Violin Onalee: Today I setup Onalee with the Balsam ground base coat. The ground coat is the material that goes into the wood. The varnish will sit on top of the ground and wood. I wanted to make a sound test between the raw wood and the Balsam ground. So today was the day. Also, I’m doing a bass bar test as well. I purposefully left Onalee’s bass bar heavier than on earlier instruments. Previously, I’ve follow the standard rules of thumb on how to trim the bass bar, but not really understanding how it affected the instruments tone. So, on Onalee I’ll make recordings with the Balsam ground (creating spectrograph charts of the frequency range energy of the instrument, modes). Then I’ll remove the top plate and trim just the upper plate portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and setup the instrument making the recording test again. Then I’ll remove the top and trim some wood on the lower portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and make the tests again. As an engineer I want to follow the scientific process, make a change in one variable with everything else the same (as much as possible) and then test, retest etc. Obviously this takes a some time to really determine what changes affect what tonal qualities. All in the pursuit of excellence :-) Oh and a special note: My Mother-n-law the namesake for violin Onalee entered hospice this week. I’m so honored to be playing the violin named after Onalee at the time of her transition; especially when violin Onalee is currently the best sounding instrument that I’ve made. Honor and salute to you Onalee Cheetwood a great woman. Thank you

Violin Onalee: Today I setup Onalee with the Balsam ground base coat. The ground coat is the material that goes into the wood. The varnish will sit on top of the ground and wood. I wanted to make a sound test between the raw wood and the Balsam ground. So today was the day. 
Also, I’m doing a bass bar test as well. I purposefully left Onalee’s bass bar heavier than on earlier instruments. Previously, I’ve follow the standard rules of thumb on how to trim the bass bar, but not really understanding how it affected the instruments tone. So, on Onalee I’ll make recordings with the Balsam ground (creating spectrograph charts of the frequency range energy of the instrument, modes). Then I’ll remove the top plate and trim just the upper plate portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and setup the instrument making the recording test again. Then I’ll remove the top and trim some wood on the lower portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and make the tests again. As an engineer I want to follow the scientific process, make a change in one variable with everything else the same (as much as possible) and then test, retest etc. Obviously this takes a some time to really determine what changes affect what tonal qualities. All in the pursuit of excellence :-) Oh and a special note: My Mother-n-law the namesake for violin Onalee entered hospice this week. I’m so honored to be playing the violin named after Onalee at the time of her transition; especially when violin Onalee is currently the best sounding instrument that I’ve made. Honor and salute to you Onalee Cheetwood a great woman. Thank you

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Violin Onalee: Today I setup Onalee with the Balsam ground base coat. The ground coat is the material that goes into the wood. The varnish will sit on top of the ground and wood. I wanted to make a sound test between the raw wood and the Balsam ground. So today was the day.
Also, I’m doing a bass bar test as well. I purposefully left Onalee’s bass bar heavier than on earlier instruments. Previously, I’ve follow the standard rules of thumb on how to trim the bass bar, but not really understanding how it affected the instruments tone. So, on Onalee I’ll make recordings with the Balsam ground (creating spectrograph charts of the frequency range energy of the instrument, modes). Then I’ll remove the top plate and trim just the upper plate portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and setup the instrument making the recording test again. Then I’ll remove the top and trim some wood on the lower portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and make the tests again. As an engineer I want to follow the scientific process, make a change in one variable with everything else the same (as much as possible) and then test, retest etc. Obviously this takes a some time to really determine what changes affect what tonal qualities. All in the pursuit of excellence 🙂 Oh and a special note: My Mother-n-law the namesake for violin Onalee entered hospice this week. I’m so honored to be playing the violin named after Onalee at the time of her transition; especially when violin Onalee is currently the best sounding instrument that I’ve made. Honor and salute to you Onalee Cheetwood a great woman. Thank you!

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Violin Nicolo: Varnish all done. I’m back in the studio today. Last week I had a visit from Mr Influenza, and his cousin Cough. We spent a lot of late nights doing brandy shots, watching some movies, listening to some great music. They were having so much fun, I wasn’t able to get much work done. We’ll they left yesterday and today its just me and the violins. So if you need any adjustments, bow rehairs, or just a new violin stop by and pay me a visit. Your much more welcome than my last two guest…. Oh and Violin Nicolo will be ready for a new home by weeks end

Violin Nicolo: Varnish all done. I’m back in the studio today. Last week I had a visit from Mr Influenza, and his cousin Cough. We spent a lot of late nights doing brandy shots, watching some movies, listening to some great music. They were having so much fun, I wasn’t able to get much work done. We’ll they left yesterday and today its just me and the violins. So if you need any adjustments, bow rehairs, or just a new violin stop by and pay me a visit. Your much more welcome than my last two guest…. Oh and Violin Nicolo will be ready for a new home by weeks end

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Violin Nicolo: Varnish all done. I’m back in the studio today. Last week I had a visit from Mr Influenza, and his cousin Cough. We spent a lot of late nights doing brandy shots, watching some movies, listening to some great music. They were having so much fun, I wasn’t able to get much work done. We’ll they left yesterday and today its just me and the violins. So if you need any adjustments, bow rehairs, or just a new violin stop by and pay me a visit. Your much more welcome than my last two guest…. Oh and Violin Nicolo will be ready for a new home by weeks end 🙂 #violinnicolo

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Violin Karl: He came in for a little tuneup. New set of custom made pegs, bridge and sound post adjustments. Now Sara is ready for her audition next week. I feel like the proud poppa (Karl being one of my babies

Violin Karl:  He came in for a little tuneup. New set of custom made pegs, bridge and sound post adjustments. Now Sara is ready for her audition next week.  I feel like the proud poppa (Karl being one of my babies

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Violin Karl: He came in for a little tuneup. New set of custom made pegs, bridge and sound post adjustments. Now Sara is ready for her audition next week. I feel like the proud poppa (Karl being one of my babies…) #violinkarl #violin #violinist #unf #unfmusic #jumusic #jaxsymphony #ju #jacksonville #stmarys #staugustine #brunswickga #savannahgeorgia #tallahassee #NorthFlorida, Howery Violins, Normal

Viola Primrose : Roughing our the Maple back plate. No need to visit a gym

Viola Primrose : Roughing our the Maple back plate. No need to visit a gym

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Viola Primrose : Roughing our the Maple back plate. No need to visit a gym

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The funnest Christmas present I made this year was a commission for these Mickey Mouse pegs. Don Leister don_leister_violin.rva set them to the recipients violin. https://instagram.com/p/BdbZQAknmxh/

The funnest Christmas present I made this year was a commission for these Mickey Mouse pegs. Don Leister don_leister_violin.rva set them to the recipients violin. https://instagram.com/p/BdbZQAknmxh/

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The funnest Christmas present I made this year was a commission for these Mickey Mouse pegs. Don Leister don_leister_violin.rva set them to the recipients violin. https://instagram.com/p/BdbZQAknmxh/. #violin #violinist #violinpegs #luthier #violinmaker #customwoodwork #woodturning, Howery Violins, Normal