OK. So here's what's going on so far via playing and violin restoration.
My teacher is fixing my bowing technique for the last song of Suzuki Book 1 for my little recital on Friday. I think I've gotten it down pretty well, but now I have to face my most common enemy...Stage fright.
Unfortunately, My teacher is moving away. Luckily, she recommended me to Dr. Emily Hanna Crane, coordinator of orchestral strings at Austin Peay University. I have an interview with her on Monday. I'm extremely exited to meet her. Based on her credentials in the APSU page, she seems very well experienced.
As for the violin I'm restoring, it has been sitting around taking a breather after stripping and stripping the hard-to-reach places like the scroll and elsewhere. During it's resting, I've still, out of curiosity, been learning about how varnish is actually made.
But I came into a couple of lucky hits today. First, I got a fairly nice vintage leather violin case at the Nashville Flea Market. It really intrigues me. It's rustic, looks like from about the same time of the violin, and it looks just downright appropriate.
Secondly, I went to Woodcraft afterwards. I was hoping to see something that could be used for varnish. Sure enough I saw something that captured my fancy. Tried & True Varnish Oil. It's made in the traditional 18th century style (as it says on the site) and it's polymerized linseed oil and a natural resin varnish so someone please tell me I bought the right thing. I still need to buy a ground.
There are several distinguishing factors. I need a saddle, pegs, and a bridge. the main thing is that Bob Gravlin of Bob's Violins and Bows in Bonsall, CA had informed me that I may have a German violin with a Spanish Style neck. I need to plan out the overstand, neck angle and projection before adding a fingerboard shim. The planning out is what I need help with. I don't know, but I may make this a hobby. :) Any help with planning out would be great.
Here are pics of my case. Can anyone identify the maker?
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