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  1. joshuabeyer

    Speeding up suntanning

    Sorry but I think you are mistaken. While they are indeed cheaper, the bulbs at your link are very basic UV lights, they have none of the upgraded qualities which expedite wood tanning.
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    Speeding up suntanning These bulbs and ballasts have sped my tanning time from 4-6 weeks to 4-6 days.
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    The Scroll

    Mairson for President 2020
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    Ever see an X-ray of a case by Stradivari?

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
  5. A very talented maker in Chicago once told "never sacrifice shape over symmetry". That's all I have to add for now...
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    Resizing images to specific measurements

    I use Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop. Illustrator has the "Measure" tool, Photoshop has the "Ruler" tool to help w this kind of thing.
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    New stop length?

    Koo-Young, this is a very strange statement coming from you. Respectfully, you have some of the most unorthodox methods in this industry. Are you still making instruments with three bass bars? Are you calling them violins?
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    New stop length?

    Curious - out of everyone in the thread saying "don't do it", how many of you have tried? I almost hesitate to say this, because at this point it seems that most people are against the idea. But I have made violins with both short and long stop lengths that have both sounded good and sold. And not once has a player or dealer mentioned noticing this difference. For instance, the ex-Bell Stradivari has a stop of 191mm. I've made two "copies" of this instrument and both were successful. Though this violin may be an outlier because it has been heavily modified in all respects (since starting its life as a d'amore). Peter of Mantua violins often have long stop lengths measuring 198-199mm, and I have used this model multiple times with positive results. Part of why I stuck with these measurements is simply because if you move the stop from 199 to 195, the lower eyes of your ffs are now awkwardly close to the edge of the C bouts (assuming you want your nicks to line up with the stop). Three other things to mention: The neck lengths of all of these instruments is 130mm. In both cases you need to use a tailpiece long/short enough to allow for proper string afterlength. And these examples may not be applicable to the question at hand because they are not turning an apple into an orange, as Mr Pasewicz says, but rather leaving an orange an orange.
  9. joshuabeyer

    How Do the Best Violins Compare?

    Firstly, can you give more context to your picture? It seems to suggest that the violin was made by Nicolo Gagliano and his son in 1723? If I'm not mistaken Nicolo would have been 13 years old in that year. Secondly, on the topic of "differences" we are now arguing semantics. I will concede, and agree, that yes you can argue w/ validity that their construction methods were "very" different. Though I still disagree with your original statement that they are "completely" different. I don't doubt this, but I also don't doubt that by the age of 19 or 20 Omobono was a capable violin maker of considerable pedigree.
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    How Do the Best Violins Compare?

    Stradivari's connection to Alessandro Gagliano is only conjecture at this point, and the theory of Alessandro working in the Strad workshop has now been refuted. However, there is a more compelling theory linking Omobono Stradivari to Alessandro Gagliano in Naples around the turn of the 17th century. The exact time frame of Omobono's trip to Naples is still not known. The most believed theory has him there in 1698, at which point the second generation of Gagliano violin makers - Gennaro and Nicolo - were still unborn. If Omobono did pass along information on violin making to a member of the Gagliano family it was most likely Alessandro. I don't think I'd go so far as to say "completely different". In my opinion, the work of Alessandro Gagliano looks like someone learning from the Cremonese school who missed a few crucial days of class.
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    L & T Carcasi scroll 'beauty spot'?

    The Nicolo Amati "King Louis XIV, ex Youssoupov" violin of 1656 has gemstones set into the eyes of the scroll (a ruby in one side and an emerald in the other). There are also matching gemstones incorporated into the fleur-de-lis designs on the top plate. I can't find a good picture of the scroll online, but it's part of the Corcoran collection in DC, and featured in a few books/articles.
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    Cello corner template

    Bravo! Curious to learn the rest of the story.
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    Order of operations for decorated strads

    Hi Bill, I don't think it's known. But in my opinion, the existence of the various templates, etc related to the decorated instruments (kept at the Museo del Violino in Cremona) is strong evidence that it at least happened in the Stradivari workshop. And the dates of most of the instruments being so early makes it more likely that Antonio did it himself? Though we do know he didn't invent the technique, there are a few Nicolo Amati violins with similar decorations made about 25 years earlier. I think you will find this article interesting:
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    Order of operations for decorated strads

    Hi Bruce, Thanks for that information, it makes a lot of sense. My ivory comment was just repeating what I read in Thone's Stradivari Vol III. Though truthfully I do see variation between some instruments, for instance, to my eye the Cipriani Potter's lozenges are a lot more uniform in color than the Rode's, especially when viewed head-on. As a result there is more twinkle in the Rode. But perhaps that's a result of varying absorption as you described, and not the type of ivory.
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    Equestrium harvest

    Equisetum cuts the wood fibers, like a scraper or plane does, and works unidirectionally; the debris from equisetum is shavings. Sandpaper doesn't cut, it scratches, scuffs and compresses; the debris from sandpaper is dust that can fill your pores.