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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 07-01-2013, 10:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,418
Posted By Martin Sheridan
fake?

Just came across this thread. Antiquing a bass is not the same as trying to pass it off as old. Did the seller say it was old? Was the seller himself knowledgeable? Too me it looks like the bass...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 01-15-2011, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,399
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Vuillaume

Sorry, but that's a German bass; a nice one though. It might be worth the money anyway.
On second look the body might be French, but the scroll is definitely German.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 05-03-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,761
Posted By Martin Sheridan
touch up

This is a job for your bass luthier. I'd touch up the small places and French Polish over the large worn area to protect it from further erosion.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 03-27-2010, 12:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,949
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Gotz

Gotz (with an umlaut over the O, pronounced in English Gertz). That family has been in the business for generations. I met the elder Gotz about 15 years ago and he told me they purchased all of their...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 03-21-2010, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,475
Posted By Martin Sheridan
spruce

I now have everything I need to make the bass except the ebony fingerboard which shouldn't be a problem. I've decided against making the cornerless. I love the look but have decided that they are too...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-23-2010, 07:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 14,433
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Vuillaume

We should also add to the list Roger Millant's biography of J B Vuillaume.
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 02-13-2010, 05:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 13,980
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Your bass

I saw your bass last Sunday at the Chicago Bass Festival and played it. It is a wonderful bass in every way.
all success,
martin
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-09-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,475
Posted By Martin Sheridan
tonewoood

I received some very nice red maple last week. Still looking for spruce.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-09-2010, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 11,102
Posted By Martin Sheridan
varnishing

Arnold,
I couldn't agree with you more about your comments on making and varnishing. When I first started I thought that the making part was the hardest, now I think it's the varnishing.

It's...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-04-2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,547
Posted By Martin Sheridan
usuary?

There is a built in conflict of interest when firms charge a percentage of the value they write.

And thank you Ken for the additions to the auction house terms. I was working from my very...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-25-2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,547
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Frankenstein

I heard another last week that I hadn't heard in sometime. The player said he owned a Frankenstein....the back and sides Italian, the top something else, the neck and scroll from something else.
...
Forum: New Forum Member Introductions 01-25-2010, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,048
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Bienvenidos Carlos

Bienvenidos Carlos. Que tenga buen dia.
martin
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-25-2010, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,547
Posted By Martin Sheridan
experts

Ken,
I agree completely.
I don't think there is a bass expert. Too many basses were made without labels, labels can be falsified or copied, taken out of one bass and put into another etc. Then...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-24-2010, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,547
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Attribution

There's been some talk on the forum about attribution such as: made by, from the shop of....the school of etc.
If anyone has an auction catalog please feel free to correct me, but I think the...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 01-24-2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,631
Posted By Martin Sheridan
ebay

It's shameful that Ebay doesn't police itself better. I've seen more fraud on Ebay. Last year a very well respected American maker tried to get them to take off a listing for a cello with his name...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-23-2010, 05:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 29,273
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Vuillaume

Thanks for posting the photos of the Vuillaume (not the St. Cecile). It's exactly like one that I saw several years ago. There are many of the red ones that were made in Mirecourt sometimes with...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-02-2010, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,694
Posted By Martin Sheridan
bridge

A cheap fix is to lossen the top from the neck block and along the ribs all the way down to just past the top corner blocks. Pull the bass neck forward and try to get about 150mm height projected to...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-01-2010, 08:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 17,792
Posted By Martin Sheridan
One brace, X Brace?

I have seen a few flat back basses with only one brace in the back for the soundpost and they seem to have held up very well.
Also, I think the X Brace is supposed to help the cracking problem, but...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-29-2009, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,491
Posted By Martin Sheridan
trust

Ask your shop bass expert to show you. That's the best way to learn and any reputable dealer will be happy to do so. On carved basses the grain will show through at the edges of both top and back....
Forum: Luthier's Corner 12-23-2009, 07:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 17,792
Posted By Martin Sheridan
repair

It looks very repairable to me and I can't see why it would hurt the sound.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 12-09-2009, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,475
Posted By Martin Sheridan
wood

Thanks Don. I've had a couple of good leads. Canada isn't out of the question and the woods from there are very good. However the shipping costs are frighteningly high. I'll check out his site.
...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 11-26-2009, 08:40 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 84,328
Posted By Martin Sheridan
klotz

The newest Howard Core catalog has the picture from another angle.

Klotz was such a big name and there were so many of them that they were also 'copied' in the 19th and 20th century; mass...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 11-25-2009, 06:06 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 84,328
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Busetto

I have never found any evidence of basses by Busetto either. We don't know how many studied with Amati because they are not mentioned in the census of his household if they didn't live with him, so...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 11-24-2009, 10:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 84,328
Posted By Martin Sheridan
Klotz

I had read that the Busetto cornered Prescott basses were a copy of a Klotz. The Klotz family continued generation after generation. I think I remember seeing a Klotz violin from the early 20th...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 11-23-2009, 08:36 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 84,328
Posted By Martin Sheridan
+

Not as far as I know. He was interested in my basses in a general way, but he's really a violin collector.

Thanks for bringing so much information together on the American makers, there's a real...
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