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Everything posted by arglebargle

  1. You think quite a bit of yourself, don't you? It must be exhausting not to have everything that flies from your fingers taken as 100% true and accurate, not subject to doubt or conjecture. One day "all of you guys", that is, us, might achieve the level of infallability that you have, but until then your patience is appreciated. Again, Good luck to you, though it doesn't sound like you ever need it.
  2. Nope, not connected in any way, shape, or form. My choice to remain anonymous is for a purely business/professional reason, and should have no bearing on what I say here. Your distain of early American violins, your lack of experience with them, and your sweeping generalizations about early American makers says all that needs to be said about your comments regarding the violin and label in question. Good luck!
  3. Lovely. Just lovely. Well I also just got of the phone with a "top expert" who told me that it was totally right and you were wrong. So there Also this "top expert" was very appreciative of me asking him to spend his "top expert" time looking at a violin on ebay/maestronet. Being a "top expert" he certainly had nothing better to do. Lyndon, I would direct your attention to post #43.
  4. Whoa now. When did Brad ever say that it is "typical"? And Lyndon, the fact that Brad has seen, held, and worked on this very violin carries alot of water for me. Maybe he is wrong about the violin, or the label, or not, but I'll take the opinion of someone who has had actual contact with an instrument (or anything for that matter) over the opinion of someone looking at a picture on a monitor on the other side of the country any day. The label doesn't look as clean as you say, how do you know that is a clump of "dirt", and the back doesn't look all that dirty to me. AND you have never
  5. Brown for me! On my screen, it is clearly faded to brown, and does look 100 years old. Besides that, it is also clearly (to my eyes) an early Boston school violin, and very likely a Walter Ropes. A nice fiddle all around.
  6. I will certainly keep this in mind the next time I am working on a Strad!
  7. Seriously though, I find that they are two sides of the same coin. One is seriously lacking in this field of one doesn't have experience in both. Perhaps the maker is at more of a disadvantage for not having strong restoration skills then the other way around. Making 10 violins is a great start. Making 10 bridges and fitting 10 sound posts isn't a start at all.
  8. If the maker likes to eat food and live with a roof over his/her head, then yes. Repairs are pretty helpful.
  9. I second that. It could very easily be Chinese. A very nice modern Chinese.
  10. Boy, I sure don't see this violin as anything close to an Ornati.
  11. Latest violin, done, setup and ready to go. Hooray! (Photography is, obviously, not a strong suite.)
  12. Pick up the world. Great, custom made pick-ups that provide a wonderful sound.
  13. Best. Post. Ever. Well played, Fellow. Well played.
  14. Off topic, but scroll down one page. A 40 MEG HARD DRIVE!!!!! WOW. We've come a long way.
  15. I just finished a Sycamore viola. It's easy wood to work with, and gives a nice, deep, woody sound. Fun stuff! I don't recall where the wood came from, though.
  16. Well, it clearly has spirit varnish, so it's not Cremonese.
  17. Hey everyone! J Mann's back! Terrrrific.
  18. Old violin, rib miter has come apart, need to re-glue and clamp with top and back still attached. So, everytime I come across this repair, I find myself rethinking all the options and methods I could use, and I usually find them all lacking in some way. I've tried the Herdim corner clamps with all the doo-hickeys attached, and have yet to make them work in the slightest. I've also used my fingers and just sat there for 20 min, but I am sure there is a better way, and of course clothes-pins, but... Any ideas or jigs or anything would be appreciated. Thanks!
  19. I thought it might be interesting to post some pictures of the poplar in question, since there was some talk of the different kinds. So here: I believe this is the "Lombardy" poplar.
  20. Thanks Bruce. Looking at the wood, that makes a lot of sense.
  21. Hi everyone! So, I'm starting a viola using highly figured poplar for the back and sides, and probably a grafted pearwood scroll. Never having used poplar like this before, I'm wondering if anyone here has any tips or suggestions on what to expect, or pitfalls to avoid, or should I just proceed as usual. I understand that Italian poplar, which this is, often has a high silica/"sand" content from growing along sandy banks near rivers, and can be very hard on sharp edges. Beyond that, ???? Thanks.
  22. Yeah, it's a great design. Mine honestly looks pretty much just like the one pictured. I put a little more curve on the support posts toallow the bar to move more when establishing the bar position. Other then that, if it ain't broke...