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  1. Although I cannot give recommendations on which bow to choose, I have some experience with historical instrument playing... and therefore an opinion: The main aim of the whole movement is to recreate the "original" sound of the music. For that, you'll need instruments that do sound like they did. Where I live, this went so far that a certain orchestra tried to play Rachmaninov "the way it used to sound" - mainly using steel strings and some other (small) adjustments. With baroque music, this goes further: Stainer was seen as the reference of a good violin, there were probably thicker grad
  2. Would it be cheaper to have a local luthier make a new top for it? Or would it be cheaper to repair the current top?
  3. Lurking on maestronet for a few years teaches you that everybody is interested in tone, and nobody is prepared to pay for that. Also, several times people hinted at fantastically sounding instruments against all odds. I was wondering if some of you could post pictures of instruments which, if a blind person was to enter the shop, would be sold immediately, but no person with normal vision would consider. I'm just wondering what these brilliant soloist instruments without provenance or looks actually look like. (And I hope not to offend anybody). Like Dutzenarbeid 1/10^6 instruments, chewe
  4. If you could follow the workshop in Cambridge, the owner of the place is a clarinet maker. We got a very nice talk about the effect of the bore on (clarinets) sound. One thing I wonder about the original glue is the setting time. With the instruments we made, we used the 10-15 min time of gorilla glue to attach the two first sides of the cornetto to the leather skin (note: make toneholes before attaching leather, then cut through the leather. Mine looked like this on the inside, and attached is also a way to cut the diamonds in the throat.
  5. As Christmas approaches, people looking for a last minute gift could be helped by this. I'd like to introduce my single, minimal contribution to the instrument making community: the humble pingiola. It is a combination of a high quality musical instrument (in this case, a cheap 1/8 violin strung up as a viola), and a piece of triplex with the rubber of a pingpong pad attached. Incidentally, 1/8 violins and table tennis bats approximately the same size. Before anybody starts rummaging through their pile of old junk, some notes: Advantages: 1. It actually works quite nice. It giv
  6. if you want to make a cornetto, I'd recommend going to one of Sam Gobles "make your own cornetto" courses - rather nice, and Sam is able to guide you through it (it's a different level than makin a violin). What I do think though, is that perhaps the "historic" glues are not the best choice - they were wrapped in leather to hold both halves together. (And then tend to rot on the inside, above the first tone hole). Sam recommended the "Die Zinken und der Serpent" from the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. I made one instrument (from total beginner, no woodworking experience), which in maestronet t
  7. Hi, long time follower of the forum, but now tempted to post something for the first time (because I think I can answer the question!) by this - the main hypothesis is squashed. Unless ofcourse we are talking about post 1940 stradivarii. I think the geometrical theory, in combination with bowing problems is the actual true explanation.