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Joseph Liu

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The Christophe Landon calendar that came with last month's Strad has some interesting and peculiar back wood selection.

Alessandro Gagliano cello 1725 - exceptional flame maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Michele Angelo Bergonzi violin 1755 - violin with very small waist; kinda peculiar oppio maple (Acer campestre)

Antonio Mariani viola 1650 - never heard of this maker; faintly flamed maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Giovanni Battista Rogeri cello 1699 - exceptional flame maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

G.B. Guadagnini violin 1780 - slab cut lightly quilted maple (Acer pseudoplatanus or Acer campestre)

Brothers Amati viola 1619 - lightly flamed maple (Acer pseudoplatanus or Acer campestre)

Nicolo Bergonzi cello 1780 - highly quilted poplar?

Guaneri del Gesu violin 1734 - flame maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Giuseppe Ceruti violin 1835 - very lightely flamed maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

Christophe Landon violin 2010 - heavy grained flame maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)

What do you guys think of the instruments and the back pieces?

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I have a subscription (I hope) but haven't received the issue yet. However I really enjoy the Landon calendars. The last couple I've learned quite a lot by comparing outlines, examining f- hole layouts, and just admiring the wood and art in them. Probably things I would have done if I went to violin makers school, but as a self-taught maker it is an easy and enjoyable way to learn.


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