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I would like to know what people think are the absolute best articles / threads / books about violin making. Things that every student who is working towards becoming a serious top quality professional maker should study. I know there are many sources and areas of violin making. But what top sources of information comes to mind. I am especially interested in information that is just not a good source of common information, but things that effect how one thinks about a topic or specific information that makes a real difference in the quality of the instrument. So great conceptual or practicle information is what I am looking for. Any area of information (construction, acustics/sound, set-up, varnish, method of work, etc) is fair game. Kind of like the "if you are stranded on a desert island and can only take three things" type of question.

-Peter

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Of all the articles, books and written information, I have learned much more with my hands-on experiences. Number one would be restoration of old violins, cellos, basses. Number 2 would be set up of many instruments. Of course i still read most anything I can get my hands on and can't ignore that I have read Weisshaar and Shipman for example or Looking at the Double Bass by Elgar. There have been things I felt took me off in a wild goose chase that I would recommend against but I won't directly mention. Henry Strobel's books have always been reliable for me although I don't use his direct method in my construction.

So I would take 3 old violins to restore to the desert island and one set of wood, mold and tools and water because I would get thirsty.

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' Interpreting Guarneri' by Samuel Zygymuntowicz ( Dartington

Conference 1995)

In this transcript of a lecture we have a maker going beyond the

making by numbers approach and talking about violins changing in

dimension after they are strung up for a while...he seems to be

finding that his front heights are rising in a counter intuitive

way which is reflected in del Gesus he copies.....It gives lots of

food for thought and inspired me to look at the violin as a 'fluid'

object. I feel that this is an article which is more useful as a

way of seeing rather than in giving answers.....

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James Beament's book The Violin Explained is an interesting read. It is written in a descriptive style. The back cover includes strong endorsements from The Strad and the British Violin Making Association. It is also quite inexpensive in softcover.

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"if you are stranded on a desert island and can only take three

things"

If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take three

things, first I would gather up all the available spruce and maple

driftwood, second, I would gather up shark skin for sanding, and

third, I would collect dungeness crab for their chiton to make

varnish.

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I find the subject too vast to be covered by just 3 books... I have more than a hundred violin books, I took somethings here, others there.

But my list would include:

1 - Hill's on Stradivari Family;

2 - Hill's on Guarneri Family;

3 - Sacconi's "I Segreti di Stradivari";

4 - Biddulph's book on Del Gesù;

5 - Beare's book on the Stradivari Exhibition in Cremona;

6 - Blot's volumes on Modern Italians (four volumes till now);

7 - Pelusi's "Tecnica Costrutiva degli Antichi Liutai Italiani".

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Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it. Is there any any articles (VSA joournal or others) or threads on Maestronet that come to mind?

-Peter

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