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  1. I just wanted to know how long it takes to dry wiping it on top of an oil varnish using a uv box. And how much are you asking for it. I make my own varnish but have not tried this particular one to deepen the colouration.
  2. sorry not answered until now, luv. If the bow was made by an itinerant European worker in Japan in the early 1900s then if it has no cracks then it is definitely worth getting cambered straightened and a good hairing etc. flog it to the Japanese as they are v interested in collecting their bows and instruments. it will play well, I assure you. Good on you rescuing an old, farty cat who is a rat pack tuxedo lad. Nice one. He be cool and shwingin lol!
  3. What is the stuff like for drying? How much luv, ta x
  4. Yes! I've been trying to make another violin bow! WayHey! Aren't I clever, dead talented, and V sorry for you who would be too scared to... This is my 3rd. I have been on an OCD trip to hell and, it really works too well for an amateur Genius who is So humble...Ha! Whilst dealing with ill health and a psychotic ex. I have been playing it on my violins, ones what I did make 2 actually and old Burt, My Del Giuseppe Guarneri lad's one. I didn't make the frog because I couldn't be arsed. It's just that I have no Yankee workshop so a drill bow saw and violence against wood seems to get me a good enough result aesthetic like. Well proof in the pudding. I hope you are all as happy as you need to be. I will take a photo now and you can have a laugh..I mean a look at pure genius and weep into your pernambuco blanks.
  5. It's all restoration now, by the looks of things. People still want a fully handmade violin in England made by an English maker. As long as the maker sticks to the Cremona style and keeps the price lower than a few thousand quid....unbelievable! Oh and everyone here knows how many hours are put in to do a decent job. V sadly it's at least 6 months for me and 2000 quid minus strings, etc is about 35p an hour. Horrible to face that fact. Just cannot live on that.
  6. It's a hell of a job, and it is worse if some joker has nailed it on using iron nails, or wooden ones. I have had the top off this many years ago when I was just learning and could kick myself for not asking on here how to do a neck reset. If I had asked what to do, I would have not had to go through this again. At least I wasn't a total tool, as in I glued it with hide glue, too strong a mix of hot hide glue, so it's preparation as in I will have to carefully melt the hide glue, using hot water with cotton buds and the fingerboard will need to come off first, which is also a fingerboard I made and also used hide glue on (no super glue as I have jokingly btw said I use) Then I have a fold over saddle which has to come off too before taking the lid off. Then it will need, as it is a two piece back, which has opened, to be brought together once the neck is out, with a button patch, cleats, a topblock made, shaped and morticed with an extension to keep the top plate uncut, rather than cut into so added wood to the back of the neck root using the old block's wood, then put it all back together re glue the fingerboard and nut, bish bosh job's a goodn....then a good rest in a nursing home! Lol!
  7. M. Boucher? I'm trying to locate my Father's side of my family tree. My Dad was Kenneth Walker, his line goes back to John Walker (whiskey brewer) his mother's side is very complicated, but Boucher, hmm. If you have any info please on this person who tested out the Strad and Chanot, who was he? I've still got that guitar shaped violin. Inside it's flly lined, and very well carved with a typical deep bass bar which has been sprung slightly. I got it from a woman in America, can't remember what area or State, but way out on a v old farmstead. Her family came from the first pilgrims and she said that it came over with her lot in late 1700s. The rib linings look v Stradivari construction shape and wood. The F holes look not. I repaired the F hole as it suffered mouse chewing damage. I need to open it up again as the baroque through block neck root has bloody well come loose so I will get the top off and take a few pics next week.
  8. The violin looks nice. The bow looks like a bow. The cat looks like my Clovis, who is Jamaican, layed back, greedy, selfish, cute, 15 and 4 months old, and if he could eat constantly, he would. His excrement smells worse than a cow biar, full of cows. The violin looks likely to play very well. If set up with strong strings. It's quite old and a good wide ebony fingerboard like Yahoudi liked, will really help it. Looks like Ivoroid tip on the bow. It's well carved, to the throat, the head is like a Tubbs type bullnose. But the fittings with the bronzy copper look like 1930s factory crap. If you got rid of them, it could be resurrected but its not worth very much and not a bow of quality, just about serviceable for a project bow to doll up practice for a bow restorer who can learn cambering, straightening, rehairing, etc. And flogging it to someone for about £50, but it is nothing I would use, as a professional because the wood is bouncy, heavy, head, stiff at frog end and too thin at the balance point.
