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  1. Thanks Andres- The case was obviosly made by the maker for this instrument. I e-mailed William Monical and asked if he would look at the pics & possibly offer an opinion-
  2. That explains it Maestramusica- I just couldn't understand why he didn't have his oar in the water here. Ron.
  3. No string marks that I can ascertain. Maybe have to re-think this instrument- I measured it: total length 25 1/4", body length 15 1/4", upper bout 7 1/8", lower bout 9 1/8". I also measured the top plate thickness, which varies from 1.5mm to 2.0mm (isn't that rather thin?)
  4. Falstaff- Thanks for the 2 articles. Richf- Yes the neck/scroll angle wasn't too obvious in the previous pics. Here's a better one: Maybe Andre Sender would weigh-in on this?
  5. Thanks all, for your help & observations so far (still no takers on the "corkscrew" though. I know this piece is an important part of the fiddle. I guess I couldn't get a rise out of Glenn with my remarks about the case, so here it is (3 posts):
  6. Thanks Jacob- I would really appreciate a copy of the article if you can locate it. Did you notice the tiny wood positioning pegs in the top block? They are also in the bottom block, but difficult to see in the pic. Any guess yet what the corkscrew thingy is? How about an adjustable soundpost that "threads" down through the tiny hole at the top of the "f" until the desired tension is achieved? Could happen! Ron.
  7. ctviolin- I guess I answered part of your question in my previous post. I'm tempted to have someone put it back together (I'm not the guy), and I'd be open to ideas for finishing if I do.
  8. Jacob & Rich- What is "Alemannic"? I've never heard the term before. Do you know who I might contact that has had experience with that type of violin? The person who GAVE me this violin purchased it some years ago in an Olso antique store. He admitted to removing the original finish, which he now knows was a mistake.
  9. I just acquired this violin which is all apart, but everything seems to be there. It has much Norwegian writing inside, translation indicates it is religious poetry & prayer. Dated 18 August, 1731, by John Petterson. Top appears to be pine, back, ribs, & neck maple. Nut, saddle, & end pin are bone. No linings, ribs were inset into small channels in top & back. One piece bottom rib. No corner blocks or purfling. Both plates seem very thin (without yet measuring). Bass bar is integral & straight down the center; a carved protrudance extends from neck block to bass bar & is attached w/tiny dowels or wood pins to bass bar. Does not appear to ever had a sound post, but there is "corkscrew" piece w/string attached that came with it?? (too long to be a soundpost). I could also show a pic of the case it came in, but I'm afraid Glenn's keyboard might get rusty. Any comments on this thing? Ron.
  10. I just obtained this set of 24 assembly clamps from a retired luthier. He and his father made them many years ago- kind of the original version of the "new" style clamps available these days. Has anyone used this type, or known of them being used for assembly? They're very easy to use, fast (simple squeeze to either clamp or release), and allow ample 'clean-up' room around the clamped area. They're about 50 years old.
  11. Some very nice looking cases Glenn! Would those old glass-front, awning-type doors, bookcases work for these, or are they the wrong dimensions? Ron.
  12. Glenn- I only have a few instruments in the cases, but I find I only have to check/add water to the sponges about once every 3 weeks or so. On the other hand, the wall cabinet I converted, I glued crushed velvet all around inside, except on the glassed doors. It won't hold humidity AT ALL! It seems pretty 'air tight', although the doors just have regular cabinet catches (but in comparison, I have to leave the covers ajar on the plastic tubs I use), so I can't figure out why the wall cabinet doesn't work. Ron
  13. Quote: (who fishes for hens? ) Once, when I was a lad, I cast my hook & worm across the small creek I was fishing in, and it landed smack in front of a chicken in a fenced-in chicken-yard on the other side. The chicken immediately pounced upon the worm, and I, at the same moment, tried to avoid the inevitable by yanking the pole... it was not a pretty sight, that hen flapping & squawking as I hauled it across the creek!
  14. I have a couple of instruments in Wal-Mart plastic tubs with covers. I also place a dish of water with a sponge in them (sponge so water doesn't accidently get "sloshed"). These seem to hold humidity o.k.- even have to leave covers slightly open or they tend to get too moist. Maybe the "leak" has to be at the top of a cabinet for it too hold humidity properly?? Ron.
  15. I cannot seem to control the humidity level to any degree of difference from the humidity level in the room in which my cabinet is located (even though I have a dish of water & a sponge inside the cabinet). Do others have this problem? Or how have you been able to solve it? Ron.
  16. Quote: Here is a picture of the scroll - my guess is that it is French. That might give a clue to what I think it might be. Glenn- your quote above indicates you have an idea of your own; will you share it with us for our comments? I retract my earlier quess that it might have been a sign. I didn't understand that the plates were thicknessed, etc.- I thought it was merely 2 pieces of wood put together (although, I admit I was confused regarding the ff's & what might be behind them) . Ron.
  17. The pronounced scooping, etc. may have been to enhance the appearance from a distance (sign hanging up above shop); are those metal strips on the edges?.. could have had something to do with hanging it if it was a sign.
  18. I think it may have been made as a sign- for a violin maker or shop. ??
  19. I have the old "coffin" style case in this picture left over, if it's of any interest.
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