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  1. Salt is added to the wash water to reduce the 'rag' (frothy area where oil and water is mixed) and make separation easier. It's a commonly used method in the chemical industry. If the oil is dried properly with something like silica gel there will be no residual salt in the oil.
  2. A farmer violin maker wins $30 million in a lottery A reporter asks him if he's going to retire and he says "No, I'm just going to keep farming making violins until it's all gone."
  3. A German cottage violin maker that tried to 'copy' something would starve.
  4. Does it draw the hand? Something finely made will give one the impulse to touch it.
  5. I've found that cool-ish led lighting makes it easier to see the grain in the wood.
  6. The back order items on their site are shipped within a few weeks in my experience.
  7. Perhaps with the tiny button it was baroque made and then a new neck put on it instead of a graft? Disclaimer: I always get stuff wrong when guessing about old violins.
  8. Those corners are 'school of hamfist' and that button is pretty interesting.
  9. A properly set up 1500$ chinese violin is miles ahead of what you could get 30 years ago in the same category. My son was in orchestra and plenty of violins end up dropped, stepped or sat on.
  10. Making a 9YO responsible for an expensive instrument might not be a great idea
  11. Would like to hear any impressions if anyone is able to try them out, particularly the Lupot and Storioni viola.
  12. 20% or so thicker than you would with maple seems to help
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