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  1. Thank you for your service. If you get bored with violins there may be an opening for guard tower duty in Djibouti.
  2. You didn't say a 7 degree angle would be o.k. with you though. FYI, the template is just a plain jane piece of mylar or similar with a piece of paper glued to it. At the time this neck template was available to me I was able to adjust percentages of the size in increments of one percent at a time. Checking over and over again the figure for the angle turned out to be 7 degrees, not 5 degrees or 6 degrees though most makers are more than likely using 5 or 6 for their work and not 7. You could use 0 degrees for your own work if you had a big enough neck block to carve into. I thought this morning about making up a neck template real quick, just for shenanigins sake, then thought just to show the template I have already, then I thought I can't anyone see the peg placement locations so no, I won't show the template. One opinion of mine for the 158 is that someone may of just ran across a superior instrument or two at one time and came up with the jig that shows going over the fingerboard, over the bridge and going over the tailpiece showing what 158 is about. That could also come in handy to convince a wary customer that a certain fiddle could use some work - look at this handy contrivance that reads 158 I'm putting over the instrument. This should all come out to 158 but yours doesn't. Do you want me to make this a better playing instrument for you etc, etc?
  3. My varnish will pass the thumb print test right at six weeks. Then a bridge can go on. If what Goran did as compared to mine he needs a few more weeks. Then if still not dry then I'd guess first too much oil. I haven't really paid attention to what he exactly did to make his. I can barely keep up with myself memory wise.
  4. Seems to be of the oleander family - no thanks.
  5. I use a piece of bloodwood instead of cf. My reason was even though I have 65 sg. neck wood the grain would orient towards being flatsawn instead of being quartered. Not really knowing or asking what violins makers were taught I figured I'd just route a channel for a bloodwood strip. And I was assuming that there would be some tone enhancement by doing so also. I think there is but does it matter any for violins? Don't know. If there is good quartered wood to use for a neck, coupled with decent fingerboard ebony, then I'd think there wouldn't be any need for reinforcement inside. You could install a cf reinforcement piece along with the vertical piece into the heel - then one would realy know if it's going to be a neck block, a weak button area on the back plate or an overly thin weak area around the belly and neck block area - it sure won't be the neck causing a problem with projection later down the road.
  6. So can we give credit to Widhalm for introducing the letter "W" to the german people? May be he brought his own "w" letter stamp from down south, right? Your personal attribution to this fiddle to what it's going to be n the future is fine with me.
  7. My 1710 Stradivari neck template uses a 7 degree angle. Do you think that will be o.k. with sospiri?
  8. The state I live in doesn't. Pine and fir seem to be plentiful though.
  9. Making sure first that my edge height is mostly uniform all around I would just use a pencil to mark the center between the outer edge and the outer black and start gouging and scraping to make the purfling appear it is sloping downwards into the recurve trough, which is around 1.2 mm deep at it's deepest and then blend that with the arching. Then I'd worry about the outer edge profile. With a knife just slowly go around the under edge all around and use a knife or file for the chamfers or blending of the outer edge profile.
  10. Mr. Anders Buen. For present day work best results may, in this order, to apply a good outer arching scheme to wood first and then aim for 109 gr. weight wise for the back plate and high 50's - low 60's for spruce. Personally I can't seem to get a piece of belly wood to go that low weight wise. A flat sawn back could possibly be left 10 gr. or so heavier than 109 gr, imo.
  11. I don't understand the 5 degree, the number 82 or 8 degrees as well as the 84 degrees. What are each of these numbers for?
  12. Could you show a closer photo and explain again this cutting limit line? It is an important step to know that can go awry for others who may choose to follow you and your router method - which is a good way, by the way. Making sure I have enough heel stock height [unprofiled], I just go back the other way without lifting up the neck after a pass to the line and then shut off power to the router to make another depth cut adjustment. I'll reiterate for cleanliness and for safety - make several passes to get to the desired depth without losing digits/fingers in the process. Eye protection and ear protection will enable better concentration. B E V E R Y C A R E F U L L.
  13. Hmm, I wonder now about the percentage/odds of myself being right. I rescind my in jest comment from last year.
  14. 1. I believe that too though I am not one who follows or followed, grew up with, listened and learned or really knew of anyone who came from this line of player or musician. 2. Some are mostly because of dollars that can be made by exchanging hands with others. I can be that type if there's something to work with from the beginning. 3. Usually the one with the most money wins................you can always try to get em' the next time. 4. I've done that before with the measuring before a purchase. I know from experience that if these measurements I'm taking aren't what I'm expecting then I'm probably going to end up with a sub par sounding instrument though there can be exceptions to the rule in regards to observance of proper violin specs. 5. I was taught from a young age to learn everything about the learning of music what one could call "squared". Starting with the simplest of whole notes, quarter notes and their equally counted rests on paper [sheet music], it leads to more complicated/complex lessons/music down the road. Do that for ten years as a young kid and you'll see there's no other way to get to the top assuming one can or wills oneself to do so. What I'm saying is that the snobbery starts right there - the type of music the violin was really made for. I know others here cringe or feel uncomfortable when I mention the words sheet music, 32nd notes, a certain caprice or exercises that involve the reading of sheet music/scores etc. You need not feel ashamed for not learning or understanding any of it. Do I feel some missed out by not learning the reading of music? Yes I do. I just can't imagine what's it's like to do without the learning at a young age and still be a musician of any sorts regardless of instrument. I could go on and on here. I'll even mention that most of the people with my surname here in the states more than likely are from or do practice the folk/bluegrass genre. It's not for me, no thanks.