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  1. David Harmon violin ?

    To me the grunge looks like mold, like one finds on old cases. Should clean off easily. DB, I'm not so sure about this line, but we're all entitled to our opinions! <<Might be the first violin brought by here in a long time that looks like it would be worth fixing up.>> Maybe we should be posting old wrecked violas instead of violins... Just kidding!
  2. Yup, I saw it today and almost posted the link myself! Quite an interesting piece to show up right after the discussion of cornerless instruments on MN.
  3. so ugly it's almost cool...

    Congratulations! Interesting that the pegs appear to be old 1/20 taper, but the holes look like either modern taper or drilled straight through? And it almost looks like the turns on the scroll are on separate pieces glued to the central portion, can't quite tell. Did the bows come with it?
  4. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    I just noticed this evening that none other than the esteemed Stradivari himself made corner-less soprano violas! Wouldn't mind one of those on my wall as a conversation piece! See Sacconi's "Secrets" book, page 225 for pictures of his corner-less molds, and 226 for a picture of an instrument that was later modified to include corners. And yes, that example on page 226 originally had 6 strings when Strad made it, like the one BF pictured above. Not sure about frets...
  5. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    I can give another example Przemek. I have been offered what is probably an American church bass in good condition, for a low price. Basically a cello, but with some non-standard dimensions that would make it difficult to adjust to. After checking around it appears that there is very little market for such an instrument, even though it is in all likelihood over 150 years old and not too bad condition. Will I purchase it? Probably, but only as a wall hanger and conversation piece, and because I like a bit of history around the shop for variety. Not because I'm counting on its resale value.
  6. Violin type Nicolo Gusetto

    Would look nice as a wall hanger and conversation starter, wouldn't it? Even if of no commercial value as an instrument.
  7. Conforming f-hole templates to arching between c-bouts

    camera lucida. My dad had one when we were kids, used to play with it all the time.
  8. so ugly it's almost cool...

    Yes, how amazing is that! The bows might be cool.
  9. Lots of Books at T2

    ahh Jacob, you should be watching American football, that is not so boring I think! Actually I quite enjoy 'soccer' matches myself, but I couldn't resist giving you a poke!
  10. Downforce Experiment

    Certainly the vibrations are transmitted by all contact points, even if you can't see the nut and saddle move like you can at the bridge. Similar to a tuning fork, you can't see or feel the vibrations at the heavy end in your hand, but put it down on a sounding board and the vibs are there. But I'm not sure small changes in string break angle will change the distribution, although I don't have any data to back that up.
  11. Downforce Experiment

    Not sure if this helps, but it has always been my simplified understanding that the less the ends of the string vibrated the better. Hence one wants a strong and secure neck so that the majority of the vibration (kinetic energy?) is transmitted through the bridge. I'm sure that is a simplistic view, and others with more science to back them up can add their comments.
  12. Older bow for ID

    Aw Jacob, is it really that bad? I will accept your opinion, and thanks for the honesty. And the next time I'm near your shop I'll beg permission to take a peek in your 'not worth repairing' box!
  13. Older bow for ID

    I'm going to consider this just an average student bow, and judging from the frog, likely from Markneukirchen in the early part of the 1900's. Hand made, but not particularly fine. Nickel fittings, ivory tip, and probably pernambuco wood. Any argument with that?
  14. JB Vuillaume cello

    I happened to be in the right place the other day to see and hear a genuine Vuillaume cello in concert. I was even able to briefly handle the instrument after the concert, and that was exhilarating. The flawless craftsmanship and the amazing state of preservation was impressive. Also noteworthy to me was the low arching, and as a Strad Duport copy, I guess this is not a surprise to those with experience. Anyway, it was an inspiration, and sure sounded wonderful in the hands of a professional player. Did Vuillaume antique these violincello copies, particularly the varnish? There was plenty of chipping in the red layer on the back, and significant worn areas on the shoulders.
  15. Older bow for ID

    One more interesting bow came out of the collection, this time an octagonal weighing in at 60 grams. I am puzzled by the wood, it's dark and I can't decide what it is. It has a nice internal flake to the grain on one side of the head, probably on the quarter. The chamfers are well cut and deliberately tapered. The frog may be hand cut. There is a split in the stick below the frog, which would need to be repaired. I can't figure out the ferrule and adjuster metal, is it an attempt at gold plating? There is some staining on the metal, and although it looks quite gold in color it appears patchy in places. The underslide is pinned. No brand, but to my eye it's a nice older bow. Maybe it looks familiar to someone?