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    Why do cello and viola makers make dark sounding violins?

    I would assume it's a matter of the arching. Cello and viola arching tends to be different than violins, especially the back. Make enough cellos/violas, and your muscle memory/eye training might reproduce the arch on a violin, without you really being aware of it. But I really have no idea.
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    Fingerboard plane?

    A nice, thick, sharp scraper will work.
  3. So, I recently purchased a large appliance, and discovered my new favorite thing. Cardboard! The item was packaged with really thick cardboard baffles. Rather than toss them, I cut them up and shaped them with my spindle sander. Quick and easy, and the best clamping cauls for necks/fingerboards I've ever used. They don't slip, but if they do, a little moisture takes care of it. Now you know.
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    Nick Allen's Bench.

    Damn right it is!
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    Nick Allen's Bench.

    A 31mm projection seems really high for a violin, and what is the 150mm length in reference to?
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    **Reduced** Whole tool kit for sale

    Sorry to hear that. Good luck!
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    **Reduced** Whole tool kit for sale

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

    When you say you build these makers, how exact are you? This goes back to my first post in this thread, what does it mean to "build" a maker? And just so my intentions are clear, this is a genuine question.
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    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    To me, this begs the question: What do you mean by "build" any particular maker? Does it mean only using the outline, f-holes and scroll style (the most easily noticeable by the lay person)? Only the outline? The whole enchilada, from edgework to graduations to purfling width, etc? Or is it more of a wispy notion of what in the end you want your violin to look like. I can't tell you how many violins I've seen that were made from the "X model" and look absolutely nothing like "X". Don used language like "roughly based", "vaguely", "...ish" in the first post. How do those descriptors translate into "building" a maker? Honest question.
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    Peg shapers: Alberti v Herdim

    And why do you care if you have no intention of buying one? It's the smugness and self satisfaction that rankles. Do you really think that all of the supremely competent violin makers here can't manage to make a good, if not great, shaver? Of course we all could. We could all make tools of any sort. But why don't we all make our own planes? Because we love craftsmanship. Lie-Nielsen makes beautiful tools, so we don't have to. Stubai makes great gouges, so we don't have to. Rockwell makes great bandsaws, so we don't have to. For a forum full of supposed tool lovers there sure are a lot of people uninterested in nice tools. "Alberti? Herdim? Well I make my own shaver and it's just as good, so why don't you?" A: It's NOT just as good, and B: I don't have to. (Ipr5184, not directed at you in particular, just the flow of the thread.)
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    Marking bridge position into front

    Why? What required it? In all the years I've had my hands on violins never ever not once have I ever found the need to poke the top of a violin to fit a bridge. Ever. Why would a ruler and an grease pen not suffice? Why not just use your eyes? I'm not trying to be a contrarian, but I really just don't get it. Imagine if every set-up "pro" felt the need to leave his mark on every instrument that crossed his bench. It was always my understanding and belief that a restorer/repair persons obligation to the instrument in front of them was to fix the issue with as little alteration/disruption to the original state of the instrument as possible.
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    Marking bridge position into front

    Isn't putting unasked for pin pricks on a customers violin also going "beyond the call of duty"?
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    Marking bridge position into front

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    Marking bridge position into front

    To be clear, I have no problem at all if as a maker you choose to mark the desired bridge position. Put up a lighted landing strip and neon arrows. What I don't like is making a permanent mark on an otherwise unmarked violin top that wasn't made by you. I also don't like the idea of someone doing this as a matter of course when fitting a bridge. If I got a violin back from a routine bridge fitting and saw a couple of pin pricks on my instrument, I would not be happy. I don't see it as much different than adding a scratch because you think it looks better.
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    Marking bridge position into front

    I absolutely loath this practice. For the life of me I can't understand why anyone would do this. I've seen it done by respected restorers and shops, and I am always just gobsmacked by the practice. Would you take a sharpie or other permanent marker and clearly outline both bridge feet on the top? I hope not, but one could argue that that is less invasive than poking a hole through the varnish into the top.