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  1. Well, this would be clearly LinkMan's job, but anyway: Michael Darnton has a nice collection of pictures showing marks (also inside a violin) in his blog (LINK).
  2. You might be right. But if it is too thick, it does not flow into the crack or gels too quickly... I have now changed my clamping strategy. We'll see how it turns out.
  3. I think it should not break at all (provided the force for flexing is not excessive...)
  4. The top I am currently working on has cracked close to the top block area. The crack is about 6 cm long, on the inside and does not seem to go all the way through. I have tried to glue the crack a few times. I tested the strength of the joint by putting my thumbs on the outer side of the top approximately at the position of the crack and flexed the plate by puling the outer edges downwaeds. Unfortunately, the crack always opened again (note that I haven't fitted any cleats, yet). Usually, properly glued joints can be about as strong as the wood itself. Does this also apply to glued cracks?
  5. Good point! When I visited the cite de la musique in Paris, I found it interesting that the Lupots looked much redder than any Cremonese instrument in the exhibition...
  6. Melvin, it really is a pleasure to follow your progress with this cello. Looking forward to seeing the completede body!
  7. I need some of that glue
  8. I wonder why nobody asked so -- Don, would you care to elaborate?
  9. Hello Curious, Do you mean the standard Vision Solo or the Vision Titanium Solo? Thanks in advance! Roland P.S.: Nice avatar!
  10. A question for those who cook colophony with lime and for a long time to increase colour: Do you add the lime right at the beginning of the process? Thanks in advance!
  11. Hello John, congratulations, that's a very nice viola! Please keep showing your work here, it's always a treat! Best, Roland
  12. Ha! That would definitely be my favourite option! Thanks Don!
  13. Beautiful, Melvin! Seeing your work is alwas a treat. I love the flipped two part back à la Amati! The varnish/finish seems to be a bit more glossy than before, is that true?
  14. Amazing work, Ernie! Congratulations!
  15. Due to some over-enthusiastic scraping, the lower wings of the top I am currently working on have become a too thin -- around 1.8 to 2 mm in the region of the fluting. Comparing the graduations of several Strad posters, I realised that this area is always reasonably thicknessed (around 2.6 to 3.5 mm). It is probably just a result of their technique, yet I seem to recall that this area is also of some acoustic importance (maybe our acoustis experts can shed on this -- Don?). I might add that the wood is quite dense (around 430 kg/m³). Currently, I can think of three options: - leave it li
  16. Thanks for the reply, Luis! BTW, I remember that you wanted to try Kremer's translucent iron oxides. Did you come come to any conclusions re these colours? Best, Roland
  17. Hi Luis, a baroque viola -- that's cool! How did you attach the neck? I love the angled shot of the back of the Barcarolle. It is great to have you back at Maestronet! Roland
  18. Hi Don, sounds like a successful fiddle -- congrats!! Did you compare the cross archings with cyclids? I have the impression that often the archings of high arched instruments rise quicker from the edge than cycloids would... And another question: Would you share the thicknesses of the front (of the Jackson and your fiddle)? Thanks! Roland
  19. I just found this homepage on Helen Michetschläger's page. It sounds like a great project so please spread the word... Best, Roland
  20. If you feel that micro mesh or whatever has clogged the surface, "polish" the surface with a clean rag (an old t-shirt will do). The furniture maker Sam Maloof describes this method in one of his books and the sheen and clarity you achieve this way is remarkable. Another simple way to polish wood and to get rid of dust in the pores: take a handful of clean shavings (from planing) and rub the wood with it....
  21. Loads of helpful information in this thread -- thank you all! Has anybody compared the Vision Solo and the Vision Titanium Solo strings?
  22. Hello John, thanks for that remark. Actually, I found the red and green colour of the Viotti (poster) so extreme that I used to think it was one of the examples where colour reproduction was totally off...
  23. It is certainly important for makers and players alike to know about import conditions for instruments. Considering various posts in this thread, however, I feel this thread rather leads to anti-European, anti-German and anti-American statements. I do not think this is the right place for this type of comments (if there is any...) so maybe we should rather close this thread. Yeah, spoilsport, I know
  24. Jeez Conor, I keep wondering how you dissolved a Record 78 in alcohol... Must have been poitín...