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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. In terms of the survival of paper in decent storage pretty much any alkaline sized paper is going to last in the hundreds of years. As violins tend to be cared for well, I'd think storage conditions aren't a huge factor. If the violin is so badly stored that the paper label is damaged that's likely to be the least of the problems. I understand that most modern paper is alkaline sized now as acid sizing wasn't good for the machines. If you want a specific look to your labels there is much to choose from, and a 100% rag laid paper will look very nice. However, as others have pointed out, the choice of ink will be important. Some 19th century inks were quite acidic and have left pages like lace where the ink ate through - mostly seen in the light tissue used for letterpress copies in my experience. The other think to consider is the glue used to adhere the label and the possibility of contaminants migrating into the paper from the wood. Regards, Tim
  16. Ok, thanks for the clarification. Somewhere I have a few hand forged nails that were used to hold shingles on some cottages built in the 1820s in Sydney. The cottages were being restored in the 1980s and under a corrugated iron roof were the original shingles. The whole lot was being removed as the timber was no longer sound. The nails had remained in pretty good condition - enough for me to think of collecting some examples when I worked next door to it at the time.
  17. Amazon has some. Is there anything they don't sell? https://www.amazon.com/wrought-iron-nails/s?k=wrought+iron+nails Tim
  18. I think it is more of this school:
  19. The cracks, and that end pin!
  20. Sorry Jacob, I should have made it clear. The ad for the instrument states it was bought in England and includes a photo of the sale document.
  21. I'm not connected in anyway with the seller, but I thought this might be interesting to those researching 19th century English makers. There is an 1895 violin by William Old currently for sale on Facebook market place in Sydney, I'm not posting this in the Auction Scroll as I don't want a discussion about price, this is really about the maker. It looks amateur to me - but what would I know. A quick Google didn't find him. I won't post a link here, but I have copied the photos in case someone wants them. This is from one showing the saddle, and some other slightly disturbing details. and the label: Regards, Tim
  22. Shocking comment. We must resist this kind of thing in order not to impede our current flow. I'm just off to meditate (Ohm, Ohm...) Tim
  23. Thanks, we must have got lucky :-) Tim
  24. Is that neck and scroll original?* I am a long way from any expertise on this, but we've had a few JTL fractionals when our daughters were learning and none of the scrolls were that rough. Regards, Tim * noting broken and hideously repaired button.
  25. Yes, Harry featured in The little box that sings some decades ago. An extraordinary man and a great iconoclast. Probably the person most skilled with their hands that I have ever met. Tim
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