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  1. ......... or possibly after the Vietnam police action [1970's] or the Iran contra affair [late 80's] , etc.
  2. Can't I just use wood filler for the gaps?
  3. Placement of the lower eyes from the edge is what I didn't care for when I tried the golden section placement treatise. Might have to do some lower section moving around to make the ff's look like they will work. Maybe you have a different formula than what I used.
  4. 1. Unneeded dust is one reason. 2. Depends on what the project is.
  5. Not necessarily a bunch of violins, just a few good ones. With guitars some tunes were just easier to play vs others in the collection. Neck taper/thickness and weight issues mostly.
  6. With the violin and the student being 11 years old she/he must really know their best violin inside and out before any of that let's use this other fiddle today. There's the chance of a tuning peg deciding to let go during a performance, for example. I did hear that happen once during an ensemble - surely gut wrenching for whomever..
  7. For a small section of c-bout just cut what you need and be done with it.
  8. From a guitar players perspective .............. more is better, buy a whole bunch of violins and if possible, bows.
  9. What I did was draw the horizontal line at 360 mm and then made the 72 spaces 5 mm apart for simplicity. 72 x 5 = 360. So looking at the diagram in this German treatise I just counted the spaces in between the smallest of the three circles and used that diameter for opening compass points. So working right to left, my farthest left ending point would be where the neck block center would be - the German text here says make that point "X". Put the compass point on "X" and scribe two arcs - if one is not sure where to scribe the arcs then just scribe a complete circle. Then using whichever step is next I open the compass to however many spaces/parts mentioned, put point of compass on the horizontal line {space 8 or 9? } and draw the curve that defines the neck block area. I tried just using the three circles only from there on to attempt a violin profile just using the three circles. I don't have specs for a 360 mm violin, for example an upper bout width, so I had to come to a stop. I even drew out a bigger circle than the biggest of the three using the spacing between the others for sizing but got no where really because of lack of specs for a 360 mm. Not a waste of time for me but also not worth pursuing anymore either.
  10. Try them for three days in a row. Then play without for a day or two. Then go back to them if you believe that they may be of some use.
  11. I see - I do use 15 - 16 gr. of pine resin/colophony. Some type of resin is a must.
  12. I don't want to ruin David A.T.'s topic but I looked up msds for my brand of psot that I use - alpha pinene, hept 2 ene & trimethyl all together at not more than 70% and the other 30% is gum spirits. Seem to me it is all formed from the distillation process. I do air out the new stuff for three months minimum before using as the main medium for my varnish. So if it is just you saying not to use pgst then that's o.k. with me. Just wanted to know for sure and also thinking of some way to incorporate what you do with making the lakes to incorporate into alcohol some way for myself. Not sure if it can work though.
  13. So I believe I have the small diameter circle figured out in regards to the three rings that are drawn on some violin outline plans of yesteryear. I realize some others have to and are asking "what about the other two"? I'll get to them eventually. I'm really asking myself why though.
  14. Using this recipe it appears mastic is the main ingredient and the dammar is there to make the mastic harder. If it were me and all I had was dammar only I would try a few grams in a soup can over fire and see if the dammer can be fused by heat. Fused means to heat so that the dammar could melt, remove from the fire after twenty or so minutes after meltdown and place on a cool surface to see if what melted can get back to a solid state and afterwards be able to be crushed to a powdered form. If not, I would save that stuff for another rainy day. i.e., use for something else.
  15. In regards to the three circles, where the bigger circle surrounds the other two, is the smallest circle anywhere close to 45 mm diameter/ width going across?
  16. I wouldn't trade anything for what I accomplished using the Bagatella method for corpus design - nothing. I could pop the top off a plywood Chinese, trace around and subtract the outer purfling line to edge distance and get the same thing for the most part.
  17. ............. after graduation she went to a college to learn about becoming a nun.
  18. This looks more complete than the Davidson/Heron-Allen example though I'm pretty sure it is the same thing. So if you wanted a real one for the wall Mike this one would work. For actually making a violin the first step is to draw and divide into 72 equal sections. If you want a 360 mm violin then it's 360 divided by 72 to get a 5 mm spacing between what is called "parts". So there is no need really for a 360 mm long violin so the task of dividing for 72 equally spaced parts is more difficult, but doable. For the rest of the plan a calculator really helps with accuracy. Ex. let's say the plan mentions to open compass points to 11 and 1/3 parts. I just measure with a mm rule the distance of 11 1/3 parts. Being this accurate really helps when it is forming the corners time.
  19. I only recall one time where I made a comment about someone's playing. She was a woodwind player and I mentioned she needed to blow harder/louder.
  20. I thought regular neck blocks didn't come into play until the early 1900's yet this scheme shows one.
  21. I thought a bit like what if I did go out and pursue a spot in a community orchestra. Once accepted I'd remain humble and simply be on the look out for something better and then move on. These days with music it's my way or no way.
  22. Your standmates and possibly others close by will already know who is the weak link. I couldn't understand why some didn't care a little more to make themselves better. Being called out in front of others can really, really be beneficial if the one being called out can handle the attention. I recall being the weakest link in two instances. One was when I was simply put in position to play and told to do my best - very difficult then. The other time is something I really wanted to do and not get fired or challenged. That was difficult too.
  23. Well, there's the "Come on Anton. $27,000. Nope. Alright, how about 26,500. Nope. $26,000? Nope.etc. Good luck Mr. Richwine.
  24. You and Rue can think like that if you want but remember your orchestra is only as good as it's weakest link - just don't be the weakest link.
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