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  1. I cut the end of my thumb off with a chisel once. I also sliced the other thumb down the middle with a handsaw. Both injuries happened in a manner not likely to be accidentally reproduced by anyone who isn't an impatient moron! Both thumbs have fully grown back, if you're wondering.
  2. Bigger soundpost and forget about it? You could restore the shape of the top with weight and hot steam, possibly. But have fun regluing the centre seam after that. Maybe someone else has some secret for this that I'm unaware of. Anyway, you'd have to post photos.
  3. Is it not possible that the black spots are the result of a chemical reaction? That would explain the difficulty in removing them. There is a process to blacken wood, wherein you dissolve iron in vinegar and apply it to the wood. It creates a blue-black colour that sinks in really deep. Sometimes if there are pieces of iron on the wood, it can react with a liquid to create little blue spots. I learned this when I used steel wool to polish a bare-wood viola and then tried staining it with black tea. Pretty much had to do an "antique" style finish after that.
  4. Just buy the one that looks the nicest. You may well hear a difference in tone, but the audience certainly won't. They will see how nice your violin looks, though
  5. I prefer Aquila strings because they don't fray nearly as much. They have a different construction from Gamut strings (which are not only more expensive but seem to grow hairs right out of the package). I love the sound of both brands but Aquila just has that durability advantage. Oiling your strings will help extend their lifespan regardless of brand. Walnut or linseed oil are preferred because they "dry" with time. Just be sure to wipe the excess away from the bowing area. If you are still willing to experiment, Gamut offers a gimped D string, meaning a plain gut string with wire wound into it. I haven't tried it because of the cost, but it is thinner for the same tension and supposedly has a snappier sound whilst still retaining that gut tone.
  6. - The back flame does not continue to the sides, at least from what the photos show - The ribs and neck are for some reason not made of the same maple, but ordinary wood with weak flame - It just looks fake I still say fake.
  7. Personally I just find waste abhorrent. Why should junk fiddles exist in the first place, for us to turn into abominations of raw creativity? A tree had to be cut down... Tools had to be made and mouths fed... The time and effort of dozens or even hundreds of people had to come together to create this useless thing whose only purpose is to be put in a washing machine. I guess the art is just the front for all that hidden waste which is why I suspect a lot of people feel the way I do. Not to mention it spits in the face of what past people considered valuable. Sometimes that can be OK but a lot of people don't like that either.
  8. Welcome to the cultural endgame. First we had Bach, then Mozart, then romantics, then jazz and rock, and now we just gave up and put our fiddles in the wash
  9. *Sheesh*! That is a bass only a maker could love.
  10. It looks a bit bright to be wenge, but there are other woods with the striped grain pattern. Look up "partrigewood" (a species, but also sort of an umbrella term, like "brazilwood").
  11. No, definitely not common. Extremely expensive and endangered, in fact! I had the chance to purchase some wenge boards from my old place of work at a discount. It is very hard wood, but brittle and with openings in the grain. The main reason to use it is that beautiful pinstripe pattern.
  12. Depends on the density of the string. I'd say as far as synthetics go, that's a quirk fairly unique to FM. But with gut strings for example, the plain gut D string is usually around 1.00 to 1.18mm, while the G string might be around 0.90mm. A jarring difference! Same goes for nylons on a classical guitar.
  13. My uneducated guess is that it's a result of later scraping and not the original intention. My intuition as an amateur maker is the the plates should be thinner all around the edges and heavier towards the middle, just like a speaker. I feel that makes more sense. Then again, I'm a nobody. I'm also interested to hear other opinions.
  14. Honestly I think handedness has little impact on playing any instrument. Violin is hard no matter which way you turn the darn thing! Interesting to see though.
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