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by Chet Bishop
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:22 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

The viola is done and I have been playing it. I will take the strings off tomorrow and retouch the varnish, shorten the tail-gut, , lower the strings a little at the bridge, etc. Then, when I put it all back together it will really be done. But it plays well, and has a big voice. I put Evah Pirazzi ...
by Chet Bishop
Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Jason; the viola now has its final varnish, and is ready to begin final set-up. I will still have to complete the rubbing out of the varnish and the final adjustments of the instrument, but I expect to have it playing by Friday. Here are some current photos: http:/...
by Chet Bishop
Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

I made some progress...this is with three coats varnish: http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb103/Chet_Bishop/backwiththreecoatsvarnish_zps9d98c3fa.jpg http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb103/Chet_Bishop/sidewiththreecoatsvarnish_zps9ca768fb.jpg http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb103/Chet_Bishop/...
by Chet Bishop
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

Just brushed it on heavy, but did not let it sit in puddles, where I could avoid it. I mixed a very strong half-cup of brewed coffee with enough instant coffee crystals to have made a very strong full cup (so the half-cup was about four times normal strength), and micro-waved it to make sure everyth...
by Chet Bishop
Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

I am sure it is heavier...I hope it has a negligible effect on tone, playability, etc. Guess I could have made it smaller. Maybe next time. :-) Some violas have a cello-style head-- they are heavier, too, and the folks who don't like them usually cite that reason. Some people like the looks enough t...
by Chet Bishop
Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

I promised I would post photos of the Lion-head viola progress: here are some photos of the way things ended up tonight: The color is due to a fresh coat of strong coffee...I had intended to take the pictures before I soaked the whole thing in coffee, but slipped a cog, there, somewhere, so this is ...
by Chet Bishop
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

I made some good progress Saturday, and got the corpus closed up. Tonight I set the neck on the lion-head viola...I will try to post some photos tomorrow. Right now the glue is still drying.
by Chet Bishop
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Luthier Position available at Kennedy Violins
Replies: 5
Views: 5504

Re: Luthier Position available at Kennedy Violins

Thanks for the very gracious response, Joel. Your points about the dichotomy between brick & mortar shops and the internet are well-taken. I'm glad to know you have other levels of instruments to offer. I think I would like to stop by the shop, as you suggested. I will call first, so as not to come ...
by Chet Bishop
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Luthier Position available at Kennedy Violins
Replies: 5
Views: 5504

Re: Luthier Position available at Kennedy Violins

Well, I see one is only allowed to edit for a short time-- I regret my choice of words, above: " A "real luthier" is going to want to work with good instruments ..." I have no doubt that all the instruments you sell are high-quality, at least within their price-range, and that you would not sell any...
by Chet Bishop
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Luthier Position available at Kennedy Violins
Replies: 5
Views: 5504

Re: Luthier Position available at Kennedy Violins

From your website, it looks as though you deal primarily with factory instruments...is that true, or am I missing something? A "real luthier" is going to want to work with good instruments, and it looks as though you only have fairly low-end factory stuff. Maybe I am missing something on your websit...
by Chet Bishop
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

Thanks. You are right, the giraffe cello and the dragon violin were quite impressive. I tend to stay a little more on the traditional side. The occasional shell inlay or (in this case) lion-head is about as far afield as I have gone. No snapping turtle banjos, yet, nor armadillo mandolins.
by Chet Bishop
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

We'll see how it turns out. Still lots of room to make a mess of things. :-)

I will post more pictures when I am further along.
by Chet Bishop
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?
Replies: 32
Views: 27391

Re: Animal/human figurehead on classic violins?

I finally was able to go back and spend a little more time on this viola. I had been intimidated by the prospect of grafting a neck block onto the head I had begun, but last Saturday, I went ahead with it. The plates are partially completed, and the garland is essentially complete. Here are some pic...
by Chet Bishop
Wed May 15, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Detachable double bass neck
Replies: 11
Views: 13601

Re: Detachable double bass neck

You might try contacting Matthew Tucker at Bresque Basses http://bresque.studio205.net.au/double-basses.html He has done conversions of this sort very successfully, and will show one at the ISB competitions this summer. He features exactly what you are asking, and the neck has a separate case. All c...
by Chet Bishop
Thu May 02, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Five-String Fiddle On the Way
Replies: 12
Views: 12283

Re: Five-String Fiddle On the Way

Here is a link to some pictures of the show: http://www.bluefiddles.com/2013/05/2013-marylhurst-university-musical-instrument-makers-show/ Wish more people could have come, but we did have about 500 people per day. This show is virtually always the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May, ...
by Chet Bishop
Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Five-String Fiddle On the Way
Replies: 12
Views: 12283

Re: Five-String Fiddle On the Way

Thanks, Jason! Yes that turned out to be an ideal location. I wish I could get it again next year. We got a fair bit of attention, there. The guitarists all stopped to look at my son Brian's work, and the violinists made a stop for mine. Too bad there were't many cellists coming through this year. O...
by Chet Bishop
Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Five-String Fiddle On the Way
Replies: 12
Views: 12283

Re: Five-String Fiddle On the Way

This fiddle sold at the Marylhurst Musical Instrument Show this weekend. it was nice to see Jason there. (He always threatened to drop in on me and see if I was as advertised.) Wish I could have met more of you all.
by Chet Bishop
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Double Bass Specifications?
Replies: 6
Views: 7540

Re: Double Bass Specifications?

Where in ZA are you? If you are near Capetown, you might contact Jacob Van Soelen, a luthier there. He may have resources to help you. Tell him I referred you. He has been a mentor to me.

Chet
by Chet Bishop
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Double Bass Specifications?
Replies: 6
Views: 7540

Re: Double Bass Specifications?

I don't know how much money you want to spend, but Peter Chandlers book So You Want to Make a Double Bass is still available, as are his plans for about nine different basses. Pretty much all the information you need. I built my first bass from those plans (I chose the "William Tarr" plans, and modi...
by Chet Bishop
Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: clip in frog viol bow
Replies: 28
Views: 25003

Re: clip in frog viol bow

Definitely not the first instrument bow of Osage Orange.
http://brunkalla.com/BOWS.html

I have seen others, as well, though I am told it does not match Pernambuco.
I hope you post photos when you have it done.