo was taken before I had completely finished and cleaned things off etc.
  3. That’s a nice enough photo that I tried to blow the chips off...
  4. The patch looks great Jeff, but the cleats hurt my head. Why do you make them with such thick strong edges? What am I missing? I do see that they may be staggered along the grain.
  5. Thanks much. That certainly looks nice, but my situation doesn't warrant spending that much to squeeze air and make sure it's clean and dry, especially as I already have a much higher capacity compressor. I just have to make sure I have enough stored compressed air if I'm working late.
  6. If it's still available, which model is your compressor Jeff? I'm considering one rather than running a hose from the large one in my garage...
  7. That technique works VERY well! Part of the beauty of that method is that you can work out and refine what needs to be applied without affecting what is already on the instrument, which usually results in increasing the area needing to be retouched. I’ve not used the dry pigment method, but I know some do with great results. Regardless of the method used, patience and restraint is paramount.
  8. Perhaps David still has the ones my mother made him in his time of need.... And to the topic at hand, I’m very curious about this string and was not aware of them. That said, whistling E strings have never been a problem for me as I find that well adjusted violins rarely do that. When they do it’s often related to too much rosin on the bow and consequent build up on the strings.
  9. Or the post was edited to add the information about the maker... I didn't see it either when I first read it nor is it in the email I received about the post when it happened.
  10. That would be my first question as well. A new top by the maker, if possible, would probably be the best approach. I’ve done that on an instrument I made and nudged others to do the same.
  11. There are some interesting challenges with that kind of damage. The post patch is the easy part. Enjoy!
  12. The same is true for many players...
  13. Holding the scroll or pegs can make the buzz go away no matter where it is. I usually suggest to players that they not bother trying to find buzzes on their own so they don't drive themselves nuts or waste their time. Loose pips will often pop right out with a bit of a tug, and that solves the problem. It's astonishing how much they can affect the sound of an instrument, even if there isn't an obvious buzz coming from them.
  14. This link isn’t working, at least for me.