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  1. Does anyone know the connection between the Framus Strad label dated 1721 and Franz Joseph Klier? It’s listed on their vintage website as the model name, but did it come from his actual workshop or was it a licensing sort of thing?
  2. Last name looks like Bostic. There are Bostic’s in Fall River. Records show they immigrated from Poland.
  3. In my opinion, it’s tuned too high for the instrument. I have an old violin that sounds just awful in anything but 433. Here’s an interesting paper on the history of tuning. Sorry, can’t seem to hyperlink it...
  4. I dampened it, bit by bit with a q-tip and water. Ultimately, I had to scrap it out with a dental tool. There is still the non soluble adhesive they used and a bit of paper left but I’m fine with it. If it ever has to be opened (not by me), I’ll ask if it can be cleaned up a bit more.
  5. I recently acquired a very pretty violin with a bogus label. The seller was quite honest about the whole thing. He bought it as part of a lot and sold it to me for a (bottom feeder) low price. The back had been stripped and poorly revarnished with actual dunes in the finish. I checked it out, smoothed out the back a bit, put on new strings, a new bridge, new sound post. Still odd. A bit, not exactly muffled but more like something was dampening the resonance. I took a good look at the label again. Dot matrix and pixelated (of course) on some exceedingly THICK hand made paper. The kind kids do with a blender and some screen. No finesse. It absolutely was a modern faked label. With out a doubt. I even found the exact label (with flaws) that they screenshot. I removed it without guilt. I swear I heard the violin sigh in relief. It has a beautifully rich voice now. I feel confident that had it not been violently mislabeled, it would have at least tripled the sales price. In the end, I got a very nice daily player for under $300 total. When all else fails, look to the label.
  6. There is a clear Gorilla glue that doesn’t expand but given the vibration, I wouldn’t trust it holding over time. I recommend T88 structural epoxy.
  7. I just got one a couple of weeks ago and I love it! My problem wasn’t so much the squeak but my eardrum fluctuating like crazy on the e. Every e I’ve tried but this one. It makes my practice a pleasure now.
  8. Too much maths for me, but fascinating. i just received this violin. At first glance, it looked factory made, with nice wood, good arching, not to thick or thin top plate , a one piece back with lots of tigering. After handling it more there is quite a bit of clumsiness in the way it’s put together. Like the scroll volutes are not even. The lower bass side rib is too long but instead of cutting to fit, it’s glued wonky and has a bulge. All the internal parts are present but inelegantly finished. I’m thinking this may have been a kit. The bridge has a date penciled in of 1934. Don’t know how it sounds yet. If it’s better than average, I’ll post pics.
  9. Thank you! I was unaware. I just found the MN thread that discusses it. Interesting. I still think it unattractive, and a bit jarring to the eye, regardless of the provenance. Back to the question, was there a particular factory that was known to do this?
  10. Just wondering if this was a “thing” done in some factory?
  11. Fire has worked very well with tight grained wood in my art projects. I use a butane torch and sand down with linseed oil. keep a bucket and rag close by.
  12. Ingredients list for your specific product sir.
  13. I don't have a dog in this fight and I’m not a chemist. Cif bathroom cleaning ingredients.
  14. I had a friend starting back in high school in the late ‘70’s, who wrote backdoors into every program he ever worked on and would periodically check to see if it was still viable. University, State Government, Payroll, Library services, security for a very large regional research museum. The FBI finally caught up with him and he went straight and became a consultant. He’s dead now but his legend lives on.
  15. A sadly true statement. What’s a poor girl to do? I love violins.