Urban Luthier

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  1. Sad news indeed. I always enjoyed Addie's insight. He was kind and generous with his time. His strad artifacts drawing must have took him a good deal of time to prepare and remain one of the most valuable resources posed here on MN. He will be missed
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    Interesting and useful experiment. Thanks for sharing
  3. Old thread I know, but has anyone made an instrument from the Henry Jaye (1618/19) Strad plan? Seems like a nice outline, but the string length at 760mm is quite a bit longer than one normally sees for English bass viols 680-90mm.
  4. moistening the end-grain with water or alcohol can sometimes help. As above, your block plane has to be super sharp
  5. Nice scroll -- is that your's or the ceruti original? Hard to tell with you!
  6. anyone try opening up a sheet of drywall, grinding it and using the powder as a filler?
  7. PoP is only one type of filler. There are many you can choose -- I've used cheap Behlen pumice on the last two and it worked out well. I mixed it into the varnish and rubbed it in (see Gegg Alf article in the Strad)
  8. I feel your pain! You could strip the violin and revarnish using another commercial product. HAMMERL makes a volatile oil varnish called A1 which is very easy to apply. They also supply colouring agents
  9. Jacob I really wish the Strad would commission you to create a technical drawing / poster of this instrument. From your photos it appears to be a very fine specimen! We don't need any more Strad posters based on Strads or GDG Looking forward to your restoration notes. This is a really interesting thread. Thanks for sharing
  10. Seeing one of Guy's Strad model cellos first hand I can say his varnish and gentile antiquing are among the finest i've seen! (the cello sounded fantastic as well
  11. 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!
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  13. 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!
  14. Nice gouge! The scroll set from Dictum is made by Hans Karlsson
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I think it is worth mentioning again how generous Davide has been with sharing his time, talent and technique with us. thank you Davide!
  19. that is probably the Nicolo Amati poster. The two Andrea amati posters published by the Strad are 7/8ths size (tullie house and Ashmolean)
  20. Both the Andrea Amati violin plans published by the Strad are 7/8th I think
  21. 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
  22. 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.