I have always been enchanted by the whalebone purfling in antique instruments. Many Dutch makers used whalebone, as well as Antonio Gragnani. Why not use whalebone now? The problem is that the sale…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Nate Tabor Oct 23, 2010.
I am thinking of building a viola pomposa, now currently selecting the wood. Does anyone out there know where I can get custom-made pegs, and fittings for this? My supplier in Germany has none. Also,…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Nate Tabor Mar 29, 2010.
Posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:32am
Now its time to relax a bit after the hard work of tuning the plates. I have cut the corner blocks and glued them to the back plate. Best to wait a day or so for the glue to dry, so one can either pace around the workshop, read a book, etc... or start work on some of the fittings that the violoncello will soon be needing.…Continue
Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments
One can see now I have a general idea of where this baroque cello is headed. But the back arching is way too high! This is on purpose, as I have a specific method of plate tuning which I shall explain. I want to have a lot of choices when creating the final arching, which means lots of wood to work with. At this…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2013 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments
When one looks at this instrument, the first thought that comes to mind is how beautiful it is. Then you begin to notice peculiar details, the uneven corners, the interesting, rough outline, and the charming, but equally odd ff-holes. All of these attributes simply…Continue
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments