edi malinaric

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  1. Hi Rekotch - You sound like a nice sane sort of guy - asking reasonable questions. Only, if you have been following this forum for even a short period of time, you surely must have realised that dabbling with luthiery is an early sign of impending insanity - and incurable to boot! The "dumpster" brigade are not being unkind, not really, their addiction has already reached maybe Stage 7. Recognising this, you might think that they are now trying to discourage others following them down that slippery path. Don't be fooled! They are actually hoping to discourage you from beating them to the next dumpster, auction, flea market, deceased estate etc. It's best to Ignore them - or set your alarm clock a hour earlier and beat them at their own game. :-) For you? There's no hope. Welcome - edi.
  2. Hi Dave - interesting how these threads stir the memory. We were on a day-long slog up a river to attack some vertical rock faces when I was subjected to an attack of Montezuma's revenge. Initially slightly embarrassing - however after using up all my small stock of paper serviettes (far superior to toilet paper), then every one else's supply, then all the brown paper packets....I finally began making use of rounded river stones! I soon became quite skilled at recognising the superior article. Even gave thought to slipping one into my pack - infinitely re-usable! Rejected the idea on the grounds that paper was lighter and en-route rivers uncommon. We never arrived at the base of the mountain - I was one of two leaders and the party unanimously decided not to take the risk of following me up a rock face! Possible soiled hand-holds and the like. Boy did they rub it in! A surprisingly weakened Edi made it back to the farm where we had parked the car while his pack followed precariously balanced on top of a friend's pack. Mmmm - the colour changed from medium brown to a brownish-yellow - maybe you have a point. cheers edi
  3. Hi JGough - interesting! Assuming that the bridge and nut are parallel, I would agree with your luthier. What strings does the violin have and what is their approximate age? While we are looking at things could you measure the height of the strings from the fingerboard i) at the nut and ii) at the end of the f/b? (Measure to the underside of the strings) cheers edi
  4. Hi Jim - and that's more true than you could ever imagine. Thanks edi
  5. Hi Guy - Last companion was a wolf-dog. Mother was a Siberian wolf. Father was a Grey Wolf/Belgian Shepherd cross. Done my nut but can't make him fit any instrument. He was complete in himself. cheers edi
  6. Hi All - the last step I do before checking the edge, is to clean off the burr by dragging the edge of the blade through a piece of scrap spruce. Adrian - your edge has improved greatly since your first pics - well done. Further improvement and consistency only come with practice - and you have a lifetime of that ahead of you. ;-) cheers edi
  7. Mmmm - maybe tap-tuning is the future. :-) cheers edi
  8. Hi Adrian - you might well be at the limit of sharpness that you can achieve with a 200 grit - just a thought. Time to move on to finer grits and micro-bevels. http://www3.telus.net/BrentBeach/Sharpen/bevels.html cheers edi
  9. Hi Adrian - some enjoyable reading. http://www3.telus.net/BrentBeach/Sharpen/index.html cheers edi
  10. Hi Adrian - as far as I'm concerned a high speed bench grinder has no business coming anywhere close to any cutting edge. Once at the gliding club we were stripping off decades of paint from the wooden D-box on the wing of a K13 glider. One of our members arrived with a 3/4" chisel that had met a nail. The nail won! There was this half-round notch - about 2.5mm deep into the edge. The remainder of the edge was nothing to brag about either. I gave him my chisel and pulled out a small whetstone that lives in my toolbox (3"x1"x3/8" ~ 220 grit) and started working away at his chisel. It took a little more than an hour (iirc) to work the bevel back and remove the notch. Flattened my stone quite nicely too. It's too easy to be seduced by power tools - a best way of thinking about them is that they make mistakes quicker and with less effort. cheers edi
  11. Hi Jerry - thank you for mentioning Joe Regh. I found his web site and found this article. https://www.reghviolins.com/publications/2008VSA_bowpaneldiscussion.pdf In the article he describes what he achieved with forming the camber on a form and through-heating. My reasoning was almost identical but I may have not taken the temperature high enough. Maybe I should revisit this technique. cheers edi
  12. Hi Jerry - sorry - the hot air gun was a tongue in cheek comment aimed against myself. I once tried to camber the stick by clamping it against a carved mould and then heating it in a cardboard box with my hot air gun. I was hoping that heating the stick all the way through would be a way of getting a repeatable camber. It wasn't successful. It was too expensive in time and one still needed to over-bend the stick. An alcohol flame works much quicker and better. cheers edi
  13. Hi Jerry - All agreed. I've seen school bows with almost half the hairs missing????? Luckily I didn't mention equalising the hair tension with a hot air gun. :-) cheers edi
  14. Neat looking scroll - looks nice and frenchly delicate. cheers edi
  15. Hi Suganth - please humour an old engineer - loosen the strings and spin the endpin so that the locking screw aligns with E-W. I know, I know, it doesn't do anything for the tone or playability - but the aesthetics! cheers edi :-)