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  1. I realize I have no hope of understanding violins. I'm grateful mine lets me play it occasionally between maintenance sessions. Shine on, Harvest Moon...
  2. Think of it as the maker's signature on a bill of sale. if you received a check, and the signature was faded, do you think the bank would deposit it for you if you added ink?
  3. That was my confusion. I misinterpreted "drying" as "evaporating." So the string takes on a tiny bit of mass, with the benefit of less humidity dampening and fraying. Maybe in October I'll see if I can go back to gut.
  4. Walnut is one I haven't tried. Does it leave a film as it dries?
  5. Some of the older treatises recommend sweet almond oil for string maintenance.
  6. As an amateur restorer, I applaud the idea. The musician(Ugh!) in me prefers a proper ebony board... It's a pretty pickle... dill or sweet?
  7. Rothwein

    Bridge stamp

    It's called history. Some believe it, some dont. If you want to go into detail, just Google "violin bridge" and select Images, and see if anything interesting pops up.
  8. Philip, you may be thinking of Triangle Strings, who at least on this forum have been quiet so as not to be accused of advertising.
  9. By all means. A violin should travel in the most luxurious vehicle one can afford. After all, who can travel with a 32foot stop?
  10. Possibly Stanley Ritchie, a Stainer. I haven't searched for his recording catalog in a long time.
  11. String technology has changed, for one thing. Gut was standard in Romberg's time, and overspun gut was still being tested.
  12. Do you know what wood that is? I like the color and texture.
  13. True, and the isometric is likely to be misinterpreted as a sound "field" rather than a sound "space."
  14. True, but the neck heel was then also modified. I've seen this done deliberately in order to leave room for the wrist when playing in the chest position, and one of Ben Hebbert's online essays shows a "baroque" instrument set up along that line. Mainly wondered how common it is, and if there's a regional school that made this way?
  15. Keyboard instruments with pedals almost require them. I wish I could afford poulaines.
  16. One thing that piques my curiosity is the short, wide button. I know that some fiddle playing styles put the instrument more against the chest, but I can't tell if instruments were actually made to accommodate this or later modified.
  17. Thank-you, Jeffrey. I respect Jacob's approach, and understand his position. I hope you and yours (and he and his) are safe. Jezzupe, I have a pair of Saucony that I should wear more often.
  18. I'm thinking more in terms of concrete vs abstract, rather than concrete as building material. My violin is made of wood. I need to fashion a fingerboard. I have chosen ebony as the material. I acquired it with a "remedially fitted" ebony fingerboard with a cherry wedge underneath. In the course of my experiments, I have fitted it with a curly maple fingerboard, then a cherry veneered fingerboard. I have tried gut strings on it, and traditional Black Diamond fiddle strings. The latter had an advantage that they twisted the neck to run more along the centerline of the corpus. The wood required for any sort of appui has been planed away, so will have to be included in the fingerboard. Photos will have to wait until I can get to my laptop. Calculations involving BTU are welcome!
  19. More likely the abbreviation for Départment des Vosges. Sort of like Co is used (confusingly) for County.
  20. Is there any way for you to re-upload the pictures? Either they're mirror-reversed or you've put the chinrest on the wrong side. This is certainly quirky enough to be called a neat old fiddle!
  21. Thank-you, Jeffrey. It's worthy of debate, but not in this thread (or maybe it is, if the various rivals are respectful.) To give a more concrete image, the violin in question is an anonymous ca. 1800 Saxon/Bohemian (I don't have enough knowledge to say Sachs-Böhmisch.) The construction is definitely built on back, with a neck joint similar to that of a Spanish guitar. There is a photograph on maestronet.com posted by member @Fiddlestick which is, if not this instrument, then one very similar. Further disclosure: yes, it is eBay acquired. I needed something on which to practice.
  22. Fully seriously, only a little toungue-in-cheek: Did you shape the fingerboard with a flat under the C-string?
  23. Welcome to Maestronet, benwoo! We do have refreshments. By all means share photos, but be advised many here watch the same auctions you do. If you're looking for a good, solid playing instrument, I'd advise trying some of the official sponsors' sites. If it's the thrill of the hunt, just realize some properties are posted. This violin might be perfectly playable, but the fact that the seller was banking on it being possibly a JTL... Good call. Let us know when you come up with another one!
  24. Is it important to the seller that it is a JTL? Or are they selling it as a playable black violin with a JTL label? There is a significant difference.
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