Jeffrey Holmes

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  1. I drive a 4 WD Chevy pickup, but I'm wondering what this all has to do with Bruce's paper?
  2. I'm not going to quote anyone in particular... but healthy skepticism concerning motives (money or passion), perception, or judgement isn't a "bad" thing. It's just a thing. To suggest that a person (player, dealer, collector) doesn't have a vested interest in maintaining the perception that a fine old expensive instrument is superior seems silly. Ignoring that many-if-not-most of the blind tests that have occurred were sponsored or arranged, at least in part, by contemporary makers (and that they have some vested interests) would be just as silly... but that doesn't mean either party is wro
  3. You know, Carl, I think you could use some manners. Why go out of the way to be insulting? I don't argue that Vengerov is a superb musician, and has more experience with fine classic instruments than most here, but this is a forum which does not require a resume for participation, but there are some very prominent experts, makers and restorers who visit here... sometimes using a screen name differing from their own name... and I have seen few be even close to insulting to the other participants.
  4. Locked to Admin can take a closer look.
  5. Nearly all, if not all, Fawick violins (and I saw far to many of them starting out) were "modeled" after Fawick's Strad (the Wilhelmj). He was an odd bird... I recall seeing birch backs as well as maple, and often his necks/scrolls were two piece (joined down the center). The instruments did not strike me as abnormally "heavy" (though I don't think I ever weighed one), but I did see a lot of top cracks that occurred in that treated wood. He also produced a "hifi" soundpost and heart shaped mutes.
  6. I seem to recall someone was around that could stand on both legs to help when needed while you were in that chair. Also, wasn't one of your legs raised for a while after surgery? David's roughing gouge is the most efficient one I've ever used, BTW.
  7. 1) Might try starting your own forum and tell me how that goes after 20 years of doing it your way. You're certainly not the first to critique my approach... and I admit, a hard hand sounds like a simple solution, but that reality thing tends to interfere with "simple" and you'll probably find you'd need to spend much more time than you're willing to spend on the site to be an effective policeman (which I honestly have no desire to be). I think your approach might have more of chance if more than one moderator were present... Good cop/bad cop as they say in the states. BTW; I do not "own
  8. I agree with Jacob concerning general rules and dogmatic definitions of 19th century setups, but will add just a couple observations: It is not unusual for 19th century French fiddles to have lower "overstands"" than is now "common practice", but I think it should be said that this does not just occur in the 19th century, just in France, or for every French fiddle. That said, I have a rather pristine (unaltered) Miremont in the shop presently with an "overstand" of about 4mm. Nor, do I believe, should we always be so quick to jump at "the numbers" of the day when it is necessary to