Eddy – My first months at Alf Studios

My first months at Alf Studios have turned out to be really eye-opening. The two violins I’m building are quite different stylistically. The first is based on the Lady Harmsworth Stradivari of 1703.  Gregg has challenged me to emulate the cleanliness of Strad’s work, while trying to capture some of the stylistic aspects as well.  Everything is so […]

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Melina – Joint Day

Have you ever prepared a joint perfectly only to find it completely unmatching the next day when you wanted to glue it? Well, cutting the c-bout notches out before doing the joint will help the wood to release most of the tensions and probably prevent that kind of undesirable effect!  

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Melina – Peaceful Moment

I had a beautiful experience doing the finishing work on my Prince Doria top on Gregg’s bench (shhhhh, don’t tell). He wasn’t there and I took advantage; it was a beautiful day, the light came into the huge window just perfectly, and the streets were quiet…just a squirrel walking by. I felt confident and happy about what […]

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Melina – author vs copyist

There is a certain ambiguity of copying antique instruments that gave me some thoughts. The aim of imitating these old fellows is to obtain a natural look, something that has a story to tell, something fashionable and exciting, and having the pleasure of looking at it and discovering something curious every single time. So how can you […]

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Melina – Coffee and violins go well together!

Whether it’s for violin ground, for retouch, or just for drinking (especially good with the muffins that Walt brings in), our ritual morning coffee is a good excuse to take a break and reflect on what you are doing. After time in the shop working, discussing, and sharing with others, it’s a nice way to […]

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