Violadamore

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    Luthiery, fine woodworking, music, weaving, photography, astronomy. history, geosciences, intelligent discussion, iaijutsu and kenjutsu, nihonto (authentic Japanese swords)

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  1. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    You'd better go get some more, and maybe some sutures as well.
  2. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    These things vary from place to place, and go through cycles. Also, we probably aren't talking about the same restraints. The same sort of people who paid for David's "junk" and gossiping goddesses on chapel ceilings, would have had you branded, flogged, and mutilated for showing them the least disrespect. I'm not going any farther with this. Study it elsewhere.
  3. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    Oooo, sounds like you watch zombie shows.
  4. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    Dammit, David, I suggested we not go there, it's complicated. Simply put, prior to the 1800's, most people had insufficient disposable income to influence the creative arts, which therefore catered predominantly to the tastes of those (the wealthy elite, the Church, various corporative bodies such as guilds, etc.) who could pay for having things made or performed. This changed with the development of the mass market, and rising worker incomes. Social restraints were a declining factor over the same period.
  5. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    Ummmm, you're talking two different phenomena here. The democratization of the mainstream market due to increasing disposable income and the relaxation of social restraints, I'm not prepared to discuss because where it will lead is well beyond the bounds of this forum. The other phenomenon, IMHO that of a politically disaffected elite flying in the face of market forces while being initially financed by wealthy patrons with axes to grind, has some slight application to what we were talking about, but it certainly wasn't mainstream. Now, please explain why the original paradigm needed any shifting.
  6. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    Up until "modern art" began appearing in the late 1800's, the history of art was mostly a chronicle of increasing technical capability requiring greater efforts by the artisan, whether in painting, sculpture, literature, music, or whatever. Much of what's happened since at least appears to be a willful plunge back into barbarism, for whatever reasons. Picasso makes a useful target for criticism of this.
  7. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    Well! I've heard, "on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog", but, a woodworm?? How Kafkaesque.
  8. Violadamore

    Free Pianos

    While I agree with some of your analysis, you have to also factor in technical improvements in portable keyboards, and lifestyle changes beyond one's control. The young folks I know who play keyboard instruments for fun don't have space or transportation for a piano, or a full-size organ, but can get wonderful sounds out of what they can carry in a case, and hook to a sound system. Why buy something you can't carry, when you may spend a large part of your day-job career changing job locations from coast-to-coast?
  9. Violadamore

    Free Pianos

    It sorta depends on the piano. We aren't usually talking top brands here. At one time, cheap mass produced upright pianos were common as dirt, didn't sound particularly good to begin with, and many haven't stood the test of time well at all. IMHO, the difference between resurrecting a trade fiddle, and attempting the same with a tradey old piano lies in the huge difference in weight, bulk, and complexity of the piano. For what you get, it's probably worth more as parts, and you're facing a major technical challenge. Even if you're talking one of the five or so top brands, imagine what sort of damage it takes to turn, say, a very expensive baby grand into a free-for-the-taking insurance write-off:
  10. Violadamore

    Development of Taste

    De gustibus non est disputandum.
  11. Violadamore

    Free Pianos

    Darn, I meant keys. Should have edited one more time.
  12. Violadamore

    Free Pianos

    And the ebony pegs make such excellent handles.
  13. Violadamore

    Knives deeply discounted at japanwoodworker.com

    Try the USPS number on the UPS site. They use that weird UPS service that picks it up, and then eventually gives it to USPS to deliver. My second order used that, drove me crazy, then I called Customer Service and they told me how to track it. BTW, the post office in my tiny town was a madhouse today, so I don't care to imagine one in SF. Don't you folks have an alert due to the wildfires?
  14. Violadamore

    Knives deeply discounted at japanwoodworker.com

    My stuff arrived, and I'm very happy with all of it.
  15. Violadamore

    Women in violin making, part 3

    Oh, you won't find tequila with a worm, at least since Mexico changed its laws a few years back. Con gusano is (or was, maybe other mezcals have it now) peculiar to Oaxaca mezcal brands such as Monte Alban, which I could swear used to be sold as tequila, until the term "tequila" got legally limited to Jalisco-bottled blue agave based liquor.