Anthony Panke

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  1. In order of date I’d guess 1, 3, 4, 2
  2. The third perhaps rugieri, I have no clue about the others
  3. The first is the viotti Stradivari from 1709
  4. I find empirically that after playing through the harmonic series on each string, with a lot of bow, that the sound opens up a lot. I also think that the drying (hardening) of the varnish makes a difference over time. Not to mention the effect of string tension on the whole system. I cannot justify any of this scientifically, it is just my experience.
  5. Some points to consider: firstly, it might be easier, if there’s enough room, to plane down the fingerboard surface, rather than messing with the entire root. Secondly, a wedge could be added to adjust the angle. thirdly, if you do want to remove the neck, be very careful not to damage anything. The button can be removed from the neck with an opening knife, then cut into the sides of the neck root. Then the neck-top block joint needs to be undone. This is very precarious, so I would weaken the glue joint with alcohol first, then either risk it, or remove the fingerboard. I think triangle strings has a good video on how to remove a neck. I had to reglue a neck once, and I still have a fragment of the top block from it, which I had to replace. I learnt, not to do such things lightly. However, it’s better trying it on one’s own instrument than a strad. how high is the neck projection? how thick does the neck measure?
  6. I recently tried the same with sodium nitrite, 4% by mass. On a well tanned piece, a second coat makes almost no difference. I have not yet tried this on spruce but will post the results. I also want to try soaking various resins in this, to test for colour change.
  7. Yea, this is no longer relevant. If Mr Burgess wishes to discuss evolution, genetics etc then he can send me a message
  8. All cows eat grass all lions hunt The ones that hunt better survive. The ones that don’t either learn or die. However, were you to apply that logic to this situation, you would realise, that those traits are common to all lions, and that the lesser ones would already have died off, thus suggesting all humans would be observant. I don’t think that OP is facing death if he is not successful in being observant, so if he’s not good already, he’ll learn.
  9. How does that humidity compare to that of your workshop? how old is the spruce?
  10. What you have mentioned here are adaptations common to all cows, or all carnivores, etc, not that some cows are vastly betted at it than others. This refers rather to natural selection. Nowadays, natural selection plays little part in our environment, especially with something such as observation. Not to mention that none of these are about levels of observation in humans, nor have you cited an article proving your point. Nevertheless, I think all has been said on this thread concerning whether to start, all that remains to be said is whether to buy the poster or not, and where to get measurements and templates. I’ve said my part here, over and out
  11. Ok, but can you show me a scientific article proving that observation levels are more genetic than environmental? if not, then I think it is a most definitely trainable skill
  12. I would buy the strad poster, trace the inside rib line, make a mould and go for it. Read up on every step beforehand, try to get a good idea of what can go wrong, and start making. Violin 1 will not be perfect, nor is any violin that has ever been made. You’ll get better over time. Try and find a local violin maker who is willing to help. Regardless of whethed they’re an expert or not, they’ll have a few tricks that help. Best of luck, but short of that, determination will get you there
  13. It’s still worth letting them try
  14. Genetic disposition, you say observation is indeed incredibly important, but this can be trained, taught, self taught, if you have access to knowledge. Observation is a process on the psychological scale, where the mind can be reordered by training, and where genetics is very hard to map. Time and effort, when spent strategically, will get people anywhere. Besides, considering that OP has been doing woodwork, I assume he knows the principles behind making something, at least on a basic level. But this stuff about genetic disposition is nonsense, the same nonsense as that which the nazis used to justify the holocaust, just on a much less severe level. I will agree that time and effort must be spent wisely to get somewhere, but I made my first violin at the age of 13, I had to replace almost every part, but I got there in the end, and it’s a playable instrument.