bkwood

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  1. bkwood

    Glue for Tropics

    Hide glue is a must for any joint that would ever need to come apart for any reason. For anything else, including center joint seams, I can't see that it matters.
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    Glue for Tropics

    Judging what survives my dishwasher I'd think avacado glue is worth a try.
  3. bkwood

    Glue for Tropics

    Gorilla glue, if one were to use it, uses a slight amount of moisture to go off. Once it's set it is impervious to water. I have used it a lot in exterior general construction, and occasionally cabinetry. I don't know what advantage it would have on a violin except for the noted high humidity regions. In those areas whatever else happened to the fiddle the glue joints would never fail.
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    Glue for Tropics

    One problem with Gorilla glue (if you're even serious which maybe you aren't) is that it expands as it cures, so parts need to be clamped well or will push apart with foam in between.
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    shop lights.

    Where is the post you speak of? I agree by the way, that Don's posts are invaluable.
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    Scroll broke off!

    I agree. It may or may not be easy to clamp, but if it fits cleanly there is no need. Excessive pressure isn't called for with hide glue, good fit is. A couple minutes holding with your fingers is enough to set the pieces together, then set it aside overnight.
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    Scroll broke off!

    That happened to me once. I was hollowing out the pegbox and levered my chisle too hard against the scroll. At first I was shocked. Then I saw that the split was perfectly clean. So I took a picture of the peghead with the scoll facing backward, for laughs. Then I glued the piece back on with hide glue and hand pressure for a few minutes. I didn't show at all and I don't even remember which fiddle it was anymore. Hopefully, your split is clean. Even if it's not perfect just glue it together as well as you can and see what the result is.
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    shop lights.

    I bought an industrial LED lamp to go 7 or 8 feet above my table saw a couple of years ago. It's not as yellow as incandecent but it's a good daylight color. I like it a lot. Search: LE 55W LED High Bay Light, Super Bright Commercial Lighting, 150W MH Bulbs Equivalent, 4800lm, Waterproof, Daylight White
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    Height of Corner Blocks

    For what it's worth I center all the blocks on the form and taper from both sides.
  10. bkwood

    Tonerite use

    Maybe, but I think it would be indistinguishable from just time and a little playing. I have a luthier friend who builds many mandolins, guitars, etc (no violins) and he swears by the ToneRight. Since I can borrow it free I have done so a few times, but I am a natural skeptic and didn't notice anything to change my mind. Like I say, he builds and sells lots of instruments, and swears it helps new instruments open up. He's also almost completely deaf.
  11. bkwood

    Tonerite use

    I've always considered them bunk. As far as I know the company has never published any relavent data on how or if their product works. Even if it did, pretty expensive for a 60Hz vibrator.
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    ff Hole size

    Thanks. I really appreciate Don's experiments, and how he is sometimes able to demonstrate just how little difference is made (sound-wise) by some changes to a violin. I appreciate his practical approach. This reminds me to go back and read more of his posts, but my impression is he's a valuable iconoclast here.
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    ff Hole size

    Thanks, that would indicate I need a wider f hole. The other part of my question is can you influence the sound predictably by widening the holes? For instance, if one of my fiddles sounded a little "small" our closed, would it be a reasonable thing to try gradually widening the f holes? Or not?
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    ff Hole size

    Sound post or f hole?
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    ff Hole size

    6mm