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  1. I'd agree the arching is more important. You see this kind of very thin in the flanks, thick in the middle on a lot of Amati school instruments including Stainer, and it works well. The "Amati smile" can be seen in CT cross arch sections.
  2. Jokes aside, I'm not a drinker!
  3. Bitrex isn't too bad, once you've developed a taste for it
  4. Yes, of course, the survival imperative has a way of overriding other concerns.
  5. "Tend to" in my original post, which you quoted. This implies my recognition that not all behave in this way, just the majority (more than half).
  6. I'm not suggesting there is any advantage - I'm pointing out a fact of use, that's it. But yes, maple makes lousy fenceposts. Maybe that's why they pulled them up and turned them into violins.
  7. Be that as it may, this was obviously unimportant to a lot of really excellent makers, as evidenced by great fiddles by then still in use that may as well have been made of fenceposts.
  8. This is far less important historically than we tend to believe now. And many an excellent maker today doesn't care whether the maple is figured or not. Players, on the other hand, which aren't required to have a detailed knowledge of what makes wood suitable for making, tend to judge more on looks.
  9. https://www.nps.gov/articles/spruceclones.htm
  10. I agree. I was sharing more for the sake of the discussion on clonal trees, such as happen in nature by various means.
  11. Neat article on clonal forestry of Norway Spruce in Sweden (so Sweden Spruce? Haha) https://annforsci.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1007/s13595-020-0920-1
  12. Hm, not been my experience. At first glance yes, but there is always something and if I get to know them I can see it after a time. Freckles and moles are always different, but there are other less obvious tells. I should mention epigenetic factors are as important as environmental vis a vis phenotypic expression, as we've come to find.
  13. That's it! This is why "identical twins" are never quite identical, either in appearance or behavior. Close, but there is an observable difference and it can be important.
  14. Whales are hunted in many jurisdictions. From the Wikipedia article on Whaling: Canada, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, the United States and the Danish dependencies of the Faroe Islands and Greenland continue to hunt in the 21st century.
  15. Whoever bought it did well. Red maple from OSW is almost all I'll use, even though it carved like glass. I bought a whole log of the stuff I like most and it should last a while
  16. What are you asking for the older sets?
  17. That would make me uncomfortable at the neck especially, where some more surface area would, to my mind, be advantageous for stability.
  18. Absolutely, EC testers for water quality can be had for about $50 on Amazon and work for this.
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