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  1. Wonder who it was? Doesn't sound like Richard Tognett, their leader: https://www.aco.com.au/the-orchestra/our-instruments/1743-guarneri-violin https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/richard-tognetti/ Tim
  2. Ten years ago there was a thread about a composite Strad then played by Satu Vanska of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (she has another one, not a composite, now): Tim
  3. Wonderful stuff :-) https://www.facebook.com/abc.classic/videos/4194178430639437 Tim PS - keep watching for the violin
  4. At the recent Sydney Royal Easter Show (think agricultural show on a big scale - a Sydney institution not held last year but but back with numbers limited to 60K a day) there was a violin in the woodwork competition - it came second. I don't want to sound like a smart ass, and I'm the least qualified to comment on another amateur's work, but it left a bit to be desired in several areas. However, non-violin judges clearly thought well of it. Like Heron-Allen's work, I'd rather people had a go than not. It's the best way to learn and hopefully improve. Regards, Tim
  5. This is a bit old (aren't we all?), but still worth a watch: Little Box that Sings Regards, Tim
  6. This has nothing to do with extreme cold, quite the reverse. In the catastrophic fires of late 2019 early 2020 in Australia I understand they consumed so much oxygen near the fire front that internal combustion engines would not run. Pretty bad news for fire pumps and cars if you were hoping to out run it. Nature has a million ways to kill us. Tim
  7. Can you read the name? I cannot from the pictures, not that it is important. I'd be interested to know if they are in Alan Coggins' book on Oz makers, which I don't seem able to find available for sale on the 'net anymore :-( Tim
  8. OK, I'll bite. It does seem the accent is hard for our US cousins:
  9. From lootedart site: "...with repair costs of ca. €50,000..." I don't doubt the expertise or restorers at this level, or their worth, but what must be wrong with it? From the photo the edges look to need work. Are there cracks as well? Neck issues? How many hours would be guestimated to come to 50K? Tim
  10. My wife is of Maltese origin and we watch each Sunday morning a news program packaged up for Australia by the Maltese public broadcaster, both a live to air episode and then a streamed one from the previous Thursday. In last Thursday's edition was a story on Carlo Grech, a Maltese violin maker and restorer. It is on the web, but I suspect that without a VPN to hide your location it will not be visible outside Australia. If you can access it the story starts at about 11 minutes in: https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/maltese-news?play=1841388099926 It is in Maltese, but haven't remotely enough language to translate. Tim EDIT: I just found it on the TVM site: https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/an-accurate-ear-for-music-and-a-refined-craft-a-musician-turned-violin-luthier/ this should work everywhere.
  11. Some things are timeless. I said this in 2011 in another of these discussions. What is scary is that it is almost ten years ago:
  12. My youngest daughter is an archaeologist and uses Agisoft Metashape for everything from megalithic temples to stone flakes. I've often thought it would be good for violins. https://sketchfab.com/M_Robinson/collections If you saw a recent National Geographic documentary Chasing the equinox the 3D model of the Maltese temple was hers. Regards, Tim
  13. Ever happy to plug Australian products (I have no interest other than wanting to promote Oz businesses) HNT Gordon has a beauty, but bigger than the ones mentioned above. Available in the US at a good price because our dollar is so low: https://www.heartwoodtools.com/hntgordon/radius-plane Tim
  14. "I suspect that the most likely place for them to appear is in Argentina, Australia, Canada, or the USA, ..." To quote a famous Australian film "Tell him* he's dreamin" I've been looking for years. I'd be happy to find an unrecognised Smith. Keep safe. Tim * Yes, I know.
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