Michael Darnton

Another Good Idea!

unusual satellite soundpost

I can’t remember where I got this soundpost. It speaks for itself. I’m sure there was an idea–perhaps something to do with resonance in the antennae. There have been a few ideas over the last  100 years of putting resonating objects inside of violins

Logical Harmony

Logical harmony

My French doesn’t really exist: does this label offer a “bar of logical harmony”, while implying perfection? Of course after seeing this label under the (wrong side) f-hole, I pulled the end pin and took a look into the violin through the hole.

What’s Inside?

A bunch of dust

You are probably slightly aware of something moving around inside your violin, but here’s how it starts, as a mess in some deep corner.

Traces of a Cremonese Saddle

Cremonese saddle traces

In Cremona, the early makers glued the saddle onto the surface of the rib, extending it directly upwards through the top. These saddles are all gone, but once in a while, as on this beautiful Carlo Bergonzi violin, one gets to see the shadow of what originally was there,

Platform for a Post

Post Platform

Here’s another strange one. I didn’t open this violin, so it’s still there. As always, I have no idea what the person who did this thought he was going to accomplish. Posts and bars, perhaps because they’re not usually visible, seem to be common targets for violin vandals with ideas.

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