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You're obviously a great master luthier, but also a wonderful photographer of your work. It's like Playboy magazines with violins.

So, like someone asked a while back, what are the advantages of varnishing the back/front plates before assembling the entire instrument?

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Most of the recording had too much edge to the sound for my taste, but towards the end, the sound smoothed out and became rounder.  Words describing sound are tough.  Anyway because the sound improved towards the end when the playing may have been just a little bit softer I wonder if the cello was just too much for the microphone causing distortion.  The last part of the recording sounded very nice.

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1 hour ago, christian bayon said:

And the usual CA Testore copy for viola, with poplar back and pear-wood scroll and ribs.

Beautiful as usual.

Do use the same ground for  poplar and pear as you do maple?

 

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On 12/13/2018 at 12:46 PM, Jim Bress said:

Most of the recording had too much edge to the sound for my taste, but towards the end, the sound smoothed out and became rounder.  Words describing sound are tough.  Anyway because the sound improved towards the end when the playing may have been just a little bit softer I wonder if the cello was just too much for the microphone causing distortion.  The last part of the recording sounded very nice.

I agree with you completely. But that could also very easily be the player using too much force. When I play a new instrument, I always start with minimal effort and increase over time rather than starting with maximum effort and learning that I’m using too much.

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 Beautiful stuff Christian ! On the Amati did you follow his arching design with the pinched top and deep scoop and if so what does it sound like ? I’ve wanted for a long time to try attempt one 

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Thanks, I made the arching in Amati style, deep scoop and quite pinched arching but not too hight (around 16mm) I was very reluctant because of the sound but I love Gidon Kremer sound on his Nicolo, so I decided to jump. It sound nice, very clear and focus.

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