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  1. : Can someone give me an assessment of Music Time Delux. I am looking for software that I can use to make music notation, rather than doing it by hand. Would like to be able to indicate guitar chords as well as write in lyrics. Don't need any playback or inputting ability. Should be cheap. : Any recommendations would be appreciated. Tom, I use and highly recommend Music Time Deluxe. For music scoring and notation, it can do all that you require in a program. It is also very user friendly and simple to learn. All that is required is a sound card for playback which your computer probably already has. Affordability is another good thing about it. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any specific questions. Joe
  2. I am looking for information on a particular violin with the following information: It's a Guarnerius copy made by George Albert Fischer, Mittenwlad, anno 1971, made for Bennet Brothers Inc., Chicago, New York. There is also a bow that is stamped "Albert Fischer" that is included. Yes, this is the one that was listed on Ebay for those of you who are familiar with it. but would just like to know anything about the makers history, his instruments, and of course the value of his work. Thanks, Joe
  3. I just bought a violin with the label "Leipzig" copy of strad - made in germany through Ebay for a student of mine who can't afford a violin. It needs strings and possibly a bridge but that's all. Just wanted to know if any one can tell me a little about these violins. I assume that they are just german factory fiddles, but I have never heard of this label. Thanks Joe
  4. Doe's any one know where I can buy parchment or any other material that can be placed under the E string on a violin bridge? For years I have used a large piece that was given to me but have never seen it available in any catalogs. Thanks, Joe
  5. I'm having a violin made by John Sipe sent to me for trial. It is one from the presidential series. Does any one have any sort of info on this maker and/or his violins? Thanks, Joe
  6. : I have been playing the violin for a couple years using Dominant : strings. My question is if these are the best strings for the : money or does it depend on the playing style? I've heard : a lot of things about other types of strings and their : benefits. Does anyone reccomend trying some new ones or : is it best to stick with what you know? I really disagree that Dominants are the best strings for the money. I find that they are the only perlon core strings that break on me,... besides I don't personally like the tone they have, especially when new. I would suggest trying different brands especially if you are willing to spend the money to experiment. Some strings that are comperable to the dominants, but in my opinion are much better for the money would be the Pirastro Synoxas, or the Tonicas. Both are perlon core and are just slightly cheaper that the Dominants. Good luck! Joe
  7. : My original message was lost in the computer glitch so here it is again. : There is a very nice newer (1990) violin made by Wladek Stopka listed on Ebay. Does any one know details of this makers work or value of his instruments. Thanks : Antonio Antonio, I am the owner who listed that violin. I am very familiar with his work and I also own several of his violins. You can E-mail me with questuions and I'll fill you in on the details if you're still interested. I wouldn't want our fellow readers to acuse me of soliciting on this board. It's a touchy subject these days! LOL........ Hope to talk to you soon, Joe
  8. Andrew, I guess I'll start the string on this subject. A round here (Albuquerque, NM), the cost of fitting and setting a violin sound post is around $10 - $15. And for cutting and fitting the best quality violin bridge, Ive seen charges vary from place to place but generally around $45 - $65. Any others have any input? Joe
  9. : : Hello Deb, : Maybe I can help out here a little. I have tried almost every violin string out on the market. keep in mind that this is only a my suggestion and any string can sound different on any violin, but I have also tried many of these strings on different violins and in different guages, so I have apretty good idea of what to expect from them. : First, to acheive the sound that you want, I personally would recommend maybe a gut core string. Pirastro makes the "Olives", which are quite expensive (around $58-$72 set), but a very excellent strings. They also make the "Eudoxas" which are more affordable (around $32-$38 set). I would reccoment these because they seem to last for quite a long time and have the tonal properties that you describe. Keep in mind that when using gut strings, they are very sensitive to temperature compared to synthetic strings such as the Dominants, so you may have to tune more frequently. But they tend to have a much sweeter, mellow tone. : If you prefer a synthetic string, I would reccomend trying the new Zyex (by D'Addario) strings but in the light guage. They tend to run a little heavier than most brands, and they sell for about $26-$30 dollars per set. Another dark sounding string set is the "Aricore" (Pirastro), which I don't care for too much but is very dark sounding. (around $21-$25) : I would definately stay away from any steel or chrome strings because they tend to have less richness and much brighter, metalic sound, but plenty of volume. I am not saying that they are a bad type of string, but in your situation, they wouldn't help any, but I think that the steel string with the most tone would be the "Helicores". Hope this helps, if you have any further question, feel free to e-mail me or re-post here. : Joe P.S.... I did forget to mention that the instrument must first be set up properly as Andrew Victor stated in the post below, or no string may make a considerable difference. Joe
  10. Hello Deb, Maybe I can help out here a little. I have tried almost every violin string out on the market. keep in mind that this is only a my suggestion and any string can sound different on any violin, but I have also tried many of these strings on different violins and in different guages, so I have apretty good idea of what to expect from them. First, to acheive the sound that you want, I personally would recommend maybe a gut core string. Pirastro makes the "Olives", which are quite expensive (around $58-$72 set), but a very excellent strings. They also make the "Eudoxas" which are more affordable (around $32-$38 set). I would reccoment these because they seem to last for quite a long time and have the tonal properties that you describe. Keep in mind that when using gut strings, they are very sensitive to temperature compared to synthetic strings such as the Dominants, so you may have to tune more frequently. But they tend to have a much sweeter, mellow tone. If you prefer a synthetic string, I would reccomend trying the new Zyex (by D'Addario) strings but in the light guage. They tend to run a little heavier than most brands, and they sell for about $26-$30 dollars per set. Another dark sounding string set is the "Aricore" (Pirastro), which I don't care for too much but is very dark sounding. (around $21-$25) I would definately stay away from any steel or chrome strings because they tend to have less richness and much brighter, metalic sound, but plenty of volume. I am not saying that they are a bad type of string, but in your situation, they wouldn't help any, but I think that the steel string with the most tone would be the "Helicores". Hope this helps, if you have any further question, feel free to e-mail me or re-post here. Joe
  11. : Is everyone here running on a mac? : Hmm...Seems that IBM's run much faster... : But of course, all musicians prefer the mac, it's : more "creative" I don't have experience with Macs. I use a IBM 200 Pentium, with a 33.6K modem and I don't have any trouble loading this page. Screen pops up almost instantly. I guess I have to take into consideration that I'm usually on-line lat at night when traffic is light. Joe
  12. : Spelling please. From one critic to another,...... learn how to post properly! Where it reads "Name",..... you must enter your real name so we can all know who is posting. Do not write what you think you are! (critic??) And I do agree that you're at the wrong B.B. if incorrect spelling or "typos"bothers you. This "Site" is for people who are interested in string instrument topics, this is not a spelling contest. (Just my two cents worth.) Joe
  13. : I was wondering what other luthiers think of the Zaret : innovation to violins. I talked to a guy on fiddle-l : and he loves his, even though it rattles his chin. Volume : isn't my main consideration, beauty of tone is. : Thanks I am not a professional luthier, but I do minor repair work on violins and I do play the violin. I have tried a few violins that Mr. Zaret has sent me and I must say that I liked the way they sounded, however, I don't think that everyone would agree with the tone that these violins have. They definately have a deep, rich tone through out. Many people have stated to me that they thought the tone was to "woody" sounding but that's what I liked about them. As far as the design of the bar,..... all I can say is that regardless of it's shape or size, if it sounds good, it should be accepted by any one as an option to obtain the sound they want to aquire. I'm considering having Mr. Zaret install one in one of my violins which has no deep tones what so ever, but it is a well made violin by a reputable maker and I love it too much to let it go. These are just my personal opinions on the subject. Joe
