Delabo

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  1. Delabo

    Sebastian Kloz violin

    LOL !
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    Interesting french(?) cello

    So did JTL buy up the Derazey and Mangenot names and brands and use them in their Medio Fino instruments ? Or are they just fake brands ?
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    Newest addition to my family... Saxon?

    The pins appear to be ebony,or perhaps stained wood of some description,and can sometimes be seen on French violins. On a violin made using the "build on the back" (BOB) method of construction they serve no useful function. Stradivarius made his violins on an inside mold, and used "positioning pins" as part of the construction process. But in contrast to these pins, which are black, and of a large diameter, and stand out, his pins were white and partially hidden under the purfling. So to sum up,these pins were put in to make the violin look better than it actually is - a decorative feature.
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    Why arching shape?

    He actually had me pondering if a physical block of wood could somehow magically change dimensions and increase and decrease in size. Metal could do that if it was heated, but wood ? He must be referring to body torsion deformation.
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    Newest addition to my family... Saxon?

    Are there any clues as to how to date this violin ? It looks like it was purchased and left in its case. It has little wear. Are we to presume the varnish is original ? The scroll appears to be grafted, but it has something like Roth Caspari mechanical tunings pegs, and gives no indication as to whether the pegs were ever bushed. Unless the experts had not already suggested circa 1800 I would have assumed it was 20th century. Is it style ? Wood choice ? varnish ? One piece top ?
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    Why arching shape?

    Your website is very interesting and shows you are a serious engineer. I am still not sure what you are trying to achieve which is unique to you and different to others ? Shallower arching ?
  7. If it is BOB the rib corner miters are executed very well. Nicely upright, feathered in, almost like inside mold. No purfling, the scroll seems to finish at 6 oclock. If it didn't have corner blocks I guess it could be Salzkammergut.
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    Why arching shape?

    I am confused. Are you describing the fixed shape of the violin or the wood it is made from ?
  9. Delabo

    Why arching shape?

    Why do you say a violin is amorphous ? Most people would identify a violin by its shape which is pretty well known. It is not without shape as "amorphous" would assume. Is it because the idealized shape of the the most perfect violin conceivable is not possible to attain with a substance such as wood ?
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    Why arching shape?

    I am always amazed that these sort of questions about arching are still being asked, after all, the earliest violins are over 450 years old and we still are not sure how such a simple device works ? We can build super computers, and land rovers on Mars that send back stunning pictures, but a few bits of wood held together by ticky tacky has got us beat ? In the past each violin maker had his "trade secret" that he would not share with anyone else, and eventually the "secret" was taken to the grave. But now we have deep scanning of violins, and forums that connect hundreds of luthiers together so they can share there knowledge with each other , and we still do not have the answers ? Beats me.
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    1905 Violin Bow Ad

    I have just counted 13 nickel mounted bows (cello -violin-viola) in the current Tarisio catalogue. I am not sure if its a new trend or something that I have never noticed before ? Anyways, the collect-ability and price of good quality nickel mounted bows appears to be going up.
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    1905 Violin Bow Ad

    Are you sure ? In the current Tarisio auction there is an unstamped nickel mounted violin bow by Dominique Peccatte which has a current bid of $23,000 !
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    Why arching shape?

    I have followed this thread all the way through, and I have no idea what the point of it is ? Violins can have a flat top ? Arching is not necessary ?
  14. My Chanot style violin is fire branded "Maline", whom I assume was one of many Mirecourt outworkers that Chanot used to build his violins. It seems that these violins are more abundant in France than the UK judging by your managing to find 30-40 of them. Thank you for this additional interesting insight into there production. I was not suggesting that my violin would be up to professional orchestral work, but only that it sounded much nicer than a cheap Saxon violin to my non professional ears.
  15. I have one of these, which is currently out of action because of a a suspected detached bass bar. My memories of its sound when it was last working (3 years ago) was of a very pleasant tone. Maybe mine is an exception to the rule, but I would dearly love to get it working again. Alas, the cost of repair would far exceed its value.