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  1. Many thanks Michael that means allot. The website needs a bit of tlc as getting a bit old now but will try and keep it up as long as I can. Much respect
  2. @Mark Norfleeetit is still there but the site uses ip detection to find your locality, sometimes that doesnt work. best bet if your interested in a slower cheaper postage please get in touch and send me a message either here or on the site.
  3. @DonLeister I did think about this originally, not all of the bridges included had measurements taken at the time, and I wanted it to be consistent and didnt want it to become too huge. So all measurements and weights are on the website.
  4. had a bit of time and managed to add weight based shipping to all areas which is much cheaper for multiple copies, and refunded a few people who overpaid. Also added ups ground which is slower and much cheaper to the usa
  5. Thanks @Rueno plans for anything else but love the rosin idea I loved Andrew Carruthers button website which I thinks been taken down by the trolls perhaps too hardcore
  6. these are old bridges and definately A rich catalogue of bridges from important centers of Instrument making ranging from 1780 to the present day and yes on the website there are weights and measurements, you just need to login in to see them.
  7. hahah, yes your definitely in the "doesnt" camp, thats ok. send me your bridges and I will show them some love.
  8. @GeorgeH sorry about that and I understand its not cheap, the lovely people at the International Violin Company have bought a few to add to their website, you may be able to pre-order from them at a lower cost. As things settle down I will try and add slower cheaper postage methods to the website, and always happy to try and find easier cheaper ways for people to buy it.
  9. @jacobsaundersI love your comments here, always bring a smile. There are a few older bridges 1780 ish onwards, but does concentrate on mainly later bridges, as you know earlier bridges were not stamped and used very plain wood, and tbh I dont think they cared so much about the cut as we do now. No theories as to why the bridge evolved as I think thats another book all together, its big enough as it is but those engineers amount you can read our VSA paper published awhile back, but I warn you its a long read.That should part answer the engineering side of the evolution and what we expect from them VSA Bridge Paper. "or is it just pictures of 20th C used bridges?" this makes me laugh, some people get the beauty, art and aesthetics of bridge cutting and the whole concept of the violinbridges project and some people dont.
  10. thanks I will look at it, but it needs collection and insurance added, so only a few pounds less, but worth adding as an option
  11. @martin swanclick that link and it shows you ups is £45 per kilo, even landmark global, with insurance and collection is £27.. what seems to happen is prices vary on the day just alittle
  12. @jandepora @l33tplaya yes postage on a single item is expensive mainly because its 230 pages, printed on good quality paper with a hard back, so it weighs 1kg.. if you can find cheaper shipping please let me know.. I had an order for Taiwan where they grouped together to buy a box of 10 books, where the postage comes to about £100 a box, so a huge saving. If any maestronet fellows want to organise this I am sure I could also apply a coupon to that, please get in touch
  13. thanks @Emilg website should take cards and paypal I am almost out of my first print run but have ordered some more. thanks again for the support
  14. Thanks Brad that means allot I am very pleased how it turned out. I love the phrase encounters with great violin bridges, and like you said I have seen and cut thousands. I tried to select for the Masters section bridges that were good examples of great craftsmanship and design, they are not all perfect but they show the skill, intent and training that the person cutting them had, you can trace in certain bridges who worked for who as style evolves. Some of the early bridges are not figured at all and they obviously didnt think that excellence was the norm for bridges. The Morris & Smith Bridge is one of my favorites, perfect wood and beautifully cut and designed, so many beautiful bridges, for example every Withers bridge is a masterpiece. For the interesting and unusual section I choose, bridges that were from famous makers, shops that didnt make the masters section but were interesting by their lineage and also a few total nutty crazy designs, there is one silver bridge in this section totally crazy.
  15. Thanks for that as that's a really interesting question, and I think the answer is yes in many different ways. technically the web site photos are low resolution as at the time of creating the website the largest image size we could use was 540pixels wide, it was huge in the day but every photo had to be reduced to work on the site, the book however are all High Definition beautifully printed,. The web site is a great idea but not that easy to flip through, the book is tactile a thing of great beauty in itself and easy to have on the bench, flip through and compare styles and trends, it also has a handy index at the back I think of the book a bit like a Chippendale pattern book of styles of bridges from many countries. Curated into two section of Master and Interesting and Unusual, easy to move from one to the other. Overall the book is a physical tactile real experience, a bit of treasure and totally unique.
