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  1. Thanks chaps It’s varnished now & drying. I will post some more photos once it’s set up. Just need to decide on which fittings will look best against the varnish.
  2. A lot of this is simply from UV tanning. Although slow, it is quite effective. From samples I tried, it was clear that what works for flamed maple, didn’t work quite as well for quilted. For this instrument, I did something different to my usual method. A series of aqueous solutions, followed by a protein sealer. Thank you very much. I find purfling one of the slowest parts of making an instrument, but when it turns out well, it’s definitely time well spent.
  3. It is different, which is partly why I wanted to use it. I’ve also got some really nice birdseye maple, which I might use a piece of soon.
  4. It could depend where you are in the world. I deal regularly with a large college, which has a lot of international students. Those students don’t understand inches, and I now refer to violas in cm. It’s easier all round.
  5. Thank you very much, Thomas. No, I don’t get it from there. If you wish to try out some different types of purfling, it can be quite easy to make, if a bit messy. You only need a piece of pear, holly, boxwood, or whatever you fancy, which is long enough to go round the bottom bout from corner to corner. If you join you purfling at the centre, you could use a much smaller piece. For one instrument, veneers 20mm wide will be sufficient, you can make them to your own desired thicknesses. If you happen to have a glazier nearby, some offcuts from shop windows make excellent caul
  6. Colophony/amber/linseed. Sometimes colophony/linseed Thank you. Well spotted, it is indeed pear.
  7. Thanks chaps I’m hoping I’ll do it justice, when varnishing. Please don’t cut yourself Andrew, at least not on purpose!
  8. I would suggest you need to get this looked at promptly, and should contact the maker at your first opportunity. Unattended cracks are only going to do one thing ultimately, and that is eventually get bigger. The neck block area on a cello is highly stressed. I don’t think anyone is going to be able to answer your question without seeing the cello in person, photos are of limited use in this instance.
  9. Only Goldflex has gold particles in. The other is plain rosin, slightly softer and not too dusty.
  10. It will depend on exactly what needs repairing. It may be worth setting up, but will not be worth extensive repairs, especially as it seems to have been stripped and re-varnished. This always affects negatively, the value of antique instruments.
  11. I’ve seen and sold quite a number of Garners bows over the years. Never seen one which wasn’t Pernambuco.
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    Sounds like something a criminologist could investigate...