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  1. Hi, While I was confined during the first occurrence of the pandemic in France, I started to look as many of us about info on how the pandemic would affect our work and what could be done , should be done. I had fellow in Asia starting decontaminating instruments, nut it was done finger in the wind. That did not really suit me , finding somewhat reliable information that did not just scratch the surface of were sales peach , turn out to be challenging . Ultimately I decided in April/May to write a paper aimed at my peers aimed to help them setup there decontamination process if they chose to, so So I wrote a paper about Decontaminating SARS-CoV-2 (Covid19) and quartet musical instruments, meant to fellow Luthier, and I start sharing the paper in may with a few colleges and send it to a couple violins association during the summer. As far as fomite cros-contamination is concerned, It might comes to you as a surprise but even back in Match/April some of the infectiologists I contacted , while acknowledging that CoV virus family could be transmited via fomite, that did not believe that fomite were a major vector in the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (none of the cluster they investigated at the time were fomite related).. But here is a small anecdote: As one of them told me that I should be fine with manipulating violins. I ask If I would be fine sharing a respirator (mask) or a mobile phone, and the answer was "of course not" , so I explained that violin was played chin and mouth close to violin breathing on the violin with (sorry musician but we know as we clean them) projection from breathing on the instrument. He had not realized that , and then revised is statement... Telling me that still making an UVC cabinet was an overkill and that an alcohol on a swipe would be fine. So don't take for granted everyone know the specifics of your domain :p As far as usage, I decontaminate instruments in between players trying them, and before giving them back after having worked on them. It should be noted that since I wrote the paper Dr. Anthony Griffiths, Associate Professor of Microbiology at Boston University’s School of Medicine did release a paper validating the radiation dose mentioned in my paper (to be more accurate he studied the radiation dose on SARS-CoV-2 , while I only use inferences from dose known for other Humand Covid), it turned out that the dose I use was safe by a good margin. Constructive criticisms and comment on focused on the paper are welcome, but I would kindly request that you refrain from turning this topic in a political / polemical / thing about the Pandemic. My aim is not to convince anyone of something he does not believe in, but to provide some information so so widely available that you may use if you like. Best F. Decontaminating SARS-CoV-2 (Covid19) and quartet musical instruments v1.0.pdf
  2. Hello All! Recently a friend of mine contacted me about beginning to liquidate the workshop of her late husband, who was a luthier. There are tool chests filled with gouges, chisels, saws, clamps of all types, templates for various violas and violins, as well as other odds and ends. Over the last month or two we began to chip away at the room nearly filled with supplies and tools, we have identified as many tools, parts, pieces, and woods as we can for the time being and have compiled an eBay store. There are plenty of quality tools, some homemade tools, and other tools with modifications that made his job easier. In addition to these items, there are some larger items that require local pickup in the NoVA, such as a 10" Craftsman Bandsaw, and a Gemini Carving Duplicator. That being said there is a voluminous wood collection, upwards of 100 sets, that, over the next year will be slowly be liquidated. There are other instrument accessories listed as well such as several cases and gig bags. It is my understanding that at some point soon the collection of cello wood will also be liquidated. Opening on eBay with seller AnthonyZ214 Hello all, who end up reading this ad, its time for one last push here before the holiday season! As some of the bigger items left the shop we decided to list more before a break for the holidays. Everything that didnt sell the first two weeks was given a price reduction and there are still some lovely tools, that people just missed, or didnt end up paying for, regardless, I would like to thank you, for reading this far and if you bought anything from the store I additionally