Urban Luthier

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  1. Favorite small viola model?

    Couldn't agree more. The Conte Vitale is a very difficult instrument to copy given the errors present in the original (the middle bouts are not symmetrical -- one side is quite a bit wider than the other) I really wish there were more plans available like the Zanetto mentioned above. Call me a blasphemer but I actually like the Strad CV form.
  2. Christian Bayon´s bench

    As always, this looks stunning!
  3. Ida Haendel

    Wow!
  4. New Book Arrives! Tuscan Strad

    discussion over here also which talks about the book, some of the findings and the 3d printed casts of the plates
  5. The Manual of Violin Making by Brian Derber

    looks like a really nice book. I'd like to order one as well
  6. aniline dye

    I used Hammerl dyes and varnish on my first couple of instruments. Easy to mix the dyes and apply the varnish. Colour seems to be quite stable over 15 yr period. However the Hammerel oil varnish is not a traditional oil varnish (at least as defined around here) in other words it is not a cooked resin / linseed oil varnish.
  7. Welcome to Maestronet. I enjoyed the documentary very much! looking forward to the book and the 3D printed plates
  8. Traité de Lutherie

    Hi Francois Good news! it looks like the order form on your site still refers to the older publication. Will you be updating the form? Best Chris
  9. violin marquetry

    stewart mac may have something
  10. I like your theory Davide! Looking at the Pollins book, I suspect you are right: it does appear the Pb and P forms are very very close through the upper bout and the waist diverging in the lower bout area where the P form a little longer and wider. Nice to see close ups of the belly in the video -- one doesn't need to be a dendrochronologist to see the fine grained spruce with the faint vertical markings likely comes from the same tree as the Medici viola and even the Archinto viola
  11. The book is available for pre order here https://www.scrollavezza-zanre.com/en/tivm-2-order-form-2/
  12. This should spark some interesting conversation. There is a section of the video that shows the Tuscan fitting perfectly around the P form (19:19). The P-form is dated 1705, while the Tuscan is dated 1690! Either the date on the P-from was inscribed by someone else who got it wrong or there was more than one P-form in the Strad shop that has not survived.
  13. Here is a fantastic documentary showing Fabio Biondi playing the Tuscan Strad! Can't wait for the book
  14. Green and purple pigments

    i've made very strong violet from cochineal as well using the same recipe I use for making madder lake (potassium carbonate turns cochineal bright violet). Here is the link to Advocatus's pigments that Jim mentions above
  15. Don Noon's bench

    I like the colour Don. Really nice