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  3. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    Given the fact that I can't control certain dimensions -- body length and bout widths (since I am using a Stradivari outline to accommodate the player's being accustomed to that model) --, I am focusing on Maggini features taken from the poster put out by The Strad. Rib heights of 32-33 to offset the length and width differences (the Maggini is 29). F-hole length of the Maggini or reduced in proportion to the body length. F-hole eye distances of the Maggini. The stop length of the Stradivari model (Smith-Quersin) is 195 or 6, the Maggini 200. Given the Stradivari body length, I assume I'd best stick with that model's stop length. Thoughts on any of the above welcome. I realize I may be looking for any bit of logic to apply to the choices where there may be none and that this is all something of a crap shoot.
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  5. First violin maker to use guitar linings?

    The triangular, notched "linings" in guitars and other fretted instruments is usually called kerfing. It's not uncommon to see Spanish guitars with linings like violins.
  6. carbon fibre sound post..

    I haven't kept data on that, but I think it's always advisable to get a soundpost from someone who knows how to fit and adjust one really well.
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  8. First violin maker to use guitar linings?

    Ah. I see what you're saying now.
  9. Violin endoscope

    The "Luthier Lights" are really good, and that's what I use myself. My only disappointment so far was when Doug wouldn't immerse the light in a glass of beer, at a VSA Convention bar one night.
  10. carbon fibre sound post..

    I believe, you misunderstood my question : The question meant, how many percents of the instruments with wooden posts show the Bad-Fitting-Hill.
  11. removing fingerboard

    Yes, that qualifies you as a "real man". That also qualifies.
  12. Intriguing small cello

    Thanks Bf, your comments are much appreciated. It is also my experience that it is very hard to find information about any standardised system of measurements for fraction-sized instruments before the late 19th century. I find it interesting that the unaltered small Amati violin in the museum in South Dakota and Mozart's "child's violin" have the same body length of 260mm. It seems to me that there may have been "child's" instruments of random size, and then full-size in quite a wide range, for violins in earlier times. Perhaps it was also the case with cellos, with many random-sized occasional instruments, as a singular step-up to full-size instead of the modern system of 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 violins and cellos as a progression towards 4/4 size, the latter which in any case cover quite a wide range of body lengths for both violins and cellos.
  13. removing fingerboard

    I was working for a guy buikding new houses and he was on his knees nailing a wall together and he shot a 12 penny nail into his knee. He calmly asked me to fetch a pair of pliers and then told me to pull it out. This nail was in there about three inches and he kept right on working along but hobbling.
  14. crack filling

    You can make aluminium hydroxide by reacting alum and caustic soda or potash.
  15. removing fingerboard

    To remove a fingerboard, I first remove the nut, then take a ca. 3/8" chisel. Position the chisel exactly on the fingerboard/neck glue joint (at the top) and wack the chisel with a mallet. Can't see the problem.
  16. Makers in Connecticut?

    There's Jon van Kouwenhoven in Hartford CT. He's a very nice guy, you could try giving him a call
  17. Magister varnish

    Ha! You got me there! I used the bottles of primer for tests and then on a cello. This was the latest generation of his primer made before he sadly passed away. There's a little bit left. It was interesting because it contained red particles and put red in the pores of the maple. I Think any product that puts red into the pores is worthy of further investigation! The one Magister product I did use a lot was the sealer. That was very interesting stuff! I still have a little left but it was in a metal container and I think it possibly reacted with the container. I know a lot of makers who like and miss that!
  18. removing fingerboard

    I must be a real man. I inadvertently shot myself in the knee with one of those. I was secret nailing the flooring down on a plywood base in my new workshop. The nail hit a screwhead in the ply, and decided to come back up again. It was very uncomfortable.
  19. Intriguing small cello

    To be sure if it's central or south Italy or not, you could send photos to Eric Blot or someone else of the respected experts. As far as I'm absolutely unexperienced with fractional celli, this should be taken with a spoon full of salt, but as long as it's regarding fractional violins, I couldn't find any standartized sizes for german small violins before the late 19th century. A rural amateur made cello, about it's purpose (For children? A small person? Lack of big sized wood?) we know nothing, is not expected to follow any standard size at all IMO.
  20. Maggini violin data points from Liutai in Brescia book

    Don't forget that He was long dead before Strad or DelGesu were born. Nothing was settled, all was experimentation. Someone would come in and ask for longer strings because they had big hands. A small person asks for a small violin, sure, why not. Those Brescians were not constrained by Stradivarius and probably didn't get to see Amati.
  21. What’s my Roman Teller 1966 violin worth approximately

    Assuming that you are the seller, and it appear that you are, setting a "buy it now" price toward the high end and being open to offers seems to be a decent way to go about determining a value. I sold a violin that way on ebay a couple years ago. Nobody had been able tell me for sure what it was. It was "interesting." I set the BIN price at $2500 and within 30 minutes had a couple of lowball offers of around $1,000. But within a few weeks someone offered me $2,000 and I accepted. I also offered to take it back if the buyer wasn't satisfied. A two week return policy. It didn't come back.
  22. removing fingerboard

    The Mormon Church. Of course, you'll need to serve a mission first...
  23. Violin endoscope

    You need better light for the inside of the violin, so that you can turn off the wimpy little light on the endoscope. Something like Luthier Lights is what you need.
  24. What’s my Roman Teller 1966 violin worth approximately

    I’ve been told a really good Roman Teller violin might retail for about $6k; however, there are a lot of fakes out there. I have a cello on my bench right now with a Teller label. On removing the top, I found the actual maker’s signature on the inside of the top. Some dealers have been known to relabel W.K. Fuchs instruments as Tellers to get more for them. If you’re considering it as a purchase, have someone you can trust check it out to confirm its authenticity.
  25. I have never heard this cadenza before. Does anyone know?
  26. carbon fibre sound post..

    No one is being Forced into anything here, If anyone choose it , that's enterly on them, and Having followed Jerry for over ten years here,am sure any fellow like him would spend some time with any client to give honest feed back.
  27. Mystery fog hole template

    O.H. Ditson was a musical instrument supplier who also sold violin making tools and templates through the mail at one point. I brought them up in a different thread in regard to a particular violin. A lot of what I said is just my own speculation, having seen some connections here and there, but I suppose it's likely that the templates I saw years ago, which I was told were sold by Ditson, were simply imported from Europe along with violins and parts, etc.
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