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  1. If it were my case & my time were free, I'd be tempted to cut some hardwood to glue to the top of the slider, with a hole sized for a ring of some sort.
  2. More Strad posters are on the list of things to procure. Searching their wedpage for 'measurements' or 'scans' in the lutherie posters category helps find the detailed ones, thankfully! @Michael Darnton--Such pessimism! I much prefer the question, What could go right? You do have to give the fellow credit for finishing & publishing a book, though The twenty or so pages on that pinned form thread will be interesting to sort through. And the threads on arching setups... Aside from giving the plate outline, is there much interplay between arching choices & a particular form?
  3. A while ago when I was a tourist in Paris I stopped by the Musee de la Musique--enjoyed walking around, seeing all the varied instruments & whatnot. Their bookshop had an interesting title, Manual de Lutherie by Paul Altenburger. A fairly simple book, but it has measurements for drawing templates for a violin, viola, & a cello (including plate thickness & some arching details). The attached pdf has the violin (Stradivari 1692 Short B model) and the viola (Maggini 1610) inside forms drawn up. So my questions--are the drawn forms reasonably accurate? The Maggini viola is way different from the Archinto poster that I have. I also have Courtnall & Johnson (which doesn't contain form templates). For someone's first attempt to make some okay violins/violas (or just isolated fronts/backs/necks), would I likely end up with useful learning experience? Violin_ViolaTrace.pdf
  4. This looks like a really interesting book, bound well & printed on nice paper! I would make you an offer on it, but the french originals are available free online...
  5. From your OP, it sounds like the local performing cellists didn't have much to say about the phenomenon (ie, not important enough to even notice?). Is it something you are/have gotten complaints about?
  6. A problem or a fault? Nah. Remembering vaguely the four other cellos I've played extensively (<$3k/student instruments), I think all of them did that. But it's pretty easy to manage (ramping the bow weight down a little more gradually, or just not hitting the last 5% of intensity before the sudden bow release). Usually doesn't sound very good (for me) anyhow. If the strings were rattling with only moderate pressure in double stops, then I'd think it a problem.
  7. I can get my cello to do this--but only when digging into the strings (very strongly) and immediately lifting the bow off. It's just a rattle or two, nothing too annoying. I can't get the strings to rattle/buzz against each other while maintaining bow contact. As far as I know (as an amateur player), this is not a common technique. I would guess tighter spacing on the bridge could make this more problematic. Some references put normal string spacing at the bridge as 46.5-48 mm (center-to-center).
  8. If you don't feel like doing the calculus and instead would like to measure directly off a plan or image (with known scale), you should be able to find someone at a local lycee or university in the math/physics/engineering departments that has a planimeter.