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    I used to do other stuff, now I just make violins

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  1. Myrtlewood burl cut
  2. Starting around 1550 onward, "Farthingales" or "Farthingale sleeves" spread from Spain to most of Europe, these are the dress frames that more well to do women would wear, often made of wood or whalebone. I would think that it would be available in Italy and could even see craftsman repurposing broken or discarded Farthingales to be used in other things, perhaps violins. Then there is the whale bone of Arco della Costa in Verona that some say has been hanging there since the 1500's so the material was definitely around, how expensive/common at the time I don't know
  3. It certainly effects the rate and depth of sealer/first coat/ ground absorption, it also effects the the following coats and their ability to fill/wall off/seal the sealed pores which can lead to a situation where more varnish is needed to make the varnish looked "finished" or level and could create a situation where increased damping beyond what one may want happens. Visually it is prone to pitting and bubble formation during the multi coat film building process and may benefit from a grain filling edit: as well as the rate of speed of moisture absorption from the air assuming the interior is not "sealed"
  4. To the best of my knowledge flat tops and fat bottoms only work well in the rockin' world. I built this in a day for kicks long ago, sounded like a pochette \
  5. Ben has posted here in the past,but it has been several years since I have seen him here, that being said he is very knowledgeable, he might not be able to pin anything down, but his opinion would probably have some worthwhile insight
  6. I might add the if your going to take it to Beare, being in England, I wonder what Ben Hebbert in Oxford would think
  7. "The Tree" is awesome wood, but I don't think it goes with the grey top very well
  8. I'm thinking we need to create an American version so we can get even, "Brocbutter" mmm mmm good
  9. I knew I'd draw you out with the Vegemite It does have a pleasing icky brown green color, so there that
  10. https://www.distinguished-guitars.de/en/rare-collectable-and-customized-guitars-shop/shop/details/p/the-tree.html Naturally grey...
  11. Cept' in Downunder land, no not Hell, Australia they call it Vegemite and I'm pretty sure there 's some Broccoli in there somewhere, or some other rotting vegetable, or some other pond scum or something like that, no offense to anyone who likes that stuff but I just don't understand how one can
  12. I would say that regardless of who made it some things are quite obvious, 1. I'd say within 99.9 % certainty that it's Italian 2. that it worth a few bucks 3. that it was always regarded as "valuable" based on it's condition and probably always been played by professionals who know/knew how to not abuse it. I suppose there could be repairs that are invisible, but those corners sure look nice, not only their condition but the over all shape and pertness
  13. He didn't say he wasn't going to, just that he didn't want to
  14. Yes exactly, there has to be some connection imo, sending stuff off to Joe Blo seems like a bad idea, again online escrow services, which there are many with great reputations, alleviate concerns for both parties
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