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5 minutes ago, Jim Bress said:

Soon to be siblings.  Will you be using the same model?

Yes, they will both be 1720's Strad models. Quite nice to make them as a pair!   

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On 7/18/2020 at 9:43 AM, Urban Luthier said:

beautiful! 

Thank you!  

I was finishing some antiquing last week on another violin - a close up of the scroll, almost finished. 

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15 hours ago, Guy Harrison said:

Another Stradivari copy- this time a later period - 1720's Stradivari.  I'm now making a  second version of this model, wth a few changes to the arching. 

 

Excellent work. Compliments.

If I may ask, what are your motives to make changes to the arching(s)?

And which changes do you have in mind?

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4 hours ago, Andreas Preuss said:

Excellent work. Compliments.

If I may ask, what are your motives to make changes to the arching(s)?

And which changes do you have in mind?

Thanks Andreas.  The changes are mostly to the long arch of the front. The original arching of the Stradivari violin I'm copying is quite high in the upper and lower bouts of the front. Some of this is distortion but it was probably made fairly high as well.   

So for the next violin I'm making now, I've made the arching a little higher in the upper and lower bouts. Still lower than the slightly distorted arching the original violin now has.  My motivation is to find an arching that of course I think works well for sound plus one that I feel is close to the arching the original violin may have had when new. These changes are small and I'm only talking about ± 0.5mm but it's noticeable visual difference.   I hope that explains my thoughts! 

 

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On 11/28/2020 at 12:55 PM, Guy Harrison said:

Thanks Andreas.  The changes are mostly to the long arch of the front. The original arching of the Stradivari violin I'm copying is quite high in the upper and lower bouts of the front. Some of this is distortion but it was probably made fairly high as well.   

So for the next violin I'm making now, I've made the arching a little higher in the upper and lower bouts. Still lower than the slightly distorted arching the original violin now has.  My motivation is to find an arching that of course I think works well for sound plus one that I feel is close to the arching the original violin may have had when new. These changes are small and I'm only talking about ± 0.5mm but it's noticeable visual difference.   I hope that explains my thoughts! 

 

Beautiful work.  Do you like the sound with the "distorted" arching?  Are you experimenting to see what the distortion does to the sound?  Would you expect the undistorted original-when-new arching would sound better that the current arching?  I don't know what to think about this.  If age produced distortion makes a wonderful instrument would it be possible that further age and use would push it over the edge to sounding worse?

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