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This is a topic which will involve very free form posting of amateur research findings by myself and, hopefully @John Harte. Others interested in the subject are welcome to join! All those doing so, please do your best to maintain a good standard of rigor - cite your sources (informally is ok). Introduction - Recently, I made an assertion that was too strong and badly formed. I claimed that there was no historicity to the use of fossil resins in Old Cremona, Brescia, etc. I said this based on two things - my limited first hand experience with instruments of the time and place, and my interpretation of the examinations of Echard, Brandmair, et al. John rightly (as well as kindly, which is every bit as important) challenged me to clarify and reinforce my claim. I am repaying his kindness by roping him into this examination! I rescind my previous claim and am not interested only in discovering if it is possible to say with certainty whether or not fossil resins were in use or not in the lutherie trade of northern Italy, from around 1564 to the second half of the 18th century.