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I haaaate ripples along the grain in cello ribs. The ribs I bent are supposedly all from the same chunk of tree, so I don't understand why some of them got the strong wrinkle and some not at all. Makes me want to blame the wood rather than my technique. So I guess my question has two parts: 1. Looking at unbent ribs, are there any signs that can tell if one's going to be a ripple-prone rib? Is it variation in grain? Did I thickness unevenly? Does it have something to do with seasoning? 2. Does anyone have some technique tips to share on minimizing the ripple? Phot
Hi everyone - I hope someone here has successfully dealt with this problem before, and can offer some insights to help me solve this one. This is actually my own personal instrument (not a customer's), an 1870's German bass with a flat backplate that has developed a nasty warp in the lower bout over the years. This bass has been here in Las Vegas, in the dry, arid Nevada desert environment since at least the 1960's, and I only acquired it about 3 years ago after it sat warped, seams open, and unplayed for at least 20 years. We got it closed and reglued in 2012, and since then this bass has p