Torbjörn Zethelius

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  1. #1 is clearly the best. Buy the instrument that you like most and forget about the possible future value.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. https://www.dropbox.com/s/gp7p73a3ybx7clg/Carving a scroll using angular templates.pdf?dl=0 Hope this works.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Not a very good copy IMO. But a nice fiddle.
  8. So you have that much money? Looks like a nice fiddle. Buy it.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.