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  1. What Kind of Back Wood?

    Anyone experienced in Sapele knows that it is indistinguishable from Mahogany, especially when wavy and flamed, exept for the cedar-like aroma of the Sapele, so it could be Mahogany with a Cedar top, or Sapele which is a furniture wood that has been used for quite some time and would have been readily available, which fits the theory of using stuff on hand mentioned previously...
  2. What Kind of Back Wood?

    I haven't seen any cedar topped violins, but I would guess Red Spruce of the variety used for older Martin guitars, it has a familiar look to me...
  3. What Kind of Back Wood?

    Something else that I noticed about this violin is that despite being 77 years old, it retains a subtle and pleasant cedar-like scent, which makes me suspect that the top is made of some kind of cedar instead of spruce.
  4. What Kind of Back Wood?

    Something else that I noticed about this violin is that despite being 77 years old, it retains a subtle and pleasant cedar-like scent, which makes me suspect that the top is made of some kind of cedar instead of spruce.
  5. What Kind of Back Wood?

    I have seen countless old Gibson guitars with this similar variety of Honduran Mahogany, with the wavy pores in the grain...
  6. Spruce with bear claw a feature?

    In the world of guitars, bearclaw is thought to provide a lateral stiffness, which can add to the response of the instrument in a good way, if taken into account of the overall construction. Also used to gauge grain runout, which in turn can aid wood selection...since these are utilitarian considerations, I would think it could also apply to violin construction.
  7. French or Fake French?

    I am not doing anything fancy with tuners, I am simply tuning my A to 432hz, and tune the rest of the strings by ear. I focus on what sounds correct in relationship to other instruments, as well as my own, which may , or may not be perfectly in tune if measured at a given point. This can be due to variations i from the bowing, but also vibrato, in fact slight variations in pitch are necessary for a "musical" performance, just as a piano is tuned.If I do the same with a 440hz reference it does not sound in tune to my ear, so your "margin of error" is simply "error" to my ear...
  8. French or Fake French?

    I am by no means suggesting it is a comprehensive comparison( I at least only compared it to the other large bodied examples), but I don't have access to French violins for comparison, & have too choose tweaked or not, if my violin sounds like what is being presented as a top notch soloistic late 19th c. French instrument, and I know mine hasn't been tweaked, well that's still a pretty big compliment to the tone and response of the violin,...And yes it is kind of that clarinet sound that isn't the warmest really, but the response is really there, and it has warmed up quite a bit with gut strings... I do appreciate your response and input.
  9. French or Fake French?

    I just checked my tuning and it is still an open G in A=432hz,, don't know what your hearing.
  10. French or Fake French?

    If you listen to the samples with the Bruch piece, it starts with an open G, so there's no mistaking the pitch, & by the way, I never set out to attribute a "magical" attribution to it, I simply play with a singer who tunes down a guitar to match her voice, rather than capo , since the 440 seems to cause some strain on the highs, I later was curious what the actual pitch was and it turned out to be A=432hz, The group also has two musical saws, with vocal harmony, so you see, I AM actually fitting in with everything that is around me...
  11. French or Fake French?

    The Corillon audio samples are in a fairly small room(by my ear) and sound similar to the room I am playing in. It's nice that all their samples are in A=432hz so I don't have to retune to compare Bruch...
  12. French or Fake French?

    The violin sounds very French if that's any evidence, the most similar tone I found was on Corrilon for a late 19thc Laberte that was listed as an exceptional Soloist instrument, so that's how I would class the tone, couldn't be more pleased, This violin seems very French, or German with a French disguise, if I am to judge by tone alone.Would a crackled varnish be a Caussin School type of thing?
  13. Physics of the violin

    I suggest you review my previous exchanges, if English is your first language, you will see that I have been attacked at all angles, with mostly logic chopping answers that address no fine points of the conversation, virtually no consideration, and some of the most shamefull vitriol that I have witnessed on Maestronet...
  14. Physics of the violin

    You are incorrect, and I suggest you reread any of the the exchanges I have had, the new agey stuff were all accusations from other Maestronet members...I am not talking about numerology, but Geometry, which is a science, not numerology. For someone who spends so much time using geometric relationships, you should know the difference...
  15. French or Fake French?

    I do not see any cleats in the violin...