uncle duke

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  1. Mine wasn't any better - I couldn't make it to 12000. With the pausing like I mentioned I could make it to 15000 right ear only.
  2. No, couldn't of been mad at you - I had just registered here and was still in the gun shy stage back then. You've always mentioned Lawrence a few times throughout the years - that's how I know where you guys are at so no, wasn't me following you. I used to be friends with that lake. Went there first in 1977 for boating and fishing, lake closed for a bit because of rattlesnake infestation and stayed away until about fifteen years ago or so. Had to show jr. all the fishing holes since he was going through the being adventurous stage along with myself being a better crappie fisherman these days - what the heck, let's try fishing here again. Not bad but I haven't been out there in a few years now.
  3. I been reading along all the while. Seems to me it leads to what I do for making varnish which is the Ch. Reade way of doing things along with the poor man adjustment method applied by myself. I have no clue to what the ground layer could be? Gamboge in alcohol or egg white - take your pick. Who knows. Greiner could heat up alcohol and spirits of turps, then add colophony afterwards. How he would go about getting acceptable shades of red/brown would be the expensive lesson.
  4. I tell you what - the closer the old man was to the smoky hill valley to the kaw river valley, the chances of jelinite being the case would be good. At one time that all flowed as one river - at times I guess it still does. I wouldn't give up hope just quite yet - on the other hand the further away from those river valleys where Mert was at the chances dwindle for jelinite some. Before those reservoirs were made though that water flowed big time during the rains. That would mean erosion, channel cutting, and exposure to let's say a certain formation known to hold Jelinite. It gets released from it's holding spot and gets sent downstream. Being lightweight it could make it down to sandbars/river bends down stream. One day you'll find out what it is. If it's amber just advertise it for sale, keep it as is or make violin varnish all the while known it was from here. If it's just big chunks of ordinary pine resin those could of come from the Rapid City area, Colorado, New Mexico, farther east towards me/you guys could mean glacial movement from the north - that there would be close to 600,000 years right there. It's just tough to tell what you have but is cool looking - don't let anyone tell you different. My granny was born in Rooks county 1800's. Did she make violins? I doubt it.
  5. just to help you out a little bit one could french polish 20 coats of finish and still rub through to ground when it's polishing time. Now with a brush one could put an equivalent of 50 coats of polish in one swoosh of the brush. As you were.......
  6. Paganini influences throughtout that piece. Farl's video example is a good way to pick up some of the fingerings, imo. I could hear some caprice #5 along with preludium and allegro influences/ideas. That's pretty good for 1911 Kreisler.
  7. If i'm not mistaken that's 500,000 to 600,000 year old stuff at least, or at the most 1,000,000's. There used to be some rock freaks down at emporia st. univ. who were into that kind of stuff. Chances are what you have was found not too far from where you guys are at now - from like where I'm at here all the way out to the Big Blue r. Manhattan or in plain terms the north side of the Kaw to K-State. Deer Creek west of your favorite lake along with an area around Desoto and Eudora would be spots that stuff could of been found too. Smoky Hills region like the experts say? Rare. Probably down from NE if not jelenite. I've never run across this post before - must of been mad at you or I was conducting titebond glue experiments, later kiddo.
  8. See if you can get past 15000 using the pause button momentarily - stop at 12000, then 13000, then 14000, and hopefully 15000. Nice playing Dr. L.
  9. Disclaimer - I am a hobbiest like yourself. For a 4/4 violin I'd first find the center of the nut on top, measure towards the e string slot to what is hopefully 8 mm and work back to the g slot using 5.5 mm increments. Maybe the nut is too big/wide.
  10. I'll add that almost everytime a person who does actually use their real name here is the sure bet for getting the procedure/advice right the first time when asked for - it's easier than wondering. I remember off hand two instances between myself and Conor and another with Duane where I just didn't want to see it their way. Were they right all along, along with myself not having an open mind at the time? A safe bet would be yes and yes. But, not that anyone cares, from now on I'll just correspond with the "unknowns" here and see how learning turns out so please if you're a known person, don't ask me any questions excepting Jeffrey - gotta keep him from getting old.
  11. Where does the o.p. fiddle say Lyon and Healy? I was sort of hoping for the mention of Czech/Bohemian. That'd be my guess for origin. My guitar books hint that Healy was the one who started bringing in violins to sell after Lyon left the firm. Just before the depression hit Lyon and Healy were taken over or sold to someone named Stewart, who subsequently went down with the ship because of the depression. Tonk shows up to help and then ww2 starts.
  12. No need to reply back but if you would've put the violin in the post you may get to read what's next. When the world just gives you lemons to work with just simply reach for the Snakepit album and report back at a later time.
  13. Upon closer view to the rib you presented it appears those are solvent "nibs" weather from the brush or the varnish "jar" I can't tell from here. It's unblended ingredient. It doesn't appear to be dirt. Dirt in a varnish could be for example undisolved resin, asphaltum particles, lime, etc. that made it through the filter and sometimes sugar crystals, like I use, can be present. Some don't use a filter for cleaning up newly made varnish. Your maker may of made a faster drying varnish and just getting it onto wood was first priority. I didn't mention leveling. Dying down is just everything ingredient wise drying out, evaporating and sheen adjustment afterwards. Timewise I've never really paid attention after a few months of stringing up to dying down effects.. It's possible the varnish on the belly is acceptable for most. Me, I was taught to make things look better but I'll add I didn't learn varnish application from the violin trade.
  14. I'm thinking with extra figured rib wood {deep tiger stripes} it's o.k. to have some "lumpiness". If that's just plain wood or less figured rib wood then his varnish , wood or brush is just plain dirty/gritty. That lumpy looking varnish on the belly can enhance sound if the maker made something good from the start. It doesn't look as well as my homemade varnish on my own wood and I'm still a novice violin maker. Over time, I'd like to think the finish on your violin will just simply "die down" - that's what we call it in the paint trade.
  15. What kind of oil did you use? If you have put the cold application on a violin yet did it sink down into the spruce when applied?
  16. uncle duke

    Who is 'HEIDL'

    "Maid in" would be 1914 or later based on what I think I know. Bruno was akin to a army/navy surplus store. If there's a chance of making a buck, he'd carry it.
  17. Would you know what gum thrus is? The old Petherick book mentions it's use to be used carefully if the shellac/sandarac mixture is turning out to be too hard for violin work. All I could find about it was a baby's mouth disease.
  18. Seems like it's going to be a good hobby if you stay with it long enough.
  19. oil vanish or spirit varnish?
  20. Can I interpret this as, for example, a frenchman relocates to Mannheim, learns to make a fiddle and sometimes afterwards germany wouldn't claim it as one of their own? How unpatriotic.
  21. I get one out of seven or eight right - mostly guessing.
  22. Mostly the ff holes and then the c bout and then the back of the scroll - just doesn't look german to me.