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  1. Hi friends, I have a question. Do you suggest any particular book on violin making for a novice? I've heard about "The Art of Violin Making" by Chris Johnson, but I really can't get my hands on it. Do you have any other suggestion? I found online the one wrote by Bruce Ossman, I'm pretty sure it is simply called "Violin Making", is it, for example, worth the time reading?
  2. What about the 1741 Guarnieri "Vieuxtemps"? It was my first idea, since I've always loved late Del Gesùs and if fits all of my criterias. Well, my first idea was the "Kreisler" from 1733, but there are no scans of it and, being a novice, I don't feel confident in improvising the measures of the arching or the scroll.
  3. Hi friends, I have a question, quite simple I think. I'm deciding on which violin I will base my first instruments on. I was looking at the theStrad posters that were available folded and I had noticed this model, the 1694 Stradivari "Benecke". I've read a couple of threads on it in the last few days, but didn't really find anything remarkable. Does anybody have any opinion on it? Maybe some suggestions? I'm trying to find the poster of an instrument that has a two part back, is preferably, in order, a Del Gesù, an Amati or a Strad, and is avaible with all the information in the back, since I'm planning on doing an exact copy, and maybe even try some, careful, antiquing. If you have any suggestions I'm open to them.
  4. I have an update: I bought it. In the last couple of days I've been trying violins made from local luthiers in the same price range as this one, and there was absolutely no comparison. I've also been reassured by a couple of people (and the Tarisio T2 auction history) that if I ever wanted to sell this instrument I could at least make the same amount of money that I have paid for it. I really like the sound, it is brilliant, strong and cristal clear while still managining a decently sweet tone. It had all Dominants, I switched the E string for an Evah Pirazzi Gold that I had laying around and now it sounds even nicer. I especially like the G and D string, I even prefer them over the Quagliano that I had on loan. It still can play a very nice and mellow "piano", and has very good dinamics. Observing the outline and measures with a local luthier and friend of mine we were able to observe that it is highly unlikely that this is a romanian violin. It has a lot of characteristics of other Mantuan violins, like the deep purfling channel or the eye of the scroll. And now, for the most important twist of them all, we were able to find out that the guy who is selling it bought it from Mario Gadda brother-in-law's wife (google translate gives me this term, basically she is wife of the brother of Gadda's wife), her husband, Franco Forcellini, who was also one of Gadda's main helpers, in his workshop.
  5. I didn't really ask about opinions on future sales of mine. I asked if anyone knew anything more about Mario Gadda other then what I already wrote here. You can kindly keep this sorts of comments to yourself. With all due respect. EDIT I forgot to mention that officially this is a Gadda, which came out of his workshop. Still, there were all sorts of things coming out of his workshop, I can agree on that, but that doesn't make it less of a Gadda, maybe less of an investiment, as someone already wrote in the comments. I really doubt that this is a romanian violin with a fake label and certificate, but still, it could be. In that case I would be even more happy, since it would mean that a cheap romanian factory instruments can sound even better than the Giuseppe Quagliano made in 2012 that I had on loan until last month. I think I decently know my stuff, at least about violin playing, way less about violin making, unfortunately, but I'm still young enough to learn. I've tried this instrument together with a Carlo Carletti one, made in 1915 (with a certificate, it wasn't Carlson, another one of who I can't recall the name). And, in my opinion at least, this sounded nicer. Maybe a bit less brilliant and strong on the first string, but way more balanced and clear. I'm not saying that this is a real Gadda, made by him with his hands in his little boutique. I'm just saying that this instrument sounds good and still has a certificate, even if we could argue that Gadda's certificate don't have that much value. I don't want to sound arrogant in any way. And I am truly sorry if involontarely offended you in any way. And by the way, english is my third language. I really hope that I didn't do many mistakes. BACK TO THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE He did, and, for instance, the pictures are public. I could have also linked the sale, but I then preferred to directly post the pictures since I thought it would have been less time consuming for the reader. I also guess that in the US price are a bit higher. Here, in this price range, you usually get handmade instruments by pretty young luthiers who still don't have much reputation and got out of luthier school like five years ago.
  6. I got the violin yesterday, I can keep it for about a week and then let him know if I like it or not (the price is €6700). It certainly came out of the workshop of Mario Gadda, since he got it directly from his heirs who sort of sell old instruments of him that they still have in stock from the 80s. The sound is very potent, strong, and is extremely clear, especially on the second and third strings. I tried a lot of violins there. Also one from the 1600s which didn't project much but had an extremely complicated and developed sound (it costs in the hundred of thousand, not what I was looking for but very nice). The tone is quite nice, pretty standard sounding. I don't think it was made by Mario himself, probably some other people in his workshop, and honestly I don't really care about that. Still, I don't think I can or could get anything better in this price range. I'm going to show it to my teacher and see what she says about it. I'm pretty satisfied with it.
