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  1. Can you tell me is it spirit or oil? At the moment I’m experimenting with various spirit recipes.
  2. Will he be doing The Method School of Violin making. And will he stay in character when he goes home?
  3. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    Thanks David I will try this. Take care G
  4. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    Something I forgot to ask, what are the quantity’s of gum to turpentine. Or is it a case of adding the turpentine to the gum until saturation is achieved, as in there are no deposits in the bottom of the vessel?
  5. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    FULLY understood David, I’m very big on health and safety.
  6. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    David is it critical that both substances are the same temperature?
  7. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    Thank you David for a very in-depth answer.
  8. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    Thank you Michael good point about the mastic alcohol mix allowing things to move on more quickly.
  9. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    I was thinking of using it as a wood sealer. Regarding your mastic varnish Michael how does it compare to spirit varnish? I am experimenting with the 1704 recipe. My next experiment will be your varnish. I have numerous off cuts of spruce and maple which I apply various sealer, stain, varnish compilations and keeping records of these tests.
  10. GerardM

    Gum Mastic

    When dissolving gum mastic using either alcohol or turpentine does it matter which one is used? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to using one or the other. Thanks G.
  11. Will there be feedback problems
  12. There’s a YouTube film “The little box that Sings” in which Harry makes an appearance. It’s a while since I’ve seen it but if memory services me correctly, I think he says he can make a violin in a week or so. In fact I will search for it an watch again.
  13. Don does the torrefied violin sound improve with playing? As you say after a few years the sound difference between the two types becomes less. So is it that the non-torrefied violin catches up with the other? Also regarding violins in general with regular playing will the sound improve to a particular sound quality and level off? Then stay at that level with constant playing and servicing.
  14. GerardM

    Sandarac

    Could spike oil be added later if I wished to slow the drying time?
  15. GerardM

    Sandarac

    Thanks Doug I found similar results. Anyway I’ve gone a head and used Sandarac what’s the worst that can happen? The recipe was for Juniper, or in my case Sandarac, shellac, mastic, benzoin, elemi. Melted the mastic and Elemi. Mixed everything with alcohol and leave until all dissolved. Only done a small batch so not an expensive mistake if it doesn’t dry or some other disaster. LOL.
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