Wood Butcher

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  1. Everywhere you go, there is a Dave. It is a saintly name, maybe they are all descended from Wales.
  2. Are there any plans available for these? Are they a standard size, or he makes a range of different lengths?
  3. At least there is an apology. What do you expect? Should he buy a spa break too?
  4. Thank you. This confirms some of what I thought, that into the 20th C, pins under the purfling start to become a feature, even if only decorative.
  5. Thank you gentlemen. It seems they do exist, but are only encountered on the works of noted makers, and probably not the general workshop stuff.
  6. The cleaning situation raises and interesting, and difficult point. For a small shop, with limited cleaning materials and equipment, how could anyone be sure the instruments were totally virus free? Could a shop owner potentially be sued or face charges, if it was proven that someone had contracted the virus from an instrument or bow on trial?
  7. To me, this varnish, and the way the neck is finished makes me think this violin is later. More 1970's - 80's. That is interesting, because if No.10 was made in 1914, it is really hard to see how No.8 was made in 1924!
  8. I think some of your answers can only be found by research, as you are doing. One of the most important can only be answered by yourself: How/where do you plan to sell yours? I say this because there can be discrepancies between areas as to what is considered best. A particular teacher can have a massive bearing over what people will look at in terms of size, based on their own preference. Same with orchestras, the section leader may indicate an expected size. Do you think your customers will be mostly male or female? A few cities over, it can be a slightly different situation. A few countries over, and it can be very different. In USA, there is a trend towards large(er) violas, and small violas tend to be seen as not suitable for professional use. In Europe, a wider range of sizes may be accepted. In summary, 16”, 16 1/4”, 16 1/2” may be a good place to start. Really big violas can sound great, but are not easy for most to play.
  9. Thank you Michael. I had thought some light from below would help, so it is useful to know this wouldn’t enhance the curl. I think the top is much harder to photograph than the back. Fingerboard, bridge, tailpiece, chin rest & strings can all cause shadows or reflections.
  10. My feeling was that on the better 20th C instruments they were doing this, and am sure I saw this several times. I am always prepared to be wrong too.
  11. I had an email from the dealership where I take my car, there will be a future charge to disinfect the vehicle before they will work on it. Seems they have no trouble to charge. But, a violin is much smaller, and can’t be used to live in after arguments with wife.
  12. This looks better than the pictures on some dealers websites. Do you think a third one would help show the flames on the lower part of the back, if shining upwards? I have assumed (probably wrongly) you had both boxes set above the instrument.
  13. I agree that they would have no actual function, due to the different construction method. But I still think they could be positioned partially under the purfling regardless, to imitate better the Italian style.