Mark Norfleet

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  1. I don't know if the longitudinal concavity (otherwise known as "scoop") exists in original fingerboards as I have not checked the few examples I've had my hands on, but I see no reason to not do it. It's not too much trouble to veneer a fingerboard with a scoop. As far as I know the "nick" found on some fingerboards is ornamental. When I was making them I stopped cutting it all the way across as it was clearly an area of distortion.
  2. It may have fallen "out of fashion" but there are still clubs doing this, at least on an amateur level. Why this is still happening I do not know...
  3. Nathan's advice is spot on. I'll add that it's not a good idea to fit the bar over the cleats too closely as the cleats can swell with glue and keep the bar from sitting on the top the way you intended. I always dampen my cleats after sanding and bar fitting to make sure the effect is minimal.
  4. Agreed. More trouble than it's worth. Eric doesn't have to bother himself with such details, that's our problem...
  5. Yes, I'm familiar with taper attachments for toolroom lathes, but don't happen to have one at this point. The tracer attachment I have can likely be adapted pretty easily though. An offset center in the tailstock (or a tailstock that can be offset) is a good idea, but it is dependent on a consistent peg (or bushing) length for accuracy.
  6. Thanks Don. I was hoping to learn a new trick... When I get a second lathe running in a few weeks I -might- dedicate the one I'm using now to peg stuff, but probably not as it's too useful for other things. I'm not sure how many tools are enough. I have 4 lathes. Fortunately one of them fits in a drawer like yours.
  7. They just stopped giving me free lunch, I was still able to attend the violin making workshop etc. This was a long time ago though and I have little doubt policies have changed. And hopefully the english teacher employed there now knows how to speak the language...
  8. In addition to Mr. Sora, @Bruce Carlson will no doubt have some valuable input. When I was there, many years ago, it was true that there was no tuition. In fact they even provided me lunch every school day at a local cafeteria until they figured out I wasn't attending the religion and english classes, at which point they cut me off. I got along fine with minimal Italian language skills. Most of the things that needed to be communicated were fairly simple and when there was something more involved I didn't understand, there always seemed to be someone nearby who was happy to translate.
  9. Yes, all of those are possibilities but I'm wondering if @Don Noon has a speedy method for setting the angle of the compound cross slide. Even with the magnifier on my compound, the angle set by using it isn't accurate enough for shaping a peg. I have to hold a reamer in the spindle and use an indicator mounted on the compound to get it right, which is a bit tedious. I've considered adding positive stop index pins for a few of the angles I use regularly, such as 90 degrees and peg/endpin tapers.
  10. I don't use it often, but have an early Mantis microscope by Vision Engineering. New they aren't cheap, starting at about $1,700.00, but the first generation ones can be found on eBay for much less. They are very easy to work under. I had a medical microscope on a stand such as David mentions above that had great image quality and a good focal length for someone with long arms, but it was pretty fatiguing to use. I sold it to a guy who was going to be welding under it...
  11. A clean even scoop, which results in a greater " take-off angle of the string from the board" (As Michael Darnton put it) does very much improve tonal and pitch clarity, not to mention response characteristics. Having a scoop will also allow for a bit more wear tolerance before things go south sound and playability wise. Producing a clean even scoop is key, and most don't seem to be able to do so or don’t realize how important it is. For active professionals, who are paying attention to their sound..., I wind up planing fingerboards at least every year.
  12. Perhaps the “Seasons Beatings” card, but the “Scratch n Sniff” one was pretty tame.
  13. I’ve heard David’s voice in my head from time to time for decades.