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    Factory instruments reworked, sold as new artist instruments

    Hi Davide, Apologies for not replying sooner. I will give this some more thought and then give a better answer. I've thought to myself for a while there would be merit in a public institution (or institutions) preserving the records of makers for a variety of reasons. Publications (such as Alan Coggins' excellent work on Australian makers - shameless plug) assist to some extent with the verification of instruments' provenance. How about the preservation of makers websites and the many outstanding Youtube productions - yours being prime amongst them? Regards, Tim
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    Factory instruments reworked, sold as new artist instruments

    Davide, your comment about a photographic archive interests me. An archivist for 38 years the question of authenticity and integrity lies at the heart of what I do. In the case of an archivist it is the authenticity and integrity of the records in our care that is the concern, what Sir Hilary Jenkinson called the "physical and moral defence of the archives." In your case it is the need to preserve the authenticity and integrity of both your archive and your instruments. Archival organisations established by governments, or in my case a public university over 150 years old, have the strength and resilience of of their nation state and the continuance of civil society to assist with both preservation and integrity of the archives. (Sadly there are many cases where this has not been the case.) How, over time, do you ensure the preservation of your archive? I wish you a long and successful life, but one day we all won't be here. Who will maintain your archive? How will it both be physically preserved and its integrity and authenticity be ensured? Are you concerned about what happens after you? Would making it public now discourage the fakers, or just encourage them? Regards, Tim
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    You Can Make a "Stradivarius" Violin

    You could learn the flute...
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    Elusive lining clamp source

    What did Tony do? (No, no - I'm not serious, please don't....) I see you can spend 4.79 Euro on a single clamp - but it does come from Cremona so it must be better :-) Regards, Tim
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    Stefano Scarampella Fake quality

    "...a genuine Scarampella often has some rather rustic woodworking..." That's an understatement :-) The one I saw had one of the ribs bent the wrong way so the toothed plane marks were on the outside which had been roughly sanded to hide them a bit. The f-hole fluting was a couple of quick flicks with a gouge. Sounded bloody amazing... Regards, Tim
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    Craig Tucker, in rememberence.

    I am very saddened to hear of this. His passion and personality burst through the internet. Tim
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    Blind test in which Strads and del Gesus came out on top

    Not for me :-) I have red/green colour blindness. The important point here is that we cannot trust our senses (Oh, I think I'm regressing to first year epistemology). Have people ever had a hearing test showing sensitivity to different frequencies? We all know our hearing changes with age, but the particular drops I had were a bit startling. We can never really know what someone else hears (or sees), but can work on a consensus, which is what seems to be happening with the blind tests. Some (many) people appear to like or prefer a particular violin sound, but they are probably not hearing the same thing. Tim
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    Self made instrument

    A photo from the National Library of Australia - a busker in Sydney in 1929. Interesting bow(s). I hope he made some money. Tim
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    Instrument Photography Tent?

    I guess you know about this great resource: www.darntonviolins.com/violinmagazine/book/violin%20photography.pdf ?
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    Shop made F hole drills

    I was recently in a wine growing area of NSW and one of the oldest vineyards - established in 1866 - had an historical display including coopering tools. This bung hole borer caught my eye in particular: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcY9MITIy3xoDQSl1 No idea of its age - probably early 20th century, but it has the look of being based on something older. Clearly too big for an instrument but just what you need to get liquid from a cask! Also, plane freaks might be interested in these: https://photos.app.goo.gl/rl13B7NebWiAPq4t2 (Crocodile Dundee, if he had been a woodworker, might have said "That's not a jointer, this is a ..." Regards, Tim
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    Fiddles shmiddles! Look what we made today!

    Gee, that's a big pizza oven. Tim
  12. In terms of secondary sources for the project I guess you've read Beament's The Violin Explained: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-violin-explained-9780198167396?cc=au&lang=en& ? The sources in it would also be useful to explore. Regards, Tim
  13. I suspect you don't sail
  14. As one who is returning to sailing after 50 years, is the difference between power tools and human power analogous to the difference between power boats and yachts? Both will get you there, but in one it is about the journey. Tim
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    What do you hear if you are colour blind? Tim (My head hurts)