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  1. You're very wrong about that. The IPCI actively promotes conservation and sustainable use of this resource.
  2. If you magnify the picture of the front, it looks like the soundpost crack is open all the way.
  3. I was trying to be gentle before, but Jacob and Brad are pretty much right on. I have hundreds of hours in violin workshops, under a Master Luthier, and would still consider your fiddle a challenge. If I were doing the work for someone (if they could talk me into it), it would cost in the thousands. You could buy yourself a nice restoration book and try to work from there. Here's one:
  4. You have lots of issues to deal with there, many of those are somewhat complex. You say that you have access to tools. The question is are they the correct tools.
  5. That bassbar crack is a very serious structural issue. I can see at least one other issue.
  6. Bending down the existing flashing won't do it. Water will still run underneath. I would run flashing up at least 4 inches under the siding, and at least an inch out past the existing flashing. Doing it correctly is probably easier than angle grinding a bunch of concrete off.
  7. You really need to add a flashing that goes up under the siding (a few inches) on the outside of the wall, and it needs to extend out past the galvanized flashing on the bottom, so that no water can get back between the two. Calking between the two flashings would help also. Just remove the bottom row of siding.
  8. I've known Hans J. Nebel for 13 years, and you're right, he will yell at you. You'd be lucky if he agreed to work on it for you at any price.
  9. For the OP- Restoration means bringing things back to original condition. You've gone way beyond that to refinishing. As was mentioned, you've taken in old French instrument and reduced the value way down. Avoid that in the future. Also: " In my neck of the woods the cheapest VSOs seem to always go for at least $500 " I'd say that in your neck of the woods, cheap VSOs are way overpriced. For example: I'd say that the "cheapest VSOs" would fall into the sub-$150 range from Ebay.
  10. I totally agree! And ---- " the person who owned all these instruments was famous for doing exactly that."
  11. Not to mention the button repair.
  12. Calcium Oxide is quicklime. It would not exist as the oxide for very long in open air, as it would react with atmospheric moisture to form hydroxide, and then with atmospheric CO2 to form CaCO3 (chalk, calcite, limestone). If it was applied as a water solution or paste, it would already be converted to the hydroxide.
  13. I doubt that anyone can really "guarantee" results from such a change. Too many other factors come into play (size of bass bar? thickness/stiffness of plate?, etc.). In doing that, can you guarantee that other things things haven't changed?
  14. " So it is more of an experiment thing which,if it works, can be dumped on eBay. " You are kidding, aren't you??? I would consider selling an experimentally repaired POS bow on Ebay to be pretty much unethical. Unless you offer a lifetime money back (including shipping) guarantee.
  15. The nut at the end of the bow can have a big influence on how the violin sounds (at least in my case).