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Right, "Canary Bird" 1743

Oooh! That is a a lovely photo Christian!.....A great instrument that I want to meet one day...I think you know it quite well?

It is interesting in many way but also  because the fluting still follows a figure of 8 line around the instrument...on some of the del Gesu fiddles made after this the fluting does not do this and follows the outline of the violin into the corners giving an arch that is fuller into the corner.

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And finally finished on Christmas day. The belly on this with bar is 78g! The back is 119g heavy by any standard, especially the belly but it works...!...just collected by a very fine orchestra principal and playing nicely...a bit difficult to believe at these weights

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The things you can do are amazing! Does the back have that roll to surface that is in sync with the figure that the photo Christian posted has?

Hi Mike

Thanks for your kind words. I did aim for the look that Christian posted and I think I got close or maybe went too far using blade scrapers similar to the ones in the Strad museum in quite a heavy way. I will try to post a pic when the fiddle comes back for it's first oil change

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Copy of a viola by Antonio Brensi Bologna 1628. 17inches/432mm back length 372mm string length.

The original is principal in a London Orchestra

The body of the original  has a very pronounced twist that cants the neck over to the treble side making the instrument easier to play. I look for this feature in instruments I copy because it can really effect the way they feel to play. I built the twist into the copy which was quite fun!

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Melvin,

 Thats an amazing Viola. I have admired your work for many years here on Maestronet and it obviously just gets better and better. Thanks for posting pictures, its inspiring to many.

 I love the flipped bookmatch on the back!  Is this made with sycamore? the wood is just perfect. Color and texture is so beautiful it could bring tears to my eyes.

 

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This came through today from one of London's top players and teacher..a concert of a youth orchestra all under 20rs old with the concerto composed by the guy conducting.  Very life affirming to start my weekend 

 

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In my workshop today for a checkup with a very fine player, a very beautiful and amazing sounding viola by our Italian Maestronet friend from Brazil, Luis Manfio.  Everything is perfect...all very stable and sounding great!...a little pull back on the bridge and booked in for the summer to shoot the board from all the wear it has had from playing....what a pleasure!

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25 minutes ago, Rue said:

Cool! :)

Love your chair on stilts!

Ha! Yes!...it is beautiful and incredibly erganomic!.....It was made by my Grandfather who also owned the bench. He was an artist born from a family of wood workers  and I am pretty certain he put the stilts on this chair in about 5 minutes without even thinking about it to allow him to sit comfortably and get a job done! Here he is!

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