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  1. It seems unlikely but I wonder if the old coffin-style cases had a bow clasp that allowed the stick to rattle against the violin just here?
  2. Someone who commonly plays in very high positions with jagged fingernails? Here it seem to have started on the bass side too. I've never seen a fully convincing explanation.
  3. Destroying musical instruments as an "artistic" gesture is old hat. The first time I saw a piano smashed with a sledge hammer I was shocked. Then the boy scout troop I belonged to decided it was the only way to dispose of the hulk in the hut that nobody played.
  4. It's also rather easier to disagree with the result. Say rather the "Miss World" of violin-making?
  5. All publicity is...what?
  6. I've seen violins with ash burns on the front. Didn't notice any match scratches on the back.
  7. There already is a thread on this topic, see The Norman Rosenberg Collection
  8. I once had on trial a violin whose (I thought) excessive resonance bothered me. After playing a D on the A string the ringing of the D string would sometimes overhang whatever notes came next. It was probably undetectable at a distance but little things like that...
  9. But even the ugliest duckling can grow up to be a bird of paradise? TBPH, in the present instance I don't think the chances of that are better than one in loads. (edit "and loads").
  10. Exactly that. No bridge of mine has ever broken or bent. Wiggling in tiny steps could also allow greater opportunity for the tension on either side to equalize.
  11. Have I been doing it all wrong? My understanding is that the bridge should lean fractionally back from the FB. When I find that it's straightened or started to lean forward I don't slide but wiggle it to the original angle. Takes less than 10 sec. The afterlength is as it was and I never noticed any change of tone.
  12. Mine had two labels and I did manage to get a chin rest to hang on. It played OK but not well enough to be a keeper so I sold it for slightly fewer beans than it cost.
  13. My word yes! I thought it was just a fragment of glue. So the Mittenwald invasion made it to the north of Scotland by about 1840?
  14. The wide F-holes are slightly similar to those of my Harris violin dated 1809 (pic below). John Boyd doesn't get a mention in Honeyman's Scottish Violin Makers Past and Present, in spite of the fact that they were both based in Dundee! The only reference I can find to him is from Ben Hebbert blog, as the maker of two cellos. Do the stubby corners look a bit like John Blair's illustrated in The British Violin? I love these odd maybe-British instruments with a bit of a story attached. And as a player it's better than I was expecting
  15. Pictures taken today I gather a John Boyd was active in Dundee in the 1840's. Maybe "Repaired by" refers to the neck graft; he doesn't claim to be the maker but I guess Scottish is starting to look probable. A new set of strings and it's already up and running nicely.
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