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  1. David, I usually keep mine (a korfkerrest) at 9 and 3, but I've been experimenting with a tilt that lets the instrument sit flatter, at the same angle as if it is resting on my collarbone (see picture). So far, no complaints. I will say the korfkerrest is my preferred rest. It feels like I'm playing without a rest, but my downward shifts are more secure and I don't have to support the instrument with my left hand. It's very ergonomic.
  2. What a fun idea! I am actually upgrading from my Bam case to a Musafia that will be here in a few weeks. I'm beyond excited. In the case I've got my violin, two bows that I alternate between randomly. A cake of leatherwood supple rosin, my should rest, spare strings, peg compound, and four different mutes made by Weissmeyer and sons (their disc, viol, dual-tone, and Catrpilr (spelled correctly) mutes). Nail clippers, the torx wrench for my shoulder rest, a DIY sponge humidifier, and a silk accessory bag made by daughter (it has a matching silk bag for the violin that I never use). Not shown, but also present are a few lens wipes (for cleaning my glasses or strings) and Apple AirTag in case I misplace my instrument. It won't work for theft because the thief will get a notification that someone else's AirTag is with them if they have an iPhone. My new Musafia is a Superlegerro and I can't wait.
  3. Davide do modern makers do much with nails/screws unless they are replicating baroque approaches? I am legitimately curious because the mortise has been standard for so long.
  4. Many loaned instruments require the grantee to insure, at their expense. The loans are often very clear on these requirements, as well as sometimes going as far as specifying luthiers authorized to work on the instrument, or requiring command performances. If you think about it, if someone is giving you a high-end fiddle, and asks you to cover the insurance costs for something you might do to it, it's a fair deal. It's not just for antiques. In some cases, the owner pays the insurance, so it being "insured" may not be her choice anyway. The alarm not going off for an hour might be a technical glitch. Let's not jump to conclusions. Here is an example of requirements from one such foundation: https://www.rbpfoundation.org/instrument-loans/expectations-of-recipients/ https://www.rbpfoundation.org/instrument-loans/instrument-bow-care-guidelines/
  5. Cars are expensive (buying one right now sadly) because production stopped for a while for the cars and their components, and because rental companies didn't update their fleets during the pandemic (which affects both new orders and the used market). The used market drying up really drove demand for new cars. Violins didn't suffer chip shortages and individual makers could still make, but probably not sell as well. I can't see even factory/workshop violins suffering. People still needed cars during the pandemic, hence the shortage.
  6. It will be a week or so but when I finish I’ll report back.
  7. I'm in the opposite boat. Narrow upper eyes (38 mm I think), and the BB is about 2 mm in from that, so even with the angle it's a good 2.5-3 mm in from the bridge foot edge. So I ordered a 39 mm blank as suggested by Jeffrey and will spend a good deal of time working on that new bridge. I'll need to fit a longer post to get it in due to the narrower 39 mm bridge foot spacing. I noticed on some of the dGs in the Biddulph book (I have the small edition) and some strad posters that even with narrow upper eyes and "innie" bass bars people stick to the same 42 mm bridges most of the time. So I am not sure if I am chasing something for minimal to no change, but swapping a bridge is easy to undo.
  8. Please do share. I’m following with interest
  9. Christopher it is dead center geometrically, it’s a weird bass bar I guess. The bridge is 41 mm foot to foot, I guess a skinnier one might do the trick.
  10. Thank you very much! I wondered if the bridge could be trimmed, or a new bridge cut, to get the feet closer to the bar. it sounds okay now, but I can always put in a new bridge and see if it's better. If not, the old bridge can go back anyway.
  11. I have a workshop violin that I like very much, but there are some issues with the bass bar placement and the symmetry of the violin (picture attached). The bridge foot is 3.2 mm from the bass bar. The sound post is 1.6 mm behind the bridge foot (North-South) and 1.9 mm inside the bridge foot (East-West). The bass bar is further in I suspect due to the funky F-holes (this is a Scott Can 950 "copy" of the Ysaye). The F-hole upper eyes? are 37.4 (bass) and 36.8 (treble) mm from the edge, but the neck is at an East-West angle, biasing toward the bass side (i.e. it's pointing to the base side). My bridge should probably nudge 1.5-2 mm to the treble side, to better balance over the bass bar. The instrument is 2 years old, so it's varnish marks on the bridge are pretty much as is. With the fingerboard already off, the string balance on the fingerboard will be noticeable. I am not worried about playability, I'm more concerned with a balanced tone. Would moving the bridge be a terrible idea? Of course, if I don't like the sound, I can move it back. I'm just wondering if this bass bar, which is further "in" than usual, is a long-term red flag. Thanks!
  12. I was wondering how one could be happy with the instrument with the packing material still on it. Surely a tonal evaluation would be inaccurate. So what is he happy with?
  13. Fair enough, I agree with the converse/inverse statement.
  14. In modern making, the techniques overlap. There are makers around the world using methods that mimic all approaches. As to the smell matching a country, I can't imagine that all workshops/factories in China using the same varnish, etc. It's as nebulous as saying violins from country X have a "country X sound".
  15. Andreas, I assume you mean nylon stretching vs Kevlar knot compression. I have seen nylon stretch quite a bit over time, it seems the be the major and only drawback as a material. The softness of the tailpiece wood makes sense. I might set up a rig with strings and a hanger just to decouple from the instrument and see what frequencies are impacted.
  16. Don, that makes a lot of sense from what I’ve read here. Generally I agree shorter tailgut is better (and probably that major factor in moving a tailpiece, more than afterlength effects). I wonder if the strad pet pro tailgut, which is titanium wrapped Kevlar, would be good vs the nylon, if both are super short. thanks for the detailed answer. I was going to measure the fat end vibration but haven’t had time.
  17. I understand that tailpieces can vibrate quite a bit and that, if the frequencies are in playing range it can potentially sap power. I touched my tailpiece (boxwood, 12g, 5 mm gut length with 54 mm after length, nylon) while playing and I was surprised by how much it vibrates. I put some clay (8g) on it and the instrument gets darker/mellower. I wonder how tailgut length/stiffness would impact things. I’m not looking for a change, just some understanding.
  18. Hello everyone, My violin is not expensive but it is mine and important to me. I need my soundpost refitted, as I like the tension and the sound, but it's pretty far "east" that it's lifting the treble wing about 0.5 mm. I posted about it a year or so ago and the general consensus was that it needed to be corrected, but wasn't an emergency. (the original thread): I have a local shop, but it's "okay" for setup work and I don't have 100% confidence in the setting/fitting of a new post, or optimum placement of the current post. My options are (a) drive eight hours to albuquerque to Robertson and Sons, or consider mailing my violin somewhere for setup work. Given the changes that can happen during shipping, is it even worth sending it away for work? Thanks!
  19. The rising prices and lofty/mystical attributes heaped on JBVs these days has to be, in part, because the gold standard antiques, Italian instruments of the 18th century, are becoming unattainable in price. So now there's a French Sound because the old "italian sound" is too expensive. The way I hear people talk about Vuillaumes is how they used to talk about Guadagnini in years past. But those are going for bank asset amounts now.
  20. Marty, would that mean that a slightly shorter/longer sound post in the same location would impact wolf formation as well since overall stiffness can be affected?
  21. I’d buy a del Gesu, and then commission Joseph Curtin or similar to make a copy of it. I’d play both but not risk the Guarneri for travel, etc.
  22. Dear Matt, Thank you for the clarification. It was a beautiful-looking violin.
  23. Was it worked on before or after the photos? The bridge placement and angle is an accident waiting to happen.
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