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David Burgess

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Results of the Moscow competition

16 September 2014 - 05:13 AM

A link to the results of the Moscow instrument making competition:




A major impetus behind the competition was the encouragement of making in Russia, and creating a resource for those who are considering the purchase of instruments. The main organizer feels that there are very few makers in the area, considering that there are about 15 orchestras in metro Moscow alone.


This competition was rather unique, in that it included a separate category for commercial or factory instruments, the idea being that not everyone who is in the market for an instrument (who could benefit from having them compared) will have a budget which allows for a "boutique" instrument.

Need suggestions for getting a bigger sound

03 September 2014 - 06:55 AM

This customer wanted something a little smaller than a full 14" body length, and left the exact dimensions up to my discretion. I think it sounds fine, but he's not willing to complete the purchase unless I can make it sound a little "fuller" and "bigger". Raise the neck projection maybe?






Nice Nuts, Mr. Noykos

22 August 2014 - 06:07 AM

Matthew Noykos demonstrates making a high-quality upper nut, with pictures and videos:



A possible ethical dilemma

17 July 2014 - 07:10 PM

A guy called me today, probably with the expectation that I would repair his main gig fiddle. The neck was broken out along with the button, upon being dropped. It's probably a 30 K ish value fiddle.


I don't really have my best repair chops up anymore, so I checked with some people who do, some of the top in the world. One of them agreed to take the repair on.


Upon getting back to the owner, he had found someone local, primarily a guitar maker (highly respected locally, but someone I've never heard of), who said that he's done lots of repairs like this. My initial reaction was a sense of relief, because that takes the mess out of my hands, at least for now. Later, I started wondering whether leaving it alone is really doing the right thing for the owner, or whether I was just being selfish.


Do I call him back, and put pressure on him to take it to someone I know is really top-notch, or what?

This is to shock Roger.....

26 February 2014 - 06:46 AM

This is to horrify Roger, and anyone else who thinks necks should be trimmed to nearly final shape before gluing in. biggrin.gif


Photos to follow later today.


Freakin' sissies. smash.gif