I fixed it, guys.
Remember that student-level violin my dad accidentally stripped with paint thinner? Well, here it is again, fully clothed once more:
Not perfect, but good enough for me.
It's annoying that this had to happen at all, but, you know what? I'm glad my dad ignored my advice, 'cos I learned a lot in revarnishing this instrument.
Also, d'you know a Chorda G with the winding taken off makes a better E string than the actual Chorda E? Who woulda thunk it?
Cotton, that Chorda G idea is very interesting. I believe it is the breaking down of the interface between the winding and the core that determines when a string starts to lose its tone, so I'll try the "conversion" from the gut core of a Chorda G to a gut E string when the opportunity arises. There's nothing to lose (gut already pre-stretched, etc) and if it works well then it will be a useful way of recycling an old string; and the metal winding can also be recycled, as I think you've mentioned in another thread.
You know what they say, looks perfect from afar, but far from perfect... but I like your positive outlook. Would you mind sharing with us what you did?
Does your Mom know you are refinishing your violin in the kitchen? Is the mustard a secret ingredient? Nice job! Not an easy task.
The luthiers are gonna squirm with this one...
Not just the luthiers.
If it works, it works.
happy halloween, y'all!
Be very careful with linseed oil. It is a known fire hazard, generating heat as it dries. If a used cloth with the oil still on it is thrown in the trash it will likely spontaneously ignite.
Nice job on that Cotton!
1:30ff for another risk.
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