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  1. Dear Lula Have you considered moving a bit to the west? I would like to recommend a great contemporary maker from Poland. His name is Krzysztof Mróz and he lives in Wrocław - western part of Poland. He was mentioned there and there by Mr Blank face who I believe is one of our guru here. Personally I have an experience with instruments and restorations by Mr Mróz and I can say that he is a very talented, charming and experienced maker and restorer. He won 1st prize at Wieniawski Competition in 1996 ex aequo with Mr Simeone Morassi: https://www.wieniawski.com/9ivmc.html He makes not only great violins but also violas, cellos and double basses. One of his violas you can hear here: Viola by Mr Krzysztof Mróz Here is his website. Best wishes!
  2. Hello folks Recently I've come across such a violin. I remember Prof. Saundres one day posted and explained everything about such a saddles, but unfortunately I cannot find it anymore. Is this violin from pre-1880 period? Any ideas where could it come from? Apologize for photos, don't have better ones now. Regards Jaro
  3. Strange, maybe the other one will work:
  4. Don't give up, there's surely a solution round there. Go find it. Your life is worth it. https://youtu.be/rCyrQN9yaGY
  5. Hi Does anybody know what violin she plays? She surely posesses a beautiful tone. Here is her most recent video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wglr6OErhIQ
  6. Cremona Tools sells exactly the same Strad posters but offers a far better customer service at the moment.
  7. I do not recommend enjoying strad.com shop. Their execution of transaction takes circa 6 months only if you don't forget emailing them constantly on order to remaind them about yourself. Mockery. I do recommend Cremona Tools shop instead. Fast and smooth.
  8. Hi Andreas It still sounds better than "happy holidays" to me. Merry Christmas to you. Jaro
  9. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pp-DTzDgFUo
  10. Well said. To be precise, the violin I've mentioned was a german origin child violin in 1/8 size with quite narrow bouts. Very tricky to set up and introverted one. Diameter of sound post was about 6.25. Regards Jaro Edit: Thanks a lot for the explanation
  11. Hello Jerry. It looks very familiar to me, as there are not many more things that you could do without having plates off. Anyway, if I understand correctly - the point is to get deeper tone - to me it means 'more complex'. And based on your experience - wouldn't 6,5 post kill the complexity of tone? I would be cautious with it even knowing about plates thicknesses, however you can always make it 0,5 thinner easily. I had once a violin to set up with soundpost way too fat, which clearly killed the sound, made it flat and not resonant at all. After making a new one (thinner) post the sound alived and later actions (brigde, strings, after length) was easier than previously. Although all things you've mentioned are important, one thing seems crucial to me in relation to complexity of tone - position of sound post (not too close, not too far) what on 'cheaper' violin shoudn't be very difficult to find. Could you please explain what 'poiriette' means? Never had a France-origin teacher. Best regards Jaro
  12. It looks great. Besides of color and texture I also like your 'patina' effect. Do you plan to leave it, or make it more polished? Thank you for sharing with us.
  13. Very neat work, a great pleasure to look at it. Congratulations!
  14. Seems legit Especially teh partially disappeared purfling. Is it some kind of soluble wood?
  15. Hi Dorian It looks nice, although if I'm allowed to be honest I'd make side volutes more oblique. To explain what's on my mind look at attachement. Regards Jaroslaw
  16. Eric Lu is an amazing young pianist. I was very impressed by both his interpretation and his skills during Chopin Piano Competition in 2016. There still are available some recordings from that event on YouTube, for ex. 24 preludes.
  17. Generally I agree but I believe you'd be surprised what one can find in range far lower than 1k US dollar sometimes. It depends on two words: where and when.
  18. Dear Don Impressive job, your #25 looks and sounds great. It could be many violinists desire. Can't stop listen to it. Will keep my fingers crossed for your #26-7(?) at VSA. Regards JM
  19. Hello Luis Impressive work, congratulations! I wonder about cross section of bridge, since it's similar to how I use to do it sometimes. Do you always shape it like this one? Best regards JM
  20. It also has fake "one piece back".
  21. Yes, that's obvious. What I meant is rather that in some contemporary violinmaking schools (if somebody would make such 4p. back) this could be interpreted as a less worth job.
  22. Interesting also it has 4-piece back.