MANFIO

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  1. Thank you all! I glued it successfully, but I will prepare a new top too, and decide tomorrow. Grazie tante!
  2. Nice viola top with a hidden crack.... to glue and cleat or throw away? e viola top, well seasoned, nice density...oops.... a hidden crack..... to glue or to throw away, that is the question.
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    Flatening a plane

    Take it to a machinist, he will do the job.
  4. Perhaps pining the spruce neck heel would be a good idea.
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    My latest scroll for critique.

    I agree with Andreas, it makes the scroll look "heavy". I also think it will make the instrument more difficult to sell.
  6. Some old videos featuring Italian makers and their very humble workshops and way of life. Rafaelle Vaccari: https://patrimonio.archivioluce.com/luce-web/detail/IL5000086030/2/uno-degli-ultimi-maestri-liutai-raffaele-vaccari.html Domenico Fantin, the narrator say "gli chiamaremi i poeti perche la liutieria, come la poesia, non da pane" (whe will call them the poets, since violin making, as poetry, gives no bread"): hhttps://patrimonio.archivioluce.com/luce-web/detail/IL5000041014/2/italia-liutaio-varesino-fabbrica-violini-come-stradivari.html
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    Instrument quality matters!

    In the case of violas, the instrument will be even more important, I think.
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    Instrument quality matters!

    Players of our State Orchestra hate that because, after the audition, the winner appears playing a potboiler that sounds awfull in the orchestra.
  9. Thanks! I will try to get a sound sample. The weight of this 16.3 (41.5 cm.) viola is 535 grams.
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    Melvin Goldsmith bench

    That's really impessive! Bravo!
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    Tool rust advice

    From FINEWOODWORKING magazine: https://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/06/05/salt-and-vinegar-natures-rust-remover
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    Skunk in Workshop

    I had a bat some years ago. And birds too.
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    Viola string lengths

    I follow Renè Morel's ideas about neck and viola string length, I keep 15 cms. neck and 375 mm string length regardless of the size of my violas (from 15.5 to 17). I know the Brescian models work well with shorter string lengths, but I have no experience with that. Here one of my 15.5 violas in action, 375 string length, 15 cms. neck, with Kim Uwate, she studied with Karen Dreyfus, Karen chose the viola to her.