Urban Luthier

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  1. It is a Mathieson steel dovetailed smoothing plane -- likely 1850's-1900. it is lovely, but a it has seen a lot of use
  2. My guess is these squares were used to see if the corner and end blocks were square + scribing squaring off lines on rib stock. I made one of those Roubo squares I mentioned earlier for fun -- obviously too big for this task. Strads small square would be perfect for violins and violas and the larger would would work for cellos etc. Personally i love a bit of subtle ornimataion in tools -- Torbjörn's graduation punch in #26 is a work of art! Chris
  3. Roger and Elliot, I Was wondering about this myself -- if the resulting stuff from the slacking process is simply calcium sulphate, couldn't we simply start with this stuff described as Chalk of Bologna? This stuff isn't all that expensive and a Kilo would probably last many of us a lifetime! Chris
  4. i use shapton stones as well and have a 1000 and 16,000 grit -- they work wonderfully but need to be flattened with each use which can be tedious -- shapton makes a stone to do this but it is expensive
  5. As Alan noted, this is difficult if not impossible to police effectively -- there are ways to make it awkward to capture material but most have access to screen capture utilities to grab material -- or in many cases users know how to work their activity log to download files outright. There are business models you can look at to help deter and mange copyright -- charging a small subscription fee (subject to an end user licensing agreement) to use the 'reading room' on annual basis is one idea -- I'm sure you are familiar with The luthier's library. The Strad Library and Tarisio of course have similar Subscription models for their digital archives. Online possibilities are endless for you Joe -- you could even run online varnishing seminars to reach a wider audience. Check out Google Hangout! If Roger is reading -- regarding online models -- i don't think anyone would object to paying a fee per article on your website for articles and drawing you own the copyright for. This is one way to better take control of your online Brand and recoup some of your investment costs. There is nothing wrong with developing business models around this stuff. Chris
  6. handy i expect for ensuring you've carved your corner blocks square to the base. one square looks like it could be used for violin/violas the other larger one for cellos?
  7. To answer your question above Carl, the present owner of the Strad is Newsquest.
  8. I think everyone here appreciated the effort you've made to make your work available in the public domain as cheaply as possible Roger. You've made a measurable difference to raising for the craft of violin making and historical scholarship of the industry -- not many people can actually say that -- i think the industry would agree, your in the same league as the Hills and Sacconi in this regard.
  9. Short answer yes -- I'd pay for it. And you can take these ideas even further to master classes with leading musicians, live events hosted via google hangout where the community can interact directly with contributors. Imagine a google hangout where visitors could interact with Steven Isserlis for an hr to answer questions about the Oct Strad edition he'll edit? As I noted above i don't think you get enough credit for helping to modernize the Strad. The Strad is a commercial venture and needs to be viable to its diverse audience -- especially as social media transforms the communication landscape. if you want to increase Subscription -- you are thinking in the right direction -- it is way more than just the magazine, value added content delivered on line is the way to go. One small ask -- if you can figure out a way to deliver the posters electronically via the newsstand Subscription i'd be grateful! all the best Chris
  10. love the the history idea, Will. yes MN content can disappear. Think of MN as an online tavern where guess are invited to socialize. It is a business venture that is sustained by the owners and advertising $$. The owners may decide at some point to close up shop or sell their venture, or worse as VDM notes -- be subject server failure (not every business has offsite backups)-- what happens then? total or partial loss of knowledge. Chris
  11. The wonders of social media -- we all benefit -- but the stuff posted here will eventually get lost. It is not a matter of if, but when. Just look at how many broken external links there are in older maestronet threads -- we are already loosing knowledge continuity. I've saved off a bunch of relevant threads including the bass thread and various posts on varnish making from Neil and others for this reason. Social media is the future of communication but there are no clear archival standard to preserve historically relevant content (wikipedia is probably the closest to an online knowledge base that will endure)
  12. Yes agree Mike on the longevity of some of online publications -- this includes Maestronet -- see my post #38. Disagree on the Strad thing -- I don't think Ariane Todes gets enough credit for modernizing the Strad, but the Strad is what is and there is nothing wrong with that. Forget the 2K word limit -- either write for the Strad audience or look for other ways to get your views out. (I enjoyed your article by the way) I think there are better ways to publish in-depth scholarly work. I really wish everyone here would read Robert Lundberg's book on historical lute construction. this is EXACTLY what Roger is trying to achieve with his bass blog -- The serial publication of historical working methods. GAL published Bob's work over through a series of articles and later published the book along with plans. The publication will live on. One final comment on your view about longevity of online publication -- I agree see post #38 -- the industry as a whole sill needs to crack the nut of 'historical preservation' of online knowledge -- even Google hasn't figured this out. BUT social media is the communication of the future -- the industry needs to figure out how to cover both worlds to maximize exposure. Chris
