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by Fred Battershell
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: removing kay upright bass neck
Replies: 2
Views: 2240

Re: removing kay upright bass neck

HiCarl. It is difficult to answer your question without a pic or two showing the extent of the damage. That being said, I would still try to steam it off,unless a previous luthier mistakenly used CA;then patience and a lot of acetone might get you in the right direction. If you would like to use you...
by Fred Battershell
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Cello reassembly
Replies: 5
Views: 3925

Re: Cello reassembly

Good job on that assembly jig! I've seen this type of jig used by a Brazilian luthier who makes violas da gambas. On my spool clamps,I fit clear plastic tubing over the vertical rods where they would likely come in close contact with the edges of the instrument to prevent damage to the edges.
by Fred Battershell
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: A Different Way of Steam Bending
Replies: 8
Views: 3798

Re: A Different Way of Steam Bending

Wouldn't a silicone-rubber heating strip work? Much less messy than steam, but somewhat more expensive(initially)than steam.
by Fred Battershell
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Cello Jig
Replies: 5
Views: 3980

Re: Cello Jig

Thanks! Looking forward to any pics you have of your cello jig.
by Fred Battershell
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Medieval fiddle
Replies: 3
Views: 3294

Re: Medieval fiddle

A comprensive full-size plan is available from Scott Antes @ Peregrine.com
by Fred Battershell
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Cello Jig
Replies: 5
Views: 3980

Re: Cello Jig

Beg,borrow,or steal a copy of Violin Repair & Restoration by Hans Weisharr & Margaret Shipman. This is generally regarded as the "Bible" of violin type instruments repairing.. There, you will find some good information re: cello repair and related jigs. Warning! This book is insanely expensive(I pai...
by Fred Battershell
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Body Form Support
Replies: 5
Views: 2401

Re: Body Form Support

Unique and cool!! How is the rigidity factor with those 2 upright posts?
by Fred Battershell
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Bandsaw thrust bearings
Replies: 16
Views: 5071

Re: Bandsaw thrust bearings

Every city seems to have a bearing shop. In my town, it’s called American Bearings. If I take any bearing in to them, they measure it and come out from the back with an exact replacement. Only once in years did they have to order it. Find your bearing shop and you’re done. What Bob said! You can't ...
by Fred Battershell
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Repairing a viol neck-to-pegbox break
Replies: 19
Views: 5432

Re: Repairing a viol neck-to-pegbox break

Charlie, would you like to sell your viol(as is?). I am a viol maker and would enjoy a challenge like that!
by Fred Battershell
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: converting a cello to a bass viola da gamba
Replies: 5
Views: 8785

Re: converting a cello to a bass viola da gamba

It all depends on the shape of gamba and whether you are going for the slanted back(among other things!). You are in for a lot of almost fruitless work. If you just want to play your cello like a gamba, you should remove cello strings(replace them with gamba strings),install frets on the fingerboard...
by Fred Battershell
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish
Replies: 32
Views: 11895

Re: Odorless mineral spirits as lubricant for French Polish

Hey Chuck! Does "Midnight Lutherie" ring a bell? Good to see most of the old gang on here tonight.
by Fred Battershell
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Clip in Bow
Replies: 9
Views: 10585

Re: Clip in Bow

Aren't those the ones with wooden sandwich soles? Fred have you used those on bow woods? I wouldn't expect the soles to last long. I had one of that type long ago and the steel in the blade was awful. If you go down this or a similar road, if you happen to have some of the too soft Swiss brand knif...
by Fred Battershell
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Random Orbit sander failure
Replies: 4
Views: 2786

Random Orbit sander failure

I just bought a Ridgid ROS which uses the "hook & Loop"system for fastening the sanding discs to the motor pad. When the machine is turned on, it refuses to grip the sandpaper disc. I have inspected the retaining disc on the machine as well as the fuzzy-coat back on the sandpaper disc. All seems wel...
by Fred Battershell
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Clip in Bow
Replies: 9
Views: 10585

Re: Clip in Bow

Bow making planes similar to Steve's can be purchased at your local Harbor Freight. They are made of brass,from India, and will require some minor sharpening and honing, but they are a good starting point for not much money(way under $20 for a matched pair). Hope this helps!
by Fred Battershell
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: National Statistics for Luthier Wages
Replies: 12
Views: 18594

Re: National Statistics for Luthier Wages

It also helps to have a wife who has a full time,well-paying job with benefits! I became a luthier because I was too nervous to steal,and too lazy to work.
by Fred Battershell
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: question about viola da gamba bows and frets
Replies: 1
Views: 4940

Re: question about viola da gamba bows and frets

Is there a violin maker near you? This might be a source of fret material from discarded violin /violin strings.
Good luck with your build!
by Fred Battershell
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Viol Fronts
Replies: 19
Views: 19571

Re: Viol Fronts

Oops!! Sorry for the double post!
by Fred Battershell
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Viol Fronts
Replies: 19
Views: 19571

Re: Viol Fronts

First, I'd like to thank Charlie for all of his help getting me back on here!! Now about the question of "authenticity" of stave bent viol fronts vs.carved fronts, I would like to mention an interesting article which appeared in the British journal Early Music(Oct 78) in this article, the authors Ia...
by Fred Battershell
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Viol Fronts
Replies: 19
Views: 19571

Re: Viol Fronts

First, I'd like to thank Charlie for all of his help getting me back on here!! Now about the question of "authenticity" of stave bent viol fronts vs.carved fronts, I would like to mention an interesting article which appeared in the British journal Early Music(Oct 78) in this article, the authors Ia...
by Fred Battershell
Fri May 01, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Remember my bass viol? Its finished!
Replies: 14
Views: 20087

Re: Remember my bass viol? Its finished!

Truly lovely in all aspects!!!!!!
Frederick