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  1. Secrets in the wood (Stradivari's maple)

    I'm very hesitant to enter into this discussion, I have no basis to do so and anything I say should best be ignored. However, I wondered if there has been any examination of the run-of-the-mill instruments made at the same time as the greats? Not everyone was a prince or a Pope and so could not afford a great Cremona. If there was a treatment for the wood, did the cheapjacks use it? If not, why not (other than it added to the cost of making). Were there el cheapo makers in Cremona at the time of the big names? Would anything be learned by comparing 300 year old ordinary, if they have survived, instruments with those that cost many times more when they were all new. As I say, ignore these ramblings if they make no sense. Tim
  2. Tool marks

    See: http://www.renaissancewoodworker.com/restoring-a-vintage-toothing-plane/ You might get lucky and find one in a flea market (I did), but mine didn't have the toothed blade. I keep meaning to cut teeth into a blade. Tim
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Maestro Sora strikes again!

    That sound in the distance is angels weeping...
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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