Mark Norfleet

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  1. A detail I've not seen mentioned from the advocates of using "V" grooves on nuts is the angle of the V. I see how it can work, but if the angle is too acute, strings will certainly be pinched and break.
  2. Thank You Kindly Michael. I have the impression that we go about doing the work of sound adjustment in similar ways.
  3. I'm glad to know that your customers are always "totally satisfied"! It's always nice to know that the folks we're working for are happy with what we do and I'm sure that Donald Rumsfeld would be proud of you. Yes, there's nearly always more to look for in an instrument and it's fun searching for that nirvana adjustment. I've only gotten there twice..., Perhaps you're contemplating your response, or maybe it seemed too simple a question to be worth addressing or sincere, but I really would like to know what you mean by a tighter or looser "setup". Is this achieved by putting in a sound post of a different length? Or is it a matter of putting the existing sound post in a spot where there is a smaller or larger distance between the top and back? Or... is it something else that only relates to feel and has nothing to do with a looseness or tightness of anything obviously physical?
  4. Thanks. But what does "post tightness" mean in your world? I certainly do get that comment, but not often. I don't usually have much conversation with players about what they are missing or want out of their instruments. I get instruments working well, hand them back to them and 95% of the time they are 100% happy with what I've provided. The other 5 or so % I have to do a bit more searching for what I have missed or they are looking for.
  5. This is not something I know and it does not correlate to my experience. When a player tells me that their instrument is too tight or loose, it lets me know that they are not getting the sort of feeling that they would prefer through the left (or right) hand and that I have to do what I can to find what they are looking for. Doing so rarely equates to making anything either tighter or looser. Which leads me to ask the question of Michael, what do you mean by tighter and looser? Is this achieved by putting in a sound post of a different length? Or is it a matter of putting the existing sound post in a spot where there is a smaller or larger distance between the top and back? Or... is it something else that only relates to feel and has nothing to do with a looseness or tightness of anything obviously physical?
  6. I'll second this. That it broke in the pegbox is a good sign that the string was pinched or otherwise stressed at the nut. That should be checked/corrected before you spend too much on D strings.
  7. Yes. The damage is usually just cosmetic though, other than needing to replace the bridge.
  8. And the septic haulers are busier than usual for this time of year due to that rain.
  9. And did those players also provide fingerboard scoop specifications to the people working on their instruments?
  10. Conventional hot hide glue. I have it apart now and there's no indication I used anything else. Fortunately my few experiments with using "liquid Hide glue" preceded this instrument.
  11. I do cut from each side and not all the way across in one pass. This is one I made a few years ago that’s visiting today. I still see the plane marks (and a tiny step on the bass side.
  12. As a related aside... There is a violin currently in my shop that I made a loooong time ago. I had not seen it in decades until a few years ago when the owner resumed playing after pursuing other interests. It had spent 30 some years stored in an unheated horse barn at a race track in SE Michigan and suffered no damage at all.
  13. That's for the owner to decide. My first words in response to the original poster were, "It depends on how much it bugs you..." I have customers who would not notice they had caused damage such as this, and others who have called me in tears after doing just a bit more than in this instance to their instruments.
  14. If it were come to me for repair, I would ask the owner to not even touch it, let alone re-touch it.
  15. There are also much less expensive mechanical interlock devices that allow for a breaker to be back-fed by a generator, but only if the main switch for the panel is in the off position. Those meet the electrical code too, at least in the US.