todd goldenberg

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  1. I second the idea of using a Strad model for your early violins. There are many reasons I can give for my opinion, which if you wish you and write to me personally. I do have some experience teaching and I do strongly feel you would be better served using a Strad model
  2. I understand the comments to the contrary on Joe's view. But I still have to agree
  3. We seem to be mixing rosin just cooked and varnish. So my question is what is the role of the oil as it continues to polimerize. What other things are being added to the cooking process, you know your secrets. What is the source of the rosin, what degree of processing has it had.My experience is oil left to age will tend to yellow in color. This over time to my eye effects the varnish more than the rosin. Which I think is very stable.
  4. Would you please explain what is wood ash oil varnish,maybe how you made it thanks
  5. We can agree that know one has planted a flag and proved they know what the ground was. The ground/sealer used in the glory days. But we can take linseed oil or any other oil treated every way we know of place some on glass wait six months and see how it behaves, is it clear is it dry does it dry hard,hard enough. You will still be guessing but you will know more than something you read from a person who over heard a modern maker speaking about sealer/ ground. Trust but Verify,
  6. I am a long time lurker to maestronet. I think this topic has gotten pretty aggressive in tone. So here my two cents. Yes you can shave pegs to perfection with a pen knife and a nail file on a desert island. But there is something special to have a tool beautifully designed and built that feels good in your hand that works smoothly and clean with little to no fuss. If this appeals to and you can afford, I say enjoy what you want to it is how we spend most of our time. Well made tools are a joy.
  7. my choice warm water, warm water mild soap, and if needed Mr. Clean magic eraser, yes try them.
  8. try ray schryer. he was making templates for two strads and he might still have some for sale.
  9. i would not do anything special to the knot before varnish. it will look great.
  10. I was part of the Boston workshop in waltham started by marilyn wallen. It was great but then people wanted to move or had to and the lease was up and no one wanted to take on the whole nut or and extra part if there was not a full workspace. We each had our own room and a common machine and common area. A very nice set up, learned a lot made great friends made violins what was not to like. life goes on...
  11. violin-making is a not a profession as much as a life style. there is a distinction between the two
  12. hi all I have been working with a paint store to get recochem turps, The store owner contacted them and sent a rep over who said that recochem is going so stop putting any turps in plastic. metal only, i bought some and it smells bad. So i think if you find some in plastic you should buy it all.
  13. I think that i have been "lurking" longer on maestro net than most. I do not post often because i don't think i have much to offer that will move the issue further a head. I generally agree with what some one else wrote, of i don't chime in. To be honest I am not comfortable the the process and I also spell really poorly. Which i feel some may use to disqualify my comments I do appreciate all of you who contribute, The forums would be nothing with out you! thank you all
  14. All that stuff about original parts is fine BUT what's it going to go for come on you connoisseurs let the bidding begin