mklein

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  1. I'm interested as well! While I'd prefer it to be housed within Maestronet, another alternative is to start a new Google Group. I have some limited experience administering one, and belong to several. To take advantage of all its features, I believe it requires participants to login with a google account. It does allow images/attachments. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview
  2. I own a W. Seifert now. From what I recall these were workshop bows made by various folks in the shop, not necessarily by a person with that name. As far as value I'd guess not much as I received mine thrown in free with an advanced student cello purchase. I'd be happy to hear from others who may know better than me, though!
  3. My bench has an end vice and used to be very wobbly as well - sounds very similar to yours. At some point I plan to build a more solid one, but in the meantime I found that much of the wobble came from the joints between the top and the legs, which were weak. Attaching a sheet of plywood between the legs on the back of the bench greatly reduced lengthwise flex on the bench. Combine that with pushing the bench against a wall, it's pretty rock solid now.
  4. The inlay in the back look excellent. Nice precision work there!
  5. I came across this video on The Strad website this morning, where they discuss treating wood with specific fungi to alter the accoustic properties of the wood, in theory to make it sound more like the old Cremonese masters' wood. They performed blind tests against a Strad, but this has been done before, with modern instruments coming out on top so I'm skeptical on that point. I've never heard of this process before but it seems plausible. What do you think of this? Making fine violins out of fungus treated wood
  6. I'm by no means an expert, but I'd imagine after a couple hundred years the top no longer has its original shape due to its overall age and being reworked/patched multiple times. It's much easier to patch/graduate the inside to appear smooth than the top, where you have the finish to contend with. Myself, I wouldn't read too much into how the top was originally worked by what the instrument looks like today. Having said that, I am interested in how makers go about adjusting the plates of an instrument in the white after closing the box in order to adjust its sound.
  7. Looks very similar to this product on offer from Amazon (currently $37.98/12 clamps), though I'd contend vio777's clamps might be less likely to damage the ribs/linings. The Amazon clamps have some small protrusions that look likely to dent things. They could probably be filed off easily enough, though. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VA5U2U?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=J47B7RYMESXAHQNZ1G8J
  8. Thanks everyone. Indeed, I received a very helpful response from kdrmusic.com. They sent me a price list for their CAG planes, which they do carry, but don't list on their website. Also, I received a response from Krasimir Bakardjiev at notecracker@msn.com regarding his planes. Thank you all for your helpful suggestions!
  9. Thanks for the responses, everyone. KDR Music's website doesn't list any lutherie tools that I can find (http://www.kdrmusic.com/). Is this the right "KDR Music"? A couple of you have mentioned "Bulgarian" finger planes as an alternative. Is there a source you can point me to for these?
  10. While looking for some new arched finger planes I came across CAG tools' offerings at Cremona Tools. The planes look nice and get generally positive reviews and 40 EUR is reasonable but 30 EUR shipping isn't. Is there a US supplier that sells these? Thanks Mike
  11. I'd be happy to take the lot off your hands if it's still available. You can get in touch with me at vcelloman@yahoo.com Mike
  12. Hello wise and wonderful Maestonet members. During a recent rehearsal, my cello bow unfortunately broke at the tip in the middle of playing. This bow hasn't been abused beyond the standard abuse any bow takes during music-making. It is a quality modern bow made by a respected maker in 2016 and purchased late 2017. Being interested in making and repair myself (though I'm not planning to attempt a repair of this bow myself- I plan to find a qualified repair person), I'm interested in what you would suggest as far as most effective strategies to restore this bow to playing condition, and what, if any, changes such a repair might make to the playing qualities of the bow. Thank you in advance for your responses! Mike