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  1. what determines the sound a luthier aims at?

    I think the OP was asking what sound you aspire to, not how you achieve the results. Glenn
  2. Hill Star

    Thanks. That's what the bow holding mechanism looks like in the case made for the Soil Stradivari. Glenn
  3. Case ID - as the case may be

    Richard, The history of screws is very interesting. I firmly believe that if Stradivari had ready access to screws he would have used them to attach his necks to the rib garland instead of nails. Before 1760, screws were hand made and the threads done with a file. The first machine to make screws was patented in England in 1760, c. 1820, screws were made from a drawn rod so one can see longitudinal stripes on the shank. Screws turned on a lathe have circumferential marks on the shank and modern ones are smooth on the shank. It's a complex topic but screws can be dated from such things as the type of slot, the profile of the thread cuts, the taper and a few other factors. In general, hardware is the most accurate way of dating cases or any antique furniture. Glenn
  4. Hill Star

    Thanks Richf. This photo was just for fun and will appear in the chapter on golden age Hill cases. The cover of the next book is already decided: Case_closed_Cover.pdf
  5. Hill Star

    Jim, they rarely come onto the market but there is one for viola in the next Tarisio sale - est $2000-3000. https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2198716416&cpid=3504979968&filter_key=570eda296c8781dede875e907409e884 Glenn
  6. Hill Star

    Here's something you won't see very often. Glenn
  7. Case ID - as the case may be

    Guido, This case definitely doesn't have a satinwood veneer but I'm definitely curious to hear about the Hill bow case you came across. They are as rare as hen's teeth. Here is a Hill satinwood violin case showing the typical figuring of trees from East Bengal. I think from western India they have less figure but I'm inclined to think your case is an English wood such as Ash or Elm. Glenn
  8. Case ID - as the case may be

    Here are better pics of the veneer? Any ideas? Glenn
  9. Case ID - as the case may be

    Thanks. Interesting you mention wood - it polished up nicely but I still don't know what it is. I'll post more pics of it in the hope someone might recognise it. Glenn
  10. Case ID - as the case may be

    Update: Now I have had the opportunity to study this case at close quarters and carry out some much needed conservation work, I have completely changed my opinion about it. The hand blocked paper lining, weave of the cloth and type of early machine made screws lead me to a date in the English Regency period 1810 - 1840. The general aesthetic of veneers with real ebony edges correspond to trinket boxes and tea caddies of this era also. In summary, a fascinating late Georgian survivor. Glenn
  11. VSA magazine The Scroll

    Agree absolutely! Perhaps it's an age thing but disks just don't get read or don't command the same attention from me as paper. I regretted the JVSA shrinking from book form to a disk which was partly why I gave up membership. I realise the cost involved in hard copy publication and regret that trees suffer in the process..............but I still prefer it. Glenn
  12. Case ID - as the case may be

    I tend to agree. Wallpaper long and a bit of felt for the corpus was quite common and, as these things go, the quality on this one is slightly above average. The difference in shade between the inner lid and the lower part could be due to accumulation of rosin and dirt. The biggest puzzle is why there is no spinner or other means to attach a bow or two inside the lid. Glenn
  13. Case ID - as the case may be

    I've studied all the examples provided but never seen one exactly like this one - (drawer pull) - that appears on what I believe to be an American case. I'd love to know if this one (with the bits that peep out beyond the supports), is American or European. Or is it ever possible to say?? Glenn
  14. Case ID - as the case may be

    Addie, thanks for all the info on the hardware. I now understand the difference between chest lifts and drawer pulls. It seems that period hardware is a field of study in its own right. Glenn