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  1. A rare insight? Not at all. It's hard to judge minor changes in sound objectively is all. It's human nature to judge subtle things according to expectation. Even if one is highly trained it's hard to be sure without objective data. I'm only raising the question of how one can be objective. Myself, I'm only a hobbiest with just a dozen instruments to my name, and I don't mean to come across as impertinent if that's how you took my reply. To your last sentence I'd say it's pretty hard. I don't know how it could be done. But I am always learning.
  2. I don't know about a change "sticking". Perhaps even on high end instruments the temporary effect of minor adjustments is more about expectations, and the instrument returning to how it was means there wasn't a change in the first place.
  3. bkwood

    UV Stand

    Yes, my concern too. Slowly rotating would be an improvement.
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    UV Stand

    A while back I posted a picture of my workbench with a home made cradle for holding a fiddle while finishing it. Don Noon replied to that with a similar device he had made, and said he uses his sometimes for going outside for UV rays. That seemed like a good idea so yesterday I made a tripod base for my cradle by inverting an old satellite dish bracket and added a part for docking my device to it. It works great. I can move it around the yard and set it at any angle. Summer is generally hot and dry here so I won't try to use it in the afternoon. Mid-eighties to over a hundred is common. I stop at about 80 degrees and that might be pushing things.
  5. Davide - you really need to try these power tools!
  6. There may be an advantage to your way of cradling the neck - it keeps the peghead free. It's not clear in my photo but I have a plexiglass wheel holding arms that have a quarter inch dowel that goes through a set of peg holes. The advantage of that is that with my lock adjustment on the other end I can squeeze (slightly) it all together in a fairly firm hold. I'd be interested in what others have made.
  7. Things are spread around my fairly roomy shop, and I do other things besides instruments. Here is one end of my main bench where I'm revarnishing one of my fiddles.
  8. I've had good luck with a safety planer. Never noticed a tendency for the wood to lift. Only take a small amount of wood at a time. Set depth of cut by raising your table up to the planer in the chuck. And make sure you're running it at a high enough RPM.
  9. Forgive my ignorance on this but I've never clearly understood purpose of the scoop on a violin neck. I have made a few violins over the years with very minimal scoop (doing it because it seems a requirement) and had no playability issues. The higher up the neck a string is noted the farther the string is from the fingerboard even if it's dead flat. So is it for clarity on low fingerings? In my experience that isn't an issue. Why scoop? As long as I am asking, what defines an ideal scoop?
  10. Yeah, but smells like a skunks butt!
  11. Do you leave a loose sleeve from the E string on its afterlength? I had a buzz once that turned out to be that. I've never used those, but I used to leave them on.
  12. I'm a simple soul, and to me a bow's value is how well it works for me. I'm guessing that small knot has no affect on its playability. I just don't know about market value. Others here are much more informed.
  13. As Dwight notes you'd be training your fingers to go in the wrong places. Maybe it wouldn't be so hard to go from frets to none but I tend to think it wouldn't be helpful.
  14. You can buy one online for less than $20.