  14. Sorry to those who have read my other two postings below, but I'm hoping some one who hasn't read them might know some thing about my violin. If you prefer send me e-mail to my friends address from the link above (I don't have internet service). As two previous posts read: I have a violin that so far no one has had any knowledge of the maker. There is no lable inside, but burned or stamped in the wood itself by I assume the maker it reads: A.S. Costani 1765 - Italia I have had this violin for 20 years. Before that, my grand father who is from Italy, brought it to the US in the year 1911. He said that he recieved the violin as a gift from his uncle (whos name I can't remember) Anyway, This violin is gorgeous! It has a one piece back of a rare figured maple, with the sides, neck and scroll of similar wood. There has been no repairs done to it besides the obvious (bridge, pegs, post, strings,etc) The workmanship is excellent and the condition is well preserved. It is full of rich tone and plays like no other violin I have ever played on. I really would appreciate if any one can help my find info on this maker and/or the history of this violin. Although I have had many offers, I will never consider selling it. Thanks Antonio
  15. : I have a Violin made by Paul Bailly (inscription inside) in 1904. I would like to have the violin appraised, and potentially auction or sell it. I have know idea how to go about doing this. It's a beautifull instrument. The local dealers I spoke with are'nt familiar with the maker. If anyone could provide me specifics to help with my delima I would greatly appreciate it. : Thanks in advance for your time, and advice. Scott, I can not help you with information on the maker, but could you please e-mail me a detailed description of the violin and the asking price? I might be interested in purchasing it. I would like to start a collection of older violins. Also if you have any photos that you can send me via e-mail, please include them. Joe
  16. : :Joe, Thanks for your help can you or someone else answer something for me. My violin teacher had wanted this particular instrument set up higher. Something like 5mm above the fingerboard for the "E" string. What affect would there be from having it set up so high? Also none of my other violins had ever been set up high before and I never hit the side of the instument with my bow. So therefore it doesn't seem right that I now should have to altar my playing position. Not to mention that I have an audition in 4 days and it would extremely difficult to make an adjustment to my playing in that short of time. Thanks Again in advance!!!! Jessica, let me first ask you,... what style of music do you play? (classical, fiddle, etc...) 5mm above the fingerboard on the E string seems too high for most people because when playing in the higher positions, it is more difficult to finger and there is really no need for you to work so hard. But I guess there is nothing wrong with it if you mainly play in the lower positions. keep in mind that it also makes the bridge taller and this some times can effect the sound of a violin, some times for the better and some times for the worse. without seeing it, it is impossible to give a good evaluation. This violin probably has a lower neck angle compared to your other violins. It could also have a lower top arch and wider center between the C bouts. All, or any of these can create the problem you are having. Are there any other dealers or luthiers in your area that you can take it too? I would be happy to look at it, but you're probably not any where near Albuquerque, NM. Hope this helps you, Joe
  17. : A new bridge was put on my violin. Now my bow keeps touching the wood when I play on the "E" string. I didn't have this problem when the bridge was slightly higher on the "E" string side. I'm receiving static from the violin shop where I'm having it repaired. He keeps telling me the "E" string is the correct height. So to compensate he shaved some off the top of the bridge and put an ivory piece on the bridge at the "E" string When that didn't work he put another notch in the ivory and moved the "E" string about a : 'mm" toward the "A" string. Needless to say I'm still having the same problem. I keep insisting I need another new bridge. What should the "mm" of the strings be from the fingerboard and what happens when that is different (higher or lower)-does it make any difference? Does the kind of violin also make a difference? This is modeled after a Guarneri. If someone could fill me in about setup or tell me where I can read up on it, it would be greatly appreciated!!!!! Thanks in advance!!! Jessica, the correct string height above the figerboard (at the end) might depend on what type of strings you have on the violin. Some standard measurements that I go by are as follows. For Gut strings: (E=3.5mm, G=5.5mm) for steel strings: (E=2.5mm, G=4.0mm) for perlon, it usually depends on the type of music being played on that particular fiddle, but it might be some where between those measurments I just listed. The A and D string height is then set with the arch. If the bridge that was previously on the violin was exactly how you wanted the new one, then he should have cut it the same, however if it was too high, and you were just use to playing on it like that and the new on is now correct, then I suggest that you just get use to the new bridge. It may take some adjusting on your bowing. Some times violins will have a low figer board/neck angle and very wide center. This is usually the type of violin that we see damage to the edge on the E string side. As far as string to string spacing, this again can vary depending on the violin or player, (my standard setting is usually 11.5mm). Moving the E string over to the A string only creates an uneven gap between strings, so that is not a good move. Bottom line.......... if you're not satisfied with the service, you should demand that they cut a new bridge if the new one is incorrect. Good luck, Joe
