Steve Rodriguez

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  1. Overstand and Neck projection

    Thanks Nick, and I believe you are right about the figure. I was getting cross-eyed last night working on it; that heel still has just a hint of space under it that has to go away. That space that is hidden by the mortice; that is what has been strange to get used to working with; shaving down the front part of the heel so the back part can come down. What's crazy is how every change has such a big impact on the other parameters, and when you get closer to the end how careful one has to be. I appreciate your help. Steve
  2. Overstand and Neck projection

    I think I spent too many hours on this operation yesterday, and I was kinda doubtful earlier that I could do this right. Now I think I almost got it; just a few more hours. I think the neck projection is going to be hair above 27 when the neck is completely seated. I had my targets in mind and just put the fears and way. I tried to measure what the string angle would be and it looks like it might be close to the 158 degree figure that Mr. Chung was talking about, but I'll have to wait and see after I get it all together and with the saddle. I sincerely thank everybody for their help. I have attached a picture of the violin with the neck sitting in the mortice. Regards, Steve
  3. Overstand and Neck projection

    David, I wish I had your skills, and it's good to know you also worry about neck setting at least a little bit. I will have to do yoga, get counseling, listen to motivational tapes, and undergo hypnosis in order to complete this operation, and I might get lucky enough that the neck doesn't end up as crooked as a dog's hind leg . Thanks for helping me out with my fiddle. Regards, Steve
  4. Overstand and Neck projection

    Thanks very much y'all. I feel like I'm on the right track now. This neck setting operation is like brain surgery. Steve
  5. Overstand and Neck projection

    Thank you John, I really appreciate your help. Steve
  6. Overstand and Neck projection

    I have two questions that might seem rather dumb, but I could really use some help as I am in the process of setting the neck on my first violin. I appreciate any help. Question 1: Is "overstand" measured at the highest point of the front plate edge, or is it measured near the purfling? Question 2: When measuring "neck projection", does the straight edge rest on top of the nut or is it placed below the nut on the fingerboard? In using this method, or the method by which one looks down the fingerboard at a bridge with a mark placed at 27mm above the centerline, including the nut would cause a different outcome in the measurement. Thanks very much, Steve
  7. Violin neck (side) concavity

    Guys, thanks for all the input; I do appreciate it. I think this Pegbox forum is awesome and it has really helped me on this first violin. bkwood, what is most appealing to me about the concave sides is that there is a possibility it may help my playing. As there are no frets, maybe this kinda serves the purpose of giving my brain the added sub-conscious association of width with the note so maybe my playing accuracy will improve. I don’t know for sure though, but I am making this violin for me to play and I have been thinking to implement that technique which you see described in those links above. My original question revolved more around what happens to the the neck near the neck-fingerboard junction; this was a bit uncertain before but this question has been answered. Regards, Steve
  8. Violin neck (side) concavity

    Bkwood, to clarify; the convexity when looking down the end of the fingerboard would be the curve from left to right on top of the fingerboard.
  9. Violin neck (side) concavity

    Bkwood, the convexity I see would be the curve seen on the top of the fingerboard if you are looking down the fingerboard from the end like you would down a rifle barrel; that’s not what we are talking about.
  10. Violin neck (side) concavity

    I really appreciate the help David. I see now that it is okay to have a bit of asymmetry then in the neck concavity from side to side. I was thinking of making the "side" concavity less on the E string side than the G string side of course, and this would match the concavity on the top; in the end the thickness of the fingerboard sides would be uniform from nut to end of fingerboard. Regards, Steve
  11. Violin neck (side) concavity

    Okay, here's a crazy question regarding the violin neck side concavity; I'm still working on my first violin. I've read postings regarding fingerboard side concavity. The neck sides should be shaped to fit the side concavity of the fingerboard since the neck sides are flush with fingerboard where they join, so if the left side of the fingerboard has a different degree of concavity than the right side then the neck will also show asymmetry (left side versus right side) in this respect, but it is so slight that we don't care correct? Thanks, Steve
  12. Top Plate Thickness Concern

    Thanks Tim. Yeah I shouldn't get ahead of myself I guess. I might as well not rush cause I'm going to be the one playing this violin. I really appreciate your help.
  13. Top Plate Thickness Concern

    Thanks for the guidance Carl. I second the thanks to Tim for the pictures; really awesome indeed, and so different than I would have expected regarding the arching. Tim, I have to add that you violins look super nice. Thanks again for you help. Steve
  14. Top Plate Thickness Concern

    Tim, great practical ideas. I have looked at less expensive violins but nothing noteworthy. I'll try those ideas. I am really trying hard to get my head around the arching. It is taxes the mind to think about how they came up with the design for the arching in the first place. I appreciate you posting pictures but I don't see the link, or rather there is nothing to click on that is active. Help! Lethbridge violins thanks for being in the same boat as me on the first violin and getting thru it. I got the confidence now. I got to finish this by Christmas so I can put it under the tree; present to myself. regards, Steve
  15. Top Plate Thickness Concern

    Tim, thanks very much for your input and help, and it does make sense not to get this first one perfect. I'll think I'll take your advice and move on and not be so critical. regards, Steve