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  1. Thank your posting your first and bringing fond memories. I had recently noticed that the outline drawing included with "You can make a Stradivarius" is very close to the 1721 Kruse in the Strad Mag poster. Reid's drawings and arch patterns do not show FF fluting. Don't know if the text mentions that as the book itself wandered off years ago. On the other hand, in 1957, the book enabled a thirteen-year-old to start making without a mentor. In addition to drawings of all the necessary tools, it also cited tonewood and fitting sources Rembert Wurlitzer and William Lewis and Sons. I eventually visited Wurlitzer in 1960 and was invited to walk through the long narrow workroom with its single bench. The only worker that talked, a dark-haired fellow, handed me the luscious white violin hanging above his work area. Believe he was René Morel.
  2. Yes, the ff reminds one of the Messiah. What a shame.
  3. Seems to be a gift — distinctively sensuous. Someone will come to love it.
  4. If you click the arrow, one of the photos shows the setter with an S-bend. Not in use though.
  5. DMartin

    carrying power

    In following your tip, I also discovered "Violinmaker Hans Benning Remembers Violinist Jascha Heifetz". Hans describes his 15 years servicing Heifetz's dG. Charming and insightful. The last bit on the memorial concert where others played the dG touches on the players role in projection.
  6. Thinking back over more than an hour's worth of listening, I remember a first impression that synthetic reverberation might have been imposed. One clip was stronger in this sense of artificiality. After a few runs this sense diminished, especially after Don mentioned the hard surfaces in the room. Now combining a Don's further information and other comments and working from memory alone, I'm thinking #2 is the best candidate for equalization. Now which clip is the source? Possibly #3.
  7. Jumping off! I'l go for 7 as firewood and 4 for silver medalist—with 1 as second choice for the silver. 7 is my favorite.
  8. Love those transparent strings!
  9. By chance are you referring to the new d'Addario Kaplan Amo and Vivo strings? They seem super to me.
  10. Getting new tires tomorrow just for the trip. Looking forward.
  11. "If you can't imitate it, don't copy it" —adapted from Yogi Berra.
  12. Quick internet search shows cellulose, lignin, and carbon fiber to be close to same density with specific gravity typically near 1.5. If presented with a block of pure cellulose, not many makers would think it an ideal material for fiddles.
  13. No. two gives me the sensation of more vowel change from note to note in the scales along with a rounder. more defined sound. The effect is more musical and more interesting. I would like to predict that, for 2, a player will feel the bow more easily gets "right in amongst the resonances" where it can mess around with more creative opportunities. Most interesting work.