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  1. I feel sorry for you if you believe that people in China are free. You won't convince me of anything. Shanghai might as well be Pyong Yang. Ask one of the 40% of Chinese elementary children with intestinal worms how the education system is. Yes, test scores sare number one in the world, but when one is so sick and poor that won't matter. Losers end up in slavery. The philosophy of China is, even on its face, without humanity or a soul, and in America, with all its flaws, most of us truly believe that every person matters. China has been so successful that there are few practical ways to live these values. Not buy Chinese? Huh. We could try though.
  2. There are many millions left behind in this system. Twenty percent drop out of junior high. These children will end up making $69 violins. It's not really education for everyone, and it's not free. It's good for those who can afford secondary school fees and even better for those who can go to college. Those who persist are serious as hell about being great students, and generally are years ahead. Granted I only ever met those Chinese students who came to America for Uni: a tiny subset of a very fortunate subset. There are still enough unfortunate ones to keep the factories going, and always will be. Chinese citizens would probably say too that the world is not flat in China. Not that endless opportunity really exists anywhere else either.
  3. The interests of the Chinese communist Party are always primary to "rule of law". I think of rule of law as a concept having to do with the interests of the state and whatever is laid out in a Constitution. Undoubtedly the drift toward authoritarianism and fascism is real and to be honest there's not exactly a country I can hold up as a shining example of respect for the rule of law these days. Denmark probably. Obviously I'm not a legal scholar though, and I don't know as much as David Burgess does about China. I thought it was basically North Korea with more inventions and a more interesting history. People who show up with Bibles have a history of disappearing though, if they aren't left for dead missing a kidney, and there's all kinds of documented slavery situations there operating freely under the eye of the CCP...and I wish people, especially on Maestronet, would agree that their $69 violins should burn.
  4. Where is the evidence that the workers are being paid at all? They could be held in barracks and forced to pay the company rent. Any number of unimaginable situations. It's China. There's no rule of law or civil rights. To be accused of virtue signalling for bringing up the immorality of buying something like this ignores the reality.
  5. Yeah. Let's forget the pillowcase and start with the fact that his beloved Amati isn't even from the right century. Or country. But he's a professional, right? Edited to add: check out his "beautiful people" series, wherein he travels the world stalking beautiful women with his camera. Presumably he is now looking for a suitable wife after this situation went south. It's not creepy at all.
  6. Yeah, I didn't have to watch this laugh riot again. I remember his marijuana-print pillow forever. Although this particular "victim" be a stranger to me, in my opinion any adult who still celebrates marijuana to that insane degree is insane and retarded (as in, never got past 16 in his head). I don't really care what she did--she was right to do it. Agree that there is no way he had an Amati anywhere but inside of his mind. He is insane and retarded. I can imagine his personality too and it's not awesome. p.s., I'm not anti-marijuana. Just anti this dude.
  7. Grateful that my book arrived in new condition. Thanks. John, I thought you had Biddulph up here as well. Is it sold?
  8. My husband suggests doing manual labor for awhile so that a scraper or chisel will no longer make your fingers sore. I don't think he's joking. Probably not the cure you hoped for though.
  9. Ha, I doubt it. They are completely in earnest when they discuss birthing their violins. That bs graduated from three pints into Friday night to sincere sober worldview years ago.
  10. Whatever the guy was saying as the tape rolled was soo mushy in the brain I was only thinking of the fact that someone taped his important words, and the ideas that were so important they had to be played back as we stared into the tape deck. My generation regularly produces tripe like this. Do players go for this? I was waiting to respond just to see how many said it's a wonderful documentary that speaks to their soul etc. The negative comments rolled in too fast to get a read on that. It showed Brian Lisus in it at one point early in the video (he was the last maker introduction) so I thought it might be good. He's good. Probably too nice, saying yes to this crew. They only quoted him for a second, probably because he failed to talk about his emotions even once in the interview. Also...why is Luis wearing a Klingon jacket?
  11. Actually it is very much a cleaner. What you say makes sense, but my workplace is completely phasing out all other cleaners that we have ever used, from windex to bleach-based. Ozonated water removes stains of every kind, so no more spray nine. No more simple green, which seems about as green as petroleum. No more pink stuff in barrels, degreaser maybe? CLR? Gone. I think that's one reason I was so bent on figuring out what exactly this new stuff is. Environmentally friendly is pretty awesome and all, but it has to work, especially now. I was the only one at my workplace even a little bit curious...because this is the midwest. Literally everyone else: Anyway. Enough about politics. You can definitely tell by the smell of a lot of supposedly environmentally friendly cleaners that they are serious chemical warfare. And so is this. I've already quickly gotten used to everything actually smelling clean. In my workplace that's...a different experience. Televet, do you maybe use some form of this system? I guess a lot of hospitals are on board. If you aren't using something like this, you should think about it just to get away from the hospital smell. Your 4-legged and winged clients would probably appreciate it too.
