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About franciscus

  • Birthday 08/17/1962

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    Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    All in the same time, randomly listed: sustainable development, lutherie, art, restoration, teaching methods, environmental protection, trekking-hiking-survival, woodworking, cooking, chemical engineering, knife making

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  1. Agreed - that's the reason for the use of paraffine wax.
  2. Hi, Martin! I was working on a complex project: the first goal was to survive my daughter's marriage, and the second goal was to become a full professor. The first goal has been achieved, at least for now (since I'm still alive), and to the other, I have much more to ride. Hope that you are alive and kicking
  3. Natural beeswax sometimes can be slightly acidic, due to sugars degradation, which is not the case with artificial (paraffine) wax (never gummy if one uses it very sparingly - first onto the rag, then onto the - previously cleaned - screw).
  4. I would give a chance to Zippo petrol or mineral oil (liquid paraffin) too. EDIT (I forgot the classics): This is what I usually do (Thanks, J. Saunders): keeping in mind this:
  5. If this text is the one, please, send me the pdf to franc.andrejas@gmail.com, if it is not, please, send me the pdf Cheers, Franc
  6. Please, could you post a link to the mentioned video?
  7. I'd say that Mr. Dobriansky has nothing with this violin, because the label says: "Tone and timbre perfected according to the procedure discovered by L. Dobriansky" etc. But, after reading this article (posts)...
  8. I'd say that Mr. Dobriansky has nothing with this violin, because the label says: "Tone and timbre perfected according to the procedure discovered by L. Dobriansky" etc.
  9. I have three different endoscopes, but the key for the good pictures in the good lightening (appropriate lightening, more precisely).
  10. How I see things, you should first consider purchasing another violin, as a backup.This other violin can serve also as a workhorse for outdoor gigs, experiments with pickups can be performed on it, and, most importantly, it can serve as an instrument that can be played while the main instrument is being repaired. What is important for this other instrument is to be built as a tank and have a good setup. IV from Maryland has a New Year action and for $290 you can buy a complete outfit. I have nothing to do with IV, but I have all the praise for their customer care and Ken's knowledge and communications skills. Secondly, the first opinion from the local violin shop sounds soundly grounded and reasonable. Replace fingerboard and bridge and get a usable violin. As usual, these are my two small coins and nothing more.
  11. Here, one can find (and buy, if one likes it, for 300€ - think that the price is negotiable) the nice 3/4: OLX. As I said before, think that our friend Rue has the very similar one. And, I do not think that these violins are worthless nor unplayable. But, it is just my humble opinion.
  12. Hello, Blank face, I'm glad to have an opportunity to exchange a few words with you again. And yes, I was speeding - the lettering on the Czechoslovakian labels I was writing about is different, typically like this one (picture was taken from the interesting blog of Jedidjah de Vries): If I remember well, Rue has (or had) one of these violins. I cannot be absolutely sure, but in the 60s/70s every musical shop in former Yugoslavia has had a few outfits (brand new) with the violins labeled as the one from the picture and - besides a small number of violins from Mengeš, like the one we have a pleasant conversation about - these violins were the only violins that one could purchase regularly back then. Musical schools have had a lot of them in their fleets too. Regarding the case, I agree that it is not a sure proof for anything, but the cases in mentioned outfits were of the same type, besides the different lock and the interior - cases I am familiar with have been covered with the colorful wallpaper.
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