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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. Have you ever seriously considered writing comedy?
  2. A very nice example of "the usual rubbish", circa 1900, with a less blatantly Vogtlandish rear scroll flute than ordinarily seen. Perhaps someone was committing hoodoo with it, such things were popular about the time the fiddle was made (e.g., Aleister Crowley's stage performance "Rites of Eleusis" with Leila Waddell playing a violin). The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, are part of the late Western occult tradition, being concocted sometime during the 18th. Century in Germany based on earlier grimoires, and mass-market published from 1849. The book isn't associated with authentic contemporary Jewish mystical or magical practices at all. The violin was probably being used by some superstitious German or German-American kid (with no Jewish heritage whatsoever) who hoped the magical additions would improve their playing. Perhaps their local luthier had a good laugh and a modest profit while inserting the talismans. Glad you like your pretty Markie, and that it does a good job for you.
  3. When tapping them loose, IMHO, protect the pegbox with a perforated metal plate, and use a piece of appropriately sized hardwood dowel as a punch. The comment about using a small hammer by itself made my skin crawl. Granted, Brad knows exactly what he's doing, and would do this carefully and cautiously, but that doesn't imply that everyone who reads this will do the same
  4. The seller claims to be in Prague. Here's the eBay offering to examine:
  5. I'd question the positive effect of staring at Hades, Cthulhu, Tiamat, or whatever that thing is supposed to be, for long periods while practicing and performing. If it was given to a youngster, I wouldn't care to be the parent having to cope with the nightmares. With a taste for variety in what he was smoking.............
  6. Violadamore

    Adam Mackie

    IMHO, the handwriting between the two labels differs in too many particulars (loops, ties, terminations, all that jazz) to be from the same person. Depending on how he ran his shop, that could mean nothing at all. I also note that, in the VCSA ad, the "Made" on the label appears to have been deliberately scratched off with a sharp implement. Is it legible on yours?
  7. Statistical analysis. The confirmed fall rate observed in my woodlot applied to an idealized, isotropic, homogeneous, infinite planar forest in a constant prevailing wind field.
  8. When I play a violin, I don't just bow the strings (which also exerts a shifting downward and sideways force), I exert pressure on the neck and the chinrest area. There's evidence that in Paganini's day, the body or neck was held in varying ways we don't teach any more. Period paintings from the 1700's show, in several cases, the chin position being on the treble side of the lower bout. Then there's the wear from holding it when it's not being played, bouncing it around in a case during horse transport, etc. I suspect that in the 300 years of a Strad's existence, it's been continually flexed in ways that simply making the strings oscillate won't reproduce.
  9. Here's a little info on incannel gouges. He shows some ideas on regrinding and sharpening. I have a variety of vintage Japanese incannels that I use for precision finishing of concavities and concave channels. I sharpen them with micromesh and diamond pastes put around wooden slips made to fit them.
  10. IIRC, something dangerously similar has already happened a couple of times.
  11. Blasphemy!!!.....Heresy!!!..... [Clutches her chest theatrically, while trying to stifle a giggling fit.] Heck, I don't know, but I'm not going to be the one to try it, either.
  12. Seriously, as noted by others, not a good idea. Ignoring any other issues, polyurethane, for all practical purposes, can't be removed.