Adrian Lopez

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  1. Update: Just got my plane back from Lie Nielsen. They got rid of the bump and worked on the sole to make it perfectly flat at no cost to me. Nice tools, great company.
  2. I looked at a bunch of antique hand grinders on eBay last year but it looks like the vast majority of them were designed for use with 4-inch grinding wheels. I did find one that someone had fitted with a modern 6-inch wheel, but I was outbid. I rather like the Tormek myself, but I think a hand-cranked grinder would be a good companion for rough grinding.
  3. I emailed Lie Nielsen yesterday and they've just replied that I can send them the plane and they'll see if they can fix it. The person who emailed me back says the sole should be flat, and that the sole may have bent from the impact. To my eye the gap doesn't look like the result of the plane being dropped, but I expect they'll have a better idea once they've had a chance to look at it. As a matter of curiosity, I have noticed that the gap begins at about the same spot where the adjusting screw connects with the plane, so that may have something to do with it, though I have checked the sole for flatness both with the blade under tension and with the blade removed and the gap is there either way. I can confirm the problem is not with the rule or square, since no matter which way I turn the plane the gap is always on the screw end of the plane -- which is also the side that took the worst of the impact.
  4. Whichever way I turn the ruler the gap is still there, and I get the same gap when using a square.
  5. Thank you all for the advice. Looking at the bump in front of a lamp under a steel rule, it doesn't look all that bad; I'm thinking I could even leave it the way it is, but I suppose filing the end a little wouldn't hurt. Just one more thing: It looks like the last 24mm or so of the sole are at a bit of an incline, judging by the light that's coming in under the ruler. I don't have another plane to compare against, but may I presume that's normal for this model? It doesn't look like it's the kind of thing that would happen after a bump, but I don't know.
  6. I just dropped my very nice Lie Nielsen 102 block plane and it landed in such a way that the edge has a couple of dings now, one of which has resulted in a slight compression/deformation of the sole. Is this the kind of damage that can be repaired by lapping the sole on something like a diamond stone or sandpaper on glass without too much trouble, or would I be better off just getting a new one? Such a shame; I think it hurt me more than it hurt the plane.
  7. This one works for me, though it's only a "teaser":
  8. Adrian Lopez


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  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.