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    Tuesday
    Jun172014

    Cello T nut

    At times cellos have a string length that is larger then the standard size, it is a problem for those of us with medium size hands.   A solution is to make a T shaped nut.  Such nut shortens the string length by approximately 6-8 mm.

    Something to keep in mind, is to adjust the position of the bridge so that the E on the A string of the cello coincides with a comfortable spot, usually as the thumb rests at the heel of the neck.

    This morning I had to remove an old T nut and replace it with one of my making, I did not like the way strings would touch the second portion of the old nut.  To follow are some photos of the new nut and the old nut, the strings slots are still to be cut.

    Friday
    Sep132013

    Peter Ratcliff - Ashmolean Exhibit

    Credit to Peter Ratcliff for putting together this beautiful slide show.  

    Saturday
    Jul202013

    Mino Boiocchi film maker for Italian luthiers

    Mino Boiocchi has spent a huge amount of time capturing this footage of violin making.  Bravo!

    Wednesday
    May082013

    Cello Neck Joint

    I have always enjoyed repairs, this is my latest project.  Cellos more then other instruments often show multiple repairs at the neck-heel dove-tail joint.  Over the years the projection of the fingerboard (81mm standard) becomes lower and a type of repair that is quick an common consists in pulling the neck back after loosing the ribs and upper block seams.  I don't advise this kind of solution, becuase over time puts a lot of stress on the button.  In the case of this cello the button had cracked and old repairs were giving away.  An ebony wedge was glued under the fingerboard to raise it even more but the problem was at the dove-tail joint that it was failing.  Later I will post photos of the work completed.

    Monday
    Mar252013

    Best mics under $400? S. Webber says

    Sound is so hard to pin down, the minute I try to record it and listen to it, it has changed.  How to microphones affect the recording.  What is the right microphone to record a violin, or voice?

    The trion 7000

    SM 57 and SM 58

    Shure SM 7

    AKG 535

    You can trust Stephen Webber.