Martin McClean

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  1. Perhaps you think empires are some sort of non-profit organisations? (Just teasing...)
  2. How is a violin made in Cremona in 1716 not Austrian?
  3. Wouldn't white be better- closer to the colour of the maple you'll be carving?
  4. Are we to take it that the high point of violin making is the ability to produce a convincing copy rather than a successful pastiche?
  5. Don't know david. I've never slept with a plumber- I'll just have to take your word for it.
  6. The disparity between European and American violin prices is noteworthy. All sorts of factors play a part in pricing- culture, cost of living, free healthcare, rivalry with plumbers in regard to finding a soul mate etc. During a recent LSO tour the bean counters worked our that a return flight to Heathrow was often a few pounds cheaper than a night in a hotel. As a result the LSO tour was interrupted by the occasional one night return to England. Perhaps the figures in the following articles/ reports are worth a read. https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=232391&subid=0 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/howard-reich/ct-ent-csoa-annual-report-1017-story.html%3foutputType=amp
  7. The concertante instruments are excellent value and remarkably consistent.
  8. I bought this from an English tool maker about 25 years ago. It's a bit more stable/easier to hold than most....
  9. Joe should have written the label before inserting it- he could've damaged the fs with his biro
  10. I used to write a few bits and pieces inside the top. I always finished by saying, "work carefully, I'm standing behind you".
  11. I don't see it to be honest. The varnish on yours looks different in terms of colour, texture and wear. The fs are radically different and there's not much similarity in terms of edgework or corners.
  12. I see some similarities in the scroll, though yours seems to have been subjected to some enthusiastic planing? However the varnish, fs and corners look to be from a completely different hand and school.