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  1. Thanks Scordatura, I 've missed the Kreisler among Addies' drawings I was looking for del Gesu in the folder name.... I will not print it butwork with that directly in computer so no printing errors will be included. I found a pic of the Kreisler CT online so will check with that as well. I also have the Kreisler Strad poster so will start there. Are the numbers and size of drawings acurate on the poster? I can try to create 3D model of that later. And Maybe the Vieuxtemps after that.
  2. Yup, now I see them! Now, that reminds me I've got half empty bottle of LO stored for almost 20 years somewhere in my varnish cabinet. I'd better check it :-)
  3. Yu can fill the bottle with propane to replace air (oxygen) before closing. The oil or varnish will hold longer with no crust or skin. You can use ordinary long-nose gas lighter (blow the fire off and keep the gas going). The gas is heavier than air so if you close lid slowly you will have minimum of oxygen inside. Or you can throw glass balls inside to lift the oil level up to the lid and minimize oxygen.
  4. I guess you've got some ad-ware infection (in your computer). What browsers are you "add-watchers" using?
  5. Looks good as a source. Are the scrolls actual outline or just generic scroll with bunch of numbers? What is the back length / stop of that one? Which del Gesus are the "short ones"?
  6. Is there any reliable Del Gesu outline available? I see the one form from Addie, but it does look a little rough and without any specifics about corners and such. I'm thinking about starting a generic del Gesu model and only have Heifetz and Kreisler Strad posters, and the Ole Bull project documentation. If anyone has good set of pictures and known numbers of nice one to share I would be willing to follow Addie's work and prepare some drawings according to them...
  7. Perhaps they know we got no money so they don't bother flooding us with ads....
  8. HoGo

    Re-Thicknessing ?

    Chest patch doesn't create plywood instrument. Plywood has layers of wood in 90 degree direction changes and is typically symmetric. IMO, the most important thing why such experimental things are not done anymore (like cutting down violas or cellos or lengthening back) is that they became idols of investors that would be extremely reluctant to experiment and possibly destroy value of their investment. They don't care about sound, just value and as often discussed, that mostly follows pedigree and condition.
  9. What browser are you all using? Mozilla firefox here and no ads whatsoever (even the top banner gets blocked after I sign in). I don't use any added ad-blockers, just standard antivirus (Eset Endpoint) in W8.1. Prehaps you need to clean your computer from ad-ware or other junk...
  10. I can partly relate with OP. I don't make violins (though I have one in plans) but mandolins. I live in Slovakia and build Bluegrass mandolins. The market for these here is tiny at best and if you compare salaries here there is very few folks who can afford buying quality handmade instrument (which is what I'm trying to produce). I don't build full time (I've got day job as teacher of match and computer science and teaching is not lucrative job around here) but many folks suggested that I should leave that and go building full time. I started as full hobbyist self-taught (from books, later internet and of course through own failures) and eventually I'm teaching only 4 days a week and try to spend one day in workshop. What I found is that in this environment of rough competition of cheap imports (average sallary here is barely 1000EUR before tax so even some of those imports can be pricey for us) you need to offer something that the competition cannot. Being active musician I knew that these imports were often very badly setup and even after setup they sounded OK at best. I did repairs and setups for most local pickers and I tried to make my instruments up to level that those imports couldn't reach and let best players test them and slowly they realized there is noticeable difference (you have to educate your customers so they know what they are getting, but not do the mistake of spreading BS). As the word spread even local pickers would save the funds to get one of mine instead of imports (there are no real pro mandolin players here, just hobby or semi-pro). I never thought I will sell more than one or two mandolins locally but initially more than half of them landed locally. Now, 20 years later my instruments are in various EU countries and almost half of them in USA. More than once potential customer asked "why do you sell for xxxx when I can buy one here for yyyy?", my response would be "because that's how much they are worth to me, that's how much effort I put into them, try them and if you don't see/hear/feel the difference go buy the cheaper..." Many of them now own my instruments. My take is that most profitable is whatever of the making/repairs/selling where you can offer more than your competition (be it next door shop, Chinese stuff or any other mass producer). That depends on personal skill set of the person.
  11. I see quite a similarity to tonewood business. Folks like to call Italian, German, Swiss, Alpine, Carpathian or whatever spruce while it all comes from one species and cannot be distuinguished apart (and even not from most other spruce species lke red or Engelmann, perhaps except sitka). One friend of mine bought guitar top wood from known EU supplier (trading exclusively EU tonewoods) and the wood he got still had sticker from US company saying Sitka sandwiched between the halves. Sure the wood was relatively light and uniformly colored (unlike most Sitka), but made him doubt if the company is not just re-packing imported US wood (cheaper at similar quality). Same for Bosnian Maple - you wouldn't believe how much maple is sourced from here (Slovakia) and sold forward to become Bosnian... I've talked to guys trading with raw hardwood logs and they all say the curly maple logs are in demand and usually mention same names of big buyers. Can you tell apart maple from different pats of EU? Nope! It all boils down to how reliable is your source... Some bowmakers can afford to buy large quantity once they find good proven source and like the quality (whatever it means in their opinion), but for small guys it's just lottery.
  12. Thanks AD. I was just thinking if tha fact that it has sat outside for years is OK. I read some articles about old saltpetre production methods and it looks like there could be some of of the salts deposited in the bottom. (most articles say the bed should be protected from rain which in this case is not, but there are concrete walls around so the rainwater just sits there and eventually evaporates - no washing away the salts).
  13. BTW, how does casein ground look under UV? There was old post with casein pH values for various mixes here: Are they correct? It seems odd to me that more lime lowers the pH?
  14. This dung juice i sinteresting and I realized that my MIL has rabbit hutches placed over a hole/pen lined with concrete walls and all dung/ straw/ grass/ urine just falls into it and sits there and rarely gets used as fertilizer (they used to throw in dung from other animals like sheep or pigs or hens but last 10 or so years it's only rabbit). I wonder if this can be used as source of the juice. What do you think? There is at least few cubic metres of well-decayed dung in there.
  15. HoGo


    Nut slot? (wrong width, depth or angle, or fingerboard going downhill towards nut making slot appear correct but vibrating string hits the board near nut...) Strings nearly touching in the pegbox?