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  1. I believe the highest auction price was set in 2008 @ just north of $2,100... but they often sell (at auction) between 1K and just south of 2K. I've seen them offered in shops between 5K and 8K, but don't follow up on the sales of this maker's work, so cannot confirm actual sales amounts. Ebay is a crap shoot from what I've seen. I'd not be confident of what I'd get (a wreck, a poor example, etc). More information concerning this maker: Tarisio article
  2. Jerry Pasewicz (Triangle strings) has a very good tutorial on the website concerning their method of making cleat stock and fitting/glueing cleats...
  3. I'm suggesting that cleats tend to limit flex of the glued crack (shaped and relieved) and help prevent the brittle but strong, well executed, glue joint from opening do to movement. They are installed quartered and cross-grain or on the bias. They don't exactly move in the same manner and direction as the top during humidity changes, and don't really "hold" the crack closed in the way many may feel that they do.
  4. Not sure exactly what you're asking? Is the question "do you install slab cut cleats?" If that's what you're asking, I personally have not had the occasion to do so. Probably good to consider what a cleat actually does when applied over a crack... It doesn't exactly "hold it together".
  5. You may be correct, but I'm not sure what all is in the bag that was suggested besides plain old bentonite ("clay based fullers earth" is usually a combination of minerals, correct?), but in" additional information" the product itself has listed: "Not Compatible with (May generate heat or fire): Turpentine Hydrofluoric acid Vegetable and fish oil Other unsaturated, organic compounds." As I mentioned, I don't fully understand the intricacies of the possible exothermic reaction, but I'd certainly do some testing were I to consider the using the product or other sources of "fullers earth"... or I'd talk to a chemist in an attempt to better understand possible dangers.
  6. That's predominately Fuller's earth, correct? I haven't tried Fullers on linseed or walnut oil stains in wood... mostly because I don't fully understand the chemical reaction it may have when in contact with vegetable oils. My understanding is that it is/was used as an oxidizer/bleach for linseed oil and may cause heat buildup in some circumstances. Have you used it without complications? Any chemists here that can offer information?
  7. Yup... I believe it was the Warrens that straightened that out a long time ago (the article may mention that.. I didn't read it). I always knew it as a Gemünder, and that has been over 40 years. That violin was also included in the Library of Congress for the American Violin exhibition.
  8. When I worked with David many years ago (in the '80s) we'd (us shop rats) visit the Ford and the curator would occasionally visit us (with some interesting stuff, not just fiddles). David was "their guy". Things changed with the new administration. The instruments were not displayed and kept in "locker like" storage cabinets. After the Begonzi exhibition in Cremona (the Begonzi was taken out, flown over, and exhibited there) finally things started to "open up" again. For the past several years, I believe Sharon Que has been looking after the collection.
  9. ^ What Micheal R. said ^ There are other poultices made with clay/chalk and sometimes even including paper or cotton fiber) that may also help you (like the whiting Rico mentioned) as well. Stone and art conservators use poultices for a variety of extractions including oil and metal stains. You may want to check various conservation sites for details.
  10. Glad they have them out in a case again. After the last curator retired they spent many years in storage. I especially like the Doyen and the Bergonzi.
  11. ^what Don and David said^ I use a slightly different approach when sizing an internal patch. Endgrain exposure is different...
  12. At first glance, I'd guess it to be Eastern European and not that old... but photos can be a little deceiving and it's not the kind of fiddle I see/deal-with regularly. Looks healthy. Good luck.
  13. Very nice fellow... I wondered if he was having some health problems when I spoke to him last, but was afraid to ask. Sorry he's gone.
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