Wood Butcher

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  1. Your disrespectful trolling over recent weeks is truly a tragic comedy. It is clear that you know far less than you think you do, and clearly open your mouth long before any thinking has occurred.
  2. You could call him, and see if you can arrange a trial.
  3. Pleased to see this topic is still alive, thanks to all participants
  4. For the log burner lots. For violin and viola some. Never split a piece big enough for a cello.
  5. I forgot about the American fibreglass cars, perhaps these are longer lasting and can be recycled.
  6. At least the steel was good enough to recycle. American cars (automobiles) would have long since rusted away.
  7. Seems you don't know much about wood yet, but if you keep reading it, you may learn something.
  8. If it were really that simple, everybody would want to play one of his molested trade violins, and not look for anything else. Yet this doesn't happen. You should ask him if he has made any violins, and if so, why they were worse than trade violins.
  9. It looks to be German, from the Markneukirchen area, and made roughly 1890/1900.
  10. Yes, the bridge book could inspire many others: E string tuners - a concise history. Sticky fingers - Used rosin backings & cloths. Almost as good as an envelope - String packets & tags through the ages. A horses second career - A picture book of used bow hair hanks. It won’t work without one - The history of tailguts. The sound of sheep - A brief history of gut stings. I can see inside now - The story of belly cracks. Eww! - 5000 life size pictures of worn chinrest barrels.. Forte forever - The art of playing badly, but loudly. Brown and durable - Corduroys of Menuhin shoulder rests. Good lord, no! - A collection of Menuhin’s shirts. Won’t get stabbed now - The development of practice mutes. I’m sure there are still plenty of others just waiting to be written...
  11. Looks like a few pages cut from a Strad magazine
  12. As with many businesses, dealing with a product that the end user may not know much about, it's open to being exploited. In the case of second hand, or antique instruments & bows, even if they are not being oversold by the dealer, they may well have known exactly what they were buying in, but the person selling it to them did not. This is where expertise happens to pay off, by paying the minimum or below, for something good. This isn't exclusive to instruments, or antiques. Who would really trust the price a builder is giving for home repairs, or what a mechanic says your car needs if you look kind of blank when they are telling you?
  13. Well, in this case I would say that the majority of makers have taken their inspiration from the golden age of Italian instruments, and continue to do so. The number of models as inspiration seems to be becoming reduced to a handful of makers these days. I don't think many have taken inspiration from faux flames however.