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by Eric Knapp
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Viola damage repair question
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Viola damage repair question

Randy Roberts wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:18 pm
If you click twice on the bottom picture to enlarge it, it looks like the wood is missing, not compressed.
That’s correct, some fibers where cut in the fall and some wood is missing. It’s more of a chip than a dent. I may still try to steam it to see if it will swell a bit.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Viola damage repair question
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Viola damage repair question

Hello, my daughter dropped her viola and damaged an edge a little. I’m looking for advice on a good way to repair this. It doesn’t need to come out perfect, we mainly want to stabilize it and limit further damage. This is a very good viola we got for our music major daughter. BE15D8F3-8180-458D-99C7...
by Eric Knapp
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 15708

Re: Chapman stick?

Just saw this video of Rodrigo Serrão playing a Chapman stick. Pretty darn cool but for me, I think I have enough trouble with the acoustic guitar! https://kksound.com/artist-of-the-month.php?month=10&year=2020 Rod is an amazing player. He is an example of someone coming to the Stick already a top ...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 15708

Re: Chapman stick?

Those are interesting - and surprisingly reasonably priced! I'd still like to build one though... :D Heh, that’s the attitude of most of us here, eh? I’d build my own house and car if I could swing it. I have yet to finish an instrument, you are ahead of me by several now. I hope to catch up, somed...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chapman stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 15708

Re: Chapman stick?

There is a guy making acoustic tapping instruments who is getting known in the Chapman Stick community. His instruments are very interesting and show a different approach to tapping.

http://english.dragonflytap.com/

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

Re: Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together

JC Whitney wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:23 am
"Fascinating", to quote your little supervisor's slightly more famous cousin.
What are you planning to use for a pickup?
I am going to try a piezo pickup from StewMac first. I have a preamp I made that should work with it. This is definitely an experiment and we’ll see how it goes.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

Electric Viola Build - Starting to come together

Hello, I have enough pieces of the puzzle that I can set it up like this. Making this up as I go is a bit nerve-wracking. Seeing like this makes me think I might pull this off. gnome-02.jpg Even the shop gnome seems to approve. gnome-01.jpg On to the head, I'm not doing a traditional scroll, just so...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

I was sitting here looking at the tailpiece again. And I had a thought; from a geometric standpoint, shouldn't the holes on the outside edges be spaced a little farther apart in order to keep equidistant string spacing. Good observation. They are a little farther apart but I’m not sure of the exact...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

Bob Francis wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:19 am
that looks great Eric.
Thank you, Bob. It’s fun and sometimes stressful to make something for someone close to you with high standards.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

That looks perfect, Eric. And I love the grain in that piece. Thank you, Barry. Here's the latest on that tailpiece. It is polished up a bit and the grain is fabulous. bridge-string-01.jpg I have done string inlay in my general woodworking and was able to use the same homemade tools for this. That ...
by Eric Knapp
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Electric Viola Build - Tailpiece

Hello, With my daughter home from college we have been slowly working on the 5-string electric viola for her. She is a music major and plays viola in the orchestra. I have no idea what I'm doing and it's a great learning project. Here's the tailpiece I made based on measuring her's and some online p...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Hello again, electric viola project starting
Replies: 4
Views: 3291

Re: Hello again, electric viola project starting

The only solid body instrument I ever made was a 5-string viola, with frets. The customer insisted on the frets... Big mistake. Ha! My daughter won’t make that mistake. She has a very nice acoustic viola and I’m trying to copy the feel of it for her. For a pickup I used a small piece of PZT-5 piezo...
by Eric Knapp
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Hello again, electric viola project starting
Replies: 4
Views: 3291

Re: Hello again, electric viola project starting

Here’s what I have found so far. The Barbera pickups look very nice but are pretty expensive. I wonder if they are worth it. Here’s a link for the violin pickups but they have ones for viola too. http://barberatransducers.com/violinpickups.html The Fishman series look like they are designed for acou...
by Eric Knapp
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Hello again, electric viola project starting
Replies: 4
Views: 3291

Hello again, electric viola project starting

Hello, After the initial chaos of retirement, and dealing with some health issues, I’m finally working in my shop on a consistent basis. I’m more of a general woodworker than a luthier but I want to make some instruments. I’ve had a few false starts and I’m trying to get started again. My daughter i...
by Eric Knapp
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)
Replies: 15
Views: 7373

Re: Thank You Alan!! (Ultimate Scrapers)

Thanks, Alan, I love mine too. Has anyone tried making one out of O1 steel? That would be much easier to harden and I like O1 tools a lot.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Steinway factory tour
Replies: 13
Views: 5942

Re: Steinway factory tour

The same people made the full-length documentary “Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037”. If you want more detail this is a very good film.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Note_by ... nway_L1037

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Detailed Builds/Tutorials
Topic: First Cello Build
Replies: 52
Views: 34508

Re: First Cello Build

Wow, when machinists retire...

Great work.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: The scorper, a rosette channel cutter
Replies: 7
Views: 3812

Re: The scorper, a rosette channel cutter

That’s pretty awesome. I could get lost in that guy’s channel too.

-Eric
by Eric Knapp
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 3808

Re: Looking for a school for luthiery

The North Bennet Street School in Boston has a three year full time violin family building/repair progrm.The school has been around since the late 1890s, and also offers a number of other programs including cabinetry, preservation woodworking, and a number of other things that... Thanks, that looks...
by Eric Knapp
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Looking for a school for luthiery
Replies: 3
Views: 3808

Looking for a school for luthiery

Hello, my daughter is interested in luthiery and is looking for a school. She wants to learn to make violin family instruments. What schools are recommended?

Thanks,

-Eric