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  1. I am new to this. I haven't sold a single fiddle, nor have I tried yet. It's a hobby. I play my own fiddles in a bluegrass band. I started my first 3 years ago, and I am nearly finished with my 8th.
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    What defines a “journeyman” maker?

    ... as every huperson will understand.
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    Repairing a Bulging Rib

    Thanks. A heat gun is a shop grade fancy hair dryer. It can get hotter than a hair dryer when needed, but I don't intend to cook the ribs.
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    Repairing a Bulging Rib

    I appreciate the replies. Since the owner just wants to be able to play it, and it's not a valuable violin, I'm going to do a minimal repair, basically opening the glue line a little more and then trying to bring the rib in under the edge of the back as I re-glue it if I can. It probably won't wan't to come in at all. Would applying some heat with a heat gun be advisable? Or is that crazy?
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    Maestronet is a Wonderful Resource

    This is a rare and valuable resource. I am in the middle of building my 8th fiddle. I check in here every day.
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    Repairing a Bulging Rib

    Corrected title.
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    Repairing a Bulging Rib

    Someone brought me their (not particularly valuable) violin to assess a problem of a glue seam in the area where the chin rest clamps on. The lower rib has a rumpled texture in that area, and in one place is seperated and bulging slightly outward from the back. Is it reasonable to try to pull the rib into place while gluing, or is that likely to stress and perhaps cause a crack somewhere?
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    f hole cutting with a knife?

    I make light cuts with a sharp knife on the outline of the f hole untill there's enough depth to lift out some wood inside the cut, which I do with a purfling chisle. Then I go at it again, etc. untill I cut through. Using a saw scares me.
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    Bridge Carving Question

    Or you can cut the bridge down around the E string groove until there's just a nick, unless you want to raise the E string anyway for some reason.
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    Bridge Carving Question

    Although it probably isn't causing your problem I would free the E string from being pinched. That could make a difference. While you have the bridge out you can lightend it up if you want to before you put it back.
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    Bridge shape to suit music style?

    I play old time as well. The myth that it's easier to play double stops on a flatter bridge is alive among old time players, but, as you say, it has nothing to do with it. It does have something to do with double stops played between adjacent pairs of strings though, the same as single string playing. Why someone wants to try to play triple stops I don't know. Also requires slack bow hair. My bridges are just slightly flatter than a classical set up, but much flatter than that and I have trouble playing clean single notes.
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    Alternatives to e string parchment

    I have several fiddles with Prim Orchestra strings, and none of them have ever had any problem with an E string digging into the bridge. If one did then I'd try one of these techniques to stop it. But I'd never bother to do it pre-emptively. And I hate those little plastic sleeves, which are too soft to do the job in the first place. I've had them rattle when I left them on the after length so now I remove them.
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    How to glue purfling

    I put the purfling in and leave it there. Flood the area around the purfling with cyano acrilate and it's glued. I was warned against trying this on this site, but tried it anyway, and it works perfectly well. The glue works down between the purfling and the sides of the channel without soaking into the wood, which might cause later finishing problems. I used to break purfling trying to pry it out of the channel to glue it and push it back in, but not anymore. Another time saving method I've found to work well is to forget pre-bending purfling on a bending iron. It is hard on it and it breaks and seperates etc. Instead, start by cutting your first miter and lay that end of the purfling into the groove. Then aim your heat gun on the purfling and lay it into the groove as it bends to fit. When you get to your next miter stop and carefully cut it. Etc. There are many followers of tradition on this site, and I respect that and learn lots reading what you all have to say. But sometimes you can save yourself lots of time trouble and still have a great result.
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    Matteo Goffriller

    That makes sense. Thanks.
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    Matteo Goffriller

    Yes, it appears to be all the way around, although it is so well done it almost can't be detected. The most obvious place shows in the picture I included earlier.