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by Chet Bishop
Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Violin Scale Length
Replies: 5
Views: 5718

Re: Violin Scale Length

Why not just play a viola? The finger spacing is wider, the pitch is a fifth lower, and you will probably do less damage to your ears adnd those of your co-workers and friends. Jacon Van Soelen made a 16-1/2" (I think) five-string viola for a guy in canada whose name I have forgotten...but it had th...
by Chet Bishop
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: What is an Archetier?
Replies: 2
Views: 4414

Re: What is an Archetier?

Thanks! I was unaware that the link was messed up. I appreciate your having taken the trouble to fix it. I seriously doubt my bows will ever be worth anything, but I have seen new bows at $12K so I know they exist. (I didn't touch the thing...the owner was so smug about the price, I didn't want to h...
by Chet Bishop
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: My latest violin repair.
Replies: 2
Views: 3972

Re: My latest violin repair.

Good work, Dick. It is all good experience, no matter what.
by Chet Bishop
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: What is an Archetier?
Replies: 2
Views: 4414

What is an Archetier?

So, here's another fine mess I've gotten myself into. (Where are Laurel and Hardy when you need them?) I decided to have a go at making a bow for a double bass. This one is the first I have made, so I used cheap materials, mostly, as I figured I might foul things up, and good bow wood is about $200 ...
by Chet Bishop
Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Laatest violin repair
Replies: 7
Views: 7879

Re: Laatest violin repair

Thanks, fellows; Here is an excerpt from an e-mail the owner sent me a few days ago. She has been playing it in a local orchestra, and is back to teaching violin again: "Do you have any idea at all how much I appreciate you for restoring that old German violin? I could thank you a hundred times each...
by Chet Bishop
Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Laatest violin repair
Replies: 7
Views: 7879

Re: Laatest violin repair

Thanks, Jason! I wish you had stopped and chatted. I didn't sell anything all weekend, so a visit certainly couldn't have hurt. :-)
by Chet Bishop
Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Laatest violin repair
Replies: 7
Views: 7879

Re: Laatest violin repair

:-) It's not the expense-- it's just a missing link in my gray matter. Unless I plan ahead, and think, "OK, at this point I need to take some pictures..." I think of it after the fact. Maybe a sign would be a good idea. I think the violin was full size, but it does look small in that picture. I do u...
by Chet Bishop
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Book review?
Replies: 5
Views: 5635

Re: Book review?

The Brian Epp book arrived. I think it will at least provide a good basis for learning varnish retouching. The book includes a little more philosophizing than I usually like to see in a "how-to" book, but I do think he delivers well, in spite of what seems to be primarily a communication-style issue...
by Chet Bishop
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Book review?
Replies: 5
Views: 5635

Re: Book review?

Well, they are a growing phenomenon. You can buy cheap Chinese 5-string fiddles all over, on the internet, and there are perhaps a dozen or fewer professional luthiers building them. I had a young man play one of mine a few years ago, who, as he told me, was the first in his circle of musicians to h...
by Chet Bishop
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Laatest violin repair
Replies: 7
Views: 7879

Laatest violin repair

For those of you interested in such things, here ia a series of photos with text explaining the process I went through to repair a violin that had suffered trauma through a water-heater failure. http://www.bluefiddles.com/2014/06/latest-violin-repair/ I was pretty intimidated by the extent of the da...
by Chet Bishop
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Book review?
Replies: 5
Views: 5635

Re: Book review?

I ordered it recently and expect to receive it any day. I will let you know what I think, in a few days.

Chet Bishop
www.bluefiddles.com
by Chet Bishop
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: 3/4 upright neck plans?
Replies: 4
Views: 5312

Re: 3/4 upright neck plans?

You don't have to buy the book-- just buy the plan you like. They are full-size paper plans for the whole bass.
Pretty cheap, too. He had nine different plans, the last I remember.

They are not downloadable, but I suppose if you wanted them in electronic form you could scan one after you bought it.
by Chet Bishop
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: 3/4 upright neck plans?
Replies: 4
Views: 5312

Re: 3/4 upright neck plans?

The plans sold by Peter Chandler's estate include 3/4 size basses. Get the book, buy the plans and you'll be off to the races!
by Chet Bishop
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)
Replies: 7
Views: 7925

Re: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)

Ah. I see.... too bad you didn't just clean out the old mastic and find some more abalone chips at a hobby store or whatever. Guess you could still do that if you wanted to "restore" it to its former glory. :-) Looks like it was made by the same group all right. I didn't re-finish mine, obviously. Y...
by Chet Bishop
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)
Replies: 7
Views: 7925

Re: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)

Is the black inlay ebony, or what? It is the same design as mine, it seems. I've never seen one like that. It seems to be in much better condition than mine, too.
by Chet Bishop
Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)
Replies: 7
Views: 7925

Re: Old Fiddle Story (Great-great-Grandpa's Fiddle)

I expect it will sound fine. Proper set-up and extensive play-in may be required, but it will probably sound good, especially when you consider how it started life and what it has endured so far. :-)

Chet
by Chet Bishop
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Detachable double bass neck
Replies: 11
Views: 13600

Re: Detachable double bass neck

I would heartily recommend the Chuck Traeger book http://www.amazon.com/Setup-Repair-Doub ... 1892210061
as he will give you all the knowledge you need to fix this bass. Cheap at twice the price.
by Chet Bishop
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27390

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

Thanks, Mike.

I slumped for a week or so after completing the viola, but now am working again, hoping to have a five-string fiddle by mid-November.

Chet
by Chet Bishop
Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27390

Lion Head Viola is Complete

All Done! As always, I am sure there are things I may do differently next time, particularly with the hand-carved lion-head, but, overall, I am satisfied with the results on this viola. It plays easily, has a big, deep voice, and is becoming more responsive day by day. Here are some photos: http://i...