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David Burgess

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With all the whacky ideas we've had about wood treatments lately...

02 November 2014 - 07:08 AM

With all the whacky ideas we've had about grounds and wood treatments lately, how about something which sounds a little more simple and plausible?

Encapsulating the instrument or the wood fibers in limestone?


Stalactites and stalagmites are formed from the dissolved minerals deposited by mineral rich water. So is the hard-to-remove bathtub scale in "hard-water" areas.


Calcium carbonate can be dissolved (up to a point) in water containing carbon dioxide... carbonated water, club soda......., and supposedly goes back to its original chemical makeup when it dries.


I don't know how "hard" the well water around Cremona is, or the water in the Po river. Perhaps the mineral content can be concentrated somewhat (before it starts precipitating) through partial evaporation?

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?