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  1. I am not sure of that. It seems to me that if it is applied only to the raw wood and allowed to dry thoroughly before varnishing, that it could be used before either spirit or oil varnish. But this is only a guess. Perhaps others who read this have more certain answers.
  2. This is not a link to a school, but shows propolis in ground varnish. Perhaps you already familiar with it. http://violinresearch.com/ground_006.htm
  3. Sorry, Ipr5184, I don't know. I have a faint recollection that I also had come across this use of bee propolis in some other source. I'll look through my notes and see if anything pops up. BTW, I might have given the wrong impression juxtaposing the propolis solution for the violin and the one for my throat --- they are different solutions.
  4. When one is a "beginner" to this forum, or to the field in general, one can't always know who the "experts" are, especially if pseudonyms are used. Any thoughtful, illustrated posting is often useful to a "newbie". By comparing Forum advice to other sources, a newbie can learn to be more discriminating.
  5. Chicago School of Violin Making, in Skokie, Illinois.
  6. 1. So far, I only buy online instruments that I want to practice repair on. If I want a better violin, I play my own. 2. Being self-taught in my violin-formative years, I went along in my own sweet time, and never learned to count properly. I just "feel" my way or listen to soloists' recordings. Needless to say, I never play in public or in groups ---- still on my own sweet time. 3. In violin-making school we were instructed to paint one coat of bee propolis in alchohol solution over the entire instrument, in and out, then drying before any varnishing. Moving to California some years ago, I dry my violins in morning or late afternoon sun, after each coat of varnish, whether oil or spirit. I found out the hard way that sunshine at noon in the summertime can heat up a violin so that the center line separates. The propolis solution gives the wood a slight tan color, and in my opinion, provides some protection against biological invaders due to its slight antibiotic/antivirus properties. (If sprayed into my throat when I first feel the tickle of a cold, the tickle doesn't grow into a full-fledged cold). Okay, say what you will --- it's my experience. 4. Experts often say that time for a good repair should not be wasted on cheap school violins. Here is where I disagree with them. Otherwise, I value their advice.
  7. Nice looking back, but also what looks to be, or become, a bass bar crack, plus other spruce cracks, and one along the back at the button. If it was mine I would keep it to practice my repair techniques. Whether I could sell it for the cost of repairing and restoring, I doubt it.
  8. I forgot to include my attempt at humor: "......walk into a bar and found a yoyo contest going on. The luthier was not allowed to join the contest because he had too many strings attached."
  9. Doesn't that seem like an oxymoron ---- a very liberal-leaning town that kills others for expressing themselves? Humor doesn't have to be hurtful ---- take Addie's for example --- but it does take a keen sense of humor that, admittedly, is hard to find anymore amidst all the meanness. Perhaps we can start a new trend, David --- let's make America kind again.
  10. Addie, you've got hidden talents.
  11. Reminds me of a joke that needs to be written: A Catholic, several kinds of Protestants, a Jew, and a luthier walk into a bar ...........Somebody finish the joke, please.
  12. Passover week coincides with Easter week this year ---- Happy Eating to all! Being a vegetarian, my contribution to the community Passover seder was a small mountain of roasted root vegetables. Enough to include several pans for the local homeless dinner. And (did someone say chocolate?) I couldn't say "no" to chocolate-covered matzah!
  13. And thanks also to you, DGSR, for showing the delicate difference. I wonder how the old German "violin" was pronounced ---- as our V or our B?
  14. Thanks for the education, Rue. I hadn't seen it before.
  15. Nobody has commented on the word "Biolin" spelled with what I see as a "B" on the label in the posted photos. Is this so common that it warrants no comment? The only places I know that spell violin with a B is in Asia, where there is no "V" in the language, and "B" is used, instead. It is common to hear "Biolin" when "Violin" is meant.