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  1. Well don't just look at his wig, look at his eyes, that's the giveaway.
  2. Is the term "Wig out" associated with Meth use in the early 20th century?
  3. No visible grain runout either.
  4. Why would you want a stiff coating? Shellac is pretty stiff but if it's too thick it just turns the violin into a screechbox.
  5. The first sound clip, bad playing The second sound clip, much better playing + lots of reverb. Just plain dishonest.
  6. If you use very small amounts it will not penetrate, but sit in the top layer of cells. This, according to Echard's research is what Stradivari did. And this is what I do, for that reason and because I like the way that with the right combination of linseed oil and rosin, you can get a tone that is both dark and bright. After a few days of very light applications of oil, the wood is sealed and can be polished easily or burnished and the varnish can be super thin if you wish.
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    Violin ID request.

    I have been told that flamed is the wrong term but most people in the violin trade use it anyway and that flame is a type of figure that appears between the fork in the trunk.
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    Violin ID request.

    These threads keep me interested in learning about alternatives to maple. I have also cut some figured horse chestnut and I hope it can look as good as this:
  9. sospiri

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    But it does look subtly different from maple.
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    There is some misunderstanding here because I posted a picture from a thread with the thread underneath the picture. Jeffrey Holmes, Nathan Slobodkin and Dave Slight all said that the Nippon violin back was poplar. Not me, I have a violin that is the same as the OP and I wonder if the back and ribs are poplar Well the Chinese use it I believe. I don't know anything about Japnanese violins though. Let's hope so.
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    Violin ID request.

    What exactly is your point?
  12. Often refered to as an achingly sad piece of music, even to the point of anticipating the outbreak of World War One. As ridiiculous as that sounds, the 'Deejays' on Classic FM actually describe it thus. Actually it was meant to be Soupir d'Amour, but he change the title to Sospiri. And that's how I interpreted it, the first time I heard it, as an expression of joy not sorrow.
  13. And for a half size instrument, the child who had to play it also had to avoid hitting that very pointy corner with the bow. Anyway, I hope the mouse family did well out of it, whilst they were squatting in that very expensive des res.