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Here’s the DG Baltic model all finished up.

I didn’t use any pigments with this one. Just several thin layers of varnish. My biggest issue was with laying on too thick of a casein sealer coat.  It caused opacity problems and looks whitish where I’ve done antiquing.  Lesson learned ;)

I’m still messing with the setup but so far it’s a blast to play.

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The spectrum graph shows peaks at 284, 449, and 537 which seems to be about right for a DG model according to the data at platetuning.org

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It looks like you use Audacity for the spectrum plot. Can you talk a bit about how you setup the violin and execute the test? Currently, I hold the violin in playing position and do glissando up and down each string multiple times while bowing with just enough pressure to get the strings to sound fully. 

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I’m muting the strings and tapping the top and sides of the bridge with a rubber mallet.  I tried glissando’s and the peaks seem more defined with the tapping.

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Thanks, this is my 11th attempt.  I'm starting to get pretty consistent results with how they sound but I recognize that there's plenty of room for improvement all around.  If you see any glaring issues, problem areas, or suggestions, I'd love to hear it!

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Just rough cut a back I’ve been excited about carving for a PG model strad..

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..and here’s some freshly jarred 4:1 varnish with lots of turps.  I ended up thinning down the last batch every coat so I’m aiming for this one to be brushable straight from the jar.  

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Here’s a progression of the back..

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establishing edge height and plate depth32742FF0-3BE1-4962-BE96-D6AB182AA50C.thumb.jpeg.a0bb9049844ddd661c62fe5bf8dc2a5f.jpeg

Establishing arches7F42B3EC-2820-4224-9E31-CEEFE6A10CC8.thumb.jpeg.4e7654f0b485df31606883eeeb62ab01.jpeg

Smoothing with a toothed thumbplane2B0E5B36-8D03-44BE-9457-EA6384E2421B.thumb.jpeg.679d5e5ad353e5d6dd55c5f618e1e40a.jpeg

Scraping out tool marks59112E15-B7A5-414D-83B8-DD8A8E2D1D0F.thumb.jpeg.78d742c114187d8d1bcda933e4ff459d.jpeg

Establishing outline/locating pins46F40D49-405A-4A55-932A-1BC5428E4A01.thumb.jpeg.2ac9e034c9b645d1ff5da3e5cadfae9c.jpeg

Routing purfling channel 9A6045AD-7F83-4D06-BA4B-16D73E491CF1.thumb.jpeg.550769782ccc5c65001e7bb06169a8d3.jpeg

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I’ve skipped a few steps here but this is after inlaying the purfling, carving the channel, and lots of scraping.

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I’m happy that a knot showed up to disrupt the uniformity!

I should add that the black tool you see at the top left is a balsa stripper.  You can set the width and depth of the blade for scoring or making strips. I find it useful for starting the platform around the edge.

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