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  1. This is a very nice German gold mounted vintage bow. Wood is straight grained and it looks like quality materials were used. I'm curious to know if it has any elements that can pin it down to a possible maker (possibly Siefert?). There are no pins in the adjuster. The adjuster has a split in one of the gold covers and I wonder whether I should send it to a bow maker or if a jeweler could do it. There are no string repair shops in my area.











  2. When I read reactionary things like this article I wonder what people are thinking. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven I'm sure as white overlords treated their slaves very well (much sarcasm intentional). Bartok was not so well treated so to think of him as a privileged white guy is ridiculous, he struggled. To even use the phrase "white European music from the slave period" doesn't even apply to the situation. 

    Possible changes to undergraduate courses include reducing the focus on canonic classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven, in a proposed move away from “white European music from the slave period”.


    It was reported that professors questioning the music curriculum’s “complicity in white supremacy” also proposed a lighter focus on western music notation, allegedly described in the documents as a “colonialist representational system”

  3. I have an old German bow where the lower octagonal facet extends well beyond the lapping so I don't think that can be taken as being a definitive sign of French work on its own. Also I think the U shaped facets at the bow end of the adjuster are a German trait.



  4. 8 hours ago, The Violin Beautiful said:

    gone so far to try get people to come in that they have come off as desperate or out of touch

    I agree with this. I'm very familiar with modern music and I think choosing Wozzeck is an extreme example. My attempts to listen to it generally ended in aural fatique. 12 tone music was an experiment that failed imho. I think a more realistic choice  would be Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra or Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste.

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