Nik Kyklo

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  1. Thank you very much for your reply. I already tried these and made 2 -3 tailpieces in the past. I am just trying to find something closer to the original flat bottom tailpieces of Stradivari / Amati family etc. Something that has more detail's than Sacconi's patterns.
  2. Hello. I am interested to make baroque tailpiece for violin and viola. Does anyone know where can I find exact plans of baroque tailpieces (and if there are original to the instrument they belong)? I read some previous discussions here but there is not something specific. Ashmolean Museum's (and NMM) plans include tailpieces, but I am not sure what to choose. Sacconi has the Strad patterns but not exact dimensions. I don't know any other resources for tailpieces. Thank you
  3. Thank you all so much for your interest and your valuable information. It is a proof that this forum is a small treasure. Diogenes the Cynic philosopher (fragm. from Diogenes Laertius I think) said once: "The sun does not get dirty even if he gets into the toilets". (I remember the ancient text and maybe my translation is bad). In a messed up place like web, sun remains sun, here. I will try as mentioned the NaNO2.
  4. Thank you all for your replies. What I received is NaNO2. The NaNO3 was much more expensive (about 60E per kilo). I read too that is used in meats somehow (better I didn't know it). I had used on a viola vinegar with some iron wool in the past. The result was ok in first view but a bit green. After time it looks like it "eats" the varnish. I had use spirit varnish if I remember well. The result was very weird. If the NaNO2 has same effects of course I will not use it.
  5. I just bought for the first time some NaNO2 (Sodium Nitrate) to test it, how it works on spruce and maple. I had a bad relationship with chemistry since I was in school so I would like to know how safe is its use and how to use it. It is 1kg in a bag ( I bought it really cheap 6-7Euros). I read here that this is toxic, harmful etc. Should I have to use gloves, mask or anything else, can I store it inside the home? What else should I take care of? Thank you
  6. I think Strobel has all the measurements for 7/8.
  7. Thank you for your answers. I think that Strobel's approximation is too general and does not agree even with his measurements. The Italians meassured the surface of a violin and then the alternation is based on mm^2. I cannot find an easy approach that covers that topic, since to measure surface includes depth and height and the procedure is too complex.
  8. Hello. Are there any resources in English about the violin reduced sizes and how to calculate them? I know the "il violino i suoi formati" in Italian but it is difficult to understand it. Also there is the Geigenbau und Klangfrage but it is in German. Both of them mentions Strobel's Measurements book. Thank you
  9. I had of one or two of these with a bigger than usual fine tuner. You had first to put A string and then to screw the fine tuner.
  10. Since my background is on philosophy I remember a fragment from presocratic phil. Democritus and found it on wikipedia : There are two forms of knowledge, one genuine, one obscure. To the obscure belong all of the following: sight, hearing, smell, taste, feeling. The other form is the genuine, and is quite distinct from this...Whenever the obscure [way of knowing] has reached the minimum sensibile of hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and when the investigation must be carried farther into that which is still finer, then arises the genuine way of knowing, which has a finer organ of thought. When we say that violin making (and generally instrument making) is a kind of "art", I realize that Democritus was right. Something more than senses, tools and measurements gets involved (of course nothing from esoteric researches, mysteries, and black magic...).
  11. I was 8 years old when I was watching my father making a violin. We were a bellow the middle (financially) family. He had 2 books (Stradivari's live from Hills and Strobel’s Measurements). His tools: a saw, 2,3 chisels, a knife, he was borrowing some tools because did not have the money to buy them, and little by little he was sculpting. He made some violins and tenths of classical guitars with … his nails. So few tools, no internet, he didn’t know foreign languages to read books. I am wondering today how he did all that. He was repeating many times that the old “masters of the wood” had fewer tools than him. “They were making all these things with their nails! I don’t know how!” were his words. I finished University, languages, music etc. I buy a lot of tools, books, tons of information, I travel to meet luthiers, I educate myself every day, I spend money. The point: My results are not much better than my fathers’. Why I cannot work with simple tools and I need a "laboratory"? Am I on the wrong path?
  12. Thank you Brad. Someday I will do this investment someday, I mean to buy Weisshaar's book. It is a bit expensive and I cannot afford it for now. I use the Strobel's measurements one. Do you know if Cello making (again by Strobel) has enough information on that topic? **I read previous discussions here, but some important links are not working now (ex. Strad's article for cello fingerboard).
  13. Hello. I am restoring a 4/4 cello. Also, I have a lot of time since I fixed a cello fingerboard last time. Except Strobel's measurements, is there any good resource for 4/4 cello fingerboard curve, angle, measurements etc? Thank you
  14. Mr Emilg, the Stagg's book is truly one of the best. On the other side, I find it difficult to make a bow from that book. French method is preferable when someone has few tools. Maybe Bolander's is more useful from that point of view. Bolander and combination with the video "Fabrication d' un archet" can give some results. Find and copy a master bow is a good solution too. About bow tuning - I have never found anything on this topic. Bolander, if I remember well, believes you have to "feel" some hundreds of bows just to begin understanding the important elements of their construction. So, maybe the answer is : experience.
  15. This looks like red pau d arco (red ipe type). Maybe the grains that have black colour -an effect from lapachol resin inside the wood- make that effect.