TimRobinson

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  1. How would you make a violin suitable for surfing with?

    I do not want to know he was playing Handel's Water Music. Cue further really bad jokes about other musical possibilities...
  2. 3D Printed Violin Stradivarius

    My comment regarding the relationship between originals and copies needs a bit of unpacking, and I'm sure there are people much better able to do it than me. Even a really good colour photo of the Mona Lisa is not the same thing as the original, but then it is not meant to be. It is a copy for different purposes. When photography became popular there was concern it would kill painting - of course it didn't as it is different. Artists did and can use the technology of photography to produce art, but it is different to painting. I'm sure 3D printing will be used to create instruments (and many other things) but they will be different to a traditional violin. I'm sure there will be great makers with the new technology. Tim
  3. 3D Printed Violin Stradivarius

    The technology is seriously interesting and will be disruptive to may industries, however it is to a Strad what a colour photo of the Mona Lisa is to the original. Tim
  4. How Messy can Your Shop get?

    entropy ˈɛntrəpi/ noun noun: entropy; plural noun: entropies; symbol: S 1. Physics a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system. "the second law of thermodynamics says that entropy always increases with time" I am a very law abiding person. Tim
  5. Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Interesting that you hear that. To me it is a typical Sydney accent of a young woman of that age and SES (I work at a university and have daughters a bit older than I suspect Hannah is). There is the very typical Oz rising inflection at the end of sentences. The north American influence I put down to TV and cinema and overall US cultural hegemony ( I've always wanted to say that ) Tim
  6. Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    At about 1:00 in this video there is good vision of fitting a sound post from the inside. (BTW - I have no connection with this shop, I just came across their site recently not having seen it for years) Tim
  7. Almost Hopeless Violin

    A little off topic, but I recently stumbled across the video below and I hadn't seen an outside mould being used before. Tim
  8. Purchasing Violin oil varnish in Australia

    I have imported small amounts of varnish in the past but I don't think I would try now. I've used DMV that I made myself and still have some that is ageing nicely. It is not to everyone's liking. Paytons at Artarmon in Sydney used to carry some varnishes - but not much now: http://www.paytons.com.au/category.php?id_category=542 Adele Beardsmore and Alan Coggins used to have a recipe for varnish on their site https://abcviolins.com.au/ that didn't seem like it would burn down the neighborhood, but it seems to be gone now. I'll be interested to hear how you go. Tim
  9. I am now part of a select group ..

    When marking out the back I put big arrows pointing to the button and write DO NOT CUT around it. So far so good :-) Tim
  10. Maestro Sora strikes again!

    That sound in the distance is angels weeping...
  11. Carolus Badarello

    There are a lot of photos on the site, none very good. I'll copy a few of the more potentially useful ones to give an idea of the instrument. Tim
  12. Carolus Badarello

    I'm not good at identifying, but I presume this is not what it purports to be, but what would I know: http://www.lawsons.com.au/asp/fullcatalogue.asp?salelot=8387+++++151+&refno=31346097&image=20 Any thoughts? Regards, Tim
  13. Peg Shaver for really big violins...

    I think it is a manual one of these: stake sharpener I wonder if there are people who think power tools should not be used in making stakes sharp? Tim
  14. Oil varnish shelf life

    Years ago - make that decades - when I did BW photography the trick was to blow into the developer bottle before closing it. The idea was to increase the amount of C02 which was supposed to increase the life of the developer concentrate. I often wondered, as a non-chemist, if this made any sense. I suspect not. Tim
  15. CLEANING VIOLINS? DO NO HARM!

    Like everything, it is how you spin it. I watched a conservator cleaning an albumen print from the late 19thC with "a weak enzyme solution" (you guessed it) which she said was the best thing for it. Regards, Tim