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About BasqueViolinist

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  • Birthday 04/04/1943

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    California, 160 km NE of San Francisco
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    Violins, classical music

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  1. BasqueViolinist

    Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Thanks for that information, carl1961. I'll pass it along if I the need arises. I don't have an iPhone either, so I'm an Android phone user like you. I went for the cheapest Samsung Android phone because I only carry it for dire emergencies, like AAA auto club service and 911. I'm an old geezer who's mostly housebound because of his disabilities and gets out about once every 6 to 8 weeks when I'm lucky. I don't like phone calls even at home; even my doctors do not have my phone number and communicate with me by email. My wife does use an iPhone, and I can't make heads or tails out of that sucker, despite my being a Mac addict since 1985 myself. IOS and Mac OSX have practically nothing in common. I'm looking forward to trying the endoscope as soon as it and the luthier light get here. Thank you for posting.
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    Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Thank you all for the suggestions and links. I ended up buying this very inexpensive one, mainly because it works with my Android phone, my Mac desktops, Mac laptops and MacbookAir, as well as a Windoze laptop. It does not work with iPhoes, which I don't have.
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    Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Thank you Stavanger and David Burgess for your fast and equally useful responses also. Amazing how wonderful the members of this forum can be.
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    Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Wow! Thank you for the lightning fast response with the extremely useful information, the link and the great pictures, FiddleDoug. If it's not too much of an additional imposition, would you be so kind to give me a clue as to the make and model of your endoscopic camera? If that's the quality of the images you get—I'm assuming that was your website—I want exactly what you have! I just can't thank you enough.
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    Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Inasmuch as this topic is already 12 years old, I wonder if anyone here has had actual experience with an endoscope inside a violin by now. Many units are being offered nowadays, even outside of eBay, at very affordable prices, for instance at Several of them are less than $20 and even below $10.
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    Stradivari tools, again

    Yes, all languages evolve steadily all the time. They're all doing it today.
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    Mathias Placht Bow Help

    Thank you for the courtesy of your reply.
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    K. Betts luthier

    If it's in your neck of the woods, a historian librarian at the closest library may be able to help. Just a thought in case no one else chimes in.
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    Stradivari tools, again

    Here, I couldn't figure out why you think September may have been misspelled in Italian with only one t by Stradivari, so I did a quick Google search for you:
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    Varnish on the ground or in the wood

    Thank you for creating this very interesting thread.
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    Mathias Placht Bow Help

    "Abeille"? Excuse my ignorance, but does "abeile", the French word for 'bee', have a specialized meaning in the world of luthery? EDIT: Perhaps a typo for abele? Noun 1. abele - a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces aspen poplar, Populus alba, silver-leaved poplar, white aspen, white poplar poplar tree, poplar - any of numerous trees of north temperate regions having light soft wood and flowers borne in catkins
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    Sorry for having missed this thread until now. Contemporary Chinese makers do put out a steady trickle of Stainer copies even today. On eBay do a search on "Stainer violin", and choose hits from those located in China. A targeted search on AliExpress will yield hits like this one at
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    Stainer Jacob

    Stainer lionhead. Just because.
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    Stainer Jacob

    Typically Stainer. Some of the copies floating around there have even more exaggerated arches, presumably because the makers of the copies wanted to stress the "Stainerischness" of their wares. The three examples in the screen capture image below are from among the many examples provided on the CD-ROM sold by Canadian violin maker Richard Perras, with whom I have no other connection: (see last link on that index page, titled X X X X X_SPECIAL_OFFER _X X X X X).
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    "FLITZ" polish compound on violins

    Like FLITZ, it's available at my local ACE hardware store in this small Northern California town. This is where I actually bought my tube of FLIZ myself. I just checked, and they do stock Stoddard Solvent. Neither of those two items is a rarity here, as they are far from being considered primarily luthery supplies.