  9. Happy New Year from Knotty Ash! Yes, Missis, we do exist, and I know you are all welcome to come here, as long as you can bring some old fingerboards with you. Clown pockets are a necessity in our profession. Please watch Uncle Kenny in YouTube if you need a good laugh. 1976 The Good Old Days, where the audience dresses up in Victorian outfits and subjected to mainly awful turns, ridicule and I thought it was a bit strange, odd, weird, and sickly. Hopefully I will be well enough to finish my violins. My chest is bad, moan, sorry but I can't make varnish like this. Plus the weather is recklessly bad here in The Village. Thanks to everyone for your input and output from the inane to the downright bloody boring, to the rudest, childish bickering, tedious, obnoxious, useless, pointless, utterly fantastic, and everyone else who sits on their own, just waiting for someone to pay them for spinning straw into gold for gold prices instead of straw! To our lovely customers (or cheeky bastards). Lol! Jeffrey I love youxxx
  10. Sorry but what's a Mopar? My Dad bought a Skoda un 1984. It had go faster stripes even though the bodywork weighed the size of the Sun. It was red and had really great headlamps but it blew up twice and a lollipop for a gearstick with the volatile 100 cc engine in the back, so had to have sandbags in the front boot in a force 6 gale over the Thelwall viaduct (M62). I've got a Mercedes Benz. That's about the same. But poor visibilty. It's. Red though so I could musicalise it by hanging aolian hanging bells from the rear view mirror and tape it onto BBC website easy listening for the overt nut jobs?... Reckon?
  11. I agree that it's a good bigger Chinese maker, from 1990s or even newer. Reason, it's been properly sized, around the bouts, the wood is aged, apposed to kiln, maybe, but using an agent re agent to keep the dichromatic flame in a Frog red blushing red chippy fast drying weak spirit based varnish. Probably Uncle may have been a bit hazy, sorry luv, my Uncles wouldn't dare lie to me...but it's outside mould, sharply too thinned deeper ribs, measurements of the top front plate is bigger, looks about right, long pattern, too thinned on plates, scroll, not even champhered from the scroll making woman. The varnish looks rubbish and thin. I wish ppl would make thicker ribs, plates correctly and get the f holes higher aligned and use proper purfling, as in Ebony, sycamore, ebony. French have deep, well carved plates and scrolls, even they could be arsed to create an instrument that has power across the plates in the golden round, across the c bouts and deep, thicker varnish. Oh well, I would say it sounds hollow, bright and withered, without a good sturdy thick wide haired German bow.
  12. can't seem to put any photos up from this crap IPhone. ? V. Frustrated over this prob. X
  13. Ahh, cheers, luv. I hope you are well. And doing business too, lots of love
  14. I've seen that bow before. Online. Not by me. But a member of this forum who has a website has sold this bow. It says it's sold anyway. Reason is that it has a stick repair at the exact same spot, at the but end of the stick. I came across the photos by researching J B V copy bows made by the. JTL factory. I tried to edit, because I have been studying the bow as far as I can also the other inputs from others on here. Let's try again as last post didn't get published, the edit I mean. I have learned to read now lol! So even though I have problems with my eyes due to this ill health, just to say, it's not the same stick, if it's got Hoyer stamped on it. Apology also about the frog end of the stick I've just read is not a repair. I have a reputation for getting my bow identity wrong in the past, and paid for it so I have been OCDing over these bows. Nightmare!!!! I've got a bow, however, with 4 lines on both the stick and the frog liner and it's almost the same, with out the stubb end at the nipple end. As in the cut ins either side of the stick afor and after the frog housing carries on, like a classic Frenchman cut. Or German cut too and British. So the only thing I can say about this bow is that it is a small factory made bow not made by a master bow maker, as they would not use crap cuts on the stick. Nor they not make the frog. So I reckon it's German. French copies usually do not correlate with the features of this bow. But the crappy head cut and that terrible varnish, shows up to everyone that it's no master maker's bow. See it on German, British, French fakes. So value is £200. Also, the gapping shows the screw is loose! And don't start! It could be bushed and replaced, I learned that from experience. It also makes me think when I see this is either the restorer is inept or the screw has been meddled with, changed so the end screw pin us a replacement one. Not original to the frog. Also, someone else said is there a stamp on the ebony of the frog. Can be copied but doubtful and is significant because Voirin aside, I do have a genuine Jean Baptiste V. And it's got a. Crest on the original ebony frog and insignia. And my bow is superior in every way apart from frog is stuck, endpin snapped so at least I know it's the original frogwork.
  15. I am too late to enter oh well, I cannot see anything on the pdf files cos they have been removed. My latest, longest and most buggered up violin is set up unvarnished, and sounds really the best I have chiselled out. Number 10. I'm ill and tiredness caused me to cut the root of the neck too short so I added it back, thought sod it and did the whole angle, by eye, v slowly, hey presto, the neck is straight, correct and I am now doing invisible mending. Poor Florian, he needs a cuddle. His varnish colours are superb, for Amati Stainer types, and he deserves a cuddle so leave him alone. He has worked dead hard you know. Well done everyone, to go through the mill. I hate judges, they remind me of church fete cake making smelly old women who don't like anyone they can't be superior to. I hate Tonica strings too. They are great for fiddling on old thin played violins, nice and bright, quick to respond, but for a deep belligerent bastard, no banana compared with Dominants and a real gut E. Please post some pics. I'm going to join the British vile in makers association. Why? Because it's THERE! I love you all, apart from one or two.
