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OldOgre
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Ok I under took this project because the Namu DV-9 V-013 I bought weight in at 1880g and after just a short time using it. I found that it hurt my thumb on my left hand.

So I put it on a hacksaw diet.

Now this project is now finished yet, but its close so I'm posting where I'm at, at this point. Don't know the finished weight yea, but weight without hardware is 490g  (curiousity got the better of me).

You will also see that I added Grover Friction Pegs ( this was a big mistake) as I had to carve a lot out of the pegbox.

I made a goof on back of lower bout, yes I photographed it. I used Elmers and Baking Soda filler to fix that.

I'm down to just needing to paint it, If the weather ever cooperates.

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Wow.. what a transformation. Very cool to see what you have been talking about on the forum.  Awesome!!!!

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Awesome, OO.

Can't wait to see it in final paint coat.

Great job there.

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 Wow thanks for sharing the pictures.  That's pretty neat. 

 

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It is shaping up to be a lovely little monster, OO!

Once the paint job is done, I think that pegbox actually will look pretty awesome with those pegs.

Nice lines to your project.  A "chopper" style EV.  Gotta love that.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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June 25, 2014 - 9:57 pm
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Cool,
Keep us posted. Nice to see the transformation step by step.

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Cool beans ...should look great when yer done ...hope you never go on a weight lose program yerself ...need all our body parts to play ...violin-1267

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Ok here are the rest of the pics. Didn't turn out as good as I hoped. But then again I'm no painter of luthier , so I guess I done alright as it still works... :)

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The final cost $18usd, weight after 750g, aggravation to roommate PRICELESS.

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Am looking forward to seeing and hearing it played thumbs-up

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Looks like a lot of work, OO. Thanks for sharing the pix.

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OldOgre said
Ok here are the rest of the pics. Didn't turn out as good as I hoped. But then again I'm no painter of luthier , so I guess I done alright as it still works... :)

As far as the finish is concerned, it's not bad just perhaps you didn't take the time to finish it. It seems to me that their are not enough layers of paint. Also, you might want to wet sand between coats with micro mesh sandpaper. A final possibility if the paint doesn't have the desired finish would be a clear coat.

Great job and Congratulations. thumbs-up

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I think Frankie baby looks nice.

Good Job... I think the wet sanding and another coat or two might be good... but it is lighter and plays as good if not better than before right?

I love this project.  🙂

I can't seem myself doing anything to my violins.. EVER. String change... I do have a little moment now and again that I will get some of the clumps of pink paint of the Pinky violin and make her prettier... but.. Probably not.  🙂

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I think it's got a lot of personality, OO.  Not sure what you don't like about it.  I mean, you could make it more glossy or more matte, depending on what you want.

If the single colour looks too plain to you maybe, you could give it a bit of unusual depth with a bit of red pearl lacquer or add some 50's style hotrod flames or black spiderwebs or something.

I think it looks pretty "clean and mean" the way it is.  I personally would suggest that you consider keeping it like it is for at least a week to see if you get to like the look.  I know that often when I finish a project, all I can see at first is everything I feel is wrong with it.. I have to give it some time before I can see what is right with it.

Just my opinion, though?  I think you got some awesomeness going there.

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I want to thank you all for viewing and commenting on this project. What I don't like about the finish is that it Flashed or Blushed because of the high humidity and ruined the pearl effect.

I will at some point take it back apart and work on the finish more. But for now I'll keep the peace and my roommates sanity and just play it QUIETLY.. ;p

like all project there are always little thing we think we should have changed.

Like not using those Grover Pegs, but that is what I have to live with for now.

Who know it might grow on me.

Again Thank you all for visiting this thread.

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Well, at the worst, you can take it back down to bare wood and refinish it.  Chalk it up to a learning experience. 

(Experience = what you get when you don't get what you wanted) 

I can't think of anyone else I've heard of using the Grover pegs.  What is it that you don't like about them?

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Ok when I bought those tuners, I thought they were geared, my fault for seeing the wording Grove Machine Tuners on package and misreading.

Now for the part that really bothers me. They friction pegs that work sort of on the disk brake theory. they have 2 metal halves, that the tighter you tighten the screw the more they are suppose to hold. But installing them is a nightmare as the only way to center them is to cut a relief in the inside of the pegbox and shiming the outside. since they are all metal you cant just drill new string holes like on reg or other geared pegs.

If you look at some of the pics of the pegbox you will see all the carving I did.

As I said they might grow on me since there in, but I have a feeling they wont.

hope this explains it for you.

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Well, I reckon you'll have to use them a bit before you'll know if they are worth it. 

I think I get the basic idea, and I can see where they *could* work, maybe quite well.  Yeah, it took a bit of "chopping", but you're making a hot-rod here. 

I'll just say that I personally think this whole project is seriously dang cool!

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My personal experience is that the first time I do something like that, I do it too quickly because I'm anxious to get it done, see it finished.....
Not criticizing as I feel it turned out very nicely and rating your result should be based on what you want to achieve rather than what others want to see.

I often knowingly finish projects to a "relative" degree of perfection for not wanting to spend more time and or money for it's purpose....

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that is very awesome! great job!

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