Advocatus Diaboli

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  1. Worn varnish under chinrest

    Played by someone with a beard?
  2. French Polish materials

    A slightly heated polish layer will polish out with less solvent on the rag, in my experience.
  3. French Polish materials

    A heatlamp goes a long way for the final polish. (On new instruments, obviously.)
  4. Strad (and other) models database?

    I know I've mentioned this before, but the P.M. is an almost perfect match to some brothers Amati instruments.
  5. How do you "dirty" up a new instrument?

  6. How do you "dirty" up a new instrument?

    The simplest answer is most likely to use all the different kinds of dirt in as many thin layers as possible. My general rule of thumb is that if you can see the dirt in any given layer, there's too much. The exceptions, in my mind, are the dull stuff under the edges and in the crannies of the volute, and a rosin mustache, if you include one. Casein paint, oil tube colors, shoe polish, dry pigments, furniture dust, and dryer lint are all great, if applied thinly enough. Powdered rosin works well for a final dusting after polish, especially in scrolls.
  7. Stainer Jacob

    I'll send you a message with some zip files of scans. The 1645 I posted is from the LOC, the other three scans are incomplete or were uploaded with errors, so they aren't really readable. As far as a dicom viewer goes, OsiriX has a free version you can download, which will only let you open part of a scan at a time, or you can download Horos, which is a knockoff of the whole thing.
  8. Stainer Jacob

    There are a bunch available from the LOC and Smithsonian, although they aren't the best quality.
  9. Stainer Jacob

    I have partial/incomplete scans of a couple other Steiners, plus most of the other people as well.
  10. Stainer Jacob

    Calculated density via the scan seems to be average about .65 for the back and .41 for the top.
  11. Stainer Jacob

    Of Steiner in particular, or in general?
  12. Stainer Jacob

    I'm having a hard time telling from the scan if all of them go the whole way through. The 1st, middle and 5th all definitely go through. The problem is the Z resolution of the scan is 1mm, so any details smaller than that are at risk of being at least partially lost.
  13. Stainer Jacob

    Ah, right. My mistake!
  14. Stainer Jacob

    Here's the slice with the 2nd pin from the top of the plate.
  15. Stainer Jacob

    I believe it was typically five dorsal pins. Here's a CT scan from 1645.