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  1. Hi all! I was planning on starting a varnish project and wanted to create the crackling look. However, through research on here and other resources, the primary material used to achieve this is walnut crystals. Unfortunately, I am deathly allergic to walnuts or any walnut byproducts. Do any of you have any ideas on another product that would create the same (or similar) look? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks, Mary
  2. That actually made me audibly laugh! Thanks, Jackson!
  3. Thank you, Brad! And yes, Jacob, that's the one!
  4. Hi Benda! I have three or four pernambuco bow blanks I would be happy to sell you if you were interested! Please let me know! I can attach photos here in a little bit.
  5. Hello everyone! I was looking to see if anyone had a simple polish recipe. I know you can use Super Nikco, but I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas on homemade. I have searched and searched the website, but with no luck other than one recipe that Jacob had shared years ago (thank you, Jacob!). I may try that, but on one of my "junker" violins as some of the ingredients seem a little harsh. Some have mentioned using pure orange extract or oil (not goo-gone), but is that too simple to shine/clean? Any advice or recipes would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! -Mary
  6. Thank you! However this post is not for any identification purposes. I was inquiring for knowledge specifically on Suzuki no. 5 violins as a whole (the photos were just for a quick reference if needed). I google them, but can’t seem to dig up a lot of info on them or Suzukis violin grade scale (1-13).
  7. Pictures in case anyone needs them.
  8. Hello! I acquired a Masakichi Suzuki No. 5 violin. I know it is Japanese and probably isn't worth much, especially in the current condition (missing fingerboard, bridge, etc.). However, I was having trouble finding background information on it. I know Suzuki had grades of instruments, but I can't find any exact information on a No. 5. If anyone could share their knowledge on a no. 5, it would be much appreciated! It does state that it was made in Nippon, so I know it is more than likely from before 1920. Thank you!
  9. I’ve actually had some luck selling GSB cases on eBay (one for $60, another for $45). I believe some people make mandolins or something of that sort out of them!
  10. Better photos of the base of the scroll.
  11. Thank you for your input, George! I believe so too, especially after all of the information you wonderful people have provided.
  12. And I think someone asked about bridge measurements. E string height is just below 3 mm and G is just below 4 mm.
  13. Thank you, George and Shelbow! Redone measurement is 14 1/4 inches.
  14. Top, should I do it from the bottom? Again, I am a bit inexperienced still.
  15. Here is a side by side with my current violin (right).
  16. A little back story might help, I work at the shop where this came in. This has actually been in the backroom for over 4-5 years. I found in in with a bunch of old cases and violins in need of extreme repair. I don't believe it has been touched since it was purchased from the owner. Oh and for those that asked, it is 14 7/8 inches from button to bottom.
  17. I'll get some measurements tomorrow when I go into work!
  18. I was thinking of purchasing it because I do enjoy the sound and looks of it. They're asking $2000. Is that too much? (I thought it might be)
  19. Hello! This violin came in and I'm not sure what to think of it. Does anyone have an idea of who this was made by and how much it may be worth? I am still rather inexperienced and have never seen one like this. -Mary
  20. MaryS

    eBay purchase

    I do believe some of the cracks are open (which was why it was....cheap. Under $300). I buy these to work on so I do not have to worry about messing up a shop owned instruments or a customer's instrument. This one I am hoping to learn how to cleat. The one by the F hole is closed and solid. I think this will be a good project for that since the cracks do not go along the bassbar and will not require a soundpost patch.
  21. MaryS

    eBay purchase

    Do you believe this to be a decent quality violin? I know on the "Hopf" cottage violin I restored, I had to regraduate the top because it was hacked into shape. I was hoping this one wouldn't need that.....
  22. MaryS

    eBay purchase

    Thank you for the information! I wish that was my work table, however those photos are from the eBay listing. I believe it to be the owner of Tulsa Violins. Very nice guy!
  23. MaryS

    eBay purchase

    Hello! I recently purchased this on eBay and was wondering if anyone had any information on it. The repair tag inside seems fake to me. This will be another restoration project for me. Learning to cleat and possibly make a soundpost patch. Is this German? If so, around what age do you believe it is? Is this a cottage industry piece? Thank you! -Mary
  24. Thank you! We did that, however I'm not sure we did it correctly.....our posting hasn't shown up yet.
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