Fossil Ledges

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About Fossil Ledges

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  • Birthday February 2

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    Ohio Hinterlands, Pinin' for the Fjords
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    Luthiery, Baroque Cellos, Baroque Violins, my shop, fishin' in my pond. Not being a Doctoral Psychologist anymore!

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  1. Very nice, I'd love to see photos of the Baroque work.
  2. So, we're headed off in the weeds add some tiny bit of clarification to the original question(s), the German shops, industry, at the time made several million violins. Most shops made a range from "cheap and nasty", with the inherent varnish clues already mentioned, to higher end instruments. The more sets of hands that fabricated your instrument, generally the less expensive it was. Much of the higher end stuff was constructed by a "master luthier(s)" or just a few folks. Yes it's true they are ubiquitous, however I am always working with the parents of my students to get them out of the entry level Chinese boxes and into a (slightly) better Markie, Mittie, or Mire instrument which can benefit from a decent setup and function well as a student instrument.
  3. My hat is off to you Don for being a maker! I think it takes great skill and patience to make the whole instrument. I have worked four museum conservation department positions and while the repairs are careful and the retouches are treated like inpainting, there is no mystery in it. ...and if we were working shop hourly labor rates, we wouldn't make it!
  4. Yes Nathan, I should have stated something more akin to your last sentence. I know cyanoacrylate has come a long way since the 1980's, I just still prefer hide glue.
  5. The one I have is not in as good condition as this one. Please don't cut it down because it's one more that is still not cut down. For my baroque customers, we assemble some pretty imaginative setups and we are usually successful in getting the instrument to sound the way the player wants it. But my compadres, including the Oberlin bunch, wish to preserve the originality of their instruments. It's what the baroque folks talk about, well, that and the way they feel pieces should be played! , I stay out of that scholarly fray as best I can.
  6. Welcome back from your twenty year sojourn in the wilderness! Due to evolved political correctness and social media etiquette, the group is much more civil now...nah, just kidding!
  7. In similar fashion to rust never sleeps as long as there is ambient humidity...think about it, the wood of our instruments is being eaten/consumed by microscopic and not so microscopic critters from the get go. The best I can do is try to get it to auction before it's totally gone!