Dimitri Musafia

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  1. Now that is truly interesting, because in Italian language preservativi are condoms. Could that be Strad's secret?
  2. David brings up a good point. The case lining covers the entire surface of the interior of the case, padding included. It makes a big difference if the case is lined in cotton velvet (think Gordge) or thin synthetic cloth. A cotton velvet case will absorby humidity like a sponge, but will provide a more stable environment in terms of relative humidity. Thinly lined, unpadded cases will react more quickly to the deployment of a humidifier, but then will be less able to maintain that stability, especially if the case is opened often.
  3. From my prospective as a high-end case maker, I can say that many of my retailers are suffering, those who have walk-in shops that is, because they are in many places closed to the public. At the moment we as a company do not have any problems as we work by special order only, and we literally still have orders from 2019 to fulfill. That said, I have noticed that we have had a 2-fold increase in direct musician inquiries for our top end production. My guess is that these people are unable, for whatever reason, to obtain our cases from our retailers, so they write to us. It's worthy of note that a good part part of these people is comprised of amateur musicians with discretionary income (and maybe a Strad or two) and not professional musicians, who as we all know are not working at the moment. However the professionals too are ordering, if they really need our services and cannot put off a new purchase any longer. The important thing is to maintain the employees safe, meaning that I check them with a temperature scanner every morning and we have very precise protocols in place, including an independent employee task force that I have to listen to, and a medical consultant whose advise I follow.
  4. It's a pity, they made very good quality covers.
  5. Thanks for the kind thought... we're holding our own in Cremona but the contagions in the country are starting to creep up as people let down their guard. Average age for infection is now 23... young people returning from their vacation in Malta/Greece/Croatia/Spain infected, and then going to the disco to infect everyone else.
  6. Hi Dwight, I'll agree with you, my middle school orchestra got a supply of factory violins and they came in cases just like this one. I would doubt that the whole cases were made in Italy though, I have no knowledge of case makers at that time making such a product. Cheers!
  7. I second Davide's opinion, I believe this to be a poorly written and researched article, with a number of misleading statements starting from the first paragraph.
  8. How about that. Thank you for this information, extremely interesting.
  9. This is considered the first painting of a violin. It is dated 1534, painted by Gaudenzio Ferrari.
  10. At least the hygrometer and thermometer are aligned, but I think I will throw this conception out the window and into the moat, as Modigliani would have approved.
  11. Here I was channeling Federico Fellini after a good Amarone, does this count?
  12. David, did you know that Horacio Pagani has every one of the screws in his cars made to special order out of titanium, with a Torx head? The cost is rumored to be close to $100,000 per car (the screws, not the car). That's one way to solve the problem, just throw money at it!