Urban Luthier

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  1. Remarkable aren't they!? I had the pleasure of seeing JEG (along with many of the soloists in the video), live in London last summer during the Back festival. They performed 12 cantatas over 3 nights at the Barbican -- I was there for two of the three performances. By the way the fellow on the Cello is David Watkin -- he has recorded the cello suites on Resonus Classics. My favourite recording of the suites!
  2. Well, I working AI everyday... my POV is that no algorithm will be able to capture the humanity we see here... Check out this segment from Gardiner's Bach documentary "a passionate life"...
  3. Shoot you are right, they use to cary the Hans Harlsson set but it doesn't seem to be listed anymore. I bought a set years ago. The dictum branded set seems to be rather expensive!
  4. Nice gouge! The scroll set from Dictum is made by Hans Karlsson
  5. I use the lee valley veritas #7 one of their newer planes. http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=72533&cat=1,230,41182,72530
  6. Fine performance, wonderful sound! Your client must be happy. Seeing videos like this of your work --- kind of makes one think that the age old debate of 'old' vs 'new' is a solved problem.
  7. If memory serves the Conte Vitale outline is broader in the middle than the normal Cremonese contralto violas (strad and Amati). I think this extra width comes from a bending error that resulted in an asymmetrical outline when the ribs were taken off the form (one side is offset quite a bit more than the other). You could always draw one up on yourself based on Francois Denis's method.
  8. I think it is worth mentioning again how generous Davide has been with sharing his time, talent and technique with us. thank you Davide!
  9. that is probably the Nicolo Amati poster. The two Andrea amati posters published by the Strad are 7/8ths size (tullie house and Ashmolean)
  10. Both the Andrea Amati violin plans published by the Strad are 7/8th I think
  11. One of the reasons, I think that the strad templates can be of use as they give an idea of what the intended setup 'might' have been. Here is a link to an article by Stuart Pollens that looks at the issue of baroque setup in relation to the Strad artifacts
  12. I found these articles a useful source as i was building my first baroque instrument. Another is Stuart Pollens book on Stradivarius. Many of the original neck templates show a 85 degree angle.
  13. Nice performance and lovely sound! which model did you base this cello on?