Amateur Maker

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  1. Amateur Maker

    Poster sale at The Strad

    Roger Hills post wrote: If this is the poster (Messie) you started a thread about a while back, then I think your expectations were a bit unrealistic. I know my expectations were not unrealistic at all. When someone like myself (Amateur Maker) buys a product that does not have the information I expect i.e. lack of Neck drawing AND a not completed Top Long Arch how can I complete a Violin? For what is paid for these Posters I would have at least expected an answer to my many emails that I sent them concerning this. So do you still think I am unrealistic?
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    Poster sale at The Strad

    In April I received a poster from STRAD which I was absolutely disappointed in. I wrote to them sometimes twice a week. As duane88 says "have been on the downward slide for a while". That was my first and last purchase from them as I feel they just don't care!
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    Frank Nichols Drawings of Scroll & Neck

    Has anyone heard from Frank Nichols recently? Does he post here anymore? I was looking for the drawing of Scroll & Neck by Frank Nichols on my saved documents. I have thought this was the best drawing for someone as it seems to have all the dimensions. Unfortunately, I found several drawings of Franks but cannot tell which is the latest as none of the ones I have do not have dates on them. Can anyone give any help? Thanks
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    Strad Poster

    Thanks to everyone that responded to this post of mine. One of my problems on this site is I can't seem to find the info people have told me is here. I have used the search which doesn't seem to work for me. Example: Jackson suggested I might move onto the "Titian and the Huberman" but her I have been unable to find info. Is this made by Stradivari or someone else? Jim sent some info with a picture of a mold but how do I get that off his post? Muswell I just checked today and the May edition of Strad is out but did not see anthing indicating there is a poster in it. Terry I did receive your message but from what I can see there is not enough FOR ME to make the Scroll/Neck, but thank you for the effort. DoorMouse I have seen that drawing but cannot print it with all the dimensions, rather a picture of the the scroll comes on. I will check with the maker of the drawing to see what can be done. Lastly, I have heard that Addie has several drawing on this site but have been unable to find any of those. By the way I recently bought some wood from Old World Tonewood in Lewisburg, W.V. Quite a place to see and how the wood is split and cut. It was a pleasure to meet John Preston. Sorry for the long post and winning but sure it was easier to find the info I feel I need to start on my first violin. Thanks to all again for your responses!
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    Strad Poster

    I recently ordered and received a Antonio Stradivari 1716 "Messiah" poster from The Strad. As a newbie to building a violin I was terribly disappointed with this product. I had anticipated I would get all the dimensions for this Violin on the back of the poster. What I see as missing are an drawing of the mold with upper and lower blocks along with the four corner blocks. I had also thought it would include a drawing of the neck. Lastly, the contour for the Top Long Arch which is on the print but incomplete. I have written The Strad but was told I sent it to the wrong place to get this rectified, but also was given another email address I should write my concerns to, so I have with no response as of today. I guess my question is is this the normal way of doing a poster and once again where can I get a full print to work from?
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    LOCATION

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    LOCATION

    THANKS Jim! Pretty easy when you know where.
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    LOCATION

    I have noticed that many people don't list their location on the site (including myself not knowing how to list Cape Cod). For me that is somewhat of a problem as I would like to meet a few AMATEUR'S that are interested in building the Violin and would like to share their idea's and experiences of making one. I would be interested in meeting someone who live on the Upper Cape - Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth or even across the canal in Plymouth or Wareham. I would think sending a Private Message would be the best way to start. Thanks to all
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    Location

    I don't know if this is the proper section to ask this question but hope no one objects. I have noticed that many people don't list their location on the site (including myself not knowing how to list Cape Cod). For me that is somewhat of a problem as I would like to meet a few AMATEUR'S that are interested in building the Violin and would like to share their idea's and experiences of making one. I would be interested in meeting someone who live on the Upper Cape - Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth or even across the canal in Plymouth or Wareham. I would think sending a Private Message would be the best way to start. Thanks to all
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    Concerns of Making a Violin

    Having just finished reading an article about learning to play the Violin I have become concerned. It related to someone purchasing a low end violin and started to take lessons. After a period of time the instructor informed the student the violin had some issues and referred to it as a "squawk box", even if the instructor played the violin. I am planning to make a violin, it being my first, so this student brings me some concern. I don't think my violin will be without error, but would hope it will be of a quality to play well. My questions are, what are the chances of it being a "squawk box"? Are there any really specific things I can do to avoid making a non-playable violin? How much does the wood really matter?
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    Wood Preferences

    Thanks to all for your opinions and suggestions. Next week I'm going to Old World Tonewood to buy my first Violin wood. As my forum name says "Amateur Maker" I thought I would get some advice from this forum. Thanks to all
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    Wood Preferences

    What are the preferences of fronts and backs - one piece or two piece? Is there any advantage to either ways?
  14. Amateur Maker

    Purfling router bit - learning by trial and error

    MusicShop Pete - Sorry, having re-read your post I now see you stated you screwed it in.
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    Purfling router bit - learning by trial and error

    MusicShop Pete I would be interest to know if the Dremel tool was threaded into the top part of your jig or just pressed in?