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  Topic: bridge selection for beginners
Michael Darnton

Replies: 21
Views: 3528

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2024 10:18 am   Subject: bridge selection for beginners
As a general rule I think you'll find that most makers develop a setup that works well enough for the specific thing that they make, where people involved in repair and restoration develop a standard ...
  Topic: bridge selection for beginners
Michael Darnton

Replies: 21
Views: 3528

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2024 12:46 pm   Subject: bridge selection for beginners
"The phrase Small Thinking about placement of the bridge relative to the inner nicks remains a mystery . That sounded very odd . I wondered if that included every maker who ever made nicks in sou ...
  Topic: bridge selection for beginners
Michael Darnton

Replies: 21
Views: 3528

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2024 9:22 am   Subject: bridge selection for beginners
You might consider whether a page with a bunch of people giving answers which don't agree with each other can be termed "valuable". Perhaps the proper conclusion to come to is that they don' ...
  Topic: bridge selection for beginners
Michael Darnton

Replies: 21
Views: 3528

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Fri May 31, 2024 8:49 am   Subject: bridge selection for beginners
First, separate in your mind the concepts of art vs function, and know that when you look at a bridge you are often looking at some, or a lot, of both. . .
or none. Add to that the idea of regional ...
  Topic: My violin build
Michael Darnton

Replies: 42
Views: 9869

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Thu May 23, 2024 10:18 am   Subject: My violin build
My favorite tool for the point you're at will get you through this part in about ten minutes :-)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HCR3723/
  Topic: My violin build
Michael Darnton

Replies: 42
Views: 9869

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Tue May 21, 2024 9:41 am   Subject: My violin build
Just for the record, I'm watching. Don't have anything to say....
  Topic: Violin Plate Tuning & Weight Corrolation
Michael Darnton

Replies: 123
Views: 73554

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Tue May 21, 2024 9:28 am   Subject: Violin Plate Tuning & Weight Corrolation
Half templates are fine. I think that's actually what was done, and it has caused me to think that probably the area around the edges is more important than the center, regarding arch. Which makes a l ...
  Topic: Clamping Down on a Bassbar.
Michael Darnton

Replies: 5
Views: 1001

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Thu May 09, 2024 5:43 pm   Subject: Clamping Down on a Bassbar.
Here's an ancient Maestronet thread with some good examples:
https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/321397-bass-bar-clamps/

Not like my literal clothespin pic. :-)
  Topic: Carved in Bassbar.
Michael Darnton

Replies: 9
Views: 1909

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Wed May 08, 2024 7:13 am   Subject: Carved in Bassbar.
An acquaintance of mine whom I only see at concerts said his cochlear implant was such a good thing that concerts sounded better afterwards than he could remember them ever sounding before. Amazing te ...
  Topic: Clamping Down on a Bassbar.
Michael Darnton

Replies: 5
Views: 1001

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Wed May 08, 2024 7:09 am   Subject: Clamping Down on a Bassbar.
It sounds like you made traditional bar clamps, which are like clothespins:

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71DY+0nC3+L._AC_SL1500_.jpg

Yes, they worked fine for a couple of hundered years!
  Topic: Clamping Down on a Bassbar.
Michael Darnton

Replies: 5
Views: 1001

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Tue May 07, 2024 12:38 pm   Subject: Clamping Down on a Bassbar.
Clamps are there to hold wood to wood, not to tighten to torture level. Corks under the middle of the clamp at the balance points will minimize distortion from the weight. Bars are often sprung to cou ...
  Topic: Carved in Bassbar.
Michael Darnton

Replies: 9
Views: 1909

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Tue May 07, 2024 12:34 pm   Subject: Carved in Bassbar.
That's basically a bottom end German factory violin. They look really nice on the outside and bad everywhere you don't see. I'd also suspect it doesn't have upper corner blocks.

The right approach ...
  Topic: My violin build
Michael Darnton

Replies: 42
Views: 9869

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2023 12:48 pm   Subject: My violin build
There's plenty of room inside for a new block, and most classical period violiins don't have their original--I've seen maybe five or six, only. A lot of people try to get quickly down to 2.5mm, whatev ...
  Topic: My violin build
Michael Darnton

Replies: 42
Views: 9869

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2023 8:48 pm   Subject: My violin build
You might consider changing the upper block to a more modern 60 x 18 mm dimension since the original wasn't going to have a neck block set deeply into it. Nice form.
  Topic: My violin build
Michael Darnton

Replies: 42
Views: 9869

PostForum: Violin Making and Restoration Forum   Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2023 9:39 am   Subject: My violin build
That works. Thanks.
 
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