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  1. Selling in a saturated market

    This is exactly what it all boils down to. The problem is, for most folks, networking and aggressively building interpersonal relationships are not their "long suit". They are largely destined to be hobbyists... meaning the satisfaction they receive from making must be their reward. I'm aware of one successful luthier who, with one or two of his instruments in hand, spent many evenings in the bar rooms of large city hotels, where famous musicians would unwind following performances- engaging them in conversation, buying them drinks, etc. He devised clever ways to involve notable people in the use and promotion of his instruments. He was the epitomy of self promotion, and enjoyed a long and very successful career.
  2. Case ID - as the case may be

    Whad'ya think Glenn?
  3. Interesting violin on my bench

    Jens is very interested in this subject area, and I'm sure, would be pleased to help.
  4. Interesting violin on my bench

    Another factor typical of the Danish makers I mentioned, is that they (mostly) used an outside mold, and their linings were either continuous, or at least partially over the corner blocks from both sides. The lack of this feature might be explained if the ribs were "thoroughly repaired/restored".
  5. Interesting violin on my bench

    The 4-piece purfling was regularly used by a number of Danish makers and some of those who learned from them: Frederik Wilhelm Hansen, Peder P. Adamsen, Thomas Jacobsen, Niels Jensen Lund, Niels Larsen Winther & Peder C. Poulsen. Poulsen emigrated to Chicago, where he was known as Peter C. Paulsen, and passed the 4-piece purfling practice on to his son and to Knute Reindahl, who employed it occasionally. Jens Stenz in Denmark is expert on these makers and may be helpful in further identification. He may be contacted at
  6. Flea Market Violin ID Help

    My uneducated take is that a beginner, making his 1st, 2nd, or 3rd instrument, would be far more careful and would be trying to do his/her very best. The outside shows much more ability than was exerted on the inside, so I would guess a somewhat experienced maker was just knocking them out as fast as possible, and keeping the outside acceptable appearing to their market.
  7. Viola d'Amore check in, please?

    Glad to hear you weathered the storm o.k. Hope your thesaurus didn't get waterlogged.
  8. Violin ID? (#1)

    Looks like that top was originally made of 1/2" or so wide strips glued together. The only ones I've seen like that were by Jackson-Guldan.
  9. airbrush recommendations?

    My airbrush experience has been mostly with water-based mediums, but FWIW, I strongly prefer bottled compressed air to a noisy compressor. My bottle is about the size of a loaf of bread- VERY quiet, and VERY portable. My usage requires an inexpensive re-fill about every 6 - 9 months, and I would bet your usage would be similar. I never before heard of using compressed nitrogen?? Do your compressors compress nitrogen? If there are reasons the bottled compressed air would not work for your applications...never mind.
  10. I believe G. Peterson only did repairs, set-ups, etc., and did not make instruments. This information derived (assumed) from his ad found in a Google search. I see he lived right across the street from the high school I attended- likely did school instrument repairs too.
  11. Are these saddle cuts a bit too much?

    Does your luthier employ an assistant?
  12. Based on location, the squiggly lines seem to me, to be an unsuccessful attempt at antiqueing.
  13. Equestrium harvest

    Just couldn't resist, Michael. I only meant to point out the "traditional methods" aspect. BTW, the luthier I research used "copy carvers" around the turn of the century (ca1900)
  14. Equestrium harvest

    (...returns to his CNC carving apparatus.)
  15. GPS tracker in case

    How about an explosive device concealed within the case, rigged so that when the case is opened without using the correct code/combination, BLOOEY! (sp)