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  1. When one says the violin sounds dark, bright, mellow (or has mellowed out), has edge, flat, etc., what generally does that mean? I'd like to know this too! Of course, any judgement about tone colors is probably highly subjective, but I have to suppose that acoustical physics gets in there somehow too. For example (and I don't know the language of acoustics, so this may be laughable) a 'dark' tone might be the result of more energy going into lower-frequency overtones, and 'edge' might imply a regular discontinuity in their production. Stefan?
  2. I was thinking about getting a carbon fiber bow. I have heard a lot of good things about them, especially about the Spiccato and the coda bows.... My experience mightn't be relevant to you, particularly if you've already taken your decision as to brand, but I bought a Musicary and couldn't be happier with it. Shar sell them for ca. US$350.-
  3. quote me the subject line? "Remove rosin from bow"
  4. In order to get the bow that was just re-haired to produce a sound, you need to scrape your rosin a bit with a knife or a key and then run your bow over it. Make sure you get a good even coating of rosin on the new bow hair. And as Al suggested [it's hard to get used to how much poorer we became by his death] do it slowly so that friction doesn't make the rosin glaze onto the hair.
  5. When did Made in Germany (or wherever) start appearing on labels? I can never remember. Thanks!
  6. The unique feature is the curved edges. There is no bead around the edge to square the violin. ...There is a stamp on the back which says "Russian". As far as I know, they were associated with the name Rigart Ribus and made in St. Petersburg (aka Petrograd, Leningrad) in the mid 1800s. I'm pretty sure I didn't get the name quite right, but it's at least close. It's not a Russian name. Nor am I sure it's the maker's name. I've only seen a few of them, generally on ebay. The rounding you mention seems to be characteristic of them. I can't imagine that the rounding would bother the tone, tho it does make them seem odd and uncouthie to eyes accustomed to the crisper look. Perhaps someone such as Stefan Hersh or Michael Darnton can tell us more?
  7. As for "Elaine" and the anti-Commie guy, I was inclined to let one pretty nasty post go, but not two er, I must have missed out something, then, because they looked like quite reasonable comments to me. I didn't think either Elaine or the anonymous commentator were casting aspersions. Apparently you thought Elaine's comment was fine, too, judging by your response to it. Did something change meanwhile?? It seems a pity to have unhappiness here, especially if it's all down only to a misinterpretation or so.
  8. At the very lowest end of reliability, I know that one regular poster there is the last member of a very long food chain, and that his offerings have been previously seen and rejected by almost every professional dealer in the country, and many players. If that filtering process appeals to you, bid on. Michael, if you feel able to say (either here or in email) could you tell me which that regular is? I think I may know, but I'd be interested in confirmation. Certainly there's a person who seems to offer a lot of Big Deals that turn out to be scruffy instruments whose claimed provenience seems supported largely by handwaving. I don't believe I've ever seen him get a nibble, since he always requires some outrageous-looking starting bid. On the other hand, that mightn't be who you mean, and I'd be interested to know that, too. :-)
  9. AL STANCEL died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999. Marsha, do you know what exactly was the listed cause of his death? I ask because his last post to the list was made that very morning, so whatever it was must have happened very suddenly. Which I suppose was a blessing, in its way. We'll not see the like of him again soon.
  10. : I will share with the readers of this forum that may : not have known Al personally. .... Thank you, Marsha. What an awful loss to us all. I think the epitaph Rab Burns wrote for a friend fits for Al, too: If there's another world, he lives in bliss. And if there is no other, he made the best of this.
  11. : I want to share with all readers on this forum the : news I received this morning. AL STANCEL, of Casa : del Sol Violins, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999. That's dreadful news! And so sudden. Had he been ill? Can you tell us more? I feel miserable.
  12. How unabashedly METAPHORICALLY male that one can't have an interesting time unless one is either bashing or gettin bashed. Isn't it amazing how much more gets accomplished when everyone pulls at the same end of the rope? :-)
  13. The author of the Maggini web site identifies himself as a member of the Schidlof Quartet, but he doesn't say whether he plays the Maggini in performance. In his mail to me, Rafael mentioned he was on tour, though not playing here. From that I inferred that he does indeed play it in performance and that, had he been playing nearby, I could have heard it (and perhaps even seen it up close, after (well, I can dream, can't I? :-)). He says it has a 'deep contralto sound' -- which sounds rather like your description of your copy! The other identifying characteristics he mentioned were the characteristic Brescian arching, and 'inside the violin the eccentric use of the corners', though I can't imagine what he means by the latter.
  14. It is a fact that the German factories made a run of violins. Suppose they made a thousand of one model. Then, they had orders from Sears and Montgomery Ward. One retiler wnted all Maggini models, one wanted Gaspar Da Solo models....then, the factory put in the labels of both makers, 500 Maggini, 500 Gaspar and shipped....every body was happy....except those of us who wonder what happened 100 years ago?? It sounds as though you're saying that the labels are even more nonsensical than the claims on their faces imply -- i.e., that they're not only not originals, but not even copies of originals? An instrument made with double purfling could be labelled and ship as Maggini, Ruggieri, Bertolotti da Salo, or perhaps even Amati, depending solely on the retailer's order, sort of thing? It would explain a lot.
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