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  1. I wasn't going to add my 2c worth to this, what would I know - a ham fisted amateur. At the start I had trouble with the centre joint - I doubt many don't. As said by people who really know this stuff, plane set up and sharpness is key. I stuffed about for ages, then I bought an old Australian made number 6 for $25! ( a Pope for any Oz tool nuts. I have more than I care to talk about). Cleaned it up, sharpened the blade and it works like a charm. I do centre joints that admit no light in minutes. Do not give up! FWIW Tim PS - Years ago I recall someone in this forum saying the Italians call a power tool the fast idiot. I don't remember the Italian, but the phrase comes back to me every time I think of using a power tool on anything.
  2. Not sure if this is funny, but it does say something about at least one violin teacher's ability to identify instruments. Some years ago I loaned one my violins (as in I made it) to a colleague for her daughter to see if she liked it and might even buy it. The teacher quite liked the violin but said she couldn't decide if it was an old instrument or a new one made to look old. (I had antiqued it a bit). If she had looked at the label she would have had answers to both her questions. In any event, they didn't buy it. Tim
  3. Many thanks for the reply. I sometimes think the discussions about bridges are a bit like those for cartridges in the days of analogue hifi - and of course both are important in converting vibrations to sound - but there are a few more steps in hifi!
  4. I'm totally out of my depth in this fascinating discussion, but I have been thinking about bridges recently (I live a sheltered life ). In relation to the differences between older bridges and many current ones, to what extent, if any, would changes in string technology and/or musical style affect cutting? I recently saw a Youtube video of a maker and restorer who commented in doing a set up that he thought modern bridges are too thin, particularly at the top. Thanks, Tim
  5. Not working form Oz - and we're in the Commonwealth! I'm getting a "critical error" (but that could describe many things about me ;-) Tim
  6. Many thanks Davide for that explanation. High temperatures in Sydney are generally accompanied by high humidity, especially in late summer. My "workshop" is the garage mostly taken up with old sports cars and has no climate control :-) Regards, Tim
  7. How does the ambient temperature affect the ideal temp for the pot? Clearly, a mid 30s C summer day in Sydney is going to be different to winter in the northern hemisphere. Tim
  8. Actually the book is being sold, in Australia at least, on ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/275384414636?hash=item401e30b1ac%3Ag%3AmqcAAOSwIEBizlT-&mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=705-53470-19255-0&campid=5338786413&customid=&toolid=10049 Regards, Tim
  9. I know Alan retired, but it seems Adele isn't taking work at the moment. You could send a message via her site: https://abcviolins.com/contact.html Regards, Tim
  10. I'm sure Brian Derber's book is fantastic - I want to buy a copy but it will cost $640 AUD all up to Sydney. I know nothing in the violin world is cheap and you get what you pay for, but I couldn't justify it to myself. I used "The Art of Violin Making" and its was/is really good for me. Regards, Tim
  11. I guess you have seen the things about Harry - "The Last Violin"? I don't remember what number my second daughter's instrument is, but it is the example of Harry's work in Alan Coggins' book.
  12. Another thought. This is a directory of digitised French newspapers. You might pick up a reference here with a bit of luck: https://gallica.bnf.fr/html/und/presse-et-revues/les-principaux-quotidiens?mode=desktop Tim
  13. I'm not sure what happened with the link, but here are relevant extracts - the English is Google translate. "The historical archives These archives are the oldest. They date back to the foundation of the Royal School of Singing until the 20th century. These archives are at the Caran (National Archives Research Center) where their detailed inventory is also located. They are grouped in the AJ 37 series in the 19th and 20th sections. They are split into two parts. The period 1784-1925 of the first inventory counts 375 articles concerning the organization, the accounts, the pedagogy, the personnel, the building and the correspondence. ... National Archives Research Center (Caran) 11 rue des Quatre-Fils, 75003 Paris Tel. : 01 40 27 64 20 Research and consultation of the historical archives are carried out in Le Caran at the same address." It doesn't look like there is a reference service, so you might have to go to Paris! (or find a friendly M'netter there). Good luck :-) Tim
  14. Methyl cellulose paste is used in bookbinding and used to be used by paper conservators (might still be, I haven't asked) and is available retail. Regards, Tim PS - Edit - is available from reputable archival suppliers in Oz, so I assume it is OK.
  15. I found this interesting, but as an archivist I guess I would. In terms of conservation, less is more. I'd just put them in some archival Mylar (TM) or similar sleeves. The presentation by the "Conservatory of Paris" on 27 February 1837 seems to be a very definite statement. I'd follow that up with their archives: https://cnsad-psl-eu.translate.goog/ecole/archives/?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Tim
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