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

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Wow, 70 pages, and we've advanced so far beyond some of our earlier attempts to slice through the tangled scholarship on these matters, e.g., https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/331310-human-sacrifice-with-italian-obsidian-blade-lauded-as-strads-ground-secret/& Congrats, everybody! Continue to boldly go, and all that.
  2. Violadamore

    article on detecting fakes in the art maket

    Don't forget Juzek.
  3. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Maple and spruce are already managed resources, usually planted and harvested like so many vegetables, much like pine where I am. The violin business is no danger to them. BTW, I conserve my forest very well, thank you. You really want to help conserve forests, move to a rural area, and buy one. IMHO, the biggest dangers to wild forests are clearance for development, where all the trees are bulldozed, piled up, and burned, as well as the uncontrolled cutting of many tropical forests for cheap hardwood to make throwaway furniture and housewares.
  4. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    That's the epitaph (or perhaps the warning label) on a lot of these investigations.
  5. Violadamore

    Green Violin

    I make mine the night before, then stick it in the microwave when needed. Perhaps Palousian makes better coffee than we do. One of my former associates had an espresso machine in his office that I never did totally figure out, and which might have cost more than the XRD taking up part of mine. EDIT==> Yup, I called it for sure. He's a coffee enthusiast.
  6. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    The matter of arching has me considering if some of the acoustic characteristics we've been trying to discuss might reside in the complicated surficial curves and elasticity of the belly arches (similarly to the effects of recurve, thickness variations, etc., on an archery bow, but in 3-D rather than 2), rather than being something that can be lumped for analysis as taptones, etc.
  7. Violadamore

    Green Violin

    Palousian was aiming that cut at Reg (sliced him nicely, too, IMHO , [performs a deep rei towards P.]), but I believe that adding a few appropriate courses to Fine Arts curricula (in what I'd summarize as "Weasel Management") from the Business, Law, and Clinical Psychology departments (possibly from Military Science as well ), would be an excellent idea given the current market environment. Coffee is a "great goodness".
  8. Violadamore

    Green Violin

    IMHO, they'd have good reason to laugh their butts off over this item. ....it would have been vandalism, and my well-known opinion of him would decline even further.
  9. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Thanks much for posting this. I may have just found out why one of my favorite fiddles sounds so good.
  10. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    No, that's not what I meant at all. I didn't refer to Hilary or her Vuillaume, but to ASM and either of her two Strads, and my position is that, for a good sound, how well you play is much more important than what you play.
  11. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    If she decided to let me try, I'd certainly make the experiment (though I suspect it might sound more like a mutter than a Mutter). Scientific professionalism would demand it. [Mutters, "That's my story, and I'm sticking to it".] My point is that in the hands of a less gifted and trained player, the violin might sound very different indeed. IMHO, bowing and intonation has an overwhelming amount to do with what comes out of a fiddle.
  12. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    So arrange to borrow her fiddle, and see if you can make it sound like that.
  13. Violadamore

    article on detecting fakes in the art maket

    Thanks, very interesting article. I noticed the quote below bearing on how all this got started: "The first major painting sold by Sotheby’s was also a Hals – a real one: Man in Black, a half-length portrait of a hatted gent. Until 1913, Sotheby’s had dealt in books for a century or thereabouts; art made up only a wan side business. In that year, though, a Sotheby’s partner found a Hals consigned to the firm, and rather than forwarding it to Christie’s, as was often the practice, decided to auction it. After a spirited contest of bids, Man in Black sold for £9,000 – a 26% rate of return per annum since Christie’s had last auctioned the work, in 1885, for around £5. It was the first signal, for Sotheby’s, that there was profit to be mined from paintings. Last year, it sold $5.5bn worth of art, jewellery and real estate." And doesn't this sound somehow familiar: " On the sliding scale of attribution that art historians use – painted by; hand of; studio of; circle of; style of; copy of – each step takes the artist farther from the painting. These variations, often subtle, are compounded by the unease about overpainting; Salvator Mundi had been worked over so many times and so heavily, critics argued, that it was less by Da Vinci than by his restorers."
  14. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Try, "the urge to have fun". I feel that where you are headed deserves a thread of its own.
  15. Violadamore

    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    You mean the bunch in Ann Arbor is cranking them out 12 masterpieces at a time? Darn, now I'm more seriously impressed than I was.