Andreas Preuss

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  1. Andreas Preuss

    Green buckthorn berries as a source of pigment

    Interesting for copying. Usually fresh colors don't look 'tired' enough. Some Testores I have seen look like having only a clear varnish on them and I wonder if pigments didn't completely fade out.
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    Green buckthorn berries as a source of pigment

    Looks intense.
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    Purfling Before or After Plates Are Attached

    I prefer to do it after closing the box. With some surplus wood on the edge for final correction on the box I can give the purfling the right flow and place the tips at the corners in the right direction and position. Following the spirit of old Italian masters I am not so much concerned to get a perfect equal edge over stand all around the ribs.
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    Question for makers. How many instruments have you made?

    Yeah, but war can happen to us too, we are just lucky right now. And disease? Actually I think there was no pest epidemic in Cremona in Stradivaris lifetime.
  5. Andreas Preuss

    machine made violins also CNC "Betts"

    The traditional way of making shavings makes human variations of the same theme even if you work with patterns. A machine doesn't think about that.
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    Pietro Guarneri di Venezia

    We are waiting already 20 years for this book to be completed.
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    soundpost crack

    I had one violin in my shop for a soundpost patch where you could see the crack in an emerging state. As a matter of fact the top of that fiddle was pretty thin. However, if you really squeeze an ultra tight soundpost into a violin the stress will stress out the top and it will get an infarct sooner or later.
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    Building

    I don't know any violin maker calling himself builder. However if we translate the second half German word Geigenbauer into English, 'Bauer' means in this context 'builder'. In fact in German the word 'Geigenmacher' exists as well. (Note: I can't tell you why 'Bauer' means as well 'farmer' in German. )
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    Question for makers. How many instruments have you made?

    I envy Strad because he didn't have to answer the phone didnt need to deal with slow computers he didn't have to file tax papers he didn't need to commute to work he didn't need to deal with travels he didn't need to organize events and he didn't get distracted by TV or the Internet (like me right now)
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    World War 1

    As a matter of fact most soldiers killed in war are too young to be famous as makers. There were however a few famous violin and bow makers who survived the war. Wasn't there somewhere a picture of Eugene Sartory in uniform? Not really related to this topic but worth mentioning. Having read the entire Lüttgendorff III there was one German violin maker who opposed the Nazis openly and got executed for it. Need to look up his name again.
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    Question for makers. How many instruments have you made?

    I stopped counting at no 28 long time ago. I stopped because numbers didn't make sense to me any more. Each copy is a unique piece anyway and even there I hadn't any repetition for any of those iconic violins. Maybe in a few years I make a catalogue of my work. Should be a pretty interesting diversity.
  12. Andreas Preuss

    Question for makers. How many instruments have you made?

    Don't worry in 300 years someone will write the violin iconography of David Burgess.
  13. Andreas Preuss

    Michael Köberling`s bench

    ?????? Maybe I am saying something funny here but maybe judges should pass a test if they are capable of judging instruments?
  14. Andreas Preuss

    Anyone using a Goffriller viola model and why?

    Thanks for posting the nice pics. Interesting for comparison to the one I digged out. Do you know the size? Any head model?
  15. Andreas Preuss

    Anyone using a Goffriller viola model and why?

    Super nice as usual. Thanks for the comments on the sound. Sounds actually good to me because I like violas with a warm and mellow sound something which reminds of sweet chocolate melting in your mouth. Do I see from the light reflection correctly that is a rather high arch? (Next time you come to Japan we gotta meet.)