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by Olivier Vandebroucke
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Shipping a new handcrafted violin to a different climate
Replies: 8
Views: 6333

Re: Shipping a new handcrafted violin to a different climate

Okay, I've got a similar question. I wanted to buy a balalaika while I'm in Russia where I work now, bring it home to Belgium, and I was planning for next year to buy this house in Greece and spend the holidays there. So, it would mean bringing the violin from a continental hot dry summer/cold winte...
by Olivier Vandebroucke
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Fiberglass on bridge/bridgeplate?
Replies: 11
Views: 5263

Re: Fiberglass on bridge/bridgeplate?

I never built a guitar using that, but I've bought and used different instruments (standard and bass guitars) with a fiberglass reinforced bridge. It does work and sound fine, and I haven't heard a noticeable difference compared to instruments of the same price and quality range with a wooden bridge...
by Olivier Vandebroucke
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: One property of crabapple wood
Replies: 2
Views: 2707

Re: One property of crabapple wood

Well that's fascinating, I always love to see how x wood reacts to treatment y. Does anyone know if that's actually usable for musical instruments? I know that some of my relatives have made furniture out of apple tree wood, but well, in the countryside, there are 2 kinds of wood, the one that's sui...
by Olivier Vandebroucke
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Thickness Sanding?
Replies: 6
Views: 5794

Re: Thickness Sanding?

Yeah, Koa is quite sensitive, I've had this issue when working on a small jewelry box made of that for my wife...But if you (or the workshop) is using a new sheet of sandpaper, it won't be an issue: you don't seem to want to remove much, so it won't be enough to dull the paper.
by Olivier Vandebroucke
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 9449

Re: Small changes make a big difference at the bridge

It's true that the bridge does make a difference: the slightest half-of-a-millimeter change will radically change the behavior of the entire string, how it can vibrate, how long... I remember having the bridge changed on my first guitar, and the cheap trainer instrument I had started to sound like a...