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  1. After all the spruce is dead in a decade or so, cardboard will probably be our best bet. That or paulownia.
  2. Cozio and the Mantegazzas got to a lot of them first.
  3. For folks wanting to make a good baroque neck, look to the 1679 and 1668 Stainers that retain their original necks. Both instruments sound very good.
  4. This is the type of application scroll saws excell at. Most people don't need to design and make one-off bridges for unusual instruments, however.
  5. I'm with Michael - if you have budget enough only for one saw, a small bench top bandsaw what can accommodate blades as narrow as 1/8" will get you where you need to go.
  6. Ugh, yeah Hegners suck, especially considering how expensive they are. We had one at the IU shop and I hated it. Hegners and cheap scroll saws are not worth the trouble. The Pegas/Jet/Excalibur design is really quite good: they're well machined and heavy enough to stay put, and the Pegas chucks and blades are so good that with a good selection of them you can handle nearly any material in a surprising range of thicknesses. I use my bandsaw for scroll outlines, but just for giggles I did one on the scroll saw to see if it would handle the 40mm stock, and with a coarse modified geometry blade it
  7. I respectfully disagree. While a bandsaw with narrow blades is sufficient, a high end scroll saw like the Pegas 21" I have is pretty damned useful. Cutting plate outlines on a scroll saw allows me to save a rather significant amount of time finalizing overhang. I also rough soundholes with it, following the center of the pencil line. After that, the amount of knife work needed is pretty minimal. Do I need it? No. Am I glad I have it? Most definitely.
  8. Discouraging. Their instagram account is still active - last post 6 days ago. Hopefully that means they're still in business. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNCt3_nDZak/?igshid=1eyfc1mm27orn
  9. Well made tools are good. Lesser tools are less good. We can stop wasting time and energy dick-measuring over who's steel is harder now.
  10. Indeed. I did not mean, in excluding these factors, to insinuate they are not important. I remain unconvinced, however, by the seemingly over romantic and somewhat sentimental assertion that the steels of the late renaissance are somehow as good as it gets.
  11. The were certainly able to alloy good steel, and there's no reason to believe makers of old didn't have access to good tools. I'd agree that what they were using is likely superior to what you'd find in a home depot, but several hundred years of metallurgy has gotten us pretty far.