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  1. Anyone been to Aspen? Need advice on housing. Any information or recommendations for the Burlingam and Highlands facilites, Holland House or the Marolt Ranch. Any other suggestions/options? Thanks for any help.
  2. How much are is the 750 model?
  3. Anyone studied with either one at Aspen? Just wondering what you could tell me as far as their reputation/teaching. Also what can you tell me about the Aspen Music Festival in general? Thanks
  4. I don't think that's the point. I think what so people like myself are saying is if you take your $75000 sports car to an expert to get the best care, then why shouldn't I be able to take my $7500 car and get the same service. People are saying they don't get the same service even at the expert's shop.
  5. How much does the 750 and 850 model sell for?
  6. Don't know but I'll ask. I guess my point is if the labor is the same to cut a bridge, not being a luthier myself-I was wondering why it would be more expensive for a $1 million instrument compared to a $10,000 one or $1000 for that matter. Does the price of the instrument dictate the amount charged? I don't know I'm only asking myself. If they are doing the best job they can for that strad why can't they do the same for you-and help you optimize your instrument?
  7. A luthier in my area charges $75 to cut a new bridge college student or strad. They say that the labor required is the same for each and they use the best blanks (why wouldn't you if the labor is the same and the bridge prices comparable?). Different shops/luthiers charge what the market will bear. Just like the price of fiddles- supply & demand in a free market. If you can get $500 for a new bridge more power to you! You can only get what someone is willing to pay, if it's too much you won't get the business.
  8. Is there just one Lamberti model or more than one? Just to compare anyone know which Scott Cao model they would be most comparable or most similar to? Just wondering since I have seen the Cao models but not the Lamberti. They are both chinese are they not?
  9. I have found in the price range of his various models you get the most for your money. Compared to others violins for the same price, I have found time and time again that the Cao violins are the best buy, best built and best sounding instruments. Has anyone found any others for the same price that are more favorable in any of these areas?
  10. I use it occasionally and think it works well. It does really work that pinkie though! It shows you how much weaker that finger is compared to the rest- [This message has been edited by Bert (edited 03-11-2002).]
  11. What is that metal ornament(usually circular and gold in color) you sometimes see on violin tailpieces? Does it affect the sound of the instrument with the added weight? I haven't seen those type of tailpieces offered in most violin accessory catalogues. Any help? Thanks
  12. I have noticed that a fair number of instruments and bows are not set up i.e. strings/bowhair at auctions. Is this done specifically by the seller so they may not be played? Just wondering if this was common at auctions. I know for instance that the Tarisio Auctions have a preview period where instruments/bows may be tried/played. Why then are all items not setup then so potential buyers may try them-or perhaps this would disclose a reason not to buy?Just wondering. Any comments anyone?
  13. How much does B & F want for the one you looked at?
  14. Thank you for your response. Any preference for ebony, boxwood, or rosewood? And if so why? Thanks
  15. Have you ever used snake wood accessories on a violin-tailpiece, chinrest, pegs? Mountain mahoganey? Also anyone know where you can get them or order them? Opinions on either of these? Thanks [This message has been edited by Bert (edited 03-06-2002).]
  16. By the way for those who haven't seen the article, it's about the pending Segelman case and is started out with the line "Did top violin dealers pluck a client in a major swindle?"
  17. Bert

    Mr. Darnton

    What is your favorite Del Jesu or Strad? Is there one you like to follow more than any other when making violins? Which in you opinion is the most beautiful to look at? Thanks
  18. Anyone read this article in the April Strings Magazine? I didn't think it paints a very good picture Of Bein and Fushi. As a matter of fact I think it depicts Robert Bein as being rather arrogant. Any other opinions on the article or case?
  19. Christoher Parkening is the bomb? His playing of the Bach Chaconne is legendary as noted by Segovia himself!
  20. IMHO nobody compares to Heifetz as the total player and this is supported by most professional's opinions/comments #2 Vengerov/Perlman tied- have their own strengths #3 Shaham/Bell tied -same as above
  21. Anyone have or played bows by Jean Francois Raffin-Paris? I have seen one, very nice-any idea what he sells his for?
  22. Has anyone heard of a maker by the name of Pierre Livre? I have a violin made in China made under his direction. Thanks for any info.
  23. Just received a violin by Leon Bernardel 1945, mint condition, label signed by the maker and authenticated. Anyone know of the value for such an instrument? Any info on the maker? Thanks in advance.
  24. quote: Originally posted by Samuel: Speaking of the south,I know you said you were going to Gulf Shores but do you ever go to the Atlanta,Ga area? There is a guy that has many old violins and violas also a couple of cellos and an old carved 3/4 bass for sale.All of this in his house.(Never anything from China or Japan) Who is that? Name and number. I would like to visit him. Thanks
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