Frank Nichols

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    : Near Live Oak, FL USA
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    Computers, Wood Working, Cello Playing, Cello Making

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  1. Conforming f-hole templates to arching between c-bouts

    What "might" be easier to get together. Back in the 50's or 60's there was a device used to learn to draw things. It was basically a periscope that you looked through and you would see the thing you are wanting to draw, appear to be on the paper (maybe a half silver mirror?). Then you would draw on the paper by tracing the object - a person or flower or whatever. I expect half silver mirrors are easy to come by on the internet and then use hang the template in front and the top plate below and trace the apparent image...
  2. Conforming f-hole templates to arching between c-bouts

    I don't know what I am talking about here, but the first thing that came to my mind was to use something like a slide projector and to project the f-hole template down onto a top that had the arching completed. Then you could mark out landmarks on the projected image on the top. Just a thought - is that what you were meaning?
  3. Any one hate school orchestra?

    Is this what Maestronet is evolving into? I can read these type comments on Facebook any day, I was hoping for better here.
  4. Downforce Experiment

    Thanks Don, I appreciate your explanation!
  5. Downforce Experiment

    I expect this is a valid assumption, the question is how much energy goes into the body from each contact point. Even a little bit I would expect to have an affect as it comes together in the body "out of sync" and causes some about of beating and harmonic distortions which would contribute to the "tone" (Harmonic distortions are not necessarily bad). If this is true it would imply to me that wood type and density in the neck and the material type of the tail and tail gut would all have a small amount of affect on the tone of the instrument. It seems to be accepted that the tail piece and tail piece gut have an affect - is it also accepted that the neck material (and or fingerboard) can affect the tone?
  6. Digital Concert Hall

    New to me, we just installed the Berliner Philharmoiker's App allowing live streaming of performances and access to over 400 recorded performances. Wow, just Wow! To have access to performances live anywhere in the world is incredible! Makes me glad I upgraded my home theater system recently! Berliner Philharmoniker
  7. CD Audio Qualities

    Exactly, filters remove a frequency range, and they don't discriminate about who created that frequency.
  8. Trade Secrets Index

    I have no Strads, but I will certainly take the provide lists and see if I can figure out how to find things here! Be back later, probably much later -
  9. Trade Secrets Index

    Here is a crazy idea, how about a cross reference with links to threads here that discuss the articles in the Strad?
  10. CD Audio Qualities

    And you can't remove JUST the noise, there will be an impact on the sound you want to keep.
  11. Older bow for ID

  12. Cedar top repair question

    Is there a particular species of Cedar that would be good for a quite warm violin? Silly me, of course there is, I just don't know which that would be - could someone enlighten me?
  13. Old Wood 1700 Website

    Domain is still valid but DNS server seems to be limping: Domain Status: ok Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry Registrant Name: Alvaro Echevarria Molina Registrant Organization: Oldwood colours & Varnishes s.l. Registrant Street: Plaza Castilla, 3 Registrant City: Madrid Registrant State/Province: Madrid Registrant Postal Code: 28046 Registrant Country: ES Registrant Phone: +34.914118992 Registrant Phone Ext: Registrant Fax: Registrant Fax Ext: Registrant Email:
  14. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    So, then, ignoring "comfort" for the moment, would it be safe to say then that a reduction in downward pressure would be "safer" for the top? And would it be a reasonable pursuit to try to find a practical way (design) to reduce that pressure?
  15. String Shelf Life

    Is there a "Born on" date on the strings you buy? If not I suggest that when you buy them has very little to do with how old they are. Chances are a smaller company/factory will have a more rapid turn over of inventory but larger companies would be making them as far in advance as possible... just saying...