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Forum: Luthier's Corner 08-16-2011, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,679
Posted By Ken McKay
Matthew, I usually use fingerboard dye which is...

Matthew, I usually use fingerboard dye which is aniline I believe and carefully apply it to the side with a q-tip. I watch how far the die travels down the side as I apply and usually get a pretty...
Forum: Italian Bass School 07-09-2011, 05:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 31,824
Posted By Ken McKay
Oh...Robbie, I met him in Kalamazoo and saw a...

Oh...Robbie, I met him in Kalamazoo and saw a fine bass he made.
Yes it takes a great restoration specialist to do the work right.
Forum: Italian Bass School 07-09-2011, 11:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 31,824
Posted By Ken McKay
Beautiful!

Beautiful bass you have there.

Did you do the restoration work Ken?
Forum: Jazz and R&B Corner 04-07-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,259
Posted By Ken McKay
Your gunna live forever...

Your gunna live forever...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 01-28-2011, 01:59 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 73,640
Posted By Ken McKay
Thumbs up Beautiful workmanship and design. The varnish is...

Beautiful workmanship and design. The varnish is superb and the best of all of Schnitzer's that I have seen. The scroll is slightly quirky and that adds a lot of interest to the clean workmanship in...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 01-18-2011, 04:54 AM
Replies: 29
Sticky: a New Breed...
Views: 28,275
Posted By Ken McKay
Talking Yes, beautiful sound from her hands. I...

Yes, beautiful sound from her hands.

I hope to get the honor of you trying my bass when I get it done Eric.
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 01-15-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 29
Sticky: a New Breed...
Views: 28,275
Posted By Ken McKay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akQUx8HMPI ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akQUx8HMPI

My plan is to copy the flat back like Christine Hoock plays. It has a large lower bout, gamba corners wide-ish ribs.

I am not sure if Aaron still...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 01-14-2011, 11:41 AM
Replies: 29
Sticky: a New Breed...
Views: 28,275
Posted By Ken McKay
Speaking of The Guarneri house: Aaron Reiley is...

Speaking of The Guarneri house:
Aaron Reiley is a second generation Double Bass maker who is fluent in double bass design. He makes basses that are very playable and well made.
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 01-14-2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 29
Sticky: a New Breed...
Views: 28,275
Posted By Ken McKay
http://www.smithbassforums.com/attachment.php?atta...

http://www.smithbassforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1954&d=1295018734
White Pine Log being cut in half to fit into the bandsaw.
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Forum: Italian Bass School 10-29-2010, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 14,400
Posted By Ken McKay
Nice bass. What do you think of the way the...

Nice bass.

What do you think of the way the heel was cut down and the large thumbscrew?
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-06-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 65,965
Posted By Ken McKay
Talking Chet atkins playing guitar in front of a...

Chet atkins playing guitar in front of a cornerless player http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-c66SJPuUI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-c66SJPuUI)

And if you look close you can see Ken Smith in...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 09-11-2010, 12:00 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 115,779
Posted By Ken McKay
By taking the bar down I mean at each end, a big...

By taking the bar down I mean at each end, a big scooping taper. You know.

Can't hurt much by doing this, you can always make a new bar.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 09-10-2010, 11:52 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 115,779
Posted By Ken McKay
Matthew, good work on the restoration. ...

Matthew, good work on the restoration.

According to my records that plate is quite heavy and took too much viagra.

If I had it here I would start by trying to thin down the tail area. As a...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 08-04-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,205
Posted By Ken McKay
He is on a sailing adventure, according to...

He is on a sailing adventure, according to facebook.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 07-15-2010, 01:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,036
Posted By Ken McKay
Thumbs up Sounds like you understand Thomas.

Sounds like you understand Thomas.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 07-14-2010, 04:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,036
Posted By Ken McKay
I have a stock of quartersawn Big Leaf maple that...

I have a stock of quartersawn Big Leaf maple that I have made bass backs from. It is fairly plain looking but is very stable and moderately dense (about 45 lbs/bd ft iirc). These are big wedges that...
Forum: Italian Bass School 07-09-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,123
Posted By Ken McKay
Modern Italian maker. I don't know about...

Modern Italian maker. I don't know about certified but this guy[/URL] [URL="http://www.thebassplanet.com/pictures.html"]http://www.thebassplanet.com/pictures.html has one
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Forum: French Bass School 07-07-2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,732
Posted By Ken McKay
Nice looking handmade instrument! My guess...

Nice looking handmade instrument!

My guess is that it is less than 10 years old. That is from the photos only. If I could smell it I would possible change my mind. Also if I could have a look...
Forum: Chinese/Asian 06-26-2010, 06:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,593
Posted By Ken McKay
I can't tell much from the top until I get close....

I can't tell much from the top until I get close. Once a maker gets the top off of many of these chinese instruments and regraduates, it starts to look familiar. Funny thing, some of the Himalayan...
Forum: Chinese/Asian 06-26-2010, 05:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,593
Posted By Ken McKay
X Sun basses are good! Shen makes some nice...

X Sun basses are good! Shen makes some nice basses also. I can tell a chinese bass because I have looked at a lot of chinese instruments and know the wood figure and varnish. took a look at Ken's...
Forum: Chinese/Asian 06-26-2010, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,593
Posted By Ken McKay
Here is the Sinfonica. It is their lowest of...

Here is the Sinfonica. It is their lowest of their line of all solid wood, carved basses.

www.sinomanmusic.com/images/Big/01-Xuechang-Sun/04Bass/BA-401.jpg...
Forum: Chinese/Asian 06-26-2010, 09:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,593
Posted By Ken McKay
X Sun makes nice "Chinese workshop" basses. I...

X Sun makes nice "Chinese workshop" basses. I have sold quite a few of their violins, cello and violas. I would rate them the best of the chinese instruments I have seen. The workmanship is...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-10-2010, 10:35 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 23,786
Posted By Ken McKay
Physics

The papers I have read on vibration patterns of basses are on assembled instruments using lasers. This is a bit different from the free plate patterns which show the area of vibration of the plate...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-09-2010, 11:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 23,786
Posted By Ken McKay
I am not sure it is any better or worse than just...

I am not sure it is any better or worse than just bending without cutting the groove.

How steep is the bend? How thick are their backs?
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-09-2010, 11:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 23,786
Posted By Ken McKay
There have been studies showing how flat back and...

There have been studies showing how flat back and carved back plates vibrate. There is a big difference! However, interestingly though neither experts nor non experts could successfully tell the...
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