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About DonCarlos

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    Early Music, Fiddle, Violas

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  1. I thought as much. Cheers
  2. Yeah, that would be helpful. I have mended my post, thanks
  3. Hi all, it's been a while. I have a customer who is wanting to get his grandfather's violin fixed up and verified if it's a genuine Gabrielli. I have not seen this instrument in person yet and am not familiar with this makers work but I wanted to run it by the smarties here and see what ye have to say. I am not intending on issuing a cert I would simply like to be able to advise your man on whether or not he should take the fiddle to an appraiser. I apologise for the table clothe... Thanks a million!
  4. Absolutely incredible. I only wish I could see and play it in person!
  5. 'Another benefit of the project is that 3D-printed instruments could be produced at a fraction of the cost of wooden ones.' Wow! I can't personally can't wait for the videos of folks pulling plastic pegs out of dead dolphins stomachs!
  6. The Alberti shapers are perfect for a new instrument as one can just whip through a set of pegs in no time, whereas the herdim shapers, because of the taper not fitting the reamer exactly, I find gives you more control when trying to fit new pegs to an old instrument using shims (in the shaper) and whatnot. They both have their benefits and drawbacks though I find that the herdim blades need to be sharpened often! The alberti ones can be tough on the hands, being so small. I have always humoured the idea of making my own but sure look, I'm not a real violin maker so I will just have settle wit
  7. Hiya everyone. I seen this fiddle advertised on the internet around where I live and they are asking for only a few hundred euro for it. It's labeled as a Paul Jombar. I have not seen it in person so I don't know about any internal branding. I would like to know what y'alls opinion of it being a real Jombar is from the pictures. I don't know myself, it seems fishy. Hard to tell though. The workmanship seems not on par with other Jombars and something about the nicks in the ffs also seem to not match any of his others and the scroll perhaps doesn't look original... I don't know though! I wanted
  8. I would not see a 'chimera' as a bad thing necessarily. As long as the design is executed thoughtfully and you are happy with it, I wouldn't put too much stock into mixing maker styles on an original design. On my past two violas I designed an ff that was a combination of primarily a Da salo ff, with the lower wing and eyes being more in line with a Guadagnini. I know that people scoff at that sort of thing but I was very happy with the outcome and so was the person who paid me for the instrument so ultimately, to me, that's what matters. In regard to your ff, I would experiment with enlargi
  9. I personally think it's gonna look sick. Some thoughts... Making the cheeks of a pegbox like a cello on a viola or sultana in this case can be uncomfortable for players and maybe add marginally more weight beyond the nut. T.H.Lee of the Chicago School of Violin Making (as well as others but my experience is with his instruments) does a very elegant pegbox cheek style that is light and not cumbersome.
  10. This elicited a very strong laugh from myself. Thanks Nick
  11. So I found somethings that led me to see that yer man Floris van der Voort has made copies of the instrument. No pics of Jordi's on his website but a lot of other slick pics!
  12. E, He is speaking French. In the video he is basically explaining the differences in the violin family to the viol family. If I gather it correctly he may be saying that it's more like a pardessus and not a treble viol (that being said it is NOT a pardessus, that being a much later invention of the french.) and then briefly describes when and where the instrument is from (Italia 1500's) and then explains that the neck and the table were restored. He also talks about some paintings in which people are playing it on the shoulder or the chest. Unfortunately nothing about the instrument beyond t
  13. From what I remember reading some time ago is that it's an anonymous Italian lira from the 16th century