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    Music, violin playing/making, woodworking/furniture design/making, bicycling, I'm owned by a dog,

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  1. It's just you. You should probably have your head examined. And Tarisio isn't implying that #245 is a Poggi. I'm not sure that they're being unethical. Maybe the consigner could be more forthcoming. Among the many offerings this time are bows stamped "Tourte" and "Pecatte." Would you say they're being unethical there too?
  2. Whoever dressed it up with the fake label and stamp must have thought that someone would be that stupid. I wonder if the person who did the dressing up might be feeling a bit of angst right now, kind of like the people who paid massive bribes to get their children into elite Universities. The cat's out of the bag.
  3. The name seems laughable (lafebel) to me. ;)
  4. In such violins, since the inside groove is reaching towards the outside purfling groove, wouldn't there just be a bare sliver of wood left to hold the edges on? It doesn't seem like a very good way to build a violin. I see that this violin has painted purfling. Is that standard practice with such violins?
  5. I was told that the highest quality raw sticks allow makers to thin the tip end down more. I wouldn't hold that against this bow. The head looks beautifully formed to me. (My opinion shouldn't be taken as gospel truth.)
  6. Given the bigotry that's still rife in the American Southeast, I can't help wondering if there wouldn't still be slavery there today if not for the "war of northern aggression."
  7. Yamaha products always sell for substantially less than the msrp. If the msrp is $835, the street price will likely be under $600.
  8. Links work for me. I have no expertise to evaluate your cellos though.
  9. This is not to say that anyone should or shouldn't try to soften the varnish to get it to re-flow. But if the problem is that the varnish might "slough off," one might take a trick from fishing rod makers. They use very slow curing epoxy varnishes that will follow gravity to the lowest point. So they use a device called a rod dryer that slowly rotates the rod while the varnish sets. Conceivably one might do something similar with violins.
  10. No leather. I never thought of that. I think they work fine without it. Set it up first and see if you think it's necessary. It does seem like a good idea. And I'm glad that you were able to find the parts you needed without too much effort.
  11. Jim Bress, my Emmert also came missing the "stop bar bracket," that you're calling a tilt adjustment mechanism. I got that part from Patrick Leach here. (I seem to recall that he called it a "drag.") He has also manufactured new tilt plate jaws, one of which your vice originally had. You can see that on his website. He doesn't, and never did have the stop bar brackets listed on his website, but he had them (newly manufactured), and I'd bet that he still does. Good luck.
  12. Here's a "do it yourself" project that caught my eye. For a mere $268.00 you could be set up to make your own chopsticks. (!) Imagine the savings over your lifetime, not having to buy them.,77205
  13. In "A Violinmaker's Notebook" by Henry Strobel, he states on page 7 that "(Pernambuco) is easily and definitely identified by its characteristic "granular" grain pattern." Then he offers a photo on page 8, reproduced here to make the point clearer. If you look at pernambuco bows (or wood) under a magnifier, you'll see this characteristic for yourself. However, people in this trade seem to reserve the pernambuco designation only for dense, high quality sticks. So, is your stick pernambuco? If you can't see this grain pattern on it, then it's not. But if you can see this grain pattern, then it might be the correct species but not of a quality that earns the designation "pernambuco."
  14. It's accumulated rosin from years of being careless about wiping it off. Or it might be a deliberate attempt to simulate age by faking accumulated rosin. (Sorry, but I'm not qualified to identify the violin.)