Torbjörn Zethelius

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  1. Torbjörn Zethelius

    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.
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    Interesting violin with Strad label

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

    Interesting violin with Strad label

    So you have that much money? Looks like a nice fiddle. Buy it.
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    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!
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    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.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    No, that'll make you a Quadibloc.
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    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.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

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

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

    What is the mainstream in MN? Violin makers are a bunch of individuals. Somebody whose name shall remain in the dark once said to me, If two violin makers agree, one of them is lying.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    In violin making school we learn to finish the volute before the pegbox, because we are obsessed with decoration (due to the copying illness). But for them function and structure came first, so the pegbox was finished before the volute was carved. It's a matter of saving time and energy. If the pegbox turns out to have a flaw in the wood and deemed unusable, scrap it and go on to the next. The volute is purely decorative, so don't waste time doing it the other way. That's what we see happening in the Cannone.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    It's evident to me that Del Gesu had help. I also think that he had a bunch of violin parts waiting to be assembled. An assistant would finish them, carving f-holes and scrolls and in some cases putting in purfling.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    Yes, the Carrodus had the same treatment. Where you see ugliness, I see work in the making. The process went like this: a bunch of pegboxes including the first turn were finished. Right in that process something happened and Giuseppe was unable to finish them properly. Someone else, or Giuseppe himself due to failing eyesight as Melvin suggested, did the best they could. Why would del Gesu go from his -37 style, which is his best period in my opinion, to this "complete freedom of expression". It does not make any sense. Yes, I know, I took that quote out of its context. Conor has a good point.