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  1. Thanks for your open mindedness Evan. "But always remember that you are no longer making a violin". A matter of opinion, no matter who's lofty opinion it is "Savart did it 100 years earlier". Can't understand how anyone can find any resemblance at all? "I don't see how there is any way the plate could vibrate enough to make a good sound". It is not meant to, see my opening remarks. "Looks like a hybrid between a violin and a Steyr Aug". If this is meant as an insult, none taken, I don't really mind what anyone else thinks of the aesthetic. "Looks way too skinny to have any depth of tone". See my opening remarks, it is not meant to have much "depth of tone, unplugged" "A problem with these clever designs is not just its tone ...." I'm not trying to be "clever" only original. Unlike some of the very clever people here. For the record, I love music, violin music more than any other. With a long (5 decades) history of woodworking and music loving, I started making (traditional) violins in the 90's and was a regular here at Maestronet but being a designer by nature and trade, I grew extremely tired of making, parrot fashion (as many, not all, violin makers do) traditional violins and started designing and making alternative violins (and yes, just as good sounding). For the record, I much prefer pure acoustic music but that does not prevent me from experimenting with other possibilities. The reception to these violins, from most of (not all) the "violin fraternity", drove me away from violin making and also from Maestronet. Now I find the same narrow minded (not from everyone), holier-than-thou, pompous attitude (NOT from everyone). No, I do not expect many traditional violin makers/players to find it appealing in any way. It is a bit of fun, not life and death. It is not a copy or a derivation of any "violin" I have ever seen, the idea is mine and 100% experimental (I am also working on a decontstructed archtop guitar along similar lines right now, (see Facebook - Murray Kuun) and I have no idea how well or not, the idea will work. Although it is experimental (in the same way that the digital violin by Joseph Curtin is), it is not haphazard, a fair amount of thought has gone into the concept, both from a musical point of view and also the aesthetic. I have made many successful e-violins in the past and this is just an extension of some of my previous ideas. I am 100% comfortable with constructive critisism but I do detect an air of snobbery here (but hope I am wrong). Reminds me of a John Lennon song ....Im sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded ... Okay completely vented. No need to ban me from Maestronet, I will not be back.
  2. This is a new deconstructed-violin concept I'm fiddling with at the moment. The basic idea is to have a soft (but good) acoustic tone with the ability to plug it in for big venues (with a proper violin type tone).
  3. JRaposoCostaMay I ask you for the contact info (e-mail) for this supplier - please. I'm in South Africa and that makes all wood imports extremely expensive, I'd like to try the Chinese maple on some test violins. Thank you. My e-mail is murray@designsunlimited.co.za
  4. I have not been to Maestronet for a long time. I've moved from violins to guitars but still get the odd violin in for minor repairs and restorations. Now I have a request from someone to restore/rebuild this 1850 cello and as you can see from the pic, it is in many pieces. "Someone" has made a new rib section and another section looks like a jigsaw puzzle (with some pieces missing). The belly has been repaired (so badly that the arching shape has changed) plus it has more cracks that need repairing. The tail and neck blocks are broken and will have to be replaced and there a few broken corners too. The owner does not want any parts replaced, only for them to be repaired. Is a cello in this condition, based on it's age, worth an almost complete re-build? Murray Kuun
  5. Most of my work is quite modern, but not always. I do respect tradition but there are more than enough people already making traditional "things". I make my living designing modern furniture (google murraykuun). I have not made a final decision about those "modular linkages". Possibly aluminium? I've made an MDF prototype and used 12mm aluminium which looks quite good. Maybe teflon, I'm not sure yet......
  6. Long time no speak Craig, nice to hear from you and see that you are still active here. Your son is going to enjoy making guitars and it's great that he can get formal training. I have missed my violin making (my favourite instrument) but I have really enjoyed the guitars as I have a bit more freedom with artistic expression. I've made 5 classicals, a jazz archtop and I'm busy making a steel string. The electric follows...... The electric violin I'm designing is from the same "school" as this electric guitar.
  7. Thanks Chet. Making mostly guitars nowadays, I use Stewmac a lot, the tuners you see on the attached (above) pic are from Stewmac. I hav'nt has much to do with violins in the last 2 years and I just wondered if something new had come onto the market. I'm currently designing and building my first electric guitar and am using headless tuners handmade in Germany, would have been nice if something like this were available for (electric) violins.
  8. Thanks Chet. Making mostly guitars nowadays, I use Stewmac a lot, the tuners you see on the attached (above) pic are from Stewmac. I hav'nt has much to do with violins in the last 2 years and I just wondered if something new had come onto the market. I'm currently designing and building
  9. Thanks Albertus. I'm fine, and you guys. I can see the attachement box now but I'm almost sure it was nt there before:-) This is what I was trying to upload, an electric I made about 2 years ago.
  10. Thanks gentlemen, I'll look into these possibilities. How does one attach an image?
  11. As always, Manfio, beautiful work. I have not been the Maestronet in a longb time but when I do, I always admire your work.
  12. After having built a good number of violins of various descriptions, I moved over to building guitars 2 years ago. Now, I have a commission for a modern electric violin and would like to know if members here know of the availability of guitar style machine heads for violins (not the Knilling type tuners though) The attached photo shows a previous design of mine where I mounted guitar tuners at the tailpiece side, now I want to mount them at the more "conventional" side at the end of the fingerboard (oops, I can't work out how to post a photo).
  13. I can't tell what varnish was used. To all intents and purposes, it looks no different to 100 other violins I've seen that were oil varnished. I tried my nail on a corner and it seemed to come away okay. Clearly I can't scratch it all off - can I?
  14. I recently got a rather nice violin in for restoration. It does not really need much work except cleaning* and a general set-up, new accessories and the like. There are no cracks and in good all-round condition. But the bow is interesting, it is stamped Vuillaume and may or not be the real thing. This guy's grandpa used to play on ships around the 1920's and since then it has been left under tension and as a result it is rather skew, in both directions. Can bows like this be restored? And would it have any value in that condition? * Almost the entire front is caked with black grime. Not the usual area just around the bridge, almost the whole front. I assume it has something to do with being at sea for a number of years. Do you know what is the best method of cleaning such old grime?
  15. And I thought my latest e-violin was "drastic" :-)
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