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  2. Without makeup the Charlie Chaplin effect goes away. Same expressions different effect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le7lUClZycY
  3. ClefLover

    Proper viola measurements

    Thanks Dwight! 404mm is just under 16 inches so I’ll order a 16” case.
  4. ClefLover

    Proper viola measurements

    Some rumored that the viola size was measured from upper purfling to lower purfling in inches to have a generic classification of size...
  5. Jim Bress

    2018 Joe Thrift workshop

  6. Kopatchinskaja is still blowing my mind. Her control is excellent. Her choices are so delightful.
  7. I've been listening and watching for the last couple of weeks and I think she has a musicality that we haven't seen in a hundred years. Note the effect here. It's like the bowing is purposely wild and indistinct but in context it's part of a great effect. Nobody else would do that, that I know of. https://youtu.be/OF9fneQ50Us?t=592 But don't think she does it that way because she has to! She's a real master of the bow. https://youtu.be/OF9fneQ50Us?t=1101
  8. Julian Cossmann Cooke

    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    I like the way your mind works, Jerry. May I quote you when I am explaining the outlay to my wife?
  9. Brad Dorsey

    Proper viola measurements

    How would one measure "just the purfling"?
  10. Dwight Brown

    Proper viola measurements

    On the back, next to the button, straight to the edge of the back using a measuring tape. DLB
  11. MANFIO

    Viola - wolf on the F, G string

    Thanks Don! The current one is a very light one, side mounted.
  12. If you really want to save money, an eight dollar set of mandolin strings gets you two complete sets for violin. And no cutting needed. (No, I haven't tried it.)
  13. Brad Dorsey

    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    I know. I just think it's funny when someone says that X is so much better than Y that there's no comparison.
  14. Michael_Molnar

    2018 Joe Thrift workshop

    Here are the last photos.
  15. JacksonMaberry

    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    And that is pedantry.
  16. JacksonMaberry

    Weird faux flames

    Cool.
  17. Brad Dorsey

    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    You seem to be saying that the Albertis are much better than the Dicks. That is a comparison.
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  19. Brad Dorsey

    Weird faux flames

    Not really. Compare the well-defined straight line, at the lower ends of the flames, that cuts across grain lines at the center joint with the poorly-defined curved line that runs along the grain at the upper ends of the flames.
  20. ClefLover

    Proper viola measurements

    I have purchased a viola to “fiddle” around with... I need to order a case for it and realized that the LOB can vary depending on where it is measured from (several sources recommend different starting/ending points). The LOB is 404mm when measuring from end to end (actual wood length, not just the purfling). Any universal methods?
  21. Brad Dorsey

    Weird faux flames

    Not necessarily. I've heard that some Strads are made from wood with knots.
  22. Brad Dorsey

    Fake Saddle?

    That's exactly what it is.
  23. Brad Dorsey

    100 Year Old Violin Pegs

    I don't know if those are typical of the era. They could be viola pegs. Pegs come in so many subtle -- and not-so-subtle -- variations in size and shape that it can be impossible to match any given peg exactly without having a set custom made. I think this would be prohibitively expensive for a typical 100 year old Stainer copy. In your position, I would look at what's available in viola pegs. Dictum has a pretty good peg selection that you can see here: https://www.dictum.com/en/pegs-accessories-jha If you see pegs you like, you will either have to order them from Germany yourself or have a violin shop order them for you from Howard Core, Dictum's American distributor, because Core only sells through shops. You probably never initially received a useful reply because there is no easy solution to your problem.
  24. Jerry Pasewicz

    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    The fact is, the Alberti’s do a better job, quicker. It is irresponsible to use the Herdim’s, because every peg costs you money in time that you do not need to spend (this is how I justify every one of my Alberti tools).
  25. martin swan

    Where did Stradivari get his wood?

    yes - I think Peter Ratcliff has identified a very narrow geographical area, though it applies to pretty much all the Cremonese classical makers, not just Stradivari. Because the source of the wood is shared amongst so many makers, it most likely came from a tonewood supplier they all used.
  26. martin swan

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    I'm saying that if you pull the top down rather than carve the arch in fully, you are minimising runout (keeping more long fibres intact). No idea if this is an advantage tonally but it could well be ....
  27. Guido

    Mathias Kloz copy (ID an Value help)

    Regarding value I'd fully agree with BF and might add that the cost of repair to a reasonable standard can easily exceed what you will then get for the violin. As it is, I think if it was on ebay in Germany you might fetch 200-300 Euro, and in economic terms this is likely your best avenue. Alternatively, you could try to have a luthier asses both the instrument and the repair cost under the premise that he would repair the instrument and then sell it on commission.
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