  16. Hi everyone, where are you all up to with Craig's violin? I've just messaged A.D I apologise for not getting back sooner. Been a bit under the weather. Well done everyone the maple back is absolutely Gorgeous, well done A.D. And that spruce, that is one great job Jim! Top spruce that is! Just thinking about how to get as much publicity for this violin, auctioning, as ppl have advised me in various ways regards to my question about the ways of getting an appropriate appraisal and how to go about it. Well, publicity is using a famous violinist, to play it, and endorse it publically, at a concert, not me! I'm not that famous, brilliant but not famous...I can feel the knives being drawn! But, we are all agreed that we want to get as much money for Craig's family as well as pay homage to him, well, think on because auctioning an instrument is a dear do and wouldn't it be brilliant if us lot put our heads together and contacts (luvvie alert) and put on a charity concert. Get Bell or someone to play. And get maximum public awareness. I can organise with others
  17. I've got flamed maple ribs already cut, seven. They are very high quality and are 34.5 mms depth. They are just over one mm thickness and even. Been sitting around for a number of years whilst I have been busy with life stuff. They are not brittle and cut lengths of approximately 170 mms. The maple is in angle tilt towards top plate and was professionally cut which I bought from one of you. I think it was Radcliffe Pheonix, Arizona oh my God 10 years ago. The maple is not bear clawed, it's pale, not red. I will put up a photo as soon as possible if anyone wants them. I also have a top quality ebony fingerboard unfinished I've had for years. It's top grade and black as a gorrillas goollies! Lol! Not Chinese btw. No damage and a beauty. I've got rib linings, very aged but supple spruce, ebony and maple purfling, well enough for the violin. My secret recipe varnish ground! No seriously, I hope you will let me contribute please? Xxxx
  18. Actually, Jeffrey, and everyone, if you can just hold your horses, because new information in regards to one particular violin; (of which I have owned since a child) regarding it's pedigree, as in it's history, and it's provinence, which, if it can be, and it's going to take alot of research, is the most amazing twist of fate! It involves my Great grandfather, who was a wealthy Banker, in France in the early 1800s. Trouble is, I'm the youngest of 5, and my Father, who died in 1989, when I was just 19, was the youngest of 12! His mother died at 83 years of age in 1967, so I never knew her. Her Father ( The French banker), I have to trace, which is going to be difficult, as he was a Jew, and I have to get relevant evidence of his activities, his birth certificate, etc. This sounds as clear as mud, but from what I do know, was that he invested in, amongst other things was rare art works, and rare instruments, violins. He was also a gambler and apparently ended up, after his wife's untimely death, drinking himself to death, after coming to England.
  19. I hope this is going to get back on track. If Charles Beare is the most knowledgeable I will get in touch with him and I will keep you posted on here. My reason why is that I truly believe that to make sure that everyone can see how I get on . Simple as that. This is not a sales pitch AT ALL. No self respecting appraiser would be afraid of allowing a published appraisal.
  20. If you go down to Maestro forums, to look for hidden doors tidy floors more applause. You'll see it all the time, like what you've got like it or not, you're under The Soil...yes deep in the soil...oh well we're happy as fish, gorgeous as geese and lovely and clean in the morning...Peter Gabriel, Foxtrot...Genesis, a concept album...mad? As mad as a bag of frogs but...I am not. Sorry to sour the atmos with a slice of reality, but, to be defending myself in this way, is unacceptable if you bother to read the discussion of filth by various ...posters within this thread When it rains, it is usually because of water vapour, released from clouds of precipitation. Or is that debatable? On here, we have more concepts about bits of wood, than a rain forest has IPE. Or too many critics spoil the f ing facts. When do personal attacks against me and others who want real help be brought into an assault upon our person? All the world is a critic ey? Advocate posting my name, address and postcode and phone number? Get real! The atmosphere has soured so bad a lime would flinch.
  21. I agree with that. I don't find it funny either. I went through cervical cancer when I was 27 years old, after being raped and was made pregnant. I lost my baby and nearly died. I had to choose between radiotherapy which meant also having an abortion or both me and my unborn child would have died. Not just the third world.
  22. Really? Why? And if it is a sales pitch, Martin, looking at the many Marquies you have erected on this forum, the field is so full of them, there's not much room for anyone to put up even a one man mini igloo.
  23. Yes, I know, my memory is not on par. I did try to edit my answer about which Beare! Not John, it was Charles I meant. My old computer packed in, which had all of my email contacts and now have changed since then my service provider. I thought Charles Beare had died! I've been online and there are three Beare companies?! I am confused to say the least.
  24. Of course they do, I agree. Many dealers have to know that they can spot a criminal, though, even if it is a fraudulent old granny! Just thinking of the stolen strad incident! I said, rarely, actually. Of course established firms, are not. I'm talking about individual dealers. Maybe I should have been more explicit.
  25. Oh righto, thanks Jeffrey. I've had a few years of personal health problems, which have prioritised so I haven't been able to keep up with everything else. I'm also very upset about Neil dying and I didn't even know until I had a quick browse on here. Omg, he was so lovely. He helped me with varnishing advice and was so honest and thoughtful. I cried my eyes out the other night because I saw as well that Craig Tucker had died too. He was brilliant and really happy to help me out with bow rehairing when I was just learning and he made me a jig, as well as his generous teaching and his pamphlet as well as his humour and I am so very sorry for them both, great, talented, human beings and gents, inspiring and I feel so bad for their poor families.