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  1. I hope he will appreciate the comparison as a compliment, but I have always thought that Marty Kasprzyk's nontraditional violas have a Nakashima qualtity to them, from the "floating in air" bits to simplicity of the lines and the finishes that let the beauty of the wood stand out.
  2. Somebody should do a thread of what an authentic labels look like. For example, this one looks like it came from the Dead Sea Scrolls, but assuming an instrument hasn't been totally abused or recovered from a shipwreck it seems like the label should be fairly protected, maybe some yellowing but the edges shouldn't be all tatters, right?
  3. Also makes getting the spilled beer off easier, I would suppose.
  4. I would use a small piezo contact mic and some sort of PC or tablet with sound recording or oscilloscope software. There are free ones that work.
  5. I'm no expert, but comparing his clothes to this website ( I think it looks most like the picture from the 1930s.
  6. Considering the definition of antic (amusing, silly, or strange behavior) I don't know if I would would be a good thing for a cello.
  7. FWIW here is a method I used to make an ozone generator for almost free. It works great on smoky guitar amplifiers and speakers. I have not tried it on any acoustic instruments.
  8. I have a friend who splurged and bought the vintage electric guitar he had been eyeing for a while because he basically had a "life's too short" epiphany, so maybe others will decide to get a great violin instead of a gym membership they never use.
  9. I hit all the pawnshops over on the west side (Hillsboro, Beaverton, etc) and watch the classifieds pretty close. I'll keep an eye open.
  10. The fingerboard looks flat as well, so perhaps this is to be only plucked and not bowed.
  11. glebert

    Violin ID (x2)

    Re: the ugly one, normally everyone asks if the fluting stops at 6:00, on this one it stopped at about 4:45 and by 6:00 was already at the pub with a few under its belt.
  12. Couldn't figure out why hippies were being drug into this until I zoomed in on the picture. LOL
  13. For this reason it seems important to get some local resource to service them as best as can be on a continuing basis. Perhaps even come up with some methods of repair that work better in that environment than what the usual methods. And maybe sometimes it comes down to "you would never do this with an instrument of any value" but you try it anyway because there is nothing to lose. And literally the choice seems to be either not-great instruments with slapdash repair and setup or nothing at all, and in that case I always go for trying to keep an instrument alive no matter what.
  14. I think that a person who is a bit handy can perform setup and minor repairs, especially if the instrument is not something of great value. I started doing setup because my first cello (an ebay special) was so cheap the music store basically laughed at me. Maybe you can find a local craftsperson who would be up for it if you aren't yourself. For tools and supplies, as a hobbyist/hack I just get cheap blanks for bridges and nuts from ebay or amazon, and I don't have any specialized tools. A good carving knife, small block plane, sandpaper, etc, and then palatte knifes or thin spatulas for separating pieces or for getting glue into open seams. The pros can probably give better advice, but I think for repair work you can get by with simple tools. Then again it may be worthwhile to look into some new beginner instruments. They will still need setup, but should at least be structurally sound. It sounds like some of your instruments are in pretty bad shape.