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  1. Or was Antonio Stradivari a fictitious character made up by Vuilliaume to sell his own workshop violins. #where are the dorsal pins? The truth is out there.
  2. The Stärke wouldn't be out of place in a museum collection.
  3. You could try brushing hot water on both sides of the seam, let it soak in and repeat until the seam is weak enough to pop open. I've had to do this before. It takes a little patience but you should be able to get back to your starting point without losing material.
  4. The previous owner was an octopus.
  5. Does the plate feel flexible? Try flexing and twisting the plate a little and see what it feels like. You don't want it to be floppy but if it feels overly stiff you can probably bring it down under normal grads. It's probably the furthest thing from a measurable scientific approach but I've had much more success just feeling the plates with my hands than trying to match modes.
  6. Sure, I don't know if others have had the same experience with Evahs but when I tried them on my oldtime fiddle they lost their complexity very quickly and ended up sounding flat and dull. I attributed this to the frequent tuning changes because this does not happen with the Evahs on the violin I use for classical only. This may or may not be the case for you but it's something to consider. Cheers.
  7. What you need is a black piano key!
  8. My 'works for most' inexpensive set is Warchal Karneol with Goldbrokat E. It comes to around $30 through Concord. They sound great for folk fiddling though maybe not as complex a sound as the Evahs. For oldtime fiddling I actually prefer the sound of Prims and also find that they hold up way better to tuning changes. Evahs can wear out real quick if you switch tunings often.
  9. The wood I have is very fresh so it's hard to tell but it seems heavy and quite hard for maple much like what you describe. Probably not the best wood for a back. I don't see the Janka hardness anywhere online. I may end up trying it for tailpiece or bridge blanks down the road.
  10. I just had a large Japanese Maple cut down and the wood seems very dense,. possibly too dense. Has anyone experimented with those varieties?
  11. If you're interested in technique, Burgess posted a video a few months back showing how he bends ribs with his body weight pulling the strap against the iron. It actually works really well and allows you to use thicker stock if you want to.
  12. The tightening contraption looks handy. Is that based on an historic design? I wonder if that affects the tonal advantages of a clip-in bow. I made my first baroque bow a few months back and the part that gave me the most trouble was just getting the hair and blocks to stay in place. How have you been faring in that department? Any tips?