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  1. The pics really don't convey their beauty. Even better in person!
  2. DHad the chance to visit Cremona this summer. It is a charming town, especially for connoisseurs of bowed string instruments. I was there only a day and a half. I Wish that I could have spent more time there! Hopefully this will inspire people to visit. First up is my visit with Davide Sora. I had a chance to see two of his violins and play one. Gorgeous instruments! The violin played great for an unplayed fiddle. Davide is as we know a master maker who is willing to share his time and information. I wish that I had taken more pics. Mille grazie Davide. More to come.
  3. I did not see this view in my art history books...DB you have been working out!
  4. Forgot to include the two other Davids from the trip. Tutti Davidi
  5. I’m going to post a bunch of pics soon. Got to hang out with Davide Sora!
  6. If memory serves, DB was one of the two Americani in the exhibit with David Gusset being the other.
  7. Thanks but I should have used the manual mode on my phone camera...I was in hog heaven in Cremona.
  8. They had a whole section of mostly contemporary violas. A few cellos.
  9. 私はミスを犯した Visited last week.
  10. Saw this viola in the Museo di Violino in Cremona. Photos are difficult with the lighting and glass.
  11. The Saran Wrap idea is excellent! Works really well and prevents miscues.
  12. Apparently Kung Wha Chung can sing according to the 1967 Leventritt Competition. They both shared the top prize. Does he mean that European music is not native to people from Asia? I wonder what blind listening tests would reveal? I like his playing but sometimes have found his ego and personality to give me pause.
  13. I've seen a few Phillips violins. Obviously this is not one of them. They are pretty decent. One was played at one point by Todd Phillips who is a good violinist who plays around NYC (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra). He is the grandson of the violin maker. He and Danny Phillips are in the Orion Quartet. I think Danny plays a Strad. I always remember Todd's because it had a painted bridge with a horse or something on it. The son of the violin maker played for many years in the Pittsburgh Symphony. I think he also played a Phillips violin.
  14. I've had the Stewmac and the Luthier's Bench. While the Stewmac works, if you can get/afford the Luthier's bench go with that one. The shape of the iron is better. The smaller tighter radius is better for the upper part of the c bout. Especially for Strad model c bout bends that are tighter than del Gesu for instance. That being said, there is an attachment that Stewmac sells the helps with the c bout bending. The luthiers bench iron heats up more quickly.
  15. Don. Did you measure density and speed of sound of MDF?
  16. I bet he got to see Pinky’s violin when he was living in Canada. After hearing him play that violin, how could you not be seduced!
  17. Ne plus ultra! Just out of curiosity, how much time would you say that you spent on the antiquing?
  18. My thoughts also. I heard him talk about this in a "Luthier on Luthier" podcast. https://luthieronluthier.libsyn.com/53-mario-beauregard "Luthier on Luthier" is an interesting podcast series. For every adventurous violin maker, there are a bunch more on the guitar side. They seem less bound by tradition than we are. Some of the guitar crowd has embraced torrefied wood use for instance to get that "vintage Martin sound". Another thing I find interesting is the guitar makers use of different kinds of bracing. I enjoy listening to the podcasts.
  19. Mario Beauregard makes "facetts" guitars that have ridges on both the top and back. He claims tonal benefits. He places the ridges on nodal lines. It has been patented at least for guitar. http://beauregardguitars.com/guitars/facettes/
  20. Do you think the top was original to the instrument or was it to replace a damaged top? Does it have the characteristic Andrea arching or more like a filius?
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