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  1. Interesting, but where would 17th century Italians get formaldehyde in quantity?
  2. Deerhorn is tricky, because it's properly "antler." there's a bone-like part with a horn-like... layer? inclusion?
  3. Sometime this month, I'll put up pictures of "my Mistress" and "the Mare's Nest." I have to have Maintenance done in meiner Wohnung, but I think you might enjoy them. Jacob may have ideas of how to safely dispose of the latter.
  4. Thanks, Rue! I fall into a minority, but a largish one.
  5. He fills the fiddle with linseed oil, puts it on a widowsill for a week, and... Actually, the player needs to alter his/her technique, try all the (realistic) recommendations, and let us know if any of them work.
  6. Mostly glorious, but yes, glorious. Some del Gesùs couldn't be finished in time, so he used scrolls his dad left. Omobono did final fitting and varnish on Papa's near completes, etc.
  7. I often see reference to a "protein layer." Which protein? Albumen? Collagen? Keratin? Gluten? I hope I never inherit a Stradivarius. With my luck I'm allergic to Venetian flax mold. Tempera uses egg yolk. Gilding uses gesso, etc. I'm not sure which art technique uses library paste.
  8. It may be a subtle hint to the gentlemen handling the sale to keep their grubby paws off it?
  9. Agreed, not a genuine Guarnerius "del Gesù." Call it $400.-- Assume it needs a full setup. That will be about $250.-- of parts, including strings, pegs, tailgut, bridge. You could play it without a chinrest but not before sealing the edge. The cost of fitting all of the parts together? You would probably be just breaking even. It is valuable, not in dollars but in friendship. A lesson of provenance (NOT "providence") If we could figure out who "FB 20" was, and why he or she knuckled under to "I don't see your name on it," the violin will have a story to tell. Welcome to Maestronet! Enjoy our lovely collection of pre-owned certified magazines, as you wait for your precious fiddle to be lovingly restored.
  10. Just reading along... 1)The violin, once carved and assembled ("built"), must be [ ]ed. 2)Once the [ ]ing is done, and excess ____ removed, 3)Then the varnish may be applied. Somehow, the linseed oil ground theory leads me to imagine that Stradivari made his violins out of Linoleum. I have to wonder what the Tuscan musicians made often the Medici set. Brand new instruments, of finest wood, in full varnish, decorated with marquetry and pearl, and they were granted the privilege of actually playing them. After the various and sundry wars (minor skirmishes along borders and incidents at checkpoints; nothing that we fin de XX-ieme ciecle folk couldn't handle), naturally the plebean masses decided that everyone was entitled to own a Stradivarius, and the whole lonely genius in a garret mythos gained traction. Please, continue. That the truly great instruments are now distinguishable to molecular levels of detail is truly fascinating. Andreas, Kaffee oder Tee? Ich hab' auch Orangensaft. Leider kein Tomatensaft; ich muß nach dem Marktplatz fahren.
  11. Works for me, too! Thank-you, @ghunt!
  12. Perhaps a Fibonacci sequence instead? You could get a better cross arch.
  13. I think violinists are reassured in their technique when the instrument doesn't “play itself.“ :-)
  14. Somewhat. I don't have absolute pitch, but I have a memory for pieces. The concept of “Affetto“ (affect) was very often discussed as I was growing up. I remember the first time I heard the complete Bach Unaccompanied. Sergiu Luca on Nonesuch (cassette bought from Tower Records.) My first reaction was “Good grief, that's way flat!“ But with closer listening, it was possible to imagine the sensation of playing the piece. I never really subscribed to the idea that e-flat indicates a specific mood, and I still find it difficult to play (backward extensions are tricky for me since my fourth finger is short) but because it uses few open strings, it's less ringy and noisy than, say D major.
  15. Yes, the “weight“ refers to the string gauge. As you describe yourself, I would go for Vision heavy (stark -- “strong“.) Dominants are very demanding strings, I've found. This from using them to study Baroque music in Vermont in the mid-late '80s... You will find yourself constantly trying to figure out where the string is going to break. Core is the center of the string, usually either steel, gut, or synthetic (nylon, etc.) The wrapping is most of the time silver (g-string) or aluminum (d&a-strings, occasionally e.) On steel strings, sometimes nickel or steel are used. I recommend Vision to start with because I find them reliable, and I feel unless you play professionally, it's silly to pay for precious metal windings and such if the instrument is going to be only occasionally played and stored in a closet or under the bed. Ideally, I like the d-string thickest bare gut, the a-string next thickest bare gut, the g-string silver wound gut, and whatever steel e-string won't twist the neck out of its mortice . But living where I do, I'm using a full set of Warchal Amber. So far, they hold up well. I just wish the d-string were thicker. But enough of what I want...
  16. It does. The extremes are “sul tasto“ and “sul ponticello.“ or “am Steg“ and “am Griffbrett“ (auf dem Griffbrett?) A violin that does not have good variation between is not ideal for classical music.
  17. “Sorry, Susie. You missed the shift to fourth position A-flat. Press the button...“
  18. If it's celluloid, it will melt. I'm not sure if it's the alcohol itself or the denaturant but cellulose (can't remember if it's acetate or nitrate) will get a dull surface and stick to your cleaning cloth. I've ruined a couple fountain pens that way.
  19. Using an online tone generator I found: https://www.szynalski.com/tone-generator/ pure sine waves are less audible (to me, anyway) at higher frequencies (above 10000Hz) than the synthesized sawtooth waves. There is a sum of a LOT of something in the “violin sound wave.“ Does a sawtooth wave at 440Hz also contain all the upper partial tones?
  20. E-flat is also a very sweel sounding key on the violin, for the converse reasons.
  21. You're not going to get rich selling it, but as long as everything is intact, you should have no trouble just putting it in the closet. Think of it as a pet: If you wouldn't leave a pet to sleep there, don't leave your violin there. I recommend Thomastic Vision (the regular set, not Titanium or Solo, or whatever variants they have) to start on as I've found them to stabilize quickly and feel about right under the fingers. About 40-50USD a set from most online retailers. Savarez Corelli Crystal are about the least expensive synthetic strings I've tried. They sound good, but are very low tension. If your pegs hold properly, you might be able to do away with fine tuners. If not, D'Addario Prelude are reasonably durable and inexpensive steel strings to start with. If your bridge is not warped and it sits right, and the strings haven't dug in too far, it should be good.
  22. Whatever you do, DON'T use alcohol to clean it.
  23. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
  24. I for one am interested; it's fun to read while glue dries.
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