  16. Hope your all keeping safe in these strange times. At the beginning of covid lockdown, like many of you, most of my work disappeared in a short space of time. I was reminded by my friend at Henry Violins that many years ago I talked of creating a book about my encounters with great violin bridges. Encouraged by the wonderful Joseph Curtin, Henry Violins and Ewen Thomson I set about getting it done. And Here it is... Now Available to buy from the link below ViolinBridges HardBack Book Introductory offer. "This beautiful limited edition is truly unique and a must have for all violin makers, restorers, players, dealers and enthusiasts. A culmination of 14 years of research into violin bridges from around the world. The book is a curated selection of high resolution images from the website and database www.violinbridges.co.uk, and celebrates the art of cutting bridges and illustrates how the craft and design has evolved over time and is passed down from one luthier to another. Chapter 1 – The master luthiers. Chapter 2 – The interesting and unusual. A selection from 1080 bridges spanning 28 countries, with 216 pages of high-resolution images of violin, viola and cello bridges. 21cm x 21cm x 2cm: 1kg www.gerardkilbride.com
  17. No hysteria here, but It is all a bit of a mess, and has been for some time, its clearly shows we are a divided country and the only way forward is compromise on all sides. What ever happens I am a European at heart, I identify as a European and I need to find a way to continue to work with and respect those who do not share my views. back to topic anybody seen anything nice in the auction that they care to share
  18. As promised a very long time ago, here is a link to our paper published by the VSA Statistical Analysis of Bridges for Violin, Viola and Cello Its a bit of a long read for the Bridge Geeks amoungst us. www.violinbridges.co.uk
  19. As promised a long time ago here is a link to our paper published by the VSA Statistical Analysis of Bridges for Violin, Viola and Cello on another note it looks like a few of the English auctions have moved their October sale dates because this nonsense that is brexit. I know amberviolins who have a small sale ending on the 3/09 have also moved their fine sale to October the 21st. I have heard tarisio and bromtons are doing the same, perhaps amati too.
  20. it does say on amberviolins mailouts that the lots are not searchable/ traceable after the sale, via google etc so I guess thats why they dont use invaluable, as they would have no control of how long they cache old lots to the internet. thanks televet, after a huge amount of time, I am very proud that the VSA will be publishing our paper, written by Mike Carlson "Statistical Analysis of Violin, Viola and Cello Bridges" based on the research and data I have collected over the last 10 years. its some piece of work and new data to the community, 77 pages long and as dry as toast. Will post a link on the general forums when its done but should be very soon.
  21. the forum is to highlight nice instruments in coming auctions, and we all really appreciate it when dwight, martin and a few regulars highlight whats coming in their favorite auctions. I guess were all becoming predictable in our posts. It a nice fiddle.
  22. very pretty fiddle in amberviolins march auction https://www.amberviolins.com/lot/violin-attributed-to-montagnana-venice-1740/
  23. Jaster we should also say welcome to maestonet with your first post. Televet, I know for sure amberviolins also has a fine sale in london in march and one also finishing in a week..does tarsio also have a fine sale in london? Bows for players are always so personal, I like to try them.
  24. Jaster I am curious why only tariso, especially if you dont live in the US.I am sure those are nice bows but If you wait a month, all the major online auction house will be having fine instruments sales in March. I would look at amberviolins.com, ingles and hayday, amati and bromptons. A huge amount of choice to the discerning buyer.
  25. thanks martin swan. nothing a talented man like yourself could fix in a jiffy:) yes looking at those pictures it is a bit of a curio/ boiler of a fiddle, perhaps be great for a scotish traditional fiddle player. will see, lots more auctions coming online with t2 and amati, perhaps even bromptons might push a quick sale out. Lots out there, have you seen anything that takes your fancy that you dont mind bringing attention to?