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  1. Now everybody has a rocket ship next to their name and no other description of their membership. I actually noticed it first next to a post from Don Noon, which made sense. But then I saw everybody had them.
  2. Yes for me, too. It took me a while to figure that out a few days ago, since I don't necessarily log in unless I'm posting.
  3. I agree the moronic jokes are annoying. A joke or 2 might be okay, but not taking over a thread, since lots of people actually want to read about the topic (at least I do if I click on it). I can find better peepee jokes elsewhere.
  4. I just accepted The Strad Magazine free 7 day offer of the sites entire online content. My interest is building as a hobby. I've made a dozen instruments. Are there essential issues for me to see?
  5. I always had to buy 2 A strings when I used Helicores. The aluminum winding wore out fast for me. I use Prims now. They really do seem to last forever
  6. It's not the nut which would be the problem if it buzzed when the string was unstopped. Likely the groove in the bridge is to low for whatever reason.
  7. I'd just keep fiddling. I use carbon fiber bows and have seen no evidence of warping or changes in camber from leaving them tightened. Can you loosen it enough for the tension you want to play with?
  8. I understand glass cuts some range of UV. My light box failed and I can't replace it for awhile. Is it worth hanging my fiddle in a southern exposure window between varnish coats?
  9. That bears repeating. Many lowly amatures don't know that, and only want a fiddle that plays well, doesn't need repairs, and sounds good to them.
  10. Okay, thanks. I actually don't do that. I play on steel strings, and when I put on a new set I often pull them a little sharp as seems necessary to help them settle in. I've never had a bad outcome. I also play them hard to help them settle in.
  11. Carefully? What's that?
  12. Clean the crack as well as you can, or adding glue probably won't do anything.
  13. How narrow is the sound post?
  14. bkwood

    Japan Drier

    I agree. But I am not interested in making my own varnish. I found Hidersine varnish worked very well for me in the past. I only need a few ounces at a time. Hidersine is unavailable anymore. Other varnishes I can find on the internet are largely from Europe, not the US so shipping cost is greater, and it's hard to know how they will work for my purposes. But regardless, I welcome recommendations for good quality small batch oil varnish that dries on its own.
  15. Sage advice. I glued a square from a leather glove on a board and use it regularly as I'm working. I've got a stick of stuff I rub on the leather but don't remember exactly what it is. I also made an inside strop for the other side of a curved chisel by gluing leather around a dowel. I'm not sure how well that works but no harm.
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