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Torbjörn Zethelius

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  1. You'll probably regret attending for just one day.
  2. I was taught to wet the ends but now I think it's a bad idea.
  3. Try a lighter string, or even gut might help.
  4. May I suggest that you make it fit properly and move it closer to the bridge and outward as you said. That should make for a good improvement.
  5. I can't imagine losing all my tools and stuff. I wish him luck and an end to the war. alex.maker.1210@gmail.com (PayPal) https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-for-ukrainian-violin-maker
  6. I have been thinking about this and would also very much like an answer from someone knowledgeable in the history of the evolution of the modern violin. There seems to have come into fashion in the late 18 hundreds to play on larger instruments, and I think this is due to a development that began in France. The Hills, Stradivari his life and work, Dover edition p. 257, quote a letter from Rev. Thomas Twining, dated May 4th 1791, who complains about his Stainer when compared to his Strad, that it is "undersized, and on that account less valuable". I guess It may have been due to a new playing technique and/or sound preference. I also have a theory that goes deeper, that I may spare it for another occasion.
  7. You're supposed to leave it in water for a month. It will break down (rot) by itself into a fine powder.
  8. Not a myth. The outer mould possibly came about in the late 18th century when copying Stradivari instruments, and later Guarneri del Gesu, became fashionable. There was apparently quite a lot of innovation in French violin making around that time. Edit. I don't know what was going on in Mirecourt at the time that you're asking about. From Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Printed in 1751.
  9. I would probably not go less than 12.5mm external arch height. Up to that point I'd feel safe.
  10. I wish to see an end to copying altogether, but it will most likely never happen.
  11. The Messie is 0.2mm lower. Draw your own conclusions.
  12. I think crypto technology could be useful. A certificate can be issued along with the transaction and it will be stored in the block chain forever without being able to fake or removed.
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