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  1. Violadamore had the best answer: no Get youself a 15$ wax-pot or something from ebay, and use hot hide glue instead.
  2. Haha, maybe deaf then! I think I would preffer blind over deaf violin thou - so I'll stick with eye
  3. No such thing as village idiot. Im not going to speculate on the origins of those two cellos from ebay, it’s not really my cup of tea. (I would be surpriced thou if they are anything remotely related to what they claim to be, both age and origin-wise.) Regarding my comments about Reghin, you obviously have a vast span of quality. Many skilled luthiers there! I was offered a set of three lower end, but decent looking cellos prior to setup for 1000€. Not each, for all three. Made by some random luthier. Add 100€ for a specialized scroll by one of those really skilled guys that only make scrolls, then slap in whatever label you have, et voila!
  4. The blind brother has been thoroughly discussed here btw.
  5. Yes - but did not really give it some serious consideration on what to put in there.
  6. Greetings from a (blind) brother!
  7. If you think it’s romanian, you should comission one in Reghin yourself instead, for 1/3 - 1/8th of the price.
  8. Wow, I would very much go if I stayed anywhere closer. I have some really nice spruce I purchased from Simeon some years back, this seems like a good chance to «learn from the best»
  9. In that case I suggest refraining from asking in a public forum which hand you should use for certain private matters, and also from sending unsolicited personal hate-messages to other forum members. Some of the trademarks of a good pedagogue are people skills, patience and self control.
  10. When you say it, I did get a renewed supply of gut strings lately... As for the cat, it was a cat my daughter was catsitting over the holidays. So it eventually went back home.
  11. Cats. You forgot cats. One knocked a violin of mine from the bench on the floor. Im convinced she did it on purpose.
  12. Until your fingers go numb. (Answering although the question was not targeted towards me)
  13. Hi Rue! Once I completely released myself of any personal ambition to push myself to master one instrument , I started enjoying things a lot more. Violin, guitar, double bass, piano and voice. I play whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. At whatever level I am at. This way I have grown a lot on all instruments. Even violin, which I learned for 8 years as a child and then afterwards mostly forgot. Instead of feeling guilty for not practicing, and beating myself up for quitting when I was 14 - my new approach is to chill and enjoy. It works for me. I'll never be a virtuoso on either instrument, and I have no ambition to either, but I enjoy them. On piano and double bass I have practiced a lot and memorized a few songs on a higher level than where I am, making people believe I actully know how to play much better than I do. "Fake it 'till you make it!" Thats my approach atleast. Might not work for you, and you might have higher ambitions than me...
  14. Merry Christmas to all from Norway!
  15. «Private Collection, Miami, FL Minor chips to paint of base.» Good thing nothing else is broken!
  16. Gorgeous plane! I would fill it with superglue or epoxy, sanded flush with the wood. No need to apply any laquer finish over, if that was you worry. (I would have given the whole thing a wax finish) I cant see how it would affect you plane´s structural integrity either, especially since you have a separate sole on it.
  17. Sleep with one eye open, I have some tough competiton for you! Reg. how many, the nr is 1. I spendt two years making my first one. Then two weeks making half of my second one, wich has since been unfinished on a shielf for almost a year. Maybe around Christmas I’ll have some spare time again.
  18. (bold added to emphasize my point) Anyone with a hobby is qualified to teach their hobby to anyone else. Have some peanuts, Atl. They go great with a beer aswell, to make you relax. It's weekend. Happy for you, Violins88. That is really generous of you. I will sign up as a student for your europe-tour, as I am far behind, on just one completed instrument.
  19. What if i accidentaly blurp out that I bought it at an auction and that I plan to re-sell it on ebay? (sorry, just had to - It's my last poke for today. I promise )
  20. You are also right: there are many complicated, fine and sensitive factors to keep in mind, and no - I am not claiming it's easy and anyone can do it. The question is here if the OP, (or any other lay people) should be allowed to learn by repaireing beaten low budget instruments as a hobby. In this case we are talking about a music teacher with a technical background, not a bad start. He can assess his work both from a technical, musical and functional point of view (given that he teached string instruments.) He might not get it right always, but will probably get it right (enough) after a while. Where I come from, who can execute a job (Construction/engineering) is assessed based on degree of consequences. Can the owner do the job him self? Does he need to hire a specialist? What degree of specialist? Also a surveyor? Will the consequences of a fire in a garden shed (likely) be the same as of one in a 10-apartments wood structure? No, so the requirements for both engineering and execution of a fire-retarder are much higher for one than the other. I see many similarities. One guy can fail at even building a garden shed; it's crooked and the foundations are sinking, while another guy builds one to perfection - allthou he is not a trained builder; but he evaluated and assessed the situation as he goes - and probably asked for a lot of advice and read a lot of stuff about what he is about to do. Does that mean that he is ready to restore the oldest building in the city, or build a highrise building? no. I am not talking down the skill level of a luther AT ALL. It is a profession I admire a lot, and I could only dream about ever reaching the skill level I see Jacob and others posess. I dont mind that anyone is trying out some repair work on a cheap instrument thou. However, if you go in too deep, take shortcuts, use wrong materials/methods because you didnt bother doing your homework first.... Then you're on your own...
  21. Allthou I very much agree with you, I think we see things slightly differently: I'm talking about allowing people to learn to drive on a perfectly functional 13 year old vw golf with a few rust-spots instead of a waiting a few years until I can afford a brand spanking new twin-turbo v8 *whatever sportscar is cool in your part of the world*. Im not talking about giving them a wreck with a busted engine to figure out on their own before learning to drive it.
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