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Michael Szyper

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  1. Thank you guys! Yes, it is a Conte vitale inspired model. The picture saturation after MN upload is for some reason a lot more intense. The real picture and instrument isn’t quite that red.
  2. Where are you based? This can make a bit of a difference regarding the best value. Generally in your price range you can get pretty decent modern instruments, but few good sounding (and playing) antiques. Of course there will be plenty exceptions to prove me wrong. My recommendation would be to contact luthiers or shops in your area (that could mean up to 500 kilometers) and play as much as you can. Consider taking a listener (& second player) with you. If your gut feeling is right, take it home for a time period if possible. If you still like it, buy it.
  3. Those nuts are really beautiful! Love it!
  4. I saw it in the museo del violino under quite bright light. It was the most beautiful, intriguing varnish i could imagine. The color doesn’t have to be everybody’s taste but the transparency, ground reflectivity and chatoyance were stunning.
  5. Hi David, do you have any specific reason looking for strasburg turpentine? I tried what i considered to be the most authentic resin: I collected about 8 kg of northern Italy alpine spruce pitch and clarified it. Makes quite a nice varnish, but it doesn't cook as nice and red as the cheapest "bastard" colophony i bought a few years ago.
  6. I would recommend way more scoop in the upper corners.
  7. If that would be the real color that we see on this picture, then it is simply wonderful.
  8. Hi friends, would anybody of you be so kind and could take pictures of the measurements of the conte vitale poster? Since it is discontinued I have hard times getting any info about this instrument. Thanks a lot in advance!
  9. I use the dominant e as a first string up on my instruments. It emulates some kind of a worst case scenario.
  10. How can you prove that a layer consists mainly of substance x and not substance y if a method (EDX) is only capable of detecting substance x? As I mentioned, what I wrote is only an interpretation - i.e. the same what Barlow did with his data. I would like to discuss the methods used in those papers and mainly their weaknesses, because only then we can interpret the data in a better way. I just find it intriguing that the data provided by the publications is not all that different, but the interpretations does. I agree with you that FTIR alone is not sufficient to provide exact resin:oil ratios. Brandmair wrote that the FTIR spectra compared best in the case of 80:20 varnishes. This does not necessarily mean it is definitely a 80:20 mix.
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