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  1. curious1

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    There are Stradivari paper neck templates (no 213, 237, 250, 252, 276, etc.) and two measuring sticks (no 140, 141) from which we can draw conclusions about neck length. There are at least three Stradivari violins with original reset/reheeled necks. (Lady Blunt, Messiah, Alard). The ‘Cannone’ has its original neck. It has been reset but some inference can be drawn from it too.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    A cursory examination of six GdG stop lengths and scrolls finds no such relationship. I only see the random dimensions of a hand made object produced from a single template. please correct me if I’m missing something. Instrument, stop length, scroll length, volute dim. King 192 108 51 38.75 31 Plowden 191 107.5 50 39.25 31.2 Stern 193 107 51 39 31.25 Kemp 192.5 109.5 51.75 38.75 32.25 Wilton 192.5 107.75 49.75 38.5 30.75 Cannone 197.5 109.25 51 39.25 33.5 Leduc 188 108.7 49.25 37 29.75
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Yes, but I think David was saying you had to put the windows in before you knew how big the roof should be.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Del Gesu seems to have used a system of laying the f hole out on the outside rather than the inside of the violin. The main point of reference was most likely the center joint rather than the edge or ribs. This is why the f hole position is usually quite ‘square’ and symmetrical.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    I think Hills thought there was a significant number of instruments that had the ‘Sotto la disciplina Antonio Stradivari....’ label (workshop violins) that were relabelled with Antonio labels in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    The marking of the pegbox, at least according to the handwriting and ink test carried out on the Messiah, seems to have been a Cozio thing and not Antonio. Cozio was like that. He liked to organize and write stuff down. When he identified the mould for a particular what better place to immortalize than in the pegbox.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    How were they able to get Vernon Dursley to narrate it?
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Haahaa, you’re killing me.
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    Bass bars

    Lower cross grain stiffness will have an effect on higher modes in the finished instrument most notably in the transition area.
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    Bass bars

    Slab cut backs are left thicker because, as Don Noon says, they have a lower cross grain stiffness
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    Bass bars

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    The Sound of Stradivari - Patrick Kreit

    A double gold medal was awarded to Gabor Draskoczy (siver medal workmanship and silver medal tone). A well deserved award. No other tone awards were given though. In a field of more than 200 international makers no other violin in the competition was considered worthy of consideration for either a silver medal or certificate of merit on the basis of tone! The highest scoring violin on workmanship (Andrew Ryan-Silver Medal Workmanship) failed to even achieve certificate of merit for tone despite being owned and loved by an international soloist. Such are the vagaries of competitions and tone judging.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Current 3D printers are capable of printing in all sorts of materials and in complex layers. The commercial limitations are machine cost, printing time, and the knowledge to properly direct the printer.
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    Bass Bar Height

    My guess would be that given an average piece of spruce stock this is the height needed to raise the free plate by two half steps.