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  1. 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?)
  2. 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.
  3. Far from it....... fascinating....... I'm all ears!
  4. Guffaw... guffaw..... what goes on here? I fall into responding to old threads but this one is almost 20 years old....
  5. Speaking of big violas...... Scary......
  6. 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?
  7. She also appears to like violins with decorative backs...... ?
  8. Basically there is an agreement here I think. If players tune their perfect fifths independently they will be out of tune in some part of the range. If they match individual strings or notes even an octave apart their adjacent strings will need some slight accommodation to play a true sounding cord.
  9. Obviously your question hangs on the phrase "with no musical experience". I know of one gifted teenager who went from violin to cello and performed to a very high standard within a couple of years.
  10. You're right..... Crystal last visited in 2014.... Why don't I check those OP dates...............
  11. So the topic heading got me in.......... In raises the question though of "Temperament" and string instruments. Ever tried tuning low C's on viola and cello in a quartet? Not as simple as it seems. If you start your tuning in perfect fifths from the top A's it is impossible to arrive at the same low C. So tuning a quartet is something of a compromise (without even considering getting in tune with a tempered instrument such as a piano).
  12. Ghee... that's not a particularly clear image... My attempt to distinguish them was based on the C-bouts forms and I can just about see the Amati, Strad & Guarneri patterns there I think. On reflection, not that difficult, I suppose.