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  1. 2 hours ago, Don Noon said:

    Even if it is a portrait of Strad, while sortof cool, it really doesn't matter what he looked like.

    Even if it is a portrait of Strad, judging by the look of the fiddle he's holding, the artist can't make a good likeness anyway.

    Yes there are quite a few paintings that are marvelous in terms of portraiture but abstract (taking the high road) in the depictions of instruments. Going to Cremona this summer. If I see any apparitions of Antonio I will do my best to capture them with my camera!

  2. On 10/4/2019 at 9:40 AM, martin swan said:

    Scarampellas - I wonder if there are many that are "unmolested". His violins carry such a weight of expectation, I think most have been turned into what one expects them to be ...

    I have played one that was not regraduated. If you go after the sound it was very vibrant (loud if you will). This violin was not for a player that favors bow speed and not pressure (Milstein comes to mind). Think Zukerman. 

    That day I also played a DG (most likely regraduated) owned by a very famous player. Both wonderful instruments but I will say that if you muscled the Scarampella it was really good and in a way gave the DG a run for its money.

  3. If you do not want to spend a whole lot like the varnish systems above, you can use the oil or Balsam varnishes from JOHA. The oil varnish is easier to apply than the balsamic. The colored varnishes I believe use aniline which may or may not be to your liking. You can use other pigments to accomplish that. Before the MN community gets upset about this recommendation, it is not intended to be the ultimate varnish just a cheaper and other option.




  4. 6 minutes ago, PhilipKT said:

    But im very interested in investigating Machold. Never seen an example. Maybe they don’t make it to Texas.

    I don't believe that Machold was a maker or sold "Machold" shop violins for that matter. He was busy with other endeavors...

  5. 31 minutes ago, Dave Slight said:

    Once you’re not around to promote your work any more, things start to fall off the radar pretty quickly. It’s a shame, but also a reality.

    Same thing has happened with Rubio for example.

    Very true. I remember when Sergio Peresson was all the rage. The instruments are still around but not as "hot" as they used to be. Now it seems that Sam Z. is the king (at least in the USA). Greiner in the UK and Europe. The association with famous performers never hurts in this area in addition to some big prices at auction!

  6. 1 hour ago, Arbos said:

    I’ve played a Luff viola. Good instrument, very clear, perhaps not with the dark and chocolate-y sound one associates with a viola. As a violinist, I loved it (maybe because of that). I thought craftsmanship was good, but I am not an expert.

    Glad to hear at least someone chimed in. I was beginning to think that Luff had fallen out of favor. 

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