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  1. We have one in our shop and when they are all in excellent playing condition they sound horrible. It sounds very much as you would imagine a violin with a horn attatched to it would. If you are ever in LA, come by and you can play it.... But not for very long please.
  2. It actually looks like one of the early violins that the native American Indians have made. Some of them can be very valuable if it is.
  3. I agree with Chris Reuning's comments. Any good shop should have no problem whatsoever with redoing a rehair at a legitimate customers request. If you have a good relationship with your shop just give them an opportunity to fix it. They would much rather do a simple bow rehair than lose a customer and hopefully a friend. We behave like we are in the used car business sometimes with a reticence to simply have honest people with honest problems solve them. Best regards, Eric Benning
  4. I was able to take an advance preview of the bows and found most of them very dissappointing. Many fine bow sticks but very worn with later frogs. One nice Retford frog on a Voirin stick but the stick had a nice big groove on the back of it where the finger rests. I didn't have time to preview the other items yet, I guess I'll check them out with the rest of you in November. Best regards, Eric Benning
  5. : I don't know what you purchased your cello for but we are selling the same model at our store for $8,500. U.S.
  6. I have yet to see one of his own violins, but both my father and I have seen plenty of his work in the restoration department. He should have had his hands cut off for the horrible work he would do to fine old instruments. It was his belief that he could improve the tone of these old Italian instruments by stripping them of their original varnish and applying his own synthetic varnish. It had a clear apprearance like applying Deft or Bartop varnish. Then with great pride he would insert his label saying, " Tone improved by Galea". This is by far the worst and most damaging work I have ever seen. I hope your violin is OK. Sorry for the negative remarks, it's just that we have had to deal with several of these instruments lately and it breaks your heart to see them.
  7. Josef Kantuscher, Burgbergstrase 13 D-82481 Mittenwald, Deutschland Tel.: 0049-8823-8418 Say hello to him from the Bennings in Los Angeles!
  8. May I suggest that you look at the bows made by William Watson from London, England. You can still get a silver and ebony mounted bow by him in your price range. He also has one of the best and most established reputations around. Write me if you need more info on his work. Best regards, Eric Benning
  9. Having studied under some great makers and those makers having been a part of a long line of great makers, all of them have told me in reference to this subject that, "You need to have your computer in your fingertips." Meaning essentially that a great maker knows what a piece of wood can and will produce and how to get it there irrespective of tap tones or nodes or antinodes. The computer needs to be your brain, heart and experience. If you don't know how to graduate plates using a number of methods including how the plate rings, how flexible it should be, measurements, etc....well that's the point of an apprenticeship with someone who can sit beside you and show you an excellent instrument and teach you it's secrets. Best regards, Eric Benning
  10. Standard is approx 69 cm. I have seen them as long as 72 cm. and as short as 66cm. on a full size cello.As far as shortest possible that would depend upon the players acceptance and consequential affect on the tone of the instrument.
  11. Every young model maker at some time or another around here has discovered the secrets of healing those pesky exacto knife cuts while building your model airplane. Kids have known about this for years, we were just told not to do it by our concerned parents. It only works well on the really clean cuts that are almost invisible until they bleed. The dull, ragged cuts this won't work well on. Also feel free to reapply as needed. Best regards, Eric Benning
  12. The reason makers don't use sandpaper on tops or backs or anything else for that matter is not because it will cause the top to finish out flat when varnished. It will become ridged if you use paper or a scraper. The reason you don't use sandpaper is because the sandpaper smashes and fills the pores while it's doing it's work and the scraper finely cuts the wood and leaves the pores of the wood open and unclogged. Look at a piece of wood that has been sanded as fine as possible and then look at a piece of identical wood that has been scraped by a sharp scraper. Now you can tell the difference and this shows up in the quality of the look after the instrument has been varnished. Best regards, Eric Benning
  13. The reason makers don't use sandpaper on tops or backs or anything else for that matter is not because it will cause the top to finish out flat when varnished. It will become ridged if you use paper or a scraper. The reason you don't use sandpaper is because the sandpaper smashes and fills the pores while it's doing it's work and the scraper finely cuts the wood and leaves the pores of the wood open and unclogged. Look at a piece of wood that has been sanded as fine as possible and then look at a piece of identical wood that has been scraped by a sharp scraper. Now you can tell the difference and this shows up in the quality of the look after the instrument has been varnished. Best regards, Eric Benning
  14. Very well stated Jeffery. No insult intended.
  15. If Shar is close to you it is well worth going to an establishment close to you. Trying out bows through the mail is a very simplistic way of trying them. You should select bows in your price range from a number of selections and then while trying them, boil down the selection to maybe 2 to 4 bows. Then take those bows and try them at home for a while. If you don't make the initial selection you may receive bows that are wrong for you balance wise and in terms of the sound it creates on your violin. If you are out where mail order is the only way to go, then I salute you for your patience to go through this process and I wish you the best of Luck.
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