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  1. Re: What Do You Think About This Unique 1 Pc. Back?

    I still have splinters in my scalp from the last one....
  2. Re: PLEASE HELP! ABS Binding Bending Problems First Time Builder

    I prefer celluloid binding. I've never been a big fan of ABS binding. ABS feels and acts like PVC pipe material. Celluloid seems to respond better to acetone - laminating and gluing to wood with...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Speaking of...someone just posted this pretty cool picture of a Guarneri violin on Instagram.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    By all means take notes and write down a lot of stuff even if it seems trivial or if you think you'll remember so you don't have to write it down. I have notes going back about 35 years, however, and...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    If you want to keep that top, you can always oversize the f holes and then bind them.

    Many think a well done blackface is a beautiful work of art. I made my first one this year after 350+...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    As far as fixing mistakes goes it kind of depends on if your selling it or not.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    There is more than few Stradivari violins with knots, pitch pockets or other defects in tops or backs. They get rarely pictured or showcased so the "mystery" of perfect Strad won't be damaged on...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Iím with John... Iíll be maybe the first in this thread to say that the existing repair doesnít even look that bad. Sure, itís not completely invisible, but if you had finished the instrument and...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Up until now I’ve always did the F holes with a coping saw. This time I decided to get the plate closer to graduation measurements and use the Xacto method described above and I’m pretty pleased...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    This is out of my territory, but violin makers still often use knives. Very sharp knives with a very steady hand.

    Look at the current thread on "Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress," and you...
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    I had the original. It was for the 3 ring binder. It got me and a lot of other builders started. There was nothing else at the time and frankly, I don't know of one single copy of anything else that...
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    I have an old copy and it's spiral bound.
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    I've seen the old version in loose leaf form (three ring) and bound with one of those plastic things very similar to spiral bound, but never actual metal spiral bound.
    As for being a good source for...
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    Re: Roger Siminoff's mandolin book

    I don't have mine in front of me, but I think it was spiral bound.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I would strongly recommend not to waste the material and effort. For a beginner mistakes are inevitable and this is one of the smallest. Tiny non-structural crack is nothing compared to some of the...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    https://www.boscoviolinsupply.com/ca/3844/
    I use a violin f hole cutter to start and expand it with a small oscillating sander.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I'm building my first F5 after building two A4s. At least use this top to practice carving the scroll and binding channel, which I found to be very difficult. I'm glad I don't have to feed my family...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Sorry, but I disagree. Not only is a starting over whenever things go wrong a waste of scarce materials, but it can be a serious waste of time and effort. My philosophy is more in line with 'fix it...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I think that perhaps the most important skill to learn in building is to not saddle yourself with incremental fixing in the early stages of the parts-making process.

    It is incredibly important...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Watch some videos of violin guys knife cutting them.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I think I remember Will Kimble say he cut his with a razor knife.
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    For my first builds, I would cut a line with the coping saw from one hole to the other down the center of the future f-hole, then carve out all the rest with a brand new x-acto blade . . . getting...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    I'm not completely sure what size I use, but nearly any size would work. IIRC, I use either 3/0 or 4/0 for general pearl work and they would be fine for cutting f-holes, but I have some larger blades...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Often just holding them tight while counting to 40 is enough for full strength HHG to grab. Then just lean it against a wall so there is no unnecessary stress in the break and let dry overnight.
    If...
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    Re: new top F hole repair

    Gluing the freshly split surfaces is the best procedure, but some form of clamping might have improved the joint and the look. That can be as simple as a piece of masking tape stretched tight around...
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