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  1. Fake maple flaming?

    Flamed maple is quarter cut maple log from higher up the tree. Bear claw maple wood is sycamore. There are ways to use scrapers. There are many types of ways to pelt the maple, or sycamore once quarter sawn, to make the ribs, which, annoyingly are brittle once plaining, using the same log from the same tree, needs soaking, once stripping, billeting the heartwood is cut to get depth of flame, it's not really quarter cut it's a 27 degree angle. Many splits can occur in that tight angle. Many fools on here think a deep flame on the ribs are as important aesthetically. Over time, they split. Scrapers used, under oil, bring out the flame. I have ribs that Stradivari would have. Because he knew that the fist cut process of the ribs at a 27 degree angled wedge of maple, before sap rising time of year usually between Mid January to end of January early February, using above methods of cutting a large enough limb second part of the arms of the tree, which are straighter than the lower thirds and just above and and another between the crotch will plank better of the killed tree standing by stripping of the lower bowl bark in the October. a tree dies quick if it loses enough bark. Bringing out the flaming on tight hardwood like this is done by good knowledge and a good open tree, and a good surgeon. Oh and a strong lumber man, or woman, a horse, a sand belt and sharp tools. Wood splits no matter how dense it is if it is not stored correctly, cut from the bough correctly, and no ammount of fake flaming makes any violin look pretty. Sorry I cannot show any photos but I can't even upload a message on here. Just getting pissed now
  2. Restore your very own Amati!

    The label is not correct. Why is that printing ink black? Also, the varnish has been covered with new varnish. As for the big patch job in the middle. It is not to my eyes, old at all. One pin hole at the top back? None at the bottom front? If it is Nicks work, why the none continued lower rib? The scroll cheek patch is crap work, as is the neck graft. Ridiculous price. Terrible state to leave it with it's rib sticking out like that. I'd say someone responsible should report the seller to the RSFPOCTV. (The Royal Society For The Provention Of Cruelty To Violins). I think I am under moderation, so nobody has seen this post from me from the other day. Why does it say that my msg here is Hidden? Explain please Jeffrey luv. Ta x I'm not saying that it is a fake BTW, Jeffrey. Just seems really extraordinary that Restoration Experts, as said by other honourable members, of oil paintings, crockery, David's Willy, etc. Get paid to titty falar around, for ages, being paid, with rare artworks. This is reportedly a Nicolo Amati violin! If this is a Nicolo Amati, as it obviously is cos it's labelled, then erm, sorry about having to be haughty and sarcastic, as a requisite on this here board. As The Mighty (twice knightly) Quinn said, in that great tv film Canale 5 which I have got, in the English, on DVD, with or without Dutch or hurdy whatever language subtitles.... "I ayask fwarr Two Hundred Goooldeyn Crowns! Nobody's specuulayteyin awn Nobaardy!" I need a cyber cuddle...
  3. Metal Bow fittings

    Hi, the bow frog, can you please put a photo of the face side, I mean the flat side where the silver ring is flat where the hair is at the top, so we can see the slide (shell) and I can see if it has a back brace of metal at the end of the shell slide or missing, as in none, just ebony? Ta luv. I can see someone has put a metal brace around the frog end, probably cos the wood was spoilt or cracked? The green verdigris on the ring around the pearl eye means it has copper un it, rather than silver, gold or stainless steel. The frog ebony is not top quality as I can see it has browner patches in it. The leather wrapping looks like alligator. The little bit of the stick wood looks like it is spirit stained Brazil wood, could be German, or British. Any discernable printed lettering or numerical marks on the wood? The head, or tip end. Need a side on photo of that, and one of the top. what's the length of the stick excluding the end pin?
  4. Kev luv. Georges was a very talented, hard working, innovative man. I love his dedication to basically put aside snobs, who, never did an honest days hard work in their lives, but also set up a new benchmark for the later guitar construction of gretch, etc. As his instruments are creative, superbly constructed, and intricately constructed. That IS Fact. Hero worshippers of The Cremona institute of stick in the muds, are as prevalent here as they always have been. Dinosaurs with no talent, who had and still lack ethics, morality, respect and humility and the fact is that the vast majority are jealous bigoted, nasty ignorant Heron Allen self opinionated cranks and dangerous too, as they usually have too much money and time on their hands. Your Great Great Grandfathers work was superb, and also his instruments sounded very very good. Warbling vibratoists, still playing Vivaldi, Mozart and the same old middle ages caberet acts, emotionally detached, or Suzuki Julliard automatons will live on, and critics and collectors of instruments that never get played are on this place. I would love to hear this instrument's voice.
  5. A "Guarneri" for only $301 overall?

    Bush the pegs, graft the neck...And try to sell it on eBay before Christmas! Now that is the beer talking XXX
  6. Perhaps This Viola?

