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?
  14. if you want to roll your own, weld makes a nice yellow. Just make it the same way as a madder lake
  15. This is perhaps the most important announcement i've seen here in years! I can't wait to read your findings
  16. I purchased the Luthier's bench Iron. I echo John's comments with a little more local colour on the purchasing and shipping experience. When i bought mine a couple of years back they only had a 110v iron. They wouldn't ship it to Canada because they didn't have the UL? certification. So i had mine made as a 110v iron with a UK plug and had it shipped to a friend in France who then shipped it to me. So net net, it was a huge pain in the you know what. In the end it was worth it -- it is the best iron I've used and it is big enough to do a cello. Their bending straps are also first rate - flexible enough to bend around the contour of the iron without kinking. just sand off the edges as they are quite sharp
  17. Yes and yes. Slow and low -- up to 80% loss. It is all there in varnish section of the bass and Strad B&G books. It is extraordinarily difficult for the lay person to create good varnish. Unless one has the experience, equipment and space; varnish making can be time consuming, expensive and dangerous. Given my level of development, I choose to work with commercial produces
  18. I've made varnish and purchased it. My preference is for the latter. I've made my own and it was a fun learning experience, but it is time consuming and expensive to experiment.
  19. thanks again David. I'm going to get one of these for the shop and look for one of those separate controllers to operate it. looks like a simple solution.
  20. Thanks David. They are all sunbeam products, but i cant find a link for the exact model -- they seem to change every year! They are something like this https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sunbeam-Warm-Mist-Humidifier-White-SWM6000-UM/21150272
  21. Our home is heated by hot water radiators and we've been using the warm air humidifiers to raise the relative humidity. These have a heating element that boils the water and the steam humidifies the room. Are these useful and safe for our purposes?
  22. call me crazy but i rather like watching people work