wm_crash

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  1. I digress, but I might as well while we all wait for the list of goodies I frequent quite a few forums, I am not sure why I also come here because my plans to start work on an instrument are at least a year away at this time (I was hoping 2019 would be it, but I don't want to lie to myself). But on the other forums closer to what I do now (aquariums, drumming, woodworking, some machinist work), nobody is really a working professional in the field of the forum. It's hobby people who need a way to connect, while professionals are too busy cranking out product to do the online thing. It seems that this forum is a bit different, and a lot of people make a living off lutherie. It also seems that not all the luthier shops in the world are fully tooled and supplied, which is another surprise for me. Alright, what's on your wish/need list? If I have something I can spare, I will. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  2. You guys are taking my post the wrong way. I don't wish anyone be in a position where health dictates liquidation of goods. All I did was admit that I have a general weakness for acquiring tools. I wouldn't rush to cut in front of anyone who actually needed them. The suggestion to list the items in this thread was simply a suggestion to help with the sale, and ironically, a hope that the seller doesn't get screwed on prices in private deals. I didn't make a request for the list to be sent to me alone, I would have sent a private message if that was it. And despite having a sufficiently well stocked woodworking shop, I still find myself going to flea markets, and to Woodcraft, and still click on Rockler's emails, and still order from International Violin when they have sales, and I did buy some wood from Simeon when he was going out of business, and I still look on eBay, you get the picture. None of this is screwing people over. Some people smoke, some drink, some gamble. I like tools. I like to see them made, sold, bought, restored, used, etc. As far as folks needing and not having, I've been there myself and I know quite well what it's like. I take no joy in screwing needy people out of a good deal. That being said, I would like to reiterate that tools are fun. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  3. I have more than I need, but always ready to buy more of the stuff that I don't actually need. A public list of goodies and prices will probably be all that it takes to liquidate items. I sincerely hope that your health will eventually improve. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  4. All I can think of: https://alaskawoods.com/product-category/carved-top-instruments/carved-top-instruments-double-bass/ https://www.oldworldtonewood.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=28 Sometimes, Bruce will have some: http://www.radiofreeolga.com/tonewoods/ cheers, Cosmin
  5. I have the Tormek toy and there is an overlap in the leather on the stropping wheel. It may not be everyone's luck, but that's what I got. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  6. OK, which one of you got the bass bows book for $600 + fees? cheers, wm_crash
  7. You would be surprised how fast sandpaper stops cutting metal. It takes lots of sheets to get a sole flat. If you have a friend with a machine shop, have him surface grind the sole for you. Also, the theory that you have to have the blade under tension while you flatten has theoretical merits. In practice, it doesn't really matter. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  8. Hi, I have some Strad posters for sale because I have duplicate copies. I am trying to unload them as a bundle and most probably just turn around and spend the cash at International Violin. If selling as a bundle won't work, I may split them or just make paper airplanes. I would really hate to have to chase down 6 sturdy shipping tubes. Here is the list: Mateo Gofriller "Schneider" cello 1693 Brothers Amati 1592 viola Gasparo da Salo double bass c.1550 Domenico Montagnana 1717 violin Domenico Montagnana "Sleeping Beauty" 1739 Mateo Gofriller violin 1700 The posters themselves are in excellent condition, but if you look carefully, you can tell that they were rolled and stored upright. They are not pristine. They also have a very strong mind about wanting to curl back into a roll. Please note that not all posters have complete measurements on the back. I am asking $120 shipped USPS Priority anywhere to USA. I don't ship international. PayPal only. First come, first serve. The posters go to the first person who commits to buy them. If the posters have not been spoken for, and you really REALLY just need one, talk to me. cheers, Cosmin UPDATE: Posters are now sold. Thank you.
  9. I would personally advise against a Unimat because I have one. Too much play everywhere. For $1000, Craigslist and Lady Luck are your friends. Or maybe you can go with Sai Gao's jigs. If you decide to go against that advise, let me know because I have one that I wouldn't mind selling. Mine comes with a ton of addons and extras. I can tally the items if you think you'd consider. cheers, Cosmin
  10. Not my auction, not my circus, but I am posting this here in case anyone can use it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-Synthetic-Bow-Hair-31-lbs-of-NOS-008-46-for-Cello-Viola-Violin-Bass-/112376390087 cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  11. I don't think I can PM since I don't have too many posts here. I'd be glad to see what you have for sale and how much. You can email me at wm_crash@hotmail.com cheers, Cosmin
  12. OK, I am willing to try the copal I have a few more times in about a week. I am getting a thermocouple to have a better handle on temperature. I gather that the resin needs to be heated way high to break down before expecting it to run. Does this need oxygen, or can it be done in a covered container? cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  13. Well, I tried again this morning. This time I used the covered grill and container on the upper shelf of the grill for more uniform heat, and kept the heat lower than before. Had a heck of a time getting the copal to melt. In the end, it turned foamy and sorta kinda melted, but not fully. It was more of a foam still with quite a few solid pieces. I added the oil anyways and mixed and cooked some more. It was slowly going towards the same gummy mess as before, so I stopped right there. Alright, time to step back and reevaluate. Thanks to all for the help. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
  14. Hi, I decided to try my hand at oil varnish cooking today. Short of starting a big fire, the results were mostly a learning lesson. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm learning, so that brings me here. I started with: 200mL cold pressed linseed oil 180g myrrh (later to be replaced with copal) 2 brand new Emeril 1.5qt stainless pans from Bed Bath & Beyond I fired up the oil and cooked it until it got darker, and then I turned it off. The myrrh just would not melt. It caught fire twice, but didn't melt. At that point, the reciepe changed. I melted 180g manila copal (from Kremer Pigments). I added some ash water and a bit of sinter lime water (Kremer again). Once the copal melted, I cooked it for 30 minutes at 230C or so, then I added the oil. The oil was noticeably cooler because it had cooked while I was plying with the myrrth. The copal sorta hardened, but then everything mixed nicely together. I cooked that for about 15 minutes, and made a string test. I got a nice 2" string, but I thought I'd let it cook a little bit more. Apparently, that messed it all up. The whole thing turned into a glob of dark jello. Any pointers towards what I am doing wrong would be appreciated. cheers, wm_crash, the friendly hooligan