Craig Cowing

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  1. I have a Yinfente 5 string cello I bought on Amazon. Don't all groan at once. It is well made, no laminate, and I put Helicore strings on it because the strings that came with it were not very good. It has a wonderful rich tone and doesn't suffer a bit in volume.
  2. If the case were made out is solid mahogany or maple maybe but I think the others are right. Although, if you really had your heart set you could laminate a few layers of spruce for the top. Having said that I also have disassembled pianos. The hardware and the case wood is usually the tastiest part but only if the case is solid wood not veneered. Although if it’s old enough the support wood might be oak. It’s a huge amount of work for not a huge amount of return wood-wise. If Yupik like real steel wood screws it’s one way of getting some. Then there is the issue of Walt to do with the strings and the cast iron frame
  3. You can assume lots of money. For someone who owns such an instrument money would be no object. And it would depend on the damage.
  4. I bought the Marston church bass from SingingTree Tonewood. I'd love to hear about any info on Marston.
  5. Do you have a David Marston, Jr. in Hampton NH on your list? I have a church bass made by him and I can find absolutely nothing on him as a luthier. The instrument is dated 1836.
  6. I would avoid anything painted. The paint is undoubtedly hiding low-quality laminate. Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with laminate as such, but these instruments always look suspicious to me. Start local.
  7. I lived in Newport, NH for six years and knew John.
  8. I really think it's American sycamore. It would make sense, coming from Philadelphia. Sycamores are everywhere down there.
  9. I would agree that wood dust in general isn’t healthy. I have to wear a respirator when I’m in the shop or I will be sick all night, as if I have a really bad cold. I’ve done a lot of turning and the warnings about dust tend to apply to hard tropical woods like teak and ipe. Ipe in particular is quite hard and is full of silica which is really bad for the lungs.
  10. That's my thinking. Prescott was certainly using them by that time.
  11. American sycamore is a Planatus species. European sycamore is an Acer pseudoplanatus ( a maple). European sycamore may have toxic properties, but American sycamore is used for cutting boards and other things that come into contact with food, apparently because it doesn't have an odd taste. I learned that American sycamore is best used when quarter sawn because if it is flat sawn it shrinks quite a bit when drying, but is stable quarter sawn.
  12. I just looked at a few images of quarter sawn sycamore and that's exactly what it is. Thanks!
  13. The documentation comes from the label from Klemm inside. The specific wording dates it to 1834-37. What would you suggest as a date?