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. DGerald StephenR

    Perry Sultana...

    Fantastic! I've been throughly enjoying this topic and very impressed with the outcome. Congrats!!! DGSR
  2. DGerald StephenR

    Japanese paper (和紙 wa'shi) for restoration

    I use kozo washi (mulberry) from this source purchased through a local distributor. Specifically I had this ordered in for me as it wasn't a standard stocked item. Extremely strong stuff and a good penny to purchase. I used another kozo available in rolls when I worked at a big shop that seemed to be just as useful I suppose although not as pretty. I'm not certain which type of washi it was though. DGSR
  3. DGerald StephenR

    French violin mislabeled

    There was no comparison intended, more so to display an antiqued Chinese instrument that wasn't high gloss such as sospiri mentioned. Personally, i don't like the look of an overly polished instrument where the varnish lacks texture. When shown my first Strad it was extremely highly polished so much so that the maple itself lacked much texture let alone the varnish. It was declared 'junk' by the owner and I was promptly given a Nemessanyi to admire as a superior instrument... DGSR
  4. DGerald StephenR

    French violin mislabeled

    Some years ago some of this makers stuff came through my shop. Not as glossy as the nice work shown by Peter above but I was impressed with the work. Considered a mid-range instrument (around $2k if I recall correctly). DGSR
  5. DGerald StephenR

    'Ascribed to Guarneri' at Tarisio

    The auction record you're quoting is almost 2 decades old. The Halász was/is a fine instrument and had it been bought by a player, it's a good price for a good Nessy and something a dealer could turn a profit on if that were their intention with it... DGSR
  6. DGerald StephenR

    Gio Batta Morassi has passed away.

    Condolences to the family and many students of this very kind and wonderful human being. He was also instructor to one of my teachers many years ago in Cremona. RIP Maestro DGSR
  7. DGerald StephenR

    method for testing finish for acoustic transparency?

    Hi Barry, I am not absolutely sure if this will address your inquiry but I have a colleague who is considered one of the premier guitar builders in the world. Acoustic instrument in the $20K+ range. For years he has used a device that measures the thickness of his finish and he is very adamant on it being a specified thickness throughout the entirety of the instrument. While I'm not sure it is the linked measuring tool here it is something similar. Of course he experimented on various types of finishes for several years and then honed in and tweaked his preferred finishing material. DGSR
  8. DGerald StephenR

    20th Century Italian violin makers

    Every time I see that scroll Davide I am floored. Outstanding work! DGSR
  9. DGerald StephenR

    Where can these Japanese mini saws be found?

    Lee Valley always has a very good selection of the Japanese saws. These detail saws are likely what you're after and here one can go through entire list of their Japanese Saws. DGSR
  10. DGerald StephenR

    Info on unknown makers

    Hi Nate, It's free. Link here for the 'Maker Archive' DGSR
  11. DGerald StephenR

    Info on unknown makers

    I just caught now that you're looking for information about a Parker Ryan. This may be in regards to the person you're looking for info on. Again from J. Dilworth via Wenberg off the Amati website: "PARKER Worked to c.1940 Asheville, North Carolina USA. Self-taught maker. Large Stradivari model using orange-brown commercial oil varnish. [Wenberg]" DGSR
  12. DGerald StephenR

    Info on unknown makers

    This is from J. Dilworth on the Amati website: "Biography of Kurt Gutter - John Dilworth Kurt Arno, Born 1894 Markneukirchen. Pupil of O. B. Heinel. Worked for Glaesel in Berlin and H. T. Heberlein in Markneukirchen. Established there from 1921, later assisted by his son Albert Conrad. Professional work; usual models, and some personal forms. Kurt Gütter / Markneukirchen / Made in Germany / Copie: Joseph Guarnerius" Hope that helps a bit. In regards to the "Ryan" is that the first name of another Gutter or the last name of someone else? DGSR
  13. DGerald StephenR

    American Maple on Mittenwalder?

    I agree with your comments on Sugar and Black being alike Jim...I think I'd go with sub-species but I'm no botanist. Here in the North they can be distinguished by their leaves; Black Maple having less points... Hard Maple is certainly harder to work than something like Red Maple but I'm also not a fan of the timbre of instruments made with Hard Maple...I find it too dominant in the treble range... DGSR
  14. DGerald StephenR

    American Maple on Mittenwalder?

    I usually refer to the Janka hardness scale when considering wood for various purposes. Hard maple (sugar maple/rock maple) has a Janka Hardness around 1450lbf. More usable maples, like Red and Bigleaf are in the 850-950lbf range. Oppio, (European Field Maple) is around 1150lbf. Black & White European Poplar are in the 410-460lbf range. DGSR