appreciate that, its been a process, and its been great to work hear some of the messages that folks have had, and finding out that some of you have been in situations similar to mine, I truly appreciate the words of encouragement. There are a few slabs of wood left from week two, and a picture will be included of what we'll start working through in January! There are some slabs and stacks of cello wood as well, but that will be sorted through and taken care of in time. Final Auction of Fall 2019, Ends, Friday, December 13th, 2019 7:00PM EST/4:00PM PST Some larger items like the Gemini carving duplicator will stay up until purchase, that is to say afterwards of Friday. Thank you again, it means a lot during the holidays -Anthony Z. https://www.ebay.com/sch/anthonyz214
  3. Hi All! I’m at a largish shop, lots of customers coming through, lots of sales. What I have been running into is sales staff giving away workshop services as perks to clients. This in and of itself is not a problem, the luthiers get paid regardless, the problem is that front staff are: 1 desciding what the customer needs without asking the workshop. 2. Selling customers repair jobs based on the sales persons opinion, or what the customers thinks they need. Workshop staff is then expected to conform to what the sales staff promised the customer. I understand that sales is the department that is most “money adjacent” and therefore has their needs prioritized. I also understand that pleasing a customer, even if their request is a little bonkers, is of paramount importance. But isn’t this a little like a car salesperson talking about engine repair? “No problem! We can totally swap your Prius’ engine with a Ferrari!” ”What’s that? You have a flat tire? Well I’m gonna have the boys replace the axels, wheels, tires, and wiper blades. That will definitely fix it!” My actual questions would be: What has been people’s experience concerning who has the last word in situations like this? Has anyone had to deal with a similar situation with sales staff diagnosing instruments? Is this power structure common? Verboten? How could one convince the higher ups to put a stop to this? Needless to say I think anyone who doesn’t have a LOT of the right kind of training should ever try to determine what repairs would be appropriate. And “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is at play here. Thanks in advance.
  4. Master luthier Jonathan Cooper will be teaching a one-week lutherie class at the Acadia Trad Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine from June 23-28, 2019. At his shop in Portland, Maine, Jon has made over 400 instruments in the last 40 years. His fiddles are played by many of the world’s best performers in trad music. In this one week workshop intensive, students will work together on a fiddle that will be completed in the white – no varnish. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate and advanced makers but can be a good beginning foundation as well for those interested. Students are welcome to bring an instrument they are working on and get guidance from Jon in working on their own instrument. The class will cover an introduction to design and construction in all important aspects. There will be hands on demonstrations as well as access to an extensive personal library and direct examples of work from famous makers. Daily talks on varying subjects including history, maintenance, set up and sound production will be open to the camp at large as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, however a limited number of tools will be available for students who do not have all the necessary equipment. This class has a $40 lab fee payable when you arrive. NOTE: Only 6 slots are available for this course. Register early to guarantee your space! --- The Acadia Trad Festival, to be held June 23-28, 2019, is a week of classes, workshops, concerts, community dances and music sessions held at the College of the Atlantic campus on the shores of Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine. The 2019 Acadia Trad Festival will focus on Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, and Québecois music and dance styles, and boasts a world-class faculty. Major classes are offered in fiddle, songs & accompaniment, bodhran, guitar, harp, cello, flute, whistle, accordion, dance, and fiddle-making. Additional instruments and genres are offered as afternoon workshops. For more information, and to register or purchase concert tickets, please visit https://acadiatradschool.org.
