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  1. Since this didn't come up, I'll mention a study of shoulder rest influence, conducted back in 1969. It was the doctoral dissertation of James Thomas Poulos, at Indiana University. The paper's title is: An Investigation of the Possible Effects Shoulder Rests Have on the Character of Violin Tone. I believe I downloaded it via at a local university. Here's part of his conclusion, from the 187-page paper: "The character of the violin tone is affected by the use of shoulder rests. Theoretically, the amount of change exerted by the rests, particularly with the hand-bowed metho
  2. Sai made a video to demonstrate button making with his foret.
  3. Josh has been very helpful to me as well. The cute little "Baby Foret" was developed by Sai Gao, here in Seattle. He created it specifically to make buttons. Hence the small chuck and the little tool rest. The spool is tapered to help keep the cord centered when rotating it with a bow. I don't recall any particular reason for the shape of the shaft on the opposite end from the chuck. He's designed many other useful tools for bow makers.
  4. John: Thank you for making this fine contribution to the much-too-small canon on the subject! I especially like the many hints from your years of experience.
  5. I like the book. His general approach is very English (of course), but he does mention variations seen in other traditions--especially French. Many hints and tips about making, as well as repair methods. He describes some relatively obscure techniques, such as working with whalebone and tortoiseshell, making a Vuillaume-style rounded ferrule, and making and fitting a Hill-style "bottomless" frog. All of the diagrams are carefully drawn--no in-process photos at all. I don't know whether anyone could make a bow by simply reading this book, but it's certainly a worthwhile resource. And there's
  6. Compared to just a few years ago, it's wonderful! Have visited several times in the past 25 years, and my wife and kids always dreaded this trip. They actually enjoyed it the last time! Something else to check out is the bit of vandalism left by Mathias, behind the altar of a church in town. Bob
  7. And Sai Gao has designed a more-affordable three-in-one ferrule bending tool, which I like.
  8. PM sent. And the weather here is terrible, with too many people. Don't move here. ;-)
  9. Didn't think you made it in jest. Just meant it's not at all a bad idea. I once posted on a forum asking about some ancestors around Bergen, and someone volunteered to do a bit of research at the university there. Turned out I was related to his wife! So, surprises abound.
  10. That's no joke. Having a bow by Otto Wunderlich, I stumbled across a post on a genealogy forum asking for information about him. I responded, saying that I knew he sold bows, and made violins. I ended up receiving a lot of history, including photos of him as a young man in Amsterdam, of his shop in Moscow, and possibly in Markneukirchen, with some showing him working at his bench. And finally, a photo of him and his wife on a ship, en route to New York, where they stayed. And I learned that he almost certainly didn't make bows. Prominent makers in Germany made them for him, though. Not a rel
  11. Try this. Looks like 2mm.
  12. Very informative discussion. Thanks. Has anyone here attempted to tune a cello bridge? I've cut several, but never tried to tune one. The Rodgers and Masino paper, as well as one by Hutchins, suggest it's worth doing. But wouldn't thinning the legs, especially of a Belgian, make it more prone to warping? Or since only the sides of the legs are thinned, would the weakening effect be relatively trivial? Thanks for your thoughts on this.
  13. Seems like a perfect first fiddle restoration project, then. No guilt if I make mistakes, right?
  14. Oops. After looking at this again, I realized it says, "Crawfordsville, Ind." followed by the name of the restorer. and date of restoration. I guess there's even less of a hint of the original maker than I'd suspected.