Urban Luthier

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  1. Urban Luthier

    different gram strength hide glue for center joint?

    I also use the 315 Thordahl glue based on the recommendation of members here. I've generally mixed it a 3-4 parts water to 1 part glue and watered it down based on task.
  2. Urban Luthier

    A.D.'s new bench

    lovely corner and varnish!
  3. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    Not being a professional musician, i've never really understood the viola joke thing. Manfio makes excellent sounding violas, as do many other makers here.
  4. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    funny you should mention this Manfio. When I looked at the Strad CV templates the overall setup isn't all that far off from modern. 224-225mm body stop for the Archinto built off the CV form. Neck pattern shows a ~ 149mm length from nut to pin marks a the foot. This would give a 2:3 mensur, with dimensions close to what modern makers use.
  5. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    You mean your cello wont fit under your neck?
  6. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    Thanks Mark. So a short board would be quite long if one is extending from first. Out of curiosity, Would a player be able to reach to forth position on a contralto viola with a board that extends to the middle of the upper bout? I did a bit of research on the Stad templates for both the CV and TV violas. The TV has a longer fingerboard and the CV a shorter one! The Medici TV also has a neck profile that looks very modern
  7. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    Thanks Marc and Manfio. Nice viola Manfio. I haven't seen Giardino Armonico live but the video below shows a mixture of Baroque setups - including a violist who is playing what looks like a Bros Amati copy with a short fingerboard! Wonderful sound indeed. The concert master is the new director of Tafelmusik here in Toronto. See below As a pro player, Mark C is in the best position to comment on the makeup of baroque groups. I can only comment on what I've seen in concerts. I saw the Monteverdi choir et etc in London in June perform 12 Bach cantatas over 3 nights. I sat in the second row literally 6 feet from JEG. The group played a variety of setups from old and new insturments with baroque fittings to purpose-made baroque instruments. It was an incredible experience!
  8. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    Thanks Ben - I looked at the both the CV and TV viola templates. Funny that the TV fingerboard template is actually shorter than the original on the Medici Tenor. Strad must have changed his mind at the last minute!
  9. Urban Luthier

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    Yea I guess you are right Martin, perhpas not the best example but there there must be others... I think Christian Tetzlaff plays a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin. It would be interesting to note other top players playing modern instruments.
  10. Urban Luthier

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    not sure if she's ever refused 'a good strad' but she seems to get along fine without one
  11. Urban Luthier

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    This is an old. thread I know but I have a similar question regarding my current project - a Strad CV viola based on the existing strad templates. The CV fingerboard template is ~ 236 mm which would drop it down to the middle of the upper bout as Ben notes above. Presumably this makes sense for music ca 1690. My question is -- would a short fingerboard like this be suitable for viola music throughout the entire baroque era -- in to the 1750s?
  12. Urban Luthier

    Modern Violas Based on The Stradivari CV form

    Here is the Archinto viola and cello in recital. Start at 5:30. Amazing what one can fine these with a bit of careful looking...
  13. Urban Luthier

    Christian Bayon´s bench

    Beautiful as always Christian. I enjoy your photography as well -- you always find a nice ways to capture the spirit of your instruments in pictures.
  14. Urban Luthier

    Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why?

    Given that I'm an amateur still honing my skills, I make what I affectionally call Strad-acconi. Basically a P form violin or CV from viola with the Sacconi arching and approximate thicknesses.
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    Baroque Cello Model

    Any one have any experience with the late strad cellos built on the small form? I just found the 'Saveuse’ cello 1726 poster in my collection. Rather small at 724mm. you can see it here https://vimeo.com/212577059 and here it in this clip