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  1. Firefox has an issue right now where all the certifications for ad blockers and other plugins show as expired and are disabled. A fix is in the works but there's a work around by adjusting a value in about:config. I can look it up again of anyone needs.
  2. Sorry for the side trip there. I had a friend's bow blow out the entire underside in front of the frog for about 2 inches. Shown to a local bow repair expert, he told me to go away. Called Lynn Hannings, my former teacher, and she recommended I rebuild the area using G-2 epoxy. I did so, covering with as much original wood as I could find. Three years in, it's still playing professionally. I wonder, there still a reasonable amount of structure under the nibbling, if it's feasible to use Jerry's optical epoxy technique, perhaps with some transtint added to match the color. It would give both structural strength and a workable surface. And it wouldn't prevent you from eventually doing a graft.
  3. Unfortunately, I haven't found logins to work on archived pages, though sometimes search boxes do. If you couldn't enter without a pass, than neither could the crawler. If your photos were displayed openly on web pages like my friends were, it's pretty easy to just right click on them and download. If right clicking is disabled you can have your browser display the page source code and they'll usually be a media tab where you can see all the images and vids in one place with a handy download button. The cynical me says EVERYTHING is saved somewhere. The folks at Wayback are one of the more benevolent parties doing so. In the case of Lucchi, the results may not have gone back far enough if we weren't entering the Url he had originally used for his site. Wayback began crawling the web in 2001. Any luck contacting the folks you found on whois?
  4. When you're interested in a site that's no longer up, give the wayback machine a try. Go to and enter the old url (or just try a keyword search). I ran the lucchicremona through and found 43 hits going back to 2014. Their crawler usually worms through sites about a half a dozen clicks deep, so you may not be able to access all of the content. I did this with a luthier friend who thought all her photos from previous work as a sculptor were lost when she dropped her old webpage. We found and were able to download them all via the wayback. Luckily her site wasn't that heavily layered, so the crawler got it all.
  5. HI Nathan, There's one mechanical method you might try before going into destructo mode. If you (carefully) glue some wood to the pearl, it gives you something you can give some sharp whacks to break a hopefully brittle bond (or too tight a square machined fit.). I usually use CA but probably hide glue would give the best shear strength. Some caveats: Obviously, control where glue flows or you've just made matters worse. Give thought to how you support the frog. You can easily damage it. Especially vulnerable the front of the underslide and thumb projection if you’re tempted to press them against your bench as a backstop. You may end up separating the shell from its backing. No biggie. Repeat for the backing and glue them back together or make a new backing. If all works well you'll have to remove the added wood from the pearl. You can pare or file it down to where it's just paper thin and then moisten the remaining fibers with acetone and they'll rub off.
  6. What a nightmare the bedbugs were. Forget about the Raid, or any fogger claiming to kill them. I had to literally drown them in like a tablespoon of direct spray before I made any impression on them. Finally, like others, had success with Diatomaceous Earth. After two weeks or so they were gone. But the stuff is nasty and hard on vacuum cleaner bags. Blocks them up completely in minutes.
  7. Saw an ad for a 5 string bass with a stub extension to take it down to a rumbling Ab. Apparently the owner played a lot in theater pits and sawed off the scroll to maneuver through low doorways. He used magnets to hold the pieces together for decoration when he played above ground.
  8. Thank you for the Stumpy site reference. Thoroughly enjoying it. They didn't just go cheap, they completely re-engineered the wide blade platform and Tormek jig to much more rigid solutions than the OEM offerings, addressing at least half of my issues. I may go there, but.... I finally broke down and bought the new version of the Alberti disc sander. It's not only useful for my primary purpose, shaping the angled heads of bows and trimming face plates, but as a sloooooowwwww sharpener where heat just isn't an issue. Extremely rigid, has a vernier fine tilt adjustment, fast easy grit change, and table height moveable to give a belt sander like scratch pattern if needed.... Amazing tool though also much heavier (and pricier) than it's predecessor. I think I'll be doing most of my flat sharpening on it for now if for no other reason than to recoup some of the investment.
  9. Unless I'm missing something, above link is US site and cost is USD $389. Your first link was Maple Leaf in upper right and cost Canadian $479.
  10. I've got Work Sharp system. Can't recommend it. Looks great on paper but: 1. Turntable bearings poor, disc wobbles; 2. Sanding discs rapidly overheat tools and are messy to change. Magnetic diamond disc alternatives (and cloth disc for polishing) actually work decently and run very cool but pricey and diamonds wear too quickly for the price. 3. Bar which allows Tormek jigs works but also very wobbly. 4. Best luck I've had is with the flat platform that mounts next to the turntable and then using it in conjunction with my Veritas rolling jigs. But the plane of the platform needs to be parallel with turntable and the level adjustment is just weird, it's not positive or repeatable at all. By the time you've incrementally bought all the attachments trying to get it working right, you realize you could have just bought a better system in the first place.
  11. Thanks for the topic Rue. My guitar had been languishing in its case the last couple of years. Got it out again last night. Forgot how cozy and intimate an instrument it is. And nice to discover it doesn't irritate my increasingly shredded shoulder the way the bass I'm paid to play does.
  12. Have no idea if this is overkill or not but one teacher told me they soaked all their hair bundles in the tub (and let it dry as a bundle) before use because of having been burned by unscrupulous sources that stretched their hair before sale (longer hair fetches higher prices). The idea was to get the bundle back to its natural length beforehand rather than risk it shrinking on the bow. BTW their technique was one of Jerry's options: minimal wetting during rehair just to tame the combing. Does this actually happen with wholesalers? And would soaking restore the hair?
  13. What's the size issue for you? Greater stretch lengthwise between notes vs violin, width of fingerboard for barring chords or reaching your arm around the body to get your right hand in position? Different scale lengths are available without having to drop from an acoustically decent sounding box down a plunky, tinny travel size. A guitar that sounds yuck isn't going to encourage practise any more than a yuck violin. The only crossover I ever tried had close nylon string spacing on a crowned fingerboard. Didn't really work for classical. Probably a reason different styles of music have gravitated to different styles of guitar. I like glebert's recommendation. Some of your discomfort may be self induced. And a teacher conversant with multiple styles could probably help you zero in on an instrument.
  14. If you've not heard anything by Monday, let me know. I have #'s for some Pfretzschners and a couple of others at home that I can send you (I'm out of town right now). Generally hair a bit longer (21.5" to 22") and stick thicknesses about 1mm less than French bass bows. Also head smaller and usually narrower. Reid Hudson has some measures for two of his models on his web site. A lot of bass players like his bows. For some reason I can't seem to paste the address here but a search of his name and "bows" will get you there.