Rio de Janeiro

I recently fulfilled an old dream: to deliver an instrument to a musician in an exotic part of the world. Daniel Prazeres is principal viola at the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira,  in Rio de Janerio. He has been searching for a viola with particular rich and dark tone...

On the Road

I will be in Houston TX for four days 2/20 – 2/24 with recent instruments available to try. Please contact me to arrange a viewing, let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see,  or just to say...

Kerfed end block counter forms

When clamping the ribs at the lower block there is a tendency for the counter form to push the ribs apart, turning what should be a close fitting joint into an embarrassing gap. This is especially true if the counter-form has a smaller radius than the end block. The...

VSA Conference, Cleveland 2016

The Violin Society of America I just attended the 44th annual conference of the The Violin Society of America. The VSA is the world’s largest violin maker’s group and in my mind the most useful resource available to members of the trade. Over the years...

Rasps for violin making

This has been my favorite tool discovery of the year, I ordered on a whim and found my self using them a lot. Corradi Rasps are very nicely made, quite straight, with consistent curves. The teeth are set to give a random scratch pattern, they are very sharp and...

Rio de Janeiro

I recently fulfilled an old dream: to deliver an instrument to a musician in an exotic part of the world. Daniel Prazeres is principal viola at the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira,  in Rio de Janerio. He has been searching for a viola with particular rich and dark tone...

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