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  1. may be the frog could help to find a location...
  2. No I didn't read this thread before , interesting indeed, even if at the end the author (probably italian) remains unknown
  3. Does somebody could give me the autore's name of this drawing?
  4. The confusion is easy between the tangency between radii and the tangency of the line with the framework. In fact, theses points can be same or not. I guess that It is on that point that your thinking goes in the wrong direction. Actually, the construction in the vidéo is correct
  5. Dear Nick, what would be the proper scotias for you?
  6. What we call symmetry today covers only a small part of the ancient meaning. In short, "symmetria" meant more a balanced distribution of the elements of a whole (as seen in nature). For example, having two eyes on each side of the nose is a symmetry. It matters little here that the both eyes are strictly the same in their dimensions. This last point is literally off topic.
  7. I have the french edition no idea of any translation
  8. Paul Kaul was an interessting man working not far from my workshop strong defender of the modern violinmaking tireless fighter against the ancient's tyrany. He wrote a rare book (published in 1927) on this topic with some funny anecdocts about competitions betweens ancienst and moderns at the turn of the 19th century.
  9. Deformation analysis depends on the reference chosen (plan or axis of symmetry in the case of an outline). In the example of the Strad, rather than seeing a collapsed vault, we can consider that top and the bottom blocks have been pushed upwards and that the motion has been thwarted by the pressure of the bridge. The result is that the deformation is reflected in the long-arch under the fingerboard and under the tailpiece. In this case the the long-arch original form reconstruction demands to -lowered the plan of the top and bottom blocks - lengthen the length of the table (You can reproduce this experience of distorcion easly usind a simple strip of wood on a bench)
  10. What I heard from CF about that point is that this musician was not one of the players but one of the promoters of the project. His results have been rejected only because he had seen the instruments before the audition test.
  11. here is a Xray picture of an untouched violin from the earlier XVII° century with a central soundpost It seems reasonnable to considere that different of setting have coexisted for a while in relation with the local traditions
  12. Soundpost viol seems to have been in used far earlier. The wall painting in Knights' Hall of Goldegg Castle in the Pongau area (1536) seems to testifiy of that. Interrestingly only one viol (vihuela on the right) of the consort seems to use this item... Both mobile accessories (a mean removable bridges and sound post), probably existed for a while a the earlier XVI° century a soon as some crazy people start to want play a luth with a bow in the first half of the XV° century An example of a second unglued bridge clearly visible add to a luth to make possible the use of a bow (XV° century)
  13. Could you say a bit more about that Michael?
  14. Glad to learn that violins of the level of those made by the Amati or Strad were made in Ireland until the year 50 . A pity that it is not much knowed What I see most often are poorly copied models and poorly varnishes. But I agree that mass availabiltty of information is the cause of massive homogenization and also....a signifiant improvement of the production. But maybe that's not our subject. Regarding making, difficult to deni that hand tools we have today are easier to use than those of the past. I also learned to make joints with a long wooden plane and it asked me time and technic not easy to acquire. To summarize, the less advanced tools you have, the more you need to learn to do if you do not want to spend a lot of time there. Of course the approach is very interesting and i will say a necessity. We definitly must encourage all the curious to take an interest in it. This would make it possible to realize that theories can collapse as soon as one takes the trouble to use the techniques of the past. To talk about a subject that I know a little, start by hand planed a walnut board, draw a shape taking care to recover 6 templates for corners and blocks, cut the board by hand, finish it with at rape then bend the ribs on the iron heated with coal. You will quickly realize that you have some problems with symmetry... no need then to invent a theory of pushing the neck to the right or left to explain the asymmetries that we observe on the old instruments. It is just an example. Knowledges supported by the mnemotechny has been a more tricky and facinating question for me
  15. Think about everything that should be eliminated from our environment. No electricity to cook varnish, no thermometer to take the temperature, no lighting, no bookcase lined with violin books, no nielsen plane, no japanese saw etc... etc. who could pretend et demonstrate that he is able to make violin like a Strad in these conditions? I worked many years on this topic and I found difficult to get back only on few of this point. Think for exemple to the way you store and get access to info now and compare it to the fact that most of the craftmen processes of making depended of some kind of mnemotechnic systems. Do you know these systems? Are you aware of them?