  7. The only problem I have, is that with these forms I don't really have anything to drive me for the arching of the plates and also for the scroll. I don't mind spending some money for the poster if it will help me this much. I had thought about the Titian since it has a lot of information online, but then I decided to try with an amati first. By the way, on the back of the posters from the theStrad there are also guides for the arching, could I build a couple of thin metal tools basing them of that, like the ones you see for example on Dictum? Something like this: https://www.dictum.com/en/measuring-inspection-instruments-jbo/herdim-arching-templates-4-piece-set-top-violin-guarneri-kreisler-1733-739413
  8. Hi friends. I'm a newbie (I've explained my story in another post, a couple of days ago). I'm looking for a mold to start my first violin on. Of course I will make it myself, but I still have doubts about what violin to choose. I wanted to start with an Amati, since I feel like it's more suitable for a starting point. From what I understood, Guarnieri and Stradivari's molds are modified versions of his, so I thought that it was cool to first get his style down, and then move on with other famous luthiers that came after him. But I have a problem. I can't get a theStrad poster about one of his violins, since I can't really afford one on the direct site (the shipping fees cost almost €20, with the poster coming up to €55), being a teen, and I can't seem to find one on Dictum, where I also had to order a couple of things. EDIT I don't know what I had calculated yesterday, it costs way less than I had anticipated (about €38), I'm pretty sure that I'm going to buy it then. Would the Girolamo Amati II from 1671 do the trick? It's the only one that has all the informations in the back. BACK TO THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE Is there a starting mold that you suggest to beginners? I was also curious about how people come up with their own "formas", still I don't think that's a doable thing for a beginner like me. Another question is, I was also interested in the Guarnieri Kreisler from 1733. I found some files in this forum with front, back, and ribs files that would be very useful to me. One doubt I have is, should I copy also the asymettry in these files? Because i know that a lot of asymmetry is going to come from my mistakes, and I'm not sure about what to do. Last one, and maybe even more important question is: how do you manage to get the arching of the plates decent with no experience? I can't seem to find anything to really guide me online, I've seen a couple of steel inspection tools to see if the arching is right, but they're usually only for the top. Any tips?
  9. That may also be because yours is 20 years younger. From what i remember, Mario Gadda adopted your label around the 1990s. For the stamp, that's one of the most suspicious things about this violin. I haven't seen any other violin with this "Gadda Mario" label, always "M. Gadda - Mantova" or the "MG" stamp.
  10. I still haven't tried the violin, I'm going to do so on Monday. I came in contact with it because at first and, frankly, ignorant glance I only knew that Gadda had been a great Mantuan maker in the past. Only after deciding to go there and contacting the guy who sells it, who is kind of a renowned ethnomusicologist in Bologna, I discovered all the fuss around the Gaddas in general. And, as I said before, I'm also going to try other violins. A confirmed Gino Antonelli violin made out of poplar in 1971, with a Carlson and Neumann certificate priced at about €7000. A suspected Carlo Carletto violin made in 1915 with a fake label and a second one in the bottom block which indicates the name of the maker, which costs €9500. A very suspicious Predrazzini violin with only the label, probably fake, that I still want to try out of curiosity, of which I don't have any picture.
  11. Hi friends I'm a violinist and aspiring weekend luthier, who doesn't have much money, being very young, but wants to start working on a violin. I have quite a bit of experience with woodworking, since my grandfather was a carpenter and, growing in the countryside with my father, he teached me the basics and part of my house furniture is built by us. I've been studying in my spare time for almost two years. I read books, watched videos, and binge-read a lot of forum posts. I already have quite a few clamps, chisels (20mm, 8 mm and 6 mm), stones to sharpen them (heck, I even know how to do it, I feel pretty proud of it), one 1.8 cm, probably chinese, curved gouge, a couple of big planes, and other carpenter-ish stuff laying around my garage. But, being a teenager (I'm 17) and having very little money, I'm wondering, what do I really need to start this project? I don't want to buy one of these cheap chinese 12-gouge sets, instead relying on very few, but decent quality, tools. Could i get away, for example with something like two or three gouges? I've seen the Pfeil Swiss Made ones going for around €20 each. They are not incredible, but still, at least, reliable. And do I really need finger planes? All the times I see them in use I wonder if I couldn't just use a flat gouge for the same thing, but still, I have zero experience in violin making so I'm probably wrong. I have quite a few other questions, but I'll probably make other posts for them. This one is already too confused for me. I'm sorry if this isn't the correct category for my post, I sure hope it is. I also forgot to mention that I'm in Italy, idk if that may be relevant.
  12. Hi friends. I'm a violinist and aspiring weekend luthier in Italy, who's looking for a new instrument. I've tried quite a few in the last months, and recently saw a Mario Gadda's violin near where I live, and decided to go there to try it. I'm also going to try other instruments that the guy has. I know that there are a lot of stories about Gadda's workshop and all the fakes that go around, so I'm a lot suspicious, but I still wanted to give it a try. I know that you really can't do much just by looking at the pictures. The writing in the certificate seems legit, and also the label, but still, it's Gadda. I probably wouldn't believe him if he directly gave me the instrument saying that it was made by him. What do you think? For non-italian, the certificate states "Me, Mario Gadda, confirm that this instrument, labeled as from 1973 and with my first stamp, "Gadda Mario", is mine and has been made entirely by my hands. I used a Leandro Bisiach's form, since I'm a fan of his instruments."
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