  13. Yes!! Savart is published in conjunction with the Guild of American Luthiers i noted above.
  14. Is there anything wrong with the Strad being a coffee table mag? And those bright spots are pretty bright -- Without the strad it would be next to impossible for amateurs (and a few pro's I bet) to have access to quality instrument drawings -- yes thx to Roger here for the inertia. But I wish folks would wake up and look beyond the Strad. See my post above no #38. There are other publications that will take scholarly work and print it for posterity. GAL for instance has a wide circulation and could really do with a shot of fresh creative on the violin family. There are plenty of folks who write or wrote the odd article for GAL, many have near god-like status in the world of luthierie -- John Monteleone, the late Jimmy D'Aquisto and Robert Lundberg. (Michael Darnton also wrote a series of articles years ago, Geary Bease, Keith Hill et al also published in GAL) As for online publications -- your view Alan is very do able with effort. I also wish people would take a more realistic view of Maestronet. It is a forum which is great for dialog, but not necessarily the best place to document a process. I really wish Roger and others here would start their own blogs (see google blogspot). These are a more effective way to publish views and document a project. The benefit is that they are easier to maintain, the author controls the message and the community is invited to view and comment. They are better for the reader as well, who doesnt have to search for that thread and filter through all the noise to find the view an individual on a particular topic Chris
  15. Will in defense of the Strad they have modernized considerably over the past couple of years -- look at the electronic version that supports multimeida, look at the 3d posters, look at their website and blogs, even the editorial that features monthly 'trade secrets' -- this kind of stuff was unheard of 10 years ago. What you want, and what we want you to do, is publish scholarly articles (and your book). Unfortunately you want the Strad to be something that it isn't. I bet you there are other publications that would take your work in a heart beat. Have you looked at the Guild of American Luthiers GAL? Your work would have plenty of room to breath here and you'd be in good comapny. Check out Robert Lundberg's book on Historical Lute construction -- one of the best books on luthierie I've seen. Lastly, there is no question Social Media will become the main form of communication and information sharing. However a word of caution: We are all grateful for our hosts, but Maestronet is like a Tavern. They open their doors and we are guests at the establishment. They can shut their doors at any time and I expect there is no provision for archiving the forum for posterity. There is enough information stored up here that Maestronet has become of historical importantce to the world of luthiere What happens in 20, 50 or 100 years? Think about it. Chris
  16. Quite common to finish squares with a decorative point. See Roubo's Try Square. EDIT -- these were made by Chris Schwarz. The one i made can be seen in post #80
  17. One other thing -- I don't want to start a debate on whether violin making is a craft or an art form but I consider the research of those mentioned in this thread (Roger, Charles Beare, Carlo Chiesa, Bruce Carlson et al) to be academic in nature. I've never heard referece to any of these folks having lecturing cross-apoimtments with an university. Can this true? Practitioners at the top of their game in just about every other arts profession will have some sort relationship with an academic institution. These universities often encourage, sponsor and support their academic research and publications. Isn't it time to see the same for our profession? Chris
  18. I second that -- i'm also very grateful you've provided much of the content form the book on your website Roger
  19. Second Joe's wish + - An Amati family exhibition and catalogue along the Strad, Guarneri, Guad exhibits - Follow up to the Strad Varnish book - Book of Koen Padding's varnish expertise There are a few books out there that I'd love to acquire Francois Denis' The Traité de Lutherie The Conservation, Restoration, and Repair of Stringed Instruments and Their Bows Edited by Tom Wilder Chris
  20. yep. that's one reason why I listen to vinyl . everyone, try listening to the track on the 1080P setting. I can hear the 12K and 15K appears half as loud to me. under headphones at higher volume i can perceive something all the way up to 20K
  21. Important note when you run the test: make sure you have the video quality at the highest setting in youtube -- i.e. 1080p (some of lower compression settings will truncate the higher frequencies in the video)
  22. i've seen the Messiah but not the exhibit -- but judging from the photos posted in the Exhibit thread showing the instruments in cluster and from the catalogue -- the Messiah looks right at home among the best of the best
  23. anyone who has the Strad exhibit catalogue can get a close up of one of the Messiah's corners -- see page 181. The overhang flairs at the corner in the typical fashion. The corner shown has slightly more weigh on the c bout side
  24. From the Ashmolean drawing of Messiah -- looks like John Pringle's handwriting -- i recognize it from the Ash plan of the Amati Allard Chris