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  1. Hello, I ordered them, but they did not ship them because they considered them to be not accurate enough. Best regards
  2. Davide, in your video series (which is really great), I miss the point at which you close the holes for the positioning pins on the back. I guess it`s after cutting the fluting channel around the edge? Don't you use the positioning pins to glue the back to the ribs? I'm also asking because on my #1 I have just finished the purfling channel on a flat platform and the holes for the positioning pins are a little bit wider than the purfling channel so I guess I have to fill them before putting the purfling in. Any suggestions? Arching hasn't been done yet except very rough arching.
  3. Regarding the body outline and working style, what do you look at and consider to differentiate between a masculine and a femine style? And how would you define them? Is there a Consensus among luthiers/experts/violin Lovers? I'm looking forward to read your answers. Regards Chris
  4. Testa di Simeone Sacconi...
  5. Yes, the measurements are on the backside of the poster.
  6. Back 351.5mm, Belly 353.5mm, taken with caliper from side of button/neck
  7. Lafont


    Thank you very much. As I already said, I did some measurements on strad poster archings (Titian, Gibson/Huberman, Plowden, Milanollo). There are differences between the cross arches regarding the fall of heigth to the half distance. But there will of course be more or less distortion on the treble or the bass side. Do you use the System for all cross arches all over the plate?
  8. Lafont


    @curious1: In a previous post you wrote that you take half the distance between the middle of the plate and the rib edge. Do you really mean rib edge or the most outer edge of the plate? If you mean rib edge, how do you mark it on the outside of the edge? I am just measuring the archings on some strad Posters and your four Point method is very accurate. Do you make differences between belly and back arching technique regarding the long arch? Best regards Christian
  9. Lafont


    Do you (curious1 and David) also have such a Kind of rule regarding the Long arch. Or how do you establish the long arch which has to be there first, if I understand your explanations correctly. Best regards Christian
  10. My Pictures of the moulds P, PG and G show the marks for the rib heigths on both front and back side. I don't have Pictures of the other moulds at Hand now, but I can check. Chris
  11. It's the 'Stoutzker'
  12. I think the violin in second Video is the Molitor Strad which AAM bought in October 2010. The Video has been recorded in January 2011.
  13. Please, don't be bothered by the word 'master'. In Germany they are called 'Meister', so I wrote master for him. I could have written instructor or teacher. Would this have been better? I don't think so. Because, as Christopher writes, he has a German master title and studied at a violin making School and at University I'm more interested in constructive opinions, arguments, experiences etc. Thanks to Christopher and all his potential followers And please be complaisant for my English and a perhaps unfortunate wording
  14. I can understand your opinion which is surely correct But as I said, it was just a one week class for instrument making and it's not guaranteed that I can attend the next one which will take place in August 2014. I plan not to continue with #1 because I want to build it the way this specific master teaches in his classes, so I think I will pay enough respect to him (By the way, he lives 350km away, so it's hard to go to him regularly, unfortunately.) Even therefore I started a new Project on my own at home. I have a lot of violin making literature and mostly the authors suggest a continous taper on the top side of the ribs. As I understand, the actual opinion is that the taper is from the top bottom blocks to the neck block only. None of my books describes the process of achieving this taper, so this is the reason why I ask the question on maestronet. Best regards Christian