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  1. A lot of that has to do with the slant of the flame over the grain. As a quartered wedge The grain is as vertical as possible. After one splits the wedge in half joining at the widest part. It’s all in the grain. I suppose the joined wood could be flipped according to taste but some times there is only one way the pattern will fit.
  2. Bass bar. Is it integrated? Or glued. Are all the corners blocked fully? or half way? or not at all? Generally fake corner blocks are a bad sign. I like to look for deep ribs and arching because that’s more of a Guarneri style and therefore not one of billions of strad copies (not to write those off I’m just tired of them). when I cannot view the violin in person: I also look for figuration on the neck. The neck area can tell you a lot about the quality of varnish used. Does it look like paint? Did they varnish the whole neck? Or are the varnish endings opaque with layers. Purfling is also important. Just make sure it’s there, and don’t be fooled by double purfling, it doesn’t always mean it’s special. The top grain I like to see tight and a feathered sheen. that seems to be a sign of soft and supple wood. The maple back and ribs well figured. (Bonus if they’re one piece) I know this is an unpopular opinion but having a nice chunk of wood when making a violin was not the concern of the factorys in the ‘60s. it also just helps when looking at photos. No they don’t always need to be flamed, but then you really need indicators of workmanship. and if they are well flamed does the flame change with the angle of the picture? If not then they are dead or fake. Just as a bonus.. try and see if the maple is all from the same block; same flame width and character. These are only a few things, but they’ve served me well enough. just try to trust your gut on it, and remember to look at the entire violin at times to avoid myopia. flatt
  3. Ah yes someone will learn how to bow straighter via Luthier expenses
  4. Thanks! I do think it will wear down with time but the antiquing that does happen hopefully will be just enough to add character without collateral damage. And hopefully some restorer will think it worth restoring one day and not “the usual”.
  5. Haha my reasoning was that most all Guarneri models lose their corners almost completely with time, which does add to the character… but I figured I’d save someone the trouble and headache of taking the top off later. Also… I wanted to have fun with the purfling, which I did
  6. Thanks so much I love working with my hands. and yes I am working with a maker and have some good sized scraps.
  7. I am building the same model currently, and I may regret it later but I did lengthen the corners on the top. Nothing structurally different, but just slightly larger corners.
  8. For sure, but no rocket science. Itll be worth it
  9. new repair came today!! I am so excited. There’s some white glue to scrape off, but it should be lovely
  10. Another repair done and looking for a home
  11. Oh i was just hoping to see you build with it because it’s special to you. I do really like it, but I don’t have to means at this time so it might not be wise to set it aside. my current build is one piece both top and back. It is my favorite, but taking into account the hard nature of the American maple, the two piece gives an easier time at the rough arching I think. do you have a picture of the other set?
  12. I have a tall rest as well. My favorite case so far is tonareli. Could you maybe send a picture?
  13. Thank you shelbow! very sorry this got out of hand. Lots of love
  14. Your definition and mine of valid analysis differ greatly. The OPs question was on everyone’s opinion on slab cut cellos… your “analysis” was a snarky comment on the supposed asymmetry of said cellos (which is, by the way, a common logical mistake called red herring). I then pointed out the fact that there some lens warping, and you chose to go on by editing the image in your favor. (Generally people like the op don’t waste time with gimmicks when asking for opinions on a forum like this. He would gain nothing.) my question is, what are you personally gaining by this completely irrelevant debate, other than a lesson in effective reasoning? Keep in mind that you have taken the topic far from the qualities of slab cut in instrument making before using “violin making discussion” to your list of validations. your move ladybug
  15. I’m inviting you to explain yourself as to why you feel your argument is valid and helpful in this setting
  16. What are you achieving by this argument?
  17. The angle of the camera does not allow for that. Can you explain to me why the opposite shoulders are distorted when flipped to show the back?
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