Deo Lawson

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  1. Beginner starting their first full instrument here. So, I've got a 1-inch gouge that I intend to use to get the basic shape on my viola plates. Looks to be a #5 sweep. However, this particular gouge was "sharpened" by someone who evidently got a bit trigger-happy with their grinding wheel and is unusable at the moment. The angle of the edge seems to be about 50-55° relative to the handle. After having honed the edge I can't get it to make a continuous cut; it jumps out of the wood. I figure it's way too steep as it is, but I don't have a gouge in working shape to reference. What would an appropriate angle be for the grind?
  2. There are very acceptable condenser microphones available on Amazon for low prices. I use a matched pair of Lyx Pro mics that I got for about $100, and if the room is appropriate then those microphones can get you a surprisingly good sound. You'd also have to buy a mic stand and some kind of interface if you don't have them already.
  3. Gamut is fantastic, but quite expensive. I find that the way they polish their strings tends to give you a lot of fraying within only a couple of days as well, so be sure to ask about hand-polished strings. That is, if you want plain guts. Aquila is another good option. It's a bit cheaper, but the strings are still very nice. They are marketed as "historical" strings, but gut is gut, really. The tensions are calculated for A415, so you have to get their light gauge strings to use at modern pitch.
  4. Wouldn't touch it with a bargepole. Rehairing one of those is a nightmare because the frog is always logged with glue.
  5. Looking for bass tuning machines for my latest refurbishing project. All the options online fall between two extremes, though—cheap junk on one end and $1500 CAD for a set on the other. The bass is not worth enough to merit those really nice machines, but I'm not gonna put cruddy ones on either. Anyone know any places to get good, middle-of-the-road tuners? I'm looking specifically for brass or dark-coloured tuners with no plates, by the way.
  6. Depends on what you need. Too little hair on a stiff stick and you will have a very weak, bouncy bow with a thin, cold sound (hair will not effectively engage the string because it will be under too much tension). If you go the other way, it will be gross as you experienced. It is also partially dictated by how much hair the bow can physically hold, as mentioned above.
  7. Chordas are no good. Too thin, and they break fast. If you plan on using plain gut, buy a heavy set of Academies from Gamut (no silk underlayer on the G). I don't use a gut E, but my A strings usually last about 2-3 months and my D strings around 4 months until they suddenly snap or go false, being oiled every week (I use boiled linseed oil). Keep in mind that I have very sweaty hands and practise 3+ hours consistently every day, so my strings wear out quickly. The shelf life of gut is basically indefinite, but it becomes very brittle and false when it's dry. For that reason, it's necessary to oil strings that have been in storage for a while.
  8. That's... uh... Wow. Certainly something different. Can we be sure the violin shown on the inside photos is the same as the one in the exterior photos?
  9. Just leave a cup of water with a straw in there, and your violin will take a sip if it gets thirsty.
  10. The yellow one is almost the spitting image of my main violin. And mine is a Guarneri copy. ...
  11. Why is the label on the post side? It would make no difference acoustically, but I'm sure it looks hilarious.
  12. Electric violin with tone issues? Dude. Just change your eq.
  13. My violin has a minor buzz below fourth position. It is completely inaudible playing arco (don't think it makes much or any tone difference either), but playing pizzicato produces that twangy sort of sound some bass players like. Sadly, I don't—at least not on my violin. Was thinking I'll just deepen the scoop a teensy bit with a scraper, but I figured I'd bring it up here in case anyone has any wise advice.
  14. This thing is b o l l o c k s. Garbage. Don't waste your money.
  15. Kevlar. I imagine it has less to do with the material and more with the fact that kevlar tailguts can be made thinner and are therefore more flexible. They're more stable, too.