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  1. If every violin MN'ers speculate is revarnished, had actually been revarnished, it would be a minor miracle there's any shellac left to make varnish out of.
  2. My thoughts exactly. But how did you test it?
  3. I find it hard to believe that 'old sound' is an entirely made up concept. We've already established that violins can be stronger in some areas than others by default. Is it really the case that the concept of 'ideal' tone hasn't changed over the past 400 years? Some of my jazz bandmates and I play on 1920's horns, and there is definitely an 'old sound' associated with them. Not old as in worn out. They sound closer to what you hear on recordings from that era. The market for modern horns caters to a different taste. You can adjust fiddles a lot more than winds/brass, but surely old vio
  4. I thought we debunked this in my thread a couple weeks ago...?
  5. I posted this to a different thread a little while ago before I knew this one existed. Most of you here are probably familiar with this type of bridge fitting tool. I don't use it with sandpaper, just with carbon paper and a sharp knife, but you can definitely use sandpaper if that's your thing. I confess I was quite the LEGO fanatic when I was a kid. I put together my own version of this tool with some LEGO pieces and some spare bolts. Since I already had all the parts, it cost me nothing. It'd still be easily under $5 if you were to buy all the parts new (bridge not include
  6. Looks more to me like a slip of the saw. Assuming a relatively typical kerf, it follows the line of the wing. But this doesn't explain why it's present at all four points. It looks to be a pretty nice fiddle. Were they really that careless cutting the Fs?
  7. Fine tuners are cheap, but have you lubricated it? A small amount of grease, wax, or soap applied to the threads should do the trick. If you do get a new one, you should still lubricate it before installation to prevent it from wearing out quickly.
  8. The devil is in the details. What is your current routine? What are your goals? Are you studying with a teacher? I'll listen to my favorite violinists for inspiration. Sometimes I pick a piece I want to learn, and don't look for the music for it. Learning by ear and doing transcriptions always get me excited to practice. I'm also a trumpet player, and it's common even for accomplished trumpet players to take an occasional rest day. Violin playing is not as physical as trumpet playing, but I think the principle applies to everything with muscle-memory. You may even learn fa
  9. I've learned to love the 'revolving door.' As a maker/repairman, but not an ambitious player, this may be more feasible for me than for you. I wouldn't ever buy a violin expecting it to be the last. That said, beware of the shockingly addictive and devastatingly expensive violin safari! There's no reason you shouldn't have a violin you love. Adjustment can be a game-changer, but if your gut just isn't feeling this one, there's no sense trying to force it. If you're looking to buy a new instrument, my best advice is that you have to know what you want. Going into a shop and buying
  10. It looks to me like the lower rib might've been one piece originally, then shortened at a later date (hence the purfling). Is this assumption erroneous?
  11. I have the Luthier's Bench iron and strap. They are very good quality, but beware the strap is quite thin and sharp.
  12. You can usually find the Strad poster images online, but they're never sized correctly. You have to resize them absolutely perfectly, which is a challenge, and then trace them accurately, which is often difficult because of low resolution. I much prefer to use the actual poster; I've only traced when I left my posters at home and needed a template quick.
  13. I've just bought the Herdim 12-piece set. They come with the hollow. Very easy to hone.