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    Winkler Viola Bow

    Whoops- supposed to be in the 'development of taste' thread. duh
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    Winkler Viola Bow

    Generally, the consensus seems to be that copying is not good; not creative, etc. So why, then, do so many makers seek to replicate patterns of the 'ancients' to the nth degree? It seems contradictory. The workmanship can be extraordinary, but the creativeness, signature, or hand of the maker is lost, or at least diluted. I can understand using established and accepted patterns in a general way, but making the ff's exactly the same; corners exactly the same; the edge-work.. At least the ancients can be told apart..
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    machine made violins also CNC "Betts"

    Delabo- I think Mr. Merkel was referring to the age of his knee, rather than his computer.
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    machine made violins also CNC "Betts"

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    Violin ID

    Appears to have been artificially antiqued
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    Craig Tucker Memorial Instrument

    I believe I have the distinction of being the first to "out" Craig regarding his multiple posts. I can only participate with thoughts/suggestions- No one has yet mentioned a label for the instrument, but I think considerable thought should go into it. It would be nice if one of Craigs' labels could be used, possibly along with a second, explanitory label or inscription.
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    F-hole fails?

    I've posted this before, but here are some cello f-holes with extensive "fixes". Can be seen at this angle/lighting, but otherwise quite unoticeable.
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    Viola Case ID

    could be a dik-dik
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    f hole mystery

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    f hole mystery

    I think the decorations are definitely scandinavian- esp the 'tulip flower' at the corners; they are reminiscent of the old "kolrosing" method of decorating- rubbing charcoal into scribed/cut lines, although these are thicker, and apparently painted-on line work.
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    Self-taught violin makers

    I've observed many apparent amateurs periodically posing questions on this forum, such as how to fill voids in purfling channels, or what size gouge to use for this or that, and I wonder how many questions come to their mind between those posts, that they hesitate to ask. Just imagine the amount of knowledge that would be exchanged between two luthiers sitting and working side by side eight hours a day- just through small-talk, observation, and casual conversation. There is no comparison. The real question is, will this be a part-time hobby, or do you want to make this your vocation? Either option is O.K. Now, back to that bird-house.
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    World's Oddest Bass Bar?

    Not me- I still have all I can do to make a bird-house...
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    World's Oddest Bass Bar?

    Don't really know- It's a natural twisted vine-type piece; I fantasized it might be an adjustable soundpost that screws down through an f-hole. :-)
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    World's Oddest Bass Bar?

    All the pieces- I don't think it was ever really finished.
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    World's Oddest Bass Bar?

    Can this be classified as a bassbar?