  5. Hi, I'm hosting a jazz violin and guitar workshop on Sunday, Jan. 28th in Los Angeles. All are welcome, even beginning improvisers! To get all the details and to RSVP, email: norafgermain@gmail.com Thanks and happy playing! Nora noragermain.com
  6. Last year, we have founded a major event for the first time in İzmir. The “INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN and BOW MAKING WORKSHOP and EXHIBITION”, co-founded by Andy LIM, the founder of Darling Publications from Germany, and me, Murat Ufuk GÜLER, had brought together more than twenty instrument making students all around Turkey with distinguished instrument makers such as Nicolas GILLES (Violin Maker, France) Wolfram NEURETHIER (Violin Maker, France) Boris FRITSCH (Bow Maker, France) and Josef Peter GABRIEL, (Bow Maker, Germany) who were awarded in international competitions. During the workshop, sponsored by IKSEV (İZMİR FOUNDATİON FOR CULTURE, ARTS AND EDUCATİON) and Dokuz Eylul University, two violins and six bows were put into production by students.The exhibition which was held in MUZIKSEV, the first music museum of Izmir, consisted of a partial selection of Andy Lim’s bow collection and the participants' violins and instruments. This year we will reorganize the event again between 12-16 December 2016 as The SECOND INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN and BOW MAKING WORKSHOP and EXHIBITION. We will complete the bows and violins that were not completed last year. Likewise the last year, we will have concerts and seminars that bring violin making students and the musicians from Turkey and abroad together for five days in a festival mood. Also nearly 20 violin makers, mostly from Turkey, besides France, Germany, Spain and Italy will exhibit their instruments. This will be the biggest instrument making organisation in Turkey so far.
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm new to this group and I'm just moving into a wonderful sunny room to make instruments. However, I'm not sure how best to set up my space. What do you suggest? From past experience, or what you do in your own work space, what works best so I'd have easy & quick access to everything and my bench doesn't get too cluttered? I have a drafting table with no drawer space, a smaller free standing bench with small shelves and drawers on both sides, two large free standing shelves & milk crates, and wall space. For tools, I have chisels, gouges, three knives, planes, sharpening stones, files, drafting mateirals/strait edges, scrapers, saws, drills, and brushes. I also have some good instrument wood and some scrap wood. I deeply appreicate any and all input! Thank you!
  8. Hello all Violin makers Im new to this forum stuff so bare with me. I am soon to be building a new outside workshop approximately 3.5 x 4 meters in the back garden due to having enough of it being in the house. I would be interested to hear from anyone that has done similar and would be happy to share anything from your experience of having done so, what you felt worked and what you feel could have been better. I am keen to know how to maximize a reduction of dust especially for when it gets round to varnishing. Weather or not to somehow put in a separated perspex box in the corner that can be sealed from day to day workings Edward www.edwardgautviolins.co.uk
  9. Here's an interesting photo of a violin maker's shop, from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/C1905-Stereoview-SV-Country-Violin-Maker-Workshop-Mercer-Maine-by-W-H-Harris-/390855990659 It is comfortably cluttered, and will perhaps look familiar, one of the eternal verities of the luthier's profession. This man will be one of the two hundred or so violin makers who proliferated in Maine between about 1880 and 1910, and produced at times some very nice instruments. He may have a real bench, but it doesn't show here; the low bench to his right seems to me very much like one of the common shoemakers' benches of the period, and I wonder if this was not a workbench. Then again, he looks comfortable in his chair, and may have done a lot just sitting there. What I find especially interesting is the caliper in his right hand, which looks like a commercial product, not homemade. It's a stereo view, and the starting price is too much for me, though I have to say I would dearly love to have it.
  10. I know you all like seeing other people's workshops and benches, but what I have always enjoyed seeing are close-ups of bench tops. Even without any tool on it, they tell you fascinating stories. So, I thought, why not start a thread to show such images. Surely I'm not the only one who like seeing such photos! I start with mine...
  11. Hello Fiddling Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 8th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Masonic Lodge in Concord, Massachusetts, Nov. 2-4, 2012. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2012 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There's a full schedule of over 150 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html That’s twice as many sessions as last year! Our fiddle staff includes 20 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Anne Hooper, Becky Tracy, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ellen Carlson, George Keith, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Julie Metcalf, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Michelle Kaminsky, Stacy Phillips, and Terri Lukačko. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. The Friday Night Concert is on Nov. 2nd, 7:30-9:30PM, at the Masonic Lodge across the street (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $10), featuring Andy Reiner, Becky Tracy, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Matt Glaser, and Stacy Phillips. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfam...-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid at http://www.reinerfam....com/store.html . It’s a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, and to improve your learning by ear. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner