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  3. You are correct but incomplete. I tell my students two things: 1) “If you were going to make it as a musician, you would already have made it as a musician by now.” 2) “Do something with music in college. Double major, in music and something else, anything else. There is no greater joy than playing in a good college orchestra. Everyone is enthusiastic, everyone is playing all-time masterpieces for the first time, and the excitement will never be so high again. Everybody can, everybody cares, everybody works. No matter what you do with your life, if you do music in college, you rememb
  4. I am making two violins (one is being finished now) from inside molds made from the Plowden Poster which had an outline of the back plate. The mensur on the Plowden is 191mm which presents a little problem. The Vieuxtemps' poster has a rib outline which could be used to make a mold. It has a mensur of 194 mm which is closer to the 195 mm target. I followed John Dilworth's method of making an inside mold from an existing violin in The Best Trade Secrets volume I. The exercise of making the mold was well worth it. There may be other del Jesu posters which can be used. I passed on the ready made
  5. As others have mentioned, I would stay away from any pre-made store bought template that is currently available. I would take Duane88's advice. If you can find a poster, you can reverse engineer a mold outline from it. I tape a poster or something similar to a big window and tape a piece of paper over that. I trace the outline and then draw a line inside of the plate outline at a prescribed distance (overhang plus rib thickness). I glue this to a piece of thin sheet metal (aluminum) and cut out on my bandsaw and finally file to the line. I usually just do one side and I usually use the b
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  7. GAHH! OK that is MUCH worse! Wow. At least there were no live buggies in ours! Yeek!
  8. Considering the auction house is charging a minimum of 30% commission, and the cost to properly pack and ship eight fiddles insured from California (presumably, since it's stated in the listing a "private California collection") to Florida, the final payout comes up to just over $1K a fiddle. Hopefully somebody was able to get a little profit out of them, anyway.
  9. 100% agree. I just received the LS "Benecke" poster and it's extremely comprehensive. The thing is, it's tough to tell when you visit the site which posters will and which won't. As OP wanted a Guarneri, I can confirm the Plowden poster, which is in stock, has the rib outline. I'm relatively new, and not a disciple of Guarneri, so perhaps a more knowledgeable MN'er can recommend some other posters.
  10. Not advocating, just saying it works as a path, as many others would for, as you say, talented kids. Mostly, daughters beginning teacher used the books minus the dogma. I remember a teacher at camp (studied with Suzuki himself) started talking about "tonalization" and my daughter had no idea what she was talking about. Indifferent teachers should find another line of work. Playing Bruch well by 12 is pretty much the minimum for a kid wanting to go to a decent performance program at college age these days.
  11. I guess it depends on how old is old, Strad posters go back to the 80’s. Some were better than others, depending on who took the measurements. With advances in technology, the more recent posters have a wealth of information, so it’s hard to think of a better reference for the money.
  12. My first couple violins were based on older posters, and I definitely remember a mould outline being provided. And yes, I'm familiar with how to work backwards, but it wouldn't be an ideal situation for OP's first fiddle.
  13. True, but not one of the earlier posters did, and people still managed. Without a rib outline, there is the option or using the purfling line, if full size photos are available (probably most accurate method), or working back from the plate outline and deducting overhang + rib thickness.
  14. Some of them also, unfortunately, do not include the rib outline.
  15. Why not help us out and tell us how good a player you are?
  16. In the '50s my teacher got an invitation to come and "share" with Oistrakh for three months at the Moscow C/tory. He saw Oistrakh ONCE for maybe 30 minutes. O entered the room, the TA informed him who's the student and what he prepared, the student played a couple of bars from Pag 5 ( I think...) when O stopped him, took his violin, played the entire thing very well, advised the chap to practice longer hours and...left. O's main time eater was his political career - he was a member of their parliament or something like that and had a couple of other political executive responsibilities. To re
  17. I can understand your feeling, and I would not want a heavy violin. As for it being harder to play, it would perhaps depend where the weight is. Higher density wood for blocks, or a very thick fingerboard could add some significant weight, but not really affect the playing qualities. Even fittings can make a massive difference. Heavy plates, well, this is another matter entirely...
  18. Yes. Who get teaching jobs at “The Famous University” and then are never there because they are touring, and their TA does most of the work.
  19. Some of the more recent Strad posters are an excellent resource for the money, considering the amount of info contained.
  20. Yes, that is a good answer, but the main thing is a good cello. Doesn’t matter where it’s from, what do you want is a good cello, with good provenance, in good condition. The sound means nothing to anybody but you, but condition is condition. nobody can argue about whether a cello has cracks or not. so whether it’s French or whatever is moot. Take your shekels and buy a cello in perfect condition with ironclad provenance, That sounds good. Whether it is French or Belgian or Austrian or Swiss means nothing. My own cello is American and It is the end of my search.
  21. Well, yes, of course, but that leaves out all the specifics. By the definition that you have shared anything that is not random is a method. My comment to,I think,@violinnewbpointed out that with repetition comes refinement, so regardless of what a person‘s individual approach to teaching is, over time they will refine it. If they are fundamentally good teachers, they will also adapt it, discard the chaff and grow the wheat. I have a method, and it’s a good method, and I am writing it down bit by bit so I can share it, because I’ve had a lot of former students come tell me that they want
  22. Yes, that sort of Normal School. Vienna. Thank you for the congrats but I wasn't talented. I have no talent. Zero talent. I had very good ear and excellent memory. Could reproduce practically any song or rhythm. I was a very manic child - all I wanted to do was practice violin.
  23. avoid those. they will not take you where you want to go. Also, creating the templates is a significant part of understanding how and why.
  24. "Normal School" is what was known, around here, as "teacher's college" before a B.Ed. was required. Congrats on being a very talented 3-year old and succeeding with the method your teacher employed. Looking back, what do you think worked best...and what was the worst? What would you have changed?
  25. Thick (but still flexible) plastic sign material is the easiest to work with by far. You should be able to find "for sale" signs or similar at a hardware store for a few bucks.
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