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  1. From Wikpedia "Samuel Zygmuntowicz (born 1956) is a contemporary luthier. He began his instrument making training when he was thirteen years old and studied making and restoration under Peter Prier, Carl Becker and Rene Morel." Presumably could have made an instrument in 1969 as his first. Probably later. Seems to have finished his SLC and other training by 1985 as he opened his shop in that year. He finished SLC (Prier) training in or before 1980. So this 1983 instrument was probably not a graduation instrument for the SLC school. This assumes the bio in Wikpedia is correct.
  2. It's certainly a finish that pops right out at you. (I just couldn't resist, sorry)
  3. I think it's a great idea. Fine Woodworking articles are really timeless with only a few equipment evaluation articles becoming dated. So having an archive on DVD is great - would take up far less space than the 2 or 3 feet of bookshelf space that the old issues are taking now. Some articles in The Strad would get dated - performers, etc. The historical music and instrument making and evaluation articles would not become dated and would be great to have. I don't know what the down side is for the magazine as I don't think selling old issues is a big cash flow source for them. Selling a
  4. What's the asphaltum in there for? Just curious.
  5. From 1897 Sears Catalog. I scanned this but the print is so blurry it may be of little value (kinda like some ebay photos of violins!)
  6. Henry Eichheimer also offered an "Artist" violin through Sears and Wards. The Lowendall "Artist" was also offered. No pictures or descriptions of the flat backed, engraved scroll though. From another forum "Sears and many other catalog dealers sold factory instruments made for the most part in that part of central Europe that became Germany in 1871. By "factory" I mean typically a small shop employing one or two dozen people (sometimes less) who split up the work. One would do the scrolls, another the back, another the sides, another the purfling, and so on through final finishing. These
  7. I'm confused (which easily happens). If it softens the varnish then why would it be a good cleaner? I would think softening the varnish would be a bad thing. Leaving no residue would be good. Can you expand please. Thanks!
  8. One of my shoulder rests uses just leather as the padding. Not polished or smooth leather but the rough side out. Provides some friction to hold the rest in place but no cushioning. Trying to neatly cut the foam down on your current rest would be very difficult. Possibly a belt sander might work but that seems like overkill for what you want.
  9. Never use screws! Hide glue only!
  10. The ebay store selling the Chinese violin has the same photo for a number of their auctions. I think I would stay away from such an auction. The fact that the seller is supposedly closing business should not make you jump for an instrument. There are a number of instruments on ebay and elsewhere that are in this price range and this is probably not really a bargain. The free shipping is attractive but the case and bow are only worth about $20-30 each at best. And a number of reputable sellers throw these items in anyway. Some alternatives Online (not ebay) there are some shops sell
  11. This 3/4 violin has a label (presumably newer) of something like J. A. Baader, est. 1873. Any comments? I apologize for the poor quality of the photos - they were off a cell phone.
  12. A friend was finishing up a viola and was doing the last touches on it. He was using a colored varnish for the edge. I have seen some violins/violas with varnish type finishing of the edge and others with what looks to be black paint. So I asked my friend what the tradition of Strad and del Gesu was. He didn't have a concrete answer. So what did Strad and del Gesu use as the finishing of the f hole edges? Thanks!
  13. I seem to recall someone recently trying to use bone for saddles and nuts and wasn't thrilled with the resulting tone. So you might search the archives. Cutting and shaping bone, except for the smell and dust, is just as easy or easier than ebony. I've done it for guiter nuts and bridge saddles. I personally think it looks great.