Michael Szyper

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  1. Keep on working, Mike. Looks stunning. Can‘t imagine how much time you spent to make all that work.
  2. I vote for dark pores of flamed walnut
  3. 2 dB should be clearly noticeable. Taking into account that the difference between good and great violins isn’t all that huge, using good AND high RR wood is a rather easy step in order to improve the violin quality. BTW, in Picea abies a RR of 12 isn’t that far from average.
  4. This would fit somehow my thought regarding "heavier" violins like the Cannone or the Vieuxtemps dG. I don’t know their RR and I don’t claim that stiffer wood sounds quieter at a higher bow force input, but I think it has rather to do with a higher overall stiffness of the top (which is influenced by arching, wood prop and grads).
  5. As often, there is a fantastic video made by @Davide Sora which shows how to get a tight fit without any jigs or special tools. Nothing to add here.
  6. ...and now coated with the pigment free color varnish
  7. Another ground experiment with 1 coat of ‚clear‘ varnish The violin is the Hellier from the BG book FullSizeRender.mov
  8. I think it is rather related to your room humidity and/or type of wood. I have a large stock of wood older than 20 years which i use as a regular basis and i never observed your problems. Even the torrefied wood i use from time to time is brittle, but still easy to carve.
  9. As far as I remember in white chalk the fluorescence depends on the manganese contamination content.
  10. Under my cheapo uv-led (395 nm) it does.
  11. If you are based in Germany, check the hammer bandsaws. They are really good value, the smallest n3800 is already good enough, but if you plan to re-save larger billets i recommend to go for a larger saw.
  12. Imho you have two concurring standards. The number 130 vs the 2:3 ratio. Players don’t feel numbers, but they may notice ratios being off, for example a too short neck. For a good player it is a matter of seconds to adapt to a 2 mm longer stop. Michael Darnton once wrote here that players would accept different string lengths and too long necks, but not too short necks.
  13. Lie Nielsen soles can be flat, but I’ve seen horrible ones, too. Make things simple, I have had a similar bump in the same plane, it got a few passes on my diamond sharpening plate with water. The bumps are gone and the sole is better than it was. It took about 5 minutes.
  14. This article is written by Maestro Davide Sora, who is also a member of this forum. Can’t remember having seen better results than Davides, so i would recommend to read his article.