La Folia

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  1. Some eastern European food can be like that, but I have to say I enjoyed some of the Polish restaurants in the Chicago area. It might be a good idea to give it another try, if you can find the right place. Or else make it yourself if that's an option. :D
  2. I don't see why not. I've seen makers on this forum mention tacking the top on loosely so they could do adjustments or whatever. I think the idea is to use weak glue. I can easily think that it's good enough for temporary use.
  3. I've seen Carl Becker Senior instruments with neck shims.
  4. Is there any point in lightly tacking the top on to see what the cello sounds like, and THEN making the decision whether to replace the bar?
  5. The D string was rubbing against the back of the peg box. Maybe it still is. That certainly would not help. It also looks to me that the rib is detached by the chin rest. Not worth spending good money on, considering the value of the instrument.
  6. Goo Gone is D-limonene plus petroleum distillates, with a dash of sweet orange extract. Except for the orange extract, it sounds rather similar to the other products that are being recommended. I don't know whether it attacks violin varnish, but it works very well for glue goo.
  7. He did say that a little of the plane wipes off on every piece of wood, but I don't see any sign of that in the picture.
  8. Wood Butcher, I guess you were replying to me. I know what the OP says, but the picture he posted shows something quite different. Whenever that happens, I have to suspect a teensy little observational error, meaning that maybe he got it completely wrong. As odd as this may seem, I think Michael Darnton and others noticed this too.
  9. This is pretty amazing. When did you guys ever see a soft metal outline only the grain like that? I vote for spalting. It's probably not nickel, by the way. Nickel is fairly expensive.
  10. Based on the one Kinberg I have played, we can safely dispense with any theory that a wide-grained tops implies a bad violin.
  11. Franz Kinberg used wood with very wide grain for the top. Do you think his violins were below average?
  12. Sorry, I have to wonder if you're well equipped to take advantage of an auction, especially without seeing the instrument. It really takes a lot of knowledge to know what you're doing. There's a big risk, and it's entirely possible that you will pay too much and get an instrument that you are not happy with, or that has hidden problems.
  13. They're different because they're different, I guess. But that doesn't tell us much, and I still find it puzzling. By the way, I usually find the sets packaged with a wire E, with the wound E sets being a little less common.
  14. I've always found this puzzling. Without comparing, I would have thought wire is wire. Does anyone know the reason for the difference?