MANFIO

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  1. Fulton's book was written in the 80's, if I am not wrong. Since then, a lot of some good old original Italian varnish recipes have been unveiled, and some guys started producing really nice violin varnish. I made a lot of varnishes, it is expensive time consuming, and it can change in the instrument a decade later or less, representing an unpredictable element in our making. I cooked some "Marciana" varnish (recipe in a 1550 manuscript kept in the Marciana Library, Venice) that I use for the ground in my violas, then I follow with two coats of oil varnish (Padding or Joe Robinson).
  2. I am very anxious guy, so I do as Davide Sora, scroll first.
  3. The violin market is a bit like the art market....Yes, personality is hard to find (good personality), but sometimes the market is not prepared to it. Van Gogh sold just one of his oil in his entire life. We love the personality of Scarampella's violins, but he was very very poor, the same for the Antoniazzis and Rocca. Some say that the standardization of some Italian modern violins was dictated by Asian dealers in the 80's who would buy everything in Cremona that fitted their ideas about what a good violin is.
  4. My idea about the market is that in some years just the top makers will survive, the middle makers will disappear. Many makers that are considered top makers today were considered just middle makers when they were alive and they would not survive today's market, makers like Rocca (he was declared legally poor), Scarampella, most of the Milanese, Napolitan, and perhaps even Guarneri del Gesù would not survive in today's market. and that is a sad thing. Perhaps 90% - or more - of all Italian makers of the past would fit the middle makers range today. Well, these middle makers will disappear, at least in expensive cities in the first world countries. Eventually, this will make the top bench made instruments even more exclusive and expensive. European sports cars are comparatively much more expensive now than they were 40 years ago, the competition made them more expensive, more exclusive. Our clothes are made in factories today (and are rather cheap) but if you need a custom made suit with English fabric you will pay much more for it today than 40 years ago when we had many tailors in our neighborhood. The same for good mechanic watches, you will pay a mint today for a good Swiss mechanic watch that 40 years ago was affordable for most of the people. But I may be just too grumpy today.
  5. MANFIO

    Chalk?

    I can imagine in the future a certificate a bit like this: "this very fine violin, bearing a spurious Poggi label, was in fact made by Davide Sora in Cremona, since Ansaldo Poggi used a very posh Venetian Carmesin red chalk (due to myopia) to fit his bass bars, while the humble maestro Davide Sora used inexpensive, "lavagna" type white chalk to that, as confirmed by the attached chemical analysis and historical data took from very old MAESTRONET posts".
  6. Loved the Viking boat!
  7. Well, the maker had some "fantasia" on his head... the sound box is very nice. The head explains why it is in an auction, and not with a good dealer.
  8. I used to get cereal (rice) alcohol (1 buck the liter) till the day they started asking me documents and bureaucracy for that. Luckily, the guy of the shop told me that no document was needed for getting alcohol for making perfume, that was the same thing... "Fatta la legge, trovato l'inganno"....
  9. Yes, but it is much harder to play the violin, viola and cello that way.
  10. It is better having a good one than potboilers.
  11. This show-off demonstration should never be allowed.... Malin Broman plays all the parts of Mendelshon Octet...
  12. Davide, I take the weight notes prior to scoop the plates, and I try to have the numbers I got with successful violas. If the numbers are on the heavy side, it means I will have to leave the plates thinner. I always prefer wood on the light weight side.
  13. One of the notes I keep about my instruments is the weight of the shaped, but not graduated top and back,