  12. The company rep I emailed in Ontario responded and let me know there are 1.5 ppm of ozone in the solution, both in the industrial and home/office (shop?) setups. She also confirmed it's safe as hand sanitizer. She noted that it works best when sprayed on a surface and left for a minute, rather than immediately wiped. That might be interesting for someone. It is to me. If I get more information I will post it here, since there seemed to be a little bit of interest.
  13. VdA, that last article was extremely interesting. Unfortunately the ability of Sao to remove bacteria on wood apparently isn't so great, but it is extremely effective with every other surface. Still, if you had one of those individual use Spray Systems it really would help to spray around the shop...no smell...and customers enjoy hearing about stuff like this too. I love stuff like this. I'm so curious, I'm going to find out how many ppm this system produces. If it's more than 9, people could definitely spritz violins coming in and know they were protecting themselves. Thanks also for the references on drinking water. Before I swig on this sanitizer, I want to find out what it's stabilized with. But as far as safety, I can't imagine a more ideal solution than one that turns into plain water.
  14. Looks like the FDA approved it in 2001 as an antimicrobial, and the msds is all zeros. I knew this earlier today, when I started washing my hands with it. I think that it should be actually safer and better than using hand sanitizer 100 times a day, which can contain denatured alcohol, triclosan, propanol...based on what I've read, maybe both ineffective and toxic ingredients. But SAO is not approved for that exact use. It's not eating my skin yet...so...safe? Yeah science!!! Seriously, thanks Jim. That bit of info on the mechanism of ozone is intriguing.
  15. .. Yeah...you know, that's kind of why I brought this up because I don't understand why an ozone air purifier might be beneficial either...or what ozone even is. I have seen those air purifiers around for a few years and I always thought, "wouldn't that be toxic?" As for the sanitizer solution that converts tap water into ozone, the claim is that it converts back into tap water after effectively sanitizing for 24 hours. I thought that might be extremely interesting to someone looking for a green cleaning solution for their workshop or just looking for a way to combat the new situation. The idea of ozone as surface cleaner is new to me, and I wondered if this may be useful information for anyone else....and yeah, this is Maestronet so someone knows how this works ..I'm curious about it for sure and to be honest, the sell sheet for this huge sanitizing system my workplace bought really didn't satisfy my curiosity at all. Maybe this isn't the place to discuss it or maybe I should have mentioned this in Nathan Slobodkin's recent thread on cleaning the workshop. I thought it was so cool though. A 100% effective cleaner that has no environmental downside? Sorry for the rant...set my phone to take dictation...
  16. For anyone interested in ramping up sterilization in your shop or even at home and otherwise, I wanted to quickly share that stabilized aqueous ozone removes 99.99% of bacteria and viruses from the environment, and is made with ordinary tap water, adding extra oxygen and electrolysis. It kind of sounds too good to be true, but it's true. My workplace uses the Tersano brand but I'm not trying to be an advertisement in any way, I just wanted to share that peace of mind is available for a rather reasonable price. Maybe this non-toxic and very beneficial cleaner is what our president was talking about? Probably not. But we should talk about it... Since a number of posters here are also scientists I figured someone might be inclined to discuss how this works in the first place. I'm just kind of amazed and stupid and relieved that I don't need to smell bleach to clean everything. Seems like magic to me. Also, I don't understand why the whole world doesn't use this.
  17. Did anyone else automatically tilt their head left when you saw this, trying to make this violin make sense?
  18. Books, obviously. I also have to say, there are some top players somewhere on the internet...getting older...maybe never had an apprentice. Some are sharing everything. It's not going to hurt their own bottom line. Even (especially) in the past three months, a ton of new YouTube channels. I'm not going to name names...sorry, as much as I like it here I don't want to help anyone pay attention too much. But--if anyone is up for playing with words, OP's OP purpose, I'm also really hoping that happens. Michael Darnton said it himself: that's not a list of violin-exclusive words, they are techie words for acoustics engineers, which might often be transferable. You all have more words, if you're selling violins. What word do you use for a violin that gives the sense of moving the air around the room in a way that a sound system never will, or one that brings huge texture to the double stops that you feel extending far past the notes somehow...magic, but what other words? Things that you can feel but not see (can't predict from construction clues), and if you can't feel it you won't hear it... Come on, get esoteric! Please.
