Michael K.

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  1. Me too! Back to the bench, have a lot of work to make Violins (and i see myself as a craftsmen).
  2. Read it more carefully! "Forefront" does mean he had also a thought`s behind. It is not necessary to talk to him (Good luck to get an apointment...). Just simple to understand that period in history. The most makers had a daliy fight for bread and butter without much other thought`s behind. 1200 Instruments is a proof he was not on esotheric dreamstream all the time.
  3. But we still do not give up to move our profession closer to the paradise. "Finally we we may all too readily forget that one of Antonio Stradivari`s goals - and perhaps his most important - was quite prosaic. He simply had to produce Violins in order to support his family, and his artistic legacy was not at the forefront of his mind." Simon Morris, Director, J & A Beare Ltd. London, foreword of the 4 Volume book "Antonio Stradivari"
  4. Thank you Luis! It is a Violin with 36.7cm body length. i am on work now with the viola after Andrea Guarnerie
  5. Thank you all for your help and sharing, very interesting!
  6. Well it was not a question of a model or what players prefer. More what impact have a specific curve of crossarching on this or in general. Some aeras of the deepest point have a graduation of 1.5mm - 1.7mm on this Viola! Bellow shows the different to compare. The simple wood template if from the Sacconi book, the drawing from the Conte Vitale poster. If you lenghten the black line, you see how thin it goes without graduat this point.
  7. Just start to make a Viola after the "Conte Vitale" by Andrea Guarnerie 1676. The Poster by "The Strad" shows many details include the arching curve of back and top. Compare to the curve we can find on Strad Violas or in the Saccoini book it is clearly to see the deepest point (most around on the upper and lower corners) is much more away from the edge as on the Strad Violas. What is your opinion? Take all from the original or change the arching in the direction of the Strad?
  8. Your red color is very nice! Wondering how it looks like if you a applied it in just one coat. How you describe your pigment/varnish ratio? I know this is much of experience and experiments.
  9. But allow me something to compare. A top soloist get the most expensive Violin on lifelong loan although she already owns to Strad`s!! A simple promotion action for top ranged Instruments to push all of them higher, and more attention for the Player follow by record sale on Amazon for the new CD. People like to read "story`s" and not the truth between the lines and that is not a problem for the violinworld alone.
  10. Who wants to read this? Isn`t that all too boring compare to all the record sale prices to suggest us what?
  11. Because it gives a different final result. Of course much depends what kind of varnish you use and the thickness of application. And not every customer like a high textured varnish surface. Same with the final surface of the wood before you start to varnishing. Ansaldo Poggi used 20 + coats of thin spirit varnish so far I know this.
  12. http://www.matthias-klotz.de/frameseng/frameseteng.html
  13. The final look of the surface depends most on my customers wish. Here he give me free hands on it. Japanese market like to see them polish mostly.
  14. Yes i will post some more photos. I just start to varnish a cello wich is the instrument no. 100 out of my hand.
  15. Honestly it is from Old wood company in Spain. But i use not the complete system. Just the oil varnish and some pigments. But it need much experince and experiments to get nice results.
  16. It is amber oil varnish. The red color was applied in three coats as i remember mixed together with a dark brown pigment from wal-nut.
  17. I saw the obituary in our local newspaper last Saturday. He was my teacher at the mittenwald school 1985 - 1988.
  18. I use that one from Robert Weindl / Vienna http://www.arssonora.com/index.php/bookshop/techtendon
  19. It is a "plexi-glass" (Polymethylmethacrylat) of 6mm thickness. I use it as a frame to keep the top in shape and free of tension during the fit and gluing work. The 5 arms prevent a slip during the gluing work and keep it in position. I use this instead of small cleats. You can find also this method in the "Strad-Secrets" Part 1, by Gregg Alf.