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  1. Hello all: My dear friend, Iris Carr has now launched her online course on Teachable for the topic of Neck Grafting and bit on retouching. Here is the link to her promo video, the course is a great learning resource for those who wishes to learn how to perform neck grafts with one of the best restorers in the trade. Also available in Chinese Mandarin subtitles ; ) Thanks and best wishes
  2. Hi all: We usually agree that maples from Bosnia is the way to go, but what about maples from other origins, such as France (Jura) ? Also do the colors of the wood mean anything? I read light orange yellow to golden yellow indicates good quality? Thanks for your input
  3. Thanks for all the replies, I agree more practice with cheap ribs and Jim I will try again with the way you marked the ribs, I did the measuring with a cotton string which I think was probably too soft and wasn't stable enough to keep the length / shape to help marking the spots. Merry Christmas everyone
  4. Dear all: Hi I was wondering if anyone has good precise ways of measuring and marking where and how much to bend when bending ribs (especially upper and lower)? As ribs are flat pieces I ha be been wondering how experienced luthiers determine how much and where to bend to form the same radius and curves of the mold. Thanks.
  5. We get the list of tools and materials later in the year (school starts in September), it would be interesting to see what other people use and are considered "industrial standard" sizes for the chisels and gouges. It's the string musical instrument making course at Glasgow Clyde College, also known as Anniesland College in the UK, not as big and well known as Newark and other major schools but they are working on building up the department for violin making (it's more known for guitar making ATM)
  6. Hello all : Hope everyone is doing well during this unusual time at home. I have am in the process of enrolling into the local luthier school and was wondering if I could hear some suggestions on the chisel and gouges sizes needed please? (I have seen 6, 12, 18 and 24 all being mentioned, gouges I am planning on getting 5/8, 7/10, 7/14, 7/8, 5/25 and 8/13 for now) Thank you for all your inputs in advance.
  7. Yes definitely of interest, rather expensive but now being reprinted and will purchase when I can.
  8. Hello all: Please offer your opinion on recommended books on violin restorations and sound adjustment, for someone getting into the trade. Thanks!
  9. These days... Bigger halls with bad acoustic, almost everyone using hard, tense synthetic strings and having the "need" to play louder, faster, more aggressive, no wonder lighter more flexible bows are not as in demand
  10. Lol I am open to suggestions. Yes the makers mentioned should be able to deliver something along the line , but would be better if it's his "natural" style.
  11. Hi all: Hoping to have your valuable opinions and suggestions ... which ones of these makers would you suggest that make works that in general are lighter and flexible, full and solo sounding, and handles similar to Tourte and Persois? Eric Fournier Yannick le Canu Pierre Yves Fuchs Klaus Gruenke Helge Netland Edwin Clement (Recently got a fantastic Noel Burke which fits the bill perfectly, hopefully able to have another after trying other makers works) Thanks for your suggestions in advance!
  12. Hi thanks for all the replies, yes those turned out to be just grains, just didn't know they existed on bows , always learn something new I guess. It's a wonderful bow from Noel, plays and sounds like a fine French bow and masterful materials / wood , hopefully another soon.
  13. Hi Brad: It's not the ridges in the wood I was thinking of , rather the faint lines on the side of the tip plate Thanks
  14. Hi all: Thanks for your replies. I had a look and took photos this afternoon in natural lighting, don't think those are cracks, some sort of scratches/marks I guess?
  15. If there are cracks in the plate should one wait till it actually breaks off to change it or once spotted?
  16. Hi all: I was looking at an old thread of bow repair and saw a photo from a member , showing a bow tip with these fine lines around the sides of the ivory plate on the bow (my bow has a couple faint one), not sure what they are, any ideas?
  17. Hello all and happy holidays: I am thinking of getting better pegs for my violin and would like suggestions/inputs on what might be considered really good quality/best boxwood fittings for their durability, workmanship and looks (pegs, tailpieces and end buttons) So far I have found these to be quite well reputed: - Bois d'harmonie - Gerald Crowson (Mr. Crowson has closed his production until further notice unfortunately) - Eric Meyer (Mr. Meyer usually makes them out of Mountain Mahogany which kinda look like old stained boxwood) - Otto Tempel - Roger Hansell
  18. O boy... This has mutated into something completely out of expectation....
  19. Kavakos' Strad is adjusted very differently, and very different player to Mr. Schmidt as well, so totally different effects and sound.
  20. Hi people: Just read some interesting articles on how the tail gut length could significantly affect the feel and sound of our instruments, which got me intrigued, how do you know if the length is correct? Also does do tailguts that are bit too short tend to pull the end pins out when tuning? (by the short length and tension) Here are the articles I read:
  21. Hi the lines around the bridge in photo in # 14 are white pen marks from chinagraph, not craved in marks. The photo was intend to show the similar position and marks on my own violin however I was not able to wipe them off. Could these marks have already been there and covered up from French polishing and retouching, and now resurfaced because the table was cleaned for setting a new bridge?