Adrian Lopez

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  1. Adrian Lopez

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  2. You make violins in California, so is this a tongue-in-cheek statement about the business or are you saying that you, specifically, don't make enough money to earn a living making violins?
  3. Well, sort of. It's denatured alcohol, rendered poisonous through the addition of methanol, artificial coloring (in the UK), and often other nasty substances, because the government would rather poison us than have people avoid the alcohol tax and drink it.
  4. I don't have a problem with ads, but it would be nice if they stood out more clearly so I can mentally filter them out as I follow along.
  5. So I'm curious as to what degree the market for low-cost instruments has affected makers in the United States (and elsewhere) and if and how these makers have managed to adapt to such changes in the market.
  6. There is a luthier here in Puerto Rico who maintains and repairs violins for the local orchestra. I haven't spoken to him personally, but a friend who's met him tells me he mostly makes guitars and cuatros as the violins he's made in the past don't sell nearly as well as these other instruments. Students prefer inexpensive instruments, most of which come from China, and there's even professional orchestra players who've started buying Chinese factory fiddles online instead of luthier-made instruments. Apparently, these Chinese instruments are good enough that it's hard to compete against them in a frugal market like Puerto Rico. The economic outlook here is bleak, but I'm sure Puerto Rico isn't the only market to be affected by the influx of cheap Chinese fiddles, so what does a profitable violin business look like these days? In your experience and excluding online retailers, which aspects of the violin business do you find are the most profitable? Making new instruments. Setups and repairs. Sales of strings, cases, and other accessories. Sales of factory instruments. Sales of fine instruments. Instrument rentals. I'm sure the answers will depend on the particular market, but I'm curious as to what things look like as we near the end of 2019.
  7. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
  8. Indeed, though in this case much of the wear happened while grinding on the 220 grit water stone. The Tormek can take off material much more quickly than a water stone, but it isn't nearly as likely to destroy a blade as, say, a high-speed grinder. This is what it looks like now: It needs another go on the wheel (dressed for fine grinding) as the bevel is still a bit wonky in spots.
  9. Here's the edge of my sacrificial knife after sharpening with a Tormek. A much better edge, I think, though after so many failed attempts at sharpening the blade is now badly worn. The edge is still not perfect along the entire blade (not shown), but at least I can see the goal. No idea how long it might have taken me to master sharpening with water stones.
  10. ... or they could abandon the old model altogether, because no instrument cheap or expensive should be harmed by its fittings.
  11. If I could play like Perlman an ugly cloth would be the least of my concerns. It need not be so conspicuous, though. The point is to put a breathable fabric over the chinrest.
  12. It's a little USB microscope that I use with my phone. I'm not sure how much time I spent trying to sharpen that knife, but I think 8 hours would be in the ballpark. I spent ~ $150 (USD) on the sharpening stones, but I've given up on that method for lack of skill. I ended up buying a Tormek. It's very nice (and expensive), though I find sharpening curved blades has something of a learning curve because you need to position the knife just right in the jig to get a uniform edge from heel to tip. I actually managed to get the knife pretty sharp the first time around, but I mucked it up when I repositioned it looking to get a more uniform edge. I'm going to use the Pfeil knife to master sharpening with the Tormek before I try it on any of my good tools (one of which is really great knife I bought from violins88). Here's my Tormek on top of a cheap ($50) Ikea chest (which I think makes a good stand):