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  1. I think the simplification in tuning is almost required. Maybe doing a mix? Ex: sympathetics with boxwood and playing strings with geared pegs? Would look a little odd. If I was making it for myself I would probably just go with trad pegs, but I do understand the draw of mechanical pegs. 10 strings is real.
  2. Considering this.will need to talk to the customer. They have said that they want it to be as traditionally violin styled as possible.
  3. So I’m building a wild thing for a client. It’s a modern hardanger similar to what Salve Håkedal has been building. And I’m running into concerns about the weight of the pegbox and scroll. Not a surprise considering that it has ten strings. I have removed as much weight as I think I can from the neck and heel. But it’s still coming in very heavy, no doubt because of the pegbox. 120g? If memory serves. No pegs, holes, or FB. I plan on using some version of perfection/peg heads in 1/2 or 3/4 sizes to both make room and save weight. However it’s still going to be a lot of weight in the wrong place. The answer I’m looking for would be something along the lines of: what can I get away with for minimum dimensions in the scroll and pegbox without sacrificing structural integrity? Thin pegbox walls? Extending the box deep under the scroll? Floor of the box? Heights of the walls themselves? Etc.. I have ( I think) a pretty design that looks balanced but I’m becoming more concerned about weight than aesthetics. rough average measurements are: 5mm at the top of the pegbox walls tapering to 7mm at the bottom of walls Around 5mm thick on the back of the box. It does have cheeks to make more room for the strings to clear. I’ll put up a picture if I can figure that out. no idea is to wild! thanks, -A
  4. Hi All! I’m at a largish shop, lots of customers coming through, lots of sales. What I have been running into is sales staff giving away workshop services as perks to clients. This in and of itself is not a problem, the luthiers get paid regardless, the problem is that front staff are: 1 desciding what the customer needs without asking the workshop. 2. Selling customers repair jobs based on the sales persons opinion, or what the customers thinks they need. Workshop staff is then expected to conform to what the sales staff promised the customer. I understand that sales is the department that is most “money adjacent” and therefore has their needs prioritized. I also understand that pleasing a customer, even if their request is a little bonkers, is of paramount importance. But isn’t this a little like a car salesperson talking about engine repair? “No problem! We can totally swap your Prius’ engine with a Ferrari!” ”What’s that? You have a flat tire? Well I’m gonna have the boys replace the axels, wheels, tires, and wiper blades. That will definitely fix it!” My actual questions would be: What has been people’s experience concerning who has the last word in situations like this? Has anyone had to deal with a similar situation with sales staff diagnosing instruments? Is this power structure common? Verboten? How could one convince the higher ups to put a stop to this? Needless to say I think anyone who doesn’t have a LOT of the right kind of training should ever try to determine what repairs would be appropriate. And “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is at play here. Thanks in advance.
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