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  1. Using your car analogy, if you wanted to learn to drive would you buy a car before your first lesson? End a analogy. Rent an instrument from a decent shop. Learn to play a bit, then try out some violins and see what you like. You might get something you like, blind on ebay, but more likely you will end up spending money on set up and still end up not sure if you have done the right thing. Wait a little.
  2. This is the Craig Tucker violin. @Chistopher Jacoby definitely varnished it with the board on. You can ask him directly if you like. He is a very fine fellow.
  3. Well there was a division of labour, but we had to use Fedex rather than a sack in a wheelbarrow to move the project around.
  4. I have photo books for all the builders and material contributors. I have business addresses for many. PM me if you want your copy sent elsewhere or if I don't have an address. Good work folks. It really is a beautiful violin
  5. the buyer has something pretty special. Thanks to them for bidding and thanks to everyone who took part. Special thanks to Jason Price for his encouragement and generosity and to Florence Haseler for her hand holding through the auction process.
  6. Thank-you to all the participants in the project and particularly to the folks at Tarisio in this final instalment for their great advice and generosity. The buyer is going to be very happy!
  7. There is a short you tube video of Boson Mo playing it. The link is on the build thread in the Pegbox. Bidding has picked up this morning as expected. Currently sitting at $8500 which is not too shabby.
  8. It's quite a pretty case, but I would be concerned about the 'air tight' seal. The ability to vent warming (and therefore expanding) air is pretty important to stop potentially catastrophic changes in RH. I don't have them to hand, but Dmitri has published some fairly interesting data about what goes on in sealed vs vented cases as they warm up.
  9. https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2199617536&cpid=3812802560&filter_key= Up today. Thank you to everyone for your support, It has been a long road.
  10. For what its worth, for me the musical score is almost invisible in this movie, submerged in the background behind the marvellous libretto and the gorgeous imagery. Sure, the melodies are vital and cannot be disentangled from the whole, but again, for me, the music makes no sense without the libretto and the whole glorious visual package. I cannot actually listen to the suite on its own, I find it almost painful, but when taken as a whole Westside Story is an absolute triumph.
  11. Octopus has an origin in Greek, so Octopodes is probably the best, Octopods a reasonable english approximation. Octopuses is just plain nasty!
  12. Really happy it worked out for you and thanks for letting us know.
  13. That is some serious talent!
  14. Happy New Year to you all. I am content to be the dumb kid close to the back of the class who loves to sit and listen to all the other kids talking. Thanks for tolerating me. I love it here.
  15. Whatever works I guess, but I am truly astonished that you find that an improvement.
  16. I was referring to Philip K T and omitted an apostrope and a capital letter As I understand it the hand made screws have a cut across the head, made with a saw blade (Single score for a flat-head screw driver). They are often slightly offset, and the vertical walls of the cut are usually angled outwards slightly, rather than parallel to each other and at right angles to the bottom of the cut.
  17. I am in western Canada. My wife's best friend is in Sweden. They are always at opposite ends of the day but it seems to work out provided one of them is up late and the other is up early!
  18. There are a few violins in the Winds sale that closes on 14th. There are tons of cool stuff in the sale for any musical pack rats amongst us. Who amongst us could turn down a Tenoroon or a Vox Humana or a pair of Serpents? https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3867T
  19. You have taken me down an arcane path into the history of wood screws. It appears that machine made wood screws would have started to appear in France in the second third of the 19h Century, so I am guessing Philips 'iron screws' are the hand made type with hand cut slots that are often not exactly across the diameter of the head. His 'steel screws' are most likely machine-made Nickel plated screws from later in the century. Is that correct? I have seen old rusty (modern) steel wood screws and old hand made screws from the nineteenth century side by side and they are stylistically identifiable, but not distinguishable as iron or a simple iron alloy on the basis of their appearance. Is that a fair summary of what we are looking for?
  20. How you gonna tell the difference between an iron screw and a steel screw from just looking at the head. Last time I checked the were both Fe? ...or am I missing something?
  21. If all else fails there is always Long and McQuade. They have a big rental fleet and shops everywhere
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