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  1. Heat guns I've used go up to 1200F in some cases. You're talking a blow dryer. Either one is bad for finished violins, which shouldn't be exposed to anything above the low 90's at most. I was talking about epoxy being stable at tropical temperatures and humidities that a violin might see, not using it on exhaust manifolds, or some darned thing.
  2. More likely fire officials quite understandably inspecting the plant. I expect that you are aware of this, and are just being argumentative. Besides the military, many police and fire units all over Germany adopted spiked helmets, because they thought that looked cool. The guys below are from Leipzig, BTW. I replaced the museum photo with this, as being more apropos.
  3. Sorry, Michael, but I guess that I wasn't clear enough. My response was only directed at the @Carl Johnsonpost recommending "heat gun and scrape" epoxy removal. That would destroy any finish or wooden surface it was directed at, along with any existing glue joints in the area affected. It's an approach intended for vehicles and such, not fine woodwork. IMHO, the judicious use of "variety glues" in maintaining a rental fleet, school fiddles, etc., shouldn't be subject to aesthetic criticism.
  4. IMHO, it's mainly for fixtures and such, though it has some uses in bow frog repair, and would be a "go-to" if anyone is working with carbon fiber materials. IIRC, it's been discussed here as a wood filler base, and as a tropicalizing adhesive. Its big negative is the irreversibility.
  5. He must never have bothered with books on "self-improvement", weight loss, or relationships.
  6. Find a case that has the spinners over the scroll end, and away from the centerline (to avoid the head clips as well). There's various rectangular cases like that.
  7. 7. Epoxy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epoxy A complicated subject that I'll hand off to Wikipedia. Pros: Very strong, comparatively chemically inert when cured, won't melt or dissolve in heat and humidity.. Cons: Toxic when uncured, two-element, requires preparation, irreversible.
  8. A recipe for casein, and some info on Elmer's products: http://www.chymist.com/Glue from Milk.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer's_Products https://www.elmers.com/ https://americacomesalive.com/elmers-glue-the-surprising-story/
  9. Welcome to Maestronet!! There have been quite a few of these "Salzard" violin asked about on MN through the years. https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/341027-help-with-thrift-store-find-salzad-violin/ is a typical example. IMHO, this one is a somewhat better grade of Saxon (or "Vogtland", or "Markneukirchen-Schönbach") mass-produced (but mostly handmade because labor was cheaper than machinery) trade instrument. The way that the ribs extend to the plate corners, along with the scroll fluting ending in front at the "6 o'clock" position, are sufficiently characteristic to settle the origin. It was probably made sometime around 1880-1890, though it might be later by up to 20 years or so. If you got it professionally set up, which would likely cost a few hundred dollars, it would probably still be worth less than $1000 if you try to sell it. If you like to play violin, my advice is set it up and enjoy it. Is there a bow with it, that you could photograph to show us?
  10. Do violists count? Oh, wait, if they did, they'd never come in at the wrong time.........
  11. Granted it's a gauntlet to run, but if plainly Stradivarian photos, and other plausible proof, were offered, IMHO, you'd see a lot of us support the guy's case. Similar things have happened here before.
  12. Hard to convince, you mean? Not without reason............sorta like this bunch, we've all seen a lot to make us cautious.
  13. [Groans........] You have my diffuse and insincere apologies. As usual, no good deed goes unpunished.
  14. "To be unfairly shown utter disrespect or heckled."
  15. Because of its OT nature, I cleared this with Jeffrey, by PM, before I posted it. Now buzz off.
  16. IMHO, the way Dimitri got razzed is way out of line, particularly because he's right.
  17. I heard about this over the weekend on another forum. The links explain it all. It's not a violin, but MN reaches a LOT of people. Mail theft is also of concern to those of us who ship or receive stuff by USPS. If you see this thing, notify the authorities, and the poster at Trombone Chat. Thanks! https://trombonechat.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=24624 https://slippedisc.com/2022/01/a-theresienstadt-instrument-is-stolen-in-america/
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