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  1. This is an extremely exaggerated drawing; the angles at real violin neck heels aren't nothing like that, usually hard to recognize and nothing what could support any resistance agains string tension. There is more some friction within a well fitted heel which can hold it in the mortise, but without glueing it's useless. Maybe one could argue that the form looks somewhat similar to a dovetail joint, but technically it simply doesn't work the same way. If the glue joint at the button has failed and the neck is wibbling but still holds, I would hardly assume that it's still glued to the block, but the block has lost the connection to the plates in one or another way. That's what I have seen in reality sometimes before, also necks being still glued to the button with failed glue joints to the block. Even in this case it can still hold the string tension, but starts wibbling easily forth and back out and into the block when the strings are released - even this proves the absence of any mechanical function of a "dovetail " alike joint. All this mechanical wood joints can enable a carpenter do make chairs, tables or houses without any glued joints, just with dovetails, tenons, studs and pins only. IMO it is obvious that a violin neck construction is a different kind of work, even if some features might look roughly similar at first sight.
  2. It's spelled MontBlanc and they are also selling watches and other luxury.
  3. It's difficult to communicate if all tongue in cheek is taken literally. For the better I'm supposing deliberately.
  4. It's surreal. The whole controversial started by someone saying (unauthorized quote!) "The theory is when the light is coming from a certain direction...say a window, the ridge looks like it is straight because of the play of light across the head. " and another person replying somewhat later "So it is very unlikely that he was constantly tricked by light coming through a window, all his working life in different shops. More likely that it was exactly as he wants it to be, inspired by wine, absinth, never mind." And now it's all "If the working methods you use make an obvious asymmetry, and you do not try to correct it by changing your working methods, how can it not be purposeful? " I really better safe my wee hours for something better.
  5. Listings at online shops usually don't give any clue if a violin or bow was ever sold for even remotely close to this price tag, so they are irrelevant.
  6. We could, but I'm preferring to sleep in the wee hours.
  7. I hate to explain the obvious, but 1) I'd rather say not apathy, but generosity. A fine line indeed. 2) "Could be also" is a conjunctive, linked to your assumption "the ridge looks like it is straight because of the play of light across the head ". It means, the one seems to be as probable or unprobable as the other IMO. We could be go on like this, but it's pointless because determined by different aesthetical approaches.
  8. This is also a claim nobody made. Don't do what your critizising at others. After all it's about a different understanding of aesthetics, so we won't come to an agreement here I'm supposing. It's not about mistakes or being "bombed". Beside irony (which isn't for everybody) a curved line can be the right even without psychodelics.
  9. So it is very unlikely that he was constantly tricked by light coming through a window, all his working life in different shops. More likely that it was exactly as he wants it to be, inspired by wine, absinth, never mind.
  10. One of the most likeable contributors. I missed his posts since a long time and was in sorrow. Very sad news and all the best wishes and sympathy for his family and friends.
  11. More refined is an understatement. Geometry of the scroll windings is different, flutings different, chamfering, pegbox rear side. Dark stripe of the purfling, purfling joints in the corners, bee stings, shape and position of the ff, nicks, the button, channelling at the edges, form of the central arching, You mentioned the corners, which could point to a different way of construction.
  12. A "let's make it easy" explanation. Certainly every reasonable maker would have noticed such an effect and had taken it into consideration the next time. Could be also one of those (or all together) - he just didn't care - he felt it was alright this way - drank too much Absinth - we'll never know.