    I just want to know what is it with violists and French violas? Everyone seems to like them in the Philharmonic orchestra. I'm seeing bigger violas now played by mainly small statured violists.
  7. Thinning varnish

    Mmmm...never mind. I was joking, Evan. Do you know Pont Robert? My lot are from there. Xxx My Grandmother was born in The Royal Oak there. My Grandad, John Morgan was born at llanyrvyll, Ty Mawr. His father, Evan Morgan was a farmers' Bailiff...he was 103 when he joined the heavenly host of the male voice choir. Nain, his wife was only 99 years young. They moved to Ochymyneth. That's one scary place up there. Very...scary....Ooooo...Aaahhhh...They became pig farmers. And on the top of the mountain are extinct volcanoes filled with dark, still water. Bottomless...many have fell into those sisters, none survived....
  8. Thinning varnish

    Dave I have a life. If you want to bolster your ego, I'm not insulting you as well. I don't brown nose. Don't lower your self to these individuals. If they come on here, publically to have a personal attack, with respect, don't join in. If anyone wants to privately message me with their axe grinding then let them. I'm not going to waste my time with attention seeking pecking party I am on this so called forum to learn and help, if I can. End of. And for those who are upset by me defending myself against their disgusting vile filth attacks. If you can't cope with insults then please don't deal them out. Ipso Factorum.
  9. Thinning varnish

    I actually don't want to be a victim of this rubbish. It's not my fault. You lot look at this persons picture. He scares me. Evangelist type photo. Weird. V. Weird. white spirits dissolves or thins spirit varnishes. Basically. I'm bored now. I'm serious now. If you want to get personal with me, go ahead. I'm trying to de mistify all of the rhetoric mumbo jumbo. No other adgenda. And as for medication, I'm finishing off my restoration varnish, then, I'll oil my tongue with a vodka lemonade tincture. xxx
  10. re-gluing the fingerboard

    I don't know if you are aware that you talk like royalty but anyone who can put pretty pictures up to provide evidence that they can do a simple job of simple woodwork can also ...erm...fake? Then henpecking parties get dangerous. So put up or shut up, idiot boy. And don't insult me.
  11. re-gluing the fingerboard

    If nails were good enough for Toni (no mates) Strad, they are good enough for you. Bish Bosh, jobs a goodn. Children shouldn't play with nail guns. Or matches. If you can't fit a neck into a violin without using nails, well, wear a big hat...
  12. re-gluing the fingerboard

    Superglue is great. I'd advise getting some instead of animal glue. Hot hide glue is slippery and when you clamp it, it takes five clamps along the fingerboard and by the time you finish wedging cardboard under all the clamps, the fingerboard has moved so much that it's so wonky, the glue has jellified and as for I use superglue. It's best. And, it is easy to remove from that area.
  13. Thinning varnish

    A Evans the Apothecary! Bobel Bach! The sons of Glyndwr burned down their own places than the Holiday cottage Sias bradwr! At least you insulted me poetical like. We invented the crwth and close four part harmony, so lechyd da. Rwy'n mynd allan am awyr iach! Dyna'r Arch - dderwydd! Nos Da
  14. Thinning varnish

    Another one. It's you who are making a song and dance about it! Venetian Turpentine IS not gum turpentine. Gum Arabic is gum. Right, simplicity. Fat over lean. Venetian Turpentines ARE the FAT. Spirit Turpentines are LEAN. If you dilute Fat with Alchohol, it breaks up but will rise to level. This is because A Solvent containing ethanol as with spirit of Turpentine attacks the sugar in the fat and breaks it's chemical elements causing dispensation, which, in simple terms, stops it's ability to attach and build a hardened attachment to a carbon but as it dissolves as it attacks, it is only a temporary situation as it's chemical constitution dissolves fast. Fat will again build up and very quickly attach - so adding solvent, ether, over and over will basically cause the fat to again build up So as you find out, when you leave your oil varnish coated brush in spirit turpentine too long on the window ledge, within an hour, it's gluteny and even worse with lots of crystallization of grains of hardened fat. Eugghhh. Oh I need a wee. I'll just make you some proper varnish. This is too late for a bloody chemistry lesson. Just to add, love the Bean! Firstly nobody has answered my acid test question. To put you out of your misery, here is the answer:- H20 first. Hydrochloric acid dropped in using a pipette. Why? Hydrogen Chloride undiluted has high density of per volume of hydrogen in chlorides than in hydrogen atoms in oxygen, nitrogen, solution. Meaning that...oh my god, look it up. Water is less volatile as it's hydrogen oxygen and other tetrocarbons are more spread out and more stable as the ammount of volatile atoms are more stable away from eachother. Hydrochloric acid is dense and the volatile hydrogen and chlorine heats up to quickly causing it to turn into hydroteyrachrorine gas, then you run away....
  15. Thinning varnish

    Sorry to be pedantic but you said that you watched Roger? Do the thinning but you don't really know exactly how. I'm working at the moment so can't waste my time. However, if you don't even know the correct way of thinning then stop telling people how to do it. You said that you don't use turpentine, fair enough. Then you are no expert on this subject. I'd like to stop people like you from inadvertently killing people. I know who did make that varnish on the poster's photo. I recognise the glass bottle and white plastic lid. One of mine. I have a photo because I know you.