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Memorable concert this week with the Modligliani Quartet. Even better meeting its violist Laurent Marfaing for a viola test drive session, he loved my latest 41.5 cm (16.3) viola "Notte Trasfigurata". He produces a beautifull and powerfull sound on his 1660 Luigi Mariani viola. Merci Laurent! I will post the photos of this viola this weekend.

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You never run out of names for your instruments don't you? 

If I'd produce at your speed I would start to go through all the names in the bible just to make sure that I am not repeating names by chance. Lol.

Looking forward to see your notte transfigurata.

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Thanks Andreas! The name here is from Verklärte Nacht, a composition by Arnold Schönberg. Since I would not be able to pronounce the German name, i Italianized it.

Corner of the current viola I am making:

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Some viola test driving here yesterday with Antoine Tamestit, quite a nice player, he produces a beautifull sound on the "Mahler" Strad viola. Antoine holds my viola "Notte Trasfigurata".  Our principal Peter Pas holds the "Mahler" viola.

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On 11/21/2018 at 11:22 AM, Andreas Preuss said:

Cool. Would love to see one of your instruments one day.

Thanks Andreas! That instrument would be necessarily....  a viola...

Test drive with my latest viola in playing condition, "Notte Trasfigurata", 41.5 cms. (16.3 inches), with violist Anderson Vargas.

 

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On 11/17/2018 at 5:13 PM, MANFIO said:

Viola varnishing here.

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What do you use to colour your varnish? Will you apply a layer with more colour?

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54 minutes ago, uguntde said:

What do you use to colour your varnish? Will you apply a layer with more colour?

There is some colour in the ground (terra di siena naturale). For the colour coats (3 coats), I used Joe Robson's Brown varnish with a lump of arancione, plus some Kremer's Alizarim Crimson in oil dark and some ivory black pigment. All that in oil varnish. It turned out this:

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Thanks Rue and uguntde! The colour will change according to the light source. Under hot lights, it will look more red, more brown under cold lights, golden yellow under the sun light.

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