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  1. Thanks, l33tplaya. Any idea of the name of the product to which you refer on kickstarter? I have used TrackR but not really convinced with either crowd sourcing not battery (needs to be checked almost weekly) Cello might be a bit more manageable.......
  2. A favorite topic of mine .......violin tracking devices. I have talked to defence security people ( a friend) and we concluded the nano-technology is not there yet as far as size of GPS transmitter & power source. Bluetooth is limited in use. At the moment I think the only option would be under a fingerboard or in the case. If that issue was solved economically there would be a commercial market for it.
  3. The 1781 ex-Bruno Giuranna viola is featured on Tarisio. It claims an original label and dendro results of 1706-1756. At length of 43.2 cm she's a big baby (same as the " ex-Michael Tree?) https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/property/?ID=44532
  4. For those with modest budgets and who are not in the game of buying for future investment value, there is something to be said for finding a lesser known maker whose instruments you like, and commissioning without a long waiting time. You can enjoy the same pleasure of seeing an instrument coming to birth with you input hopefully, and at the same time provide opportunities for makers keen to turn over some trade. I did so with some three violas and two fiddles for students and naturally know of others who have done something similar.
  5. I am intrigued too by this.... Players commissioning top flight contemporary makers or bench copies of their 'Cremonesi' then not using them in concert. What ever happened to all the talk about 17th/18th cent. instruments being 'played out' and no longer serviceable?
  6. On the current Tarisio auction there is a fiddle back notable for a couple of 'features' Would you use or avoid such wood? (Must be good tone wood?) https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2198962176&cpid=3569418240&filter_key=
  7. I recently saw a documentary on the origins of the pigment cochineal. Just for my enlightenment might I ask....... When did cochineal first find it's way into Italian (or European) instrument varnish? Was it already used in Northern Italy in the 17th century? Omo.
  8. Far from it....... fascinating....... I'm all ears!
  9. Guffaw... guffaw..... what goes on here? I fall into responding to old threads but this one is almost 20 years old....
  10. Speaking of big violas...... Scary......
  11. Interesting insights into lives of the contributors here. Congratulations. Martin, on your move and hope your impending 'decrepitude' is not all that imminent, Jeffrey. Nice studio. Whose portrait is on the wall with the massive viola or baby cello?
  12. She also appears to like violins with decorative backs...... ?
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