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    Real or not ?

    Thanks. I doubted the authenticity myself. The neck isn't grafted but there is a great deal of soot inside where it had been played back in the days of candle light and oil lamps so mid/late 1800's early 1900's would be appropriate age. The Mediolani had me stumped.
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    Real or not ?

    The left side of the label is gone and I'm tempted to take the top off to search for it but not in any big hurry. I'm curious if anyone can tell me the meaning or importance of the bottom line word on this label ? Thanks.......
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    Luthier light --- DIY version

    I bought this clip-on book lamp from Ebay : Broke the outer covering to leave just the LED. Been using the original batteries for 3 years now.
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    Ancient violin ID

    The scroll looks as though it has been antiqued in reverse with flat wear spots on the front instead of on the back of the scroll where you usually see them. Highly unusual.
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    What resulted in this repair?

    I see scratches but not the soft edged gouge marks he was known for.
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    What resulted in this repair?

    If this is a '01 Scarampella it's odd to me that the belly doesn't show any of the heavy handedness and tool marks that he was known for before Matta joined him.
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    Davy crockett's violin

    Well, at least he VOLUNTEERED to play Dominants.
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    blue spring steel

    Go to a lumber yard and pick up some free scraps of one or two inch wide steel banding strap. It's made from high carbon steel. I use it for one of my opening knives.
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    How Good Is My Amati Copy?

    "Is this an Amati" ? That depends on what the definition of is is. You mentioned islands. Could this be the lost twin from the Maldives school ? I'm just sayin' ...............
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    New vs. old violin tonal characteristics

    "Old violins", if we're talking early 1900's and before, were strung with gut which is generally much more lively than our contemporary synthetics. That liveliness can make a thicker top plate more responsive than you may think. I've used pure wound gut on some appropriately graduated violins and the new gut was just "too darn happy" (my description). The tone and power would become more manageable as the gut strings began to go dead. Same brand strings on an older thicker top sounded sweet and true when new.
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    It doesn't look like the violin in question was played back in the days of oil lamps, candles and fireplace heating.
  12. In Search of Cremona
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    Violin too loud - advice please

    Until you hear back from your teacher you can roll an old dollar bill tightly down the width until you have a tight two and a half inch tube and then weave that behind the bridge so that the center two strings are on top of the dollar and the two outside strings are underneath. Push the dollar up to about 3/8 inch of the bridge and see if that doesn't quieten it down without killing the tone. Move it back and forth until you find the right softer sound. A hundred dollar bill works better only if it's someone else's.
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    Excellent Scraper Material

    That tempered steel banding is what I used to make one of my better parting knives from. Cut an angled end similar to an Exacto blade and sharpen one side. The point is so razor fine that it leaves no visible mark entering the joint.
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    Bass Bar Curiosity

    Less mass on the bass bar will result in a deeper, warmer tone on low and mids. Rigidity can be replaced with degree of angle (vs parallel w/grain).