This site can go in different directions for folks interested in various aspects of bowed and fretted instruments, history, maintenance, repair and so on.
Not to mention music and other such things.
|❖ My work with bowed instruments||❖ My work with plectrum and other instruments|
|❖ Some of my thoughts on bowed instrument care||❖ How I learned, and a bit about my background|
|Repair techniques and tips||I recommend that you visit www.frets.com, a marvelous and enormous site put together by my old friend Frank Ford, over in Palo Alto. Much of what I have here on my site is merely ancillary to what he has on his site.|
Here's a piece about spruce
Herewith, a couple of approaches to
repairing broken scrolls and necks on bowed
instruments, mainly basses and cellos.
Fretted instrument related:
Saddle angle, intonation and
compensation in steelstring guitars
On neck straightening with heat (with caveats!)
This link leads to a cluster of pages about one of my favorite guitars.
A vanished site about possibly the most influential luthier of the 20th century, Luigi Mozzani.
receive inquiries from folks wondering where they can
learn guitarmaking, violinmaking and so on. When I
began, there was virtually nothing available, so it
was often a case of the blind leading the blind. Now
we have an embarrassment of riches, in terms of books,
videos, journals, luthier's guilds, schools, seminars
and so forth. Probably the most significant advance in
information is the internet.
Online Forums which really work:
Organizations you should know about
three luthier's organizations I belong to and heartily
endorse. One is approximately west coast, a
non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization,
another is approximately east coast and touts itself
as a "Professional Luthier Organization," though many
people - professional and otherwise - belong to both.
The third one focuses entirely on bowed instruments,
and now encloses the Catgut Acoustical Society. Each
has summer conventions, and produces journals.
The GAL site has a
great list of schools and resources for
Fun StuffThe smallest guitar in the world, the nano-guitar! And an update, too.
Steve Martin miss the chance to take great advantage
From George Gruhn's site, a piece on a rosewood Gibson Nick Lucas with a Brazilian rosewood top (honest).
my friend and playing partner for many years, passed
away on the 12th of September 2004, less than a month
shy of his 90th birthday party.
Lots of load time because of lots of pictures. Worth it.
Here again is a link to that list of local (Santa Cruz and SF Bay Area)
live music events I keep for folks. If you want to receive periodic notices
about updates, just send me an email.
Drop me a line or something: click here
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