  18. : Oops! I misspelled the name. Sorry about that! But the rest of the info should be right; I heard it at a music class here at UNM. UNM?,..... I live in Albuquerque too. Joe
  19. : : A friend of mine told me that there is a video on the work of Antonio Stradivari which he has seen. I've searched a few local video rental places and have had no luck finding it. I don't know the actual title. Does any one know of this or any other videos of this sort? Also where might I be able to find it? : : Thanks : : Joe : No help on that from me, but I read in the STRAD magazine a few years ago of an Italian TV movie about the life of Stardivari starring Anthony Quinn. : Cound it be the same video that neither of us has had any luck finding? : Andy It could be the same one, however I'm almost sure that this was a narrated documentary and not a full length movie. In either case, I'd like to to see both of them if they are in fact two different videos. Hum?...... I might try looking in the foreign films section. Any one else have any input? Joe
  20. A friend of mine told me that there is a video on the work of Antonio Stradivari which he has seen. I've searched a few local video rental places and have had no luck finding it. I don't know the actual title. Does any one know of this or any other videos of this sort? Also where might I be able to find it? Thanks Joe
  21. I think it's perfect! Not too small and not too large. Thanks for responding to our requests. Joe
  22. I was just wondering what the tonal differences in the two might be. I have been reading "Antonio Stradivari, his life and work" and it mentioned that he used tops made of pine. Is there an advantage to using spruce? any comments on this subject? Joe
  23. I have a very good playing pernambuco bow (not expesive) but the frog which is just lined in nickle silver is not that good in quality and is rather thin (width). When very little hair is lost, the bow tends to pull to one side as I play, so I find myself re-hairing it much too frequently. How likely is it to find a good replacement frog that fits on the stick very well? Do all sticks and frogs have the same facet angles? Thanks, Joe
  24. : joe, : i feel uncomfortable being an advertisement for shops i've had luck with because it has led to some strange discussions, but of the several that i have near me and in neighboring states, potters in bethesda maryland near d.c. are the ones i trust with restorative/major repairs. that included working on a banks, and other instruments of value. i have also seen them repair tops that were stepped on that you could hardly if at all tell that they had been broken. family members have also had very good luck with moennig's in penn. and brobts in va. whiule all of the dealers will allow you to ship your instrument to them, i am surprised that there is not a competent repair person in your state. maybe you could tell us where you live, and others could give you some suggestions. : mike Thanks Mike, actually there is a local violin shop in my home town, but I have seen some of the repairs they have done to other violins and they're not bad, but I know that there is someone out there who can do better. When I took the violin for them to look at, they seemed a little hesitant to do the repair and guarantee the final out come. Maybe I'm being too picky,....... I was thinking of sending it to some one who specializes in top removal repairs. I am willing to ship the violin any where in th US to have the work done, but I really want the best qualified person to do the job. If any one has any suggestions and you do not wish to mention any names of dealers or individuals on this B.B. I understand, however please feel free to send me e-mail. Thank You, Joe
  25. : be very careful, and treat it as though it indeed could break at any moment. if the hide glue has been softened with water, it should come apart okay, but go slow, and work the knife back and forth with just a little pressure. another way to look at it is to let the crack sort of open itself up as the knife is moved, not to deliberately pry, or add much lifting action. on some tops with old glue it may just come right off with little effort. the tops however often use lighter glue than the backs do. : mike What about the fine bead of varnish that is between the top plate and the ribs on a fairly new violin that has never been opened? When cut,.... won't this chip away the varnish and possible damage the finish on the ribs or the top? I need to have one of my violins repaired which requires the removal of the top, but it is a very beautiful non-antiqued finish and I'm worried about ruining it. It is not a cheap violin either! Can any one recommend an good qualified expert? Joe
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