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DGerald StephenR

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    I enjoy Classic & "Modern" Austro-Hungarian and Italian instruments. I also enjoy riding my 1983 Shovelhead when the Canadian climate allows me to ;)

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  1. Well sleuthed Blank face! I just can't understand the need for the romantic story about Grandpa's old fiddle found cleaning out the home of a deceased parent. Why? It was bought off ebay...what's the big deal..? DGSR
  2. Back in the early 2000's, I spent some time at the bench studying under Luigi Lanaro who imparted me with this: "A Master is one who has made all the mistakes, so he knows not to make them again"...I always liked that one... DGSR
  3. Thanks all for the insight. Groblitz was the name my mind was searching for but couldn't recall. DGSR
  4. This instrument, described as "Violin, Füssen School", sold for a decent sum at yesterday's Skinner auction ($9500usd+ premium = $11,875). I was wondering if either of you had more information to share beyond the lot description: Description Violin, Füssen School, labeled Michael Hartung/liutaro fece in Padova/l'anno 1689., length of back 359 mm, with case. Estimate $4,000-6,000 Sound post cracks to top and back. Numerous restorations to table including patches to f-holes. Rib cracks. The top and back both inscribed externally. DGSR
  5. LMII sells the Benedetto planes a little cheaper than StewMac does: Double convex Flat sole They also sell the "D'Angelico" which I quite like. The D'Angelico also come with Ron Hock blades: Large sole Small sole DGSR
  6. Unless I've missed something somewhere, this is in discussion of an instrument belonging to Joseph Szigeti the Hungarian fiddler, not Henryk Szeryng... DGSR
  7. Hi Nate, That's unfortunate indeed. For my home shop I get by with 2 ANTIFONI lamps from Ikea using different lumen light sources. Nothing special but it does the trick. At the workshop, I use the Lee Valley LED Magnifying bench lamp which I quite like. My favorite lamp has been one that a former girlfriend/jeweler had and that was the Grobet Professional led bench lamp. Just a few options for you to consider... DGSR
  8. Thanks. I did see something in the outline to instruments I have known as "Duke" fiddles but as you say; the scroll and ff's really through me off that consideration. Perhaps something is there. As hideous as the scroll is; I quite like it. I believe this is where Jacob's initial "may be" was in regards to; the more hurriedly production of the later Glatz maker(s). The scroll really is an "extraordinary" example... DGSR
  9. Quite right Jacob; the outline and scroll features do differ significantly. A mystery it shall remain. The interior of my example is also nowhere near as clean as what you have provided; mine with linings not let into the full (not hollowed) asymmetrical blocks (shorter in the "c" bouts). Mine retains a somewhat knackered original carved in bar and screw in the neck. Some day I might take a swing at the needed repairs and thorough cleaning it requires. LOB - ~360 Neck stop- ~133 Body stop- ~198 DGSR
  10. Thanks once again Jacob for the excellent information. Below are photos of the one I have that you thought some time back may be from the Glatz region. This is a more modest example. DGSR
  11. Unfortunately, I don't believe the NX60 will go into production any time soon (it's been going on 6yrs now). During my time, only myself and 2 other individuals were able to machine it to the tolerances it was set at. Right around the time I left, one of the other 2 had left as well. It really was a tricky tool to get perfect, which is what was demanded of the production (especially the finish). As mentioned before, the DX60 as well as the low angle and standard block planes are very fine tools and all are still available. I still use the DX60 daily and I had a standard custom lazer etched and presented to my teacher who is quite happy with it. DGSR
  12. Hi Nate, I use the stuff frequently for a variety of clamping needs during repairs (albeit a different manufacturer) and have never had issues. DGSR
  13. Hi Nate, Just 'hover' over the users big circle under their name with your mouse and a box thing will appear with the option to ignore, which you will then click. But to start, don't click, just hover over the big circle... DGSR
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