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  1. As a young boy I asked the concertmaster of a major symphony about his instrument which happened to be a strad. Even at that time I was already studying about violin making history and lore. Much to my chagrin the guy said, "it is just a box with strings, what is the big deal". Needless to say I was pretty put off by his response. At that time I had played my teacher's strad for a second or two and was quite enamored with this strad thing. Turns out that the strad owned by the orchestra was an almost strad with a top by a different maker. It also had a big rectangular patch on the upper right side of the top. Later on another teacher/friend was the concertmaster of the orchestra and played this fiddle. Others in the violin section called it the "notoni". After a while the concertmaster gave it to his stand partner to play. It sure was pretty though despite the large visible patch. Kind of like the aging starlet that had a botched plastic surgery...

    At any rate thanks for the pics Michael!

  2. I think standard string length and other dimensions are important. It drives me crazy trying a new instrument and having to adjust the left hand. Keep in mind that string length, height, neck dimensions all combine to create the feel of the instrument. Do not underestimate these characteristics. A player evaluates an instrument as much on these things as the raw sound.

    BTW thought the same things when I studied that poster.

  3. The annual rings on the necks run at 45 degrees to a center line. The back in question is perhaps 35 degrees. I don't like the idea of not having well quartered neck blocks. It seems like some possible trouble down the line.

  4. I would like to add my review of tonewood.sk. I read the posts here and in other posts on this forum. I ordered backs sides and necks in spite of the negative posts. Three of the backs were very nice. The last one is very badly quartered. I would call it half quarter half slab cut. Three of the necks are useless as they are not well quartered. I have contacted Ondrej with no answer. He was very proactive when it came to taking my order. He told me on the phone that he would send me new pieces if there were any defects. The problem is that you can see pics of the maple but not the endgrain which shows the cut. There are no pics of the necks. Caveat emptor.

  5. I don't know Italian, but it looks like: "people with fat legs shouldn't wear lingerie"

    Reminds me of the lyric; "I don't care what I've been told but a big leg woman ain't got no soul".

  6. This sounds like graduating from the outside. :-) The sensitivity will be higher working from the outside because thinning from the outside both changes the thickness and the arching height making the plate less stiff. Working from the inside will both reduce thickness and increase the arch height, giving counteracting effects to a slight degree. I am thinking of the archheight as the "average surface" between the outer and inner surfaces then.

    I got the impression that he was setting the height after the inital roughing out. He said that he likes the thicknesses to be 3-2.6. He works very intuitively. He does tap tones but is against scientific approaches. He was working on a copy of the plowden and commented more than once that he was figuring out what to do with the archings. He has not worked from this model before. I do not think he meant radical things but compensating for the wood characteristics.

  7. In a recent visit with Luiz Bellini he commented that everyone thinks about thickness but his thicknesses are fairly constant. After working the wood he varies the arching height to compliment the wood characteristics. The tolerences are in the tenths of a mm. Interesting.

  8. The money you spend on a lawyer, ahead of time for your own enlightenment and protection, to understand your situation completely before trouble arises, is minimal and well spent funds, compared to the money you need to spend once trouble arises because you walked into a situation you didn't fully understand.

    Many lawyers will tell you what you want to hear. They know better than you that nothing is for sure. The lawyers always get paid no matter the outcome. Many will not tell you that a case is really a crap shoot. Contingency is the only exception. Those cases are hard to get and their percentage is significant. I will not hide my opinion that lawyers are bottom feeders. Granted they are necessary sometimes and some are better than others but...

  9. You might want to read the entire text of some insurance contracts. For example, a loss after "willful entrustment" of an instrument may not be covered, and may not be defined as theft by the insurance company. Not all kinds of losses are covered. Gotta read the contract to know what you have (which most people don't do). To really know, you'd probably need to have it reviewed by an attorney. Even then, what you get is the attorney's opinion, which may or may no be accurate.

    Agreed. There are huge sums of money that are earned by the grey area of the law. It's all about billable hours. Grey area fuels billable hours. Beautiful system isn't it.

  10. Rosin oil is one of the products I like to avoid. It can be polymerized initially to seem dry, but then the "essential oil" content continues to evaporate, rendering it more brittle with time.

    It's just part of my quest to deliver a stable sounding instrument to the customer. Stradivari may not have known, or cared, so this has nothing to do with whether it may have been used historically.

    Care to tell us what you use as a sealer and ground? I am not holding my breath on this one... :)

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