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by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: How to Rejuvenate Accordion Bellows?
Replies: 5
Views: 7077

Re: How to Rejuvenate Accordion Bellows?

I've learned something:

Asking how to repair accordion bellows is like asking "How to make a guitar"!!

Found some online resources. Very involved processes and procedures. Rather than doing a full restoration, my goal is to make it playable.
by John E Giarrizzo
Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Wind, Percussion, and Miscellaneous and Experimental Instruments
Topic: How to Rejuvenate Accordion Bellows?
Replies: 5
Views: 7077

How to Rejuvenate Accordion Bellows?

Decided to take a break from violin making. This has been sitting on a shelf in my office for years. Took first close look at it this afternoon. A friend, who has since passed, gave it to me. Belonged to her Grandfather. It appears to be restoreable. All the notes work. The bellows don't look too ba...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin rib thickness....why?
Replies: 19
Views: 19337

Re: Violin rib thickness....why?

Here's a thread on the subject in the Library. (Charlie --- the link to the original post by CT doesn't work). http://www.mimf.com/library/Cold_bending_ribs_-09-21-2011.html Basically, cold bending is gradually bending the wet wood, cold, around a form, then letting it dry. Once dry, it will come of...
by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: luthier apps
Replies: 7
Views: 4906

Re: luthier apps

go to other forums and play spot the sycophant, one of my favourites A bit off topic, but One of my favorites also. Never heard the word "sycophant" --- love it! One of my "hobbies" is observing the "personalities" of groups, forums, cultures, and governments, and how just one or two sycophants can...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TO BE ILLEGAL
Replies: 20
Views: 7958

Re: BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD TO BE ILLEGAL

I looked at the Government forms for both Exotic woods and Ivory. Do you think that they can make it any more complicated and difficult? Perhaps require a laboratory chemical and molecular analysis? Maybe increase the fees? Increase the processing time from two months to a year? I have instruments w...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sat May 31, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Which finish for my first violin?
Replies: 6
Views: 9151

Re: Which finish for my first violin?

What Michael said. I don't have the expertise or the ambition to "get there without all of the eye of newt and bat wing boiling caldron stuff". Bazillions of pages have been written on that. I, and a couple of other guys here, have used Ace Oil varnish, however, the old stuff, which is no longer ava...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun May 25, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 3 Piece Macassar Ebony Back with Ebony Wedge
Replies: 7
Views: 2552

Re: 3 Piece Macassar Ebony Back with Ebony Wedge

Philip,

I've made a couple of violins with three piece backs as you are considering. I also made one with the "wing" technique that Randy mentioned.
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by John E Giarrizzo
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: invisible repair.
Replies: 10
Views: 6274

Re: invisible repair.

Thanks Steve.
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: invisible repair.
Replies: 10
Views: 6274

Re: invisible repair.

Thanks Mario.

Hopefully give Joe some ideas on using recycled material. Almost everything I build is from recycled or non-standard material.
by John E Giarrizzo
Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: invisible repair.
Replies: 10
Views: 6274

Re: invisible repair.

Joe, I know you said it is no place for contrasting inlay, but this is what I did for a piece of maple salvaged from a kitchen table that had screw holes in it. At first I thought of just plugging with a contasting wood, but didn't like it, so put an inlay in. Not quite invisible, but maybe somethin...
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recycled timber small body
Replies: 5
Views: 2669

Re: Recycled timber small body

Martin --- Enjoyed see your recycled material guitar. And hearing that others are doing what I do. Most of my violins are made as Jason's instruments are.

That is much of my enjoyment in making --- giving old wood new life.
by John E Giarrizzo
Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Interstate sales of ivory banned.
Replies: 24
Views: 12220

Re: Interstate sales of ivory banned.

I think the take away from this is not to use elephant ivory on instruments you intend to sell. Agreed. "If I knew then what I know now" I am seriously considering replacing the pieces of ivory I used in a couple of instruments. I don't plan on selling any of them, but who knows where these instrum...
by John E Giarrizzo
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Interstate sales of ivory banned.
Replies: 24
Views: 12220

Re: Interstate sales of ivory banned.

Good video --- but at first I was a little confused --- thought I was watching a current political news story.

The more they try to fix things, the more messed up it gets.

(Charlie --- hope I haven't broken any posting rule here)
by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using wood from antiques?
Replies: 17
Views: 7011

Re: Using wood from antiques?

Nearly all the violins I make are from "antique" wood. I've made them from old table tops and legs, an old piano top and soundboard, bed slats, a fence post, and one of my favorites --- I found a 2X10 in the parking lot where I was working at the time. They used it outdoors for supporting a tow moto...
by John E Giarrizzo
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Differences in batches of Hide Glue
Replies: 34
Views: 16434

Re: Differences in batches of Hide Glue

Thanks to all for the info. David, The list was sent as a .doc file. Because of formating, when I copy the text to the forum window, half is missing and the rest jumbled. I can either email it as an attachment to you or you can get it directly from the company. RESELLER.doc info@milligan1868.com
by John E Giarrizzo
Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Differences in batches of Hide Glue
Replies: 34
Views: 16434

Re: Differences in batches of Hide Glue

Their web page says that they are both 192 gram strength, and I think that's the lowest they go. The Behlen stuff is supposedly 164. That's what I've been used to working with. Decisions decisions.