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  1. Was there a violin maker with a name like Hartel near Carnegie Hall in the 1950's? I met a man yesterday who said that his grandfather had a shop there. Now I can not recall the name and have no contact with this person. Thanks
  2. I am a big fan of wound e strings. They are not as durable as plain e strings but I think they have a sound that has fewer overtones, or at least they don't sound as piercing or hard. My favorite is D'Addario Helicore wound e, As for the Red and Blue Infield strings, Jennifer Becker was pretty funny. One day she said, "Why buy half a frequency? For my money, I want a whole string".
  3. Thanks Edi for the video. Just amazing. And ebony dust. Yikes. I am pretty creative with my 17" Bosh belt sander. But I'm not sure I could reach all of the curves. Ha, ha. I wonder if people use a CNC machine for chinrests? I know a guitar builder who does a lot of neck shaping with one. For me however I'm a little less inspired to start them from scratch. Anyway I have a bunch that I plan to re-shape. This project also brings to mind the weight of the chinrest. Wittner has thoes plastic ones that keep breaking but they are very light. What do people think about the weight of chinrests on violins? Just a personal preference, or is the extra mass a concern regarding sound / mode production? And has anyone made Wittner like chinrest 'clamps' (lacking proper name). Thanks
  4. Ah! A scraper may be the thing. I was thinking of a small curved rasp used for sculpture. And lots of sandpaper. And yes, holding the thing is not easy. But I wonder if anyone has seen one made? Has anyone done a video from some third world craftsman? Or first world craftsman, for that mattter.
  5. I'd like to modify a chinrest and I do not know what tool to use for the subtle shapes. Rasps? Small planes? Dremel tool bits? Thanks. Doug