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  1. A student showed up for her lesson yesterday with six violins from various shops for us to try. NB- her current violin has a few Perfection Pegs which have started to fail. According to Perfection Pegs, they've never suffered a failure, but this is the second of my students' instruments that has started to slip after a few years. Rather than replace the pegs, we've decided to upgrade her whole situation. Among the violins was a curious looking fiddle from the 1950s by Harry Stoutenburgh, "Pupil of Sacconi". I found a cool little newspaper clip online that talks about how Stoutenburgh was self-taught until Sacconi was in his neighborhood looking for a fishing guide. After showing Simone a few of his favorite spots for trout, Harry showed the master one of his violins and somehow, out of that, finagled 5 years of quasi-apprenticeship, at the end of which Sacconi gave him permission to label his instruments as "Pupil of Sacconi". It doesn't matter too much, since, in this price range we are just comparing sound, but I was curious if anyone here could tell me anything about Harry Stoutenburgh and his violins.
  2. Hello, I am a new maker trying to source Sacconi's "Secrets of Stradivari" book. It is proving to be a hard book to find these days. If you have a used copy to spare please let me know. I understand it is an invaluable resource. Thanks, J
  3. Hi everyone, I am Levin, an italian amateur luthier. This is my first time on Maestronet and I hope to learn many things from everyone of you. Before starting to built the violin, I read the book of Sacconi "I segreti di Stradivari", the Strobel's books and "I quaderni di liuteria" from Cremona. I have designed the violin's mold in line of the Stadivari's PG mold (with this tipe of design process is possible to have the measures of violins according with the golden section). The disign is this (the measures are in mm) What do you think about? Ciao Lev
  4. I was going through some documents at a retired violin dealers' and found some photocopied pages titled: Sacconi's Notebook. It lists a whole load of useful information (bridge dimensions, thicknesses, basic repair measurements for violins etc.), and a lot of information on Stradivari instruments (including his recipe for the 1704 varnish). I don't have his Secrets of Stradivari book so have nothing to compare this notebook to. Does it sounds broadly the same? I trust the provenance of the book, I just don't know whether it is something in general circulation.