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    UK equivalent to Everclear..?

    Isopropyl isn't, however, the same as Ethyl Alcohol, if that matters to the OP.
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    UK equivalent to Everclear..?

    You can apply for a customs licence in the UK to use pure Ethyl Alcohol. Meths is bad for you and can give headaches, and has other health issues. I've been able to get pure Alcohol in the past, but, the bottle was running low... The trouble is, reagent quality Ethyl Alcohol is pretty expensive from a chemical supplier, even with your piece of paper. There is no equivalent for Everclear here . In the end I bought this which is denatured, but with adulterants which don't colour or effect the ability to make a good varnish. It works as well as pure alcohol for making varnish. Recommended.
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    Hill inside/outside mould

    I remember, thirty odd years ago, visiting the NSVM, and there was on display there a Hill workshop rib mould which appeared to combine inside and outside mould practices. Anyone have any pictures, of this or other similar Hill moulds, or experiences working with this exact Hill method?
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    Albert Nurnberger violin bow

    I wouldn't get your umbrella out quite yet. A nice bow, right or not. The adjuster doesn't belong, though, definitely. Fractional size 'cello bow maybe? If the scales are accurate?
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    re-joining center joint

    Wash off all your original glue, thoroughly. Give it a good few days to dry, and de distort as much as possible. Make up some fresh, high gram strength glue. I'd use the tall studs, small clamps and wedges method, dry assemble the entire back then glue it in several processes, just getting a section perfect at a time. Don't be afraid of having a few dry run rehearsals, until you're quick and it all feels familiar. If this is successful, you might want to consider a Degani style reinforcement - a full length cross grain ribbon of maple the width of a stud.
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    Skunk in Workshop

    Came in one morning to find a butterfly chrysalis hanging off the front of my bench, right where I work most. I ended up making a little perspex shield, and fixing it to the bench, protecting it. I got used to working around it. Didn't actually see it emerge but one day it was empty and there was a Small Tortoiseshell flying around. I do get birds flying in and around for a look - in summer the top half of the door is open - and had a brood of Jackdaws under the eaves one year. Noisy!
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    Rosin recommendation

    Bakers rosin here . I won't eulogise, but this is unlike any rosin I've tried before - in a good way.
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    Violin label id

    Try pictures of the instrument.
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    Interesting violin with Strad label

    Slight arching sink in the bridge area?
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    Violin ID

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    Violin finds / treasure hunting

    Yes, and he still has it.
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    Violin finds / treasure hunting

    Back then, I think it was worth 3 to 4K GBP.
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    Violin finds / treasure hunting

    This is an old story, which happened in the eighties, in a northern city in the UK. An amateur maker of my acquaintance used to frequent antique, junk and second hand shops, in the hope of picking up nice fiddles. There was a street with many second hand shops, and in one of these shops he had an arrangement with the proprietor. The arrangement was that he would buy every violin that came through the door for a flat rate of £25. This meant he would pay this for all fiddles, even including Larks and Skylarks, which were only worth a pound or two (and not much more even now). Occasionally he'd get a nice French or German trade violin, which made it worthwhile. Apart from this shop, he got around and was building up quite a collection. On one Saturday he dropped in to see if anything had turned up, and his luck was in. Two violins. A nice "copie de", and a Rebus "Russian" violin with guitar type ribs, both strung and playable. He handed over his £50, and then a thought struck him. He had to go shopping - his wife was outside making hurry up gestures - and he'd be carrying the violins all around town. Could he leave them for the moment? Of course he could, and they were hung back up on the wall. It was a few weeks before he managed to get back in to collect them, and as soon as he got through the door, the proprietor told him of what had happened in the interim. He'd been pestered by a customer into letting him try the violins on the wall, despite him making it clear that they were sold. The customer had fallen in love with the Russian violin - it sounded so much better than his own. He wanted it so badly, he was offering his own violin, plus the £25 already paid. He'd left the £25 in an envelope, plus his own violin in a crocodile skin case. In the case? An 1898 Giulio Degani, mint condition - with no soundpost.
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    Marking bridge position into front

    Marijan, I didn't specify how the bridge might have moved, only that it had. These things happen. On violins I make, there are black dots under the varnish to show where the maker wants the bridge positioning. "Well, set it around two mm behind the post position for a starter. ." - I''m hoping this is a miss-type, and not how you set up, otherwise you probably don't get much return business.
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    Marking bridge position into front

    Oh yes, I'm afraid they do. For whatever reason, bridges move. Case on side on a long and bumpy car journey? Not too careful changing strings? Case dropped?...whatever. A phone call... " violin's sounding a bit off..." "There are two tiny white dots you should be able to see behind the bridge feet. The corners should be dead on the dots. What can you see?" "I can only see one, and that is about a millimeter outside the bridge foot." "Ah, bridge has moved, bring it in" OR "Both the dots are dead on the corners" "Bring it in, I'll check the post and seams" OR "I'm on a course 300 miles away and there's no luthier. Like I say I can only see one dot. the other is a millimeter outside the foot." "Hmm...try this if you feel confident. Put a towel on a tabletop, put your violin down on it, face up, neck facing away. With a finger and thumb of each hand grasp each side of the bridge down near the front and gently but firmly move the bridge back sideways so the dots are at the corners. It'll be easier if you tune each string down about two tones. Phone me back when you've done it" "Took me a couple of tries, but I did it in the end and it sounds much better now"