Stainer #1, Update

The first of the two Stainers is complete.  The final varnish color is a deep maroon red.  The strings chosen for the instrument are Pirastro Passion sheep gut wire wound stabilized strings.  The instrument is very easy to play and has a deep tonal color and these strings give it an extra kick in complexity.  I’m still in the process of photographing the one piece pillow maple back, but here’s what the front looks like.

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And if you’rCamera and lights, mid angle.jpge curious about the photography setup, here’s a peak at that too.  Look for an article in the near future on how I put together and use this inexpensive setup.

 

 

Jigs: Bridge Jack/Lift

A bridge lift or bridge jack can be very useful for lifting the stings momentarily for making adjustments to a bridge on an instrument that is already setup.

I was disappointed with the cost of commercially available jacks so I made this one on my own.  Two short pieces of coat hanger wire act as guides on each side.  The lifting screw sits on the head of a filled down screw in the lower portion to prevent it from sinking into the wood.  Make sure the tensioning knob is small enough to pass between the D & A strings when placing the bridge jack next to the bridge, otherwise you would have to remove the screw each time!

Note: obviously a bridge jack is not useful in setting  a sound post.  The setter and inspection mirror are sitting next to the bridge jack because they live in the same box 🙂

Hi Res Photos from Museo del Violino

In reviewing the Museo del Violino website I came across the Google Cultural Institute pages.  There are some fantastic high resolution images of some the artifacts from the Museum in Cremona, including some of the violins.  Check it out here.

Included are the images below:

  • Violin grand (G) mold
  • Contraldo viola (CV) mold
  • Francesco Rugeri “Per” violin  1675 – front
  • Nicolò Amati 1684 “Hammerle” violin – front
  • Antonio Stradivari 1679 “Hellier” violin – front
  • Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreae 1689 “Quarestani” violin – front
  • Antonio Stradivari 1727c. “Vesuvio” violin – front
  • Andrea Amati 1566c. “Carlo IX” violin – front
  • Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù 1734 “Stauffer” violin – front
  • Antonio Stradivari 1679 “Sabionari” guitar – front
  • Girolamo Amati 1615 viola – front
  • Antonio Stradivari 1700 “Stauffer” cello – front
  • Antonio Stradivari 1669 “Clisbee” violin – front
  • Antonio Stradivari 1715 “Cremonese” violin – front

You can also virtually tour through the Museum.

Stainer 1679: Assembly

Check out some pictures of the assembly of the my Stainer 1679.  Now ready for finishing.

Stainer 1679: f-holes

Stainer 1679: f-holes

I’m placing the F-Holes on the Stainer model, to do so I first tried following the paper written by Alvin King “The Cremonese System for Positioning the F-Holes“.
His method includes Amati models, which should be similar to Stainer, but the layout did not work for the Stainer model.  Mostly due to the shortness of Stainer’s f-holes and the length of his top bout.

f-hole-layout-attempt

Failed Layout of F-Hole

In the end I set the f-holes based on The Strad poster measurements, a safe upper eye-width, and a comfortable notch location with respect to the stop location.