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  1. Wood Butcher

    Baroque viola neck and fingerboard dimentions

    But it's a viola...
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    Which violin to choose

    They are less popular these days, the Strad sack is the one to get.
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    Stradivari's secret was a concept?

    Just how large an area are you imagining this to actually be? 1mm, 5mm, 100mm?
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    I use spool clamps, and put them all on, to line up the overhang with a dry fit. When it's all lined up right, I take two of three off at a time, and use a ground down table knife to insert the glue into the seam, then replace the spool clamps, and clean up any squeeze out. Work all the way round, and use some G clamps over the end blocks. Using this method is more time consuming I guess, but yields a fair chance of success. It can't really slip out of position if you are careful. The other clamps hold it all in place.
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    Mysterious Joseph Dalagio Fecit in Mantua

    Not everything that can be scratched should be sniffed
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    Walter H. Mayson

    Here is a chance to get one and find out. Fine-English-Violin-By-Walter-Mayson
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    Walter H. Mayson

    Maidstones were imported from several places over a long period of time. It's understandable that some could be better than expected.
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    Longman Broderip

    That horrifically scratched on back "purfling" is not an English thing. Has the back been re edged, and that is an attempt to hide the joins?
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    Best contemporary luthiers

    Surely this question is totally unanswerable in a meaningful way. Most of the big names, are past competition winners, sometimes multiple medal winners. These makers can obviously work to a very high standard, and produce consistent results. There are likely makers who tried very hard when entering a competition, and made something for it, which might have been different to what they normally did. You may have someone who makes stunning instruments, but has never entered a competition, and so in a sense are unknown to a wide audience. A top restorer could make some world class instruments, but as they are in demand for restoration, maybe only make an instrument every few years. Or a maker operating in a geographical area where there are no great players, so the word is not spread. And all of this before we argue about tone etc...
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    Torrefied Tonewood

    Or maybe some of the old makers only bent the corners and C's on an iron?
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    Turin blockology

    Is it really so shiny, or is that just due to the flash? Looks almost like it has been dipped in plastic, and not what I'd think of as an old varnish.
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    Another cello ID: Czech, more info plz?

    I doubt there is a button graft from the look of that. Seems more like the neck has been broken out, then just glued straight back in with the button still attached to the neck root.
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    "handle bar" type scroll on Bergonzi violins

    It always seemed to me, that the bulky DG scrolls, such as the cannon and others, were carved from a previously rough sawn blank, without any further shaping to the template lines. Assuming that a template was used.
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    Is this cello Chinese or German

    I'll vote for Chinese too.
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    Mysterious Joseph Dalagio Fecit in Mantua

    I don't think I need 100 years to know that scratching a label, as you wrote previously, will not provide some confirmation, nor is a method used by appraisers. I doubt strongly that anyone with good sense would be scratching away at labels, and damaging them in the process, to see what colour the wood is underneath, and then decide if it is genuine.