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  1. Maybe if it went for the very bottom of the estimate it might be viable. The wood for the hole seems to all be there and just needs pulling back and re-gluing with some clever varnish touching up. Expensive to pay a luthier to do unless you feel competent to attempt it yourself. Is the fingerboard included in the auction ?
  2. Reaper is great. The best free DAW (digital audio workstion) is probably Cakewalk Sonar by Bandlab . It used to be $400 but now its free. It will do everything you want and much more, including basic score writing and viewing. Its Windows only though.
  3. So Amati got it right first time 400 hundred years ago. And made it an object of great beauty as well.
  4. In theory a pyramid shaped violin should be strong and help guard agaist the top bowing if that is left flat and thicker. You then end up with four straightish panels which will be need to be tuned to each other. Two side panels and top and bottom ones. The straight lines which intersect the four panels will tend to disrupt vibrations. Is this a good thing or bad ? Its like two bass panels and two treble panels. Where does the sound post go ? Does it have a bass bar ?
  5. LOL ! I assume you were joking ? Anyway, if a stupid person finally realises that they are actually stupid are they still stupid or now wise ?
  6. These are the five most fundamental differences between smart and stupid people, according to the experts. Stupid people blame others for their own mistakes. Stupid people always have to be right. Stupid people react to conflicts with anger and aggression. Stupid people ignore the needs and feelings of other people. Stupid people think they are better than everyone else
  7. Delabo

    Violin ID #6

    I was in no way questioning your expertise, I just wondered if you had missed the through neck which Bruce Carlson spotted, and might re-attribute it to something else like Salzkammergut ?
  8. Delabo

    Violin ID #6

    Good spot. So where does that put it ? And do the pegs give a clue or are they just a red herring ? I would love to know where the f-holes with the big bottom eyes point to as I have one that is similar.
  9. It seems that the Zuger theory is mainly about the violin body bending which in time leads to the deformation of the top under the bridge area. The proposal is to internally shape the top using rigid straight lines to help resist this deformation. In turn the theory proposes that this in turn also has the beneficial effect of improving the tone of the instrument. Is this summary more or less correct ? And my question to the experts is........ if the violin is put under tension and and bends a little like an archers bow, is this a good or bad thing ? Was this the intention of the
  10. Hi , welcome. As an expert has not commented on this violin yet I will jump in and see if we can get their attention. First things first. The label is the last thing you look at to identify a violin. So even though it is being sold by a respected shop, if it were me I would disregard it. Also, the pictures alone are not good enough to identify the violins origin. Using the pictures as they stand the violin does not appear to me to be Mittenwald, but I am not an expert and it would be good to get their opinion.
  11. Is that a Cremonese trait ? I would see that as a bad day mistake on a Stradivarius.
  12. Is it the "Emperors New Clothes", or am I just not intelligent enough to understand the "Zuger Violin Theory" ? I have looked at everything on the Zuger site and its just a load of incomprehensible "iso" line drawings. Is it asking too much for Mr Zuger to explain in simple layman terms what this whole "theory" is about and what is it for ? It seems the violin top is a flat topped pyramid shape and the sound post is in the middle with the bass bar somewhere else ?
  13. I am not sure what the point of the doc you posted is ? Violins deform and change shape under load, whats the problem with that ?
  14. Ah, really ? I am guilty of hoping that everything is Italian ! Not fussed if it is cheap junk Italian, Testore will do, beggars cant be choosers
  15. I am glad you also noticed this. I pondered it earlier on and wondered if the whole thing had not been re-varnished including cleaning the black from the peg box. Its always possible to correct a delta and touch up the varnsh. The area that seems to have been missed is under the scroll chin where it still has the old varnish in place.
  16. The only way to find out if your theory of the back bending and the end blocks moving is true is to make the entire back of thick cast alluminium. The neck can just slide into a pre-made motice in the alluminium top block. Nothing in the body will be able to move or flex. Now make an ordinary spruce top in the normal manner and load it and observe what happens. But as it would be prohibitivley expensive to make a solid alluminium body, why noy buy a decent 3D plastic printer and make one with that and try out your theory ?
  17. Has anyone ever made a laminated and pressed top ? Maybe having thin laminates alternately angled rather than 90 degrees and press them into the mould shape while the glue is still wet ? Almost like papier-mache.
  18. Its more to do with the pictures not being good enough to make an ID possible. When you get to 10 posts you will be able to post them here directly. But the pictures need to be bigger, less blurry, always straight on and not angled. A side picture of the ribs and a pic of the bottom rib would be good. I think you can dismiss the label, as the violin would be very valuable if it was correct. Your violin is probably a better quality early 20th century German violin from Marknirkirchen with a fake label. Better pictures of the bows would also be nice, especially the heads.
  19. Its been identified here by the experts as the "usual", ie: Marknirkirchen 1890-ish with a fake label. So why are you still interested in it at the hugely inflated asking price ?
  20. It took me a while to spot the graft. Was this a legitimate way to preserve the original scroll, albeit a much reduced part of the original scroll ? And does it inicate that a longer neck has been installed at some point in the past ? I have to say, without the benefit UV light to reveal the truth, it just looks like a broken part that has beeen re-attached.
  21. Yes, but was it always applied by the original maker at the time of manufacture or appled by someone else later ? The OP violin looks to have many cracks with this dark "varnish" covering them.
  22. Are they normally covered in this dark varnish or has something been applied over the original varnish at a later date ?
  23. Thats an understatement. If it Lost a "0" it would still be expensive for the "usual". Its full of cracks.
  24. I think I get your drift. Correct me if I am wrong please. So Testore made the back first and then shaped the ribs to fit the back before gluing them. He thereby avoided the ribs right to the corner edge problem seen in Saxon violins. So careful use of that method would result in a violin that looked externally to be inside mold . You learn something new every day on Maestronet ! Thanks
  25. I had always assumed that Testores used that method. Were Testores built using an inner mold ?