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Found 6 results

  1. As a continuation from another current thread, what type of fittings do you prefer? If you select "other", please, expound!
  2. Does anyone have news of this German fittings maker? I had met him a few years ago at Mondomusica here in Cremona and his work had struck me, but now I can not find much news about him. His website seems a little abandoned and updated only in 2009 and in german only (I don't understand a word of german...), in the last editions of mondomusica I have not seen it yet. Maybe some German makers who attends this forum can give me some information? I would like to contact him.
  3. Sometimes when I need fittings I buy a few cheapies from ebay or aliexpress alongside buying something reputable. My reasoning is half the 'reputable' stuff we buy might get sources from a factory in china anyway, so it's worth taking a punt to see. If the cheap stuff is the same as the good stuff then I'll take the cheap. My first violin it worked very well, I got a top quality fingerboard and pegs very cheap. This time around, much less. I got a cheapish ebony fingerboard from ebay, sharpened my plane to cut the hairs off the back of your hand sharp without looking and then proceeded to rip the guts out of the fingerboard on the first pass. Ripped the grain out along the whole length. Absolute rubbish. Next was some pegs that I'd ordered. Firstly I mistakenly assumed they were blanks I could cut to size (they were not, my mistake). Next, even though they were described as 'ebony' I could put a mark in them with my fingernail they are that soft. I had my suspicions these were just some cheap timber painted black and with a quick flick of a knife I was proven correct: Ya win some and ya lose some. However those pegs are getting sent back, the seller lied, I will complain to ebay and leave bad feedback. They are NOT ebony. Oh well, pay crap, get crap.
  4. Hi guys, Now that I've completed violin number one and overall I am very happy with the tonal outcome (some of the finer workmanship and finishing obviously need much further improvement) - I am about to embark on violin #2. There's such a wide range of fittings available that I am a little overwhelmed for choice. Does the quality of fittings on a violin make a significant difference to its tone or playability? Do people tend to notice this? I am intending to use simple Guarneri style fittings for this violin and here is an example of a cheap set: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/350942393844?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Is this going to devalue a violin significantly?
  5. I'm needing some help from the Maestronet gurus. I am making chinrests and need help with finishing them. They are walnut, as it is easily available and inexpensive, looks somewhat like rosewood, and is dense enough to not really dampen the sound, and am finishing them with beeswax and turpentine. For some people, though, the beeswax wears off quickly. I just found a superglue solution on another thread on here. Any suggestions at all would be most helpful and deeply appreciated. Thank you so much.
  6. Although an odd choice of wood for fittings, olivewood theoretically could make partial sense seeing as its density is close to that of Ebony with the primary dicerning characteristic being its non uniform grain structure. Then large presence of naturally occuring oils within the wood could (in theory) also server as a natural lubricante for pegs, not to mention the fact this wood is not "acidic" and could possibly be hypoalergenic? Listing with fittings such as these have caught my eye http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151004609334?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 these same suppliers seem to make matching pegs and normal hill style olivewood tailpieces of also, any insight on the usage of this wood for fittings?