Torbjörn Zethelius

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  1. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Scroll widths

    I believe that Stradivari made his scrolls in a similar way as I described in my article above, with varying proportions and ratios. He then made circle templates so that they could be reproduced by his apprentices.
  2. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Scroll widths

    Hi David, I also like to work by eye. But at the same time I think it's a good practice to establish ratios. It makes the finished work more complete IMO. BTW where does the 'standard' 42mm come from? Few Cremonese violin scrolls are that wide.
  3. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Scroll widths

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gp7p73a3ybx7clg/Carving a scroll using angular templates.pdf?dl=0 Hope this works.
  4. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Scroll widths

    Hi, I've written an article that I think covers your question. My latest attempt at establishing the scroll width ended with me making it one Cremonese oncia wide, i.e. ≈ 39.1mm. For a viola I might use a scroll width which is a 1/9 fraction of the viola's body length.
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    Bridge Carving Question

    How high is the E? It seems to go through the bridge and not over it like the other strings. I usually make my bridges thinner than your specs although I don't think that's the problem.
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    Samuel Zygmuntowicz Violin

    Buy a fake Burgess on ebay.
  7. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Interesting violin with Strad label

    Not a very good copy IMO. But a nice fiddle.
  8. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Interesting violin with Strad label

    So you have that much money? Looks like a nice fiddle. Buy it.
  9. Torbjörn Zethelius

    How to tell if it is a good violin

    A novice has better to trust the opinions of more experienced people until he gets some experience of his own. Standards do change over time, but often very slowly.
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    A.D.'s new bench

    Very nice corner!
  11. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Maker or Owner?

    Kristiania is the old name for Oslo, the capital of Norway. It's a repair label. I guess he knew that it was going abroad since it states Europa.
  12. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    No, that'll make you a Quadibloc.
  13. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    The difference is that you only see an ugly scroll in the Cannon, which I do too by the way. But in realising that it wasn't completed the way it was intended it becomes much more interesting as a study object.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    I've never denied that the scroll is decorative. On the contrary, that was my point! You either don't understand, or you don't want to understand. But fine, you do as you learned. I'm not your teacher.
  15. Torbjörn Zethelius

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    Naturally. Still, the pegbox was made first. I've seen a Strad before.