Larry Furse

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  • Birthday 01/15/1951

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  1. If you look at the many listings the seller has, and the similarities between many of them (condition, varnish texture, several of identical models. etc.), I think you may be right.
  2. Thanks for the link, very interesting . . . I must have been away at the time.
  3. Maybe the violins were purchased just for their cases.
  4. You have good eyes. I still couldn't see it in the full sized picture. Of course I'm not looking to buy.
  5. You are right, I took a look at this person's other items and there is quite a selection there.
  6. I vaguely remember reading about them in Edward Heron-Allen (or somewhere), the concept seems sensible., at least the Chanot model. I wonder if anyone has played one here and if they sound exactly like a traditional viola model. Seems like a good idea for violas . . .
  7. Quite a long time ago, over 40 years, I made a copy of a Michael Angelo Bergonzi and the top wood given me to do it gave a maximum arch of 12 mm. I remember it sounded quite good. The top wood I used was high quality European and quite stiff, with a hard winter grain. I don't remember the fiddle's dimensions, but I suspect it may have had a narrower chest than what we consider optimum. I would not normally make one that low, but sometimes wood will dictate what you need to do.
  8. It caught my eye because there are two similar instruments at the T2 auction, one a viola and one a violin, and they are getting quite a few bids.
  9. Was just browsing on ebay and came across this interesting and somewhat strange German guitar shaped viola: I wonder if anyone else noticed this. Not a recommendation to buy (a violin by this person sold at auction for $354 in 2000), but those f-holes are rather unique and purfled around the edges, also the initials of the maker purfled in the back under the button.
  10. Yes, I agree, he was great fun , I really miss him and all the good times we had together. He was a friend and mentor, I learned a lot about life from him. One of the advantages of being a violin maker is you meet the most interesting people.
  11. Add the cowboy hat and boots (along with the bolo tie) and you'd have the typical retiree here. That was formal wear for Clif Alsop, one of our local retiree/violin making hobbyists. He hung out with Dr. Homer Clark, who come to think of it also was quite fond of cowboy boots, and drove a white Ford F-150 pickup truck for many years, until he could no longer drive.