  19. Ok, I can see that. When I knew even less than I do now that was when I OP'd some of the best topics...best...meaning lucky to be packed with so much valuable insight from all sorts of people. And experts. I also didn't realize how tired some topics get when they come up over and over between experts, and maybe I brought something unique- not new ideas, or new questions, maybe the approach. Whatever gets people talking. But I probably helped piss off experts too, mostly unintentionally. Granted, I can't take all the credit. The cake, in my silly little opinion, goes to those who come out of a four year school ready to spar with anyone at the top of the field like they're the same thing, but also still making rookie mistakes in technique. It may be a cultural problem. I can't think of anyone great in this field who was ready to be the big expert in charge of their own shop straight out of school. But--there's a seismic shift underway on the whole notion of expertise, and sometimes this stuff is fun to notice as someone waiting patiently on the outside, me, the gentle listener. I prefer that to "rabid bitch" or any of my other maestronet-bequeathed nicknames. Geewhiz...I don't want to get too political...oooh too late. "Submit Reply"
  20. Morality and wisdom too. Work ethic. I didn't think of that. But yeah, you have to do all of the steps. In something like woodworking...or practicing an instrument... the only one responsible for completing all the steps is---you. And you're going to know if you haven't done everything or if you haven't done it well. So might your teacher, but mostly you will know. It might not seem like a moral problem, but if someone is going to sell their work for a premium, it's definitely a moral issue. My kid is already selling r/c builds to his school buddies and telling them that lifetime repairs are free. Lol. "New Guy": sorry to temporarily hijack your thread. I am easily baited into talking about my children.
  21. Yikes! I have cut into my leg before for some dumb piece of wood. And also into my thumb. I get it. I am also very impressed with my kids, daily. You were right, you said it a couple months ago. My boy wants to make a violin. I knew this time would come. My husband also started woodworking, along with every type of handwork, at a very young age. I think this set of skills should be taught in every school everywhere, as in Sweden. The confidence, creativity, and focus a child who completes a complex woodworking project will get is the reason to do it, as the philosophy goes. I've seen that. When I finish something I think, whew! Finally! I'm not doing that anymore. I like learning and all, but not as much as that kid does. If I had learned that way when I was young I would probably be more process-oriented, which would have helped me in school. A photographer, already very process-oriented by nature, should do well with violin making.
  22. Scroll, maybe as another suggestion, a baroque tailpiece. That is a such a straightforward project my 10-year-old did it.
  23. The last thread he posted in was an intellectual tire fire with occasional marvelous insights which forced me to keep up with all of it. I shudder to remember that infamous six month thread; you'll recognize it too. I know he's one of the posters who got kind of tired of things devolving. I think he is okay. Last I talked to him he insisted he had responsibilities other than keeping things interesting on Maestronet. I'm sure we all miss him though.
  24. That may be true lately. Were you here 5 or 10 or 15 years ago? I think one difference is that so much important research was dropped around that time, and there's been a bit of a dearth lately. People got pretty heated about the Claudia Fritz research for example. The Brandmair book rocked everyone's world. It was fun. The search feature on this website could definitely be better, but it works well enough. Unfortunately a lot of experts that used to grace these forums a lot are notably absent these days. A lot of it, and this is just my opinion, you see a lot of people who are especially presumptious and unqualified enthusiastically disagreeing with the experts. People used to argue with Roger Hargrave like he's not Roger effing Hargrave. Ha, if I were one of those experts I'd feel pretty under appreciated and more or less sick of throwing pearls to the swine. But you even see that today. Davide Sora patiently explaining why not to nail in the neck to someone who then tries to justify their...unique...idea of acoustic optimization again, and stuff like that. If we want to hear an elevated level of discussion, it is possible. People like me need to shut up. I've said my piece, and I really am just trying to listen.
  25. I know many of you will remember Will L. He was a Becker ambassador (having been a professional dealer of many fine instruments and a professional violinist for his whole career) and in one of the many conversations based loosely around this topic now being discussed here he described the "magic" well in this older thread. It's something the violinist knows and feels, and then the listener can sense it too, both by the violinist's body language and presumably also by what we can hear. Anyway, this is an intetesting old thread in general. I certainly miss Will Logan and his wonderful posts. I know this is a slightly different topic, but I think the idea of "deaf-testing" is very interesting to find that "magic" Michael Darnton mentioned, visually.