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Dorothy

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  1. Johnson String Instruments sells a foam thumb grip that is slipped over the leather wrapping on the bow stick. I think they also sell a "hand grip" the pads the part of the stick above the frog. Their catalog has these items, but I don't think the website lists them. I have heard that installing these is tricky, you might need the help of a bow specialist at a violin shop for installation. Johnson Instrument
  2. Johnson String Instruments sells a foam thumb grip that is slipped over the leather wrapping on the bow stick. I think they also sell a "hand grip" the pads the part of the stick above the frog. Their catalog has these items, but I don't think the website lists them. I have heard that installing these is tricky, you might need the help of a bow specialist at a violin shop for installation. Johnson Instrument
  3. : I think I heard she used a combination of different : strings, or does she? I would like to know what : strings she uses. Thank very much.' : -Rach
  4. I wonder if hearing loss was so much of a problem in the days of short violin necks, playing only in lower positions, unwound gut strings, and pre-Tourte bows? Or did people just die before deafness became profound?
  5. if you had it for years and years before trading up, and you only get the original purchase price figured into the trade. Of course, many do not appreciate, and there is always the dreaded "deduction of repairable damage."
  6. Shops usually have a trade-in policy so that you can apply 80 to 100 percent of purchase price to another instrument of equal or greater value that you purchase from them. This helps protect you in the event that you have remorse about a purchase--you can undo the deal by trading in.
  7. Hello Al, Isn't it the straightness of the grain that is most important, not how close together? I've seen alot of cheapo factory instruments with wavy grain. Dorothy
  8. What was the three stringed fiddle played in "cello" position in Riverdance that was shown during the Russian dance number?
  9. A website gives that an arrangement of the Carmen Fantasy is available for Erhu and piano! Erhu
  10. Looking at the website, it appears that some longtime NY Philharmonic principals have been shuffled (Charles Rex, Kenneth Gordon, for example) or have left. Is Masur retooling at contract renewal time or something?
  11. There has been some discussion on this board recently about how much hair should be used in violin bows for optimum playing characteristics. I wonder if the quality of the hair itself might have more to do with the issue than exact the number of hairs?
  12. : Is it advisable to install wound gut strings (Eudoxa, Oliv, etc.) into a Wittner tailpiece (the kind with four built-in tuners)? Would a traditional wooden tailpiece be better? : Also, is there any advantage of a Hill style tailpiece (with a crease in the middle) as opposed to a smooth one?
  13. The fret thread reminds me, how do viola da gamba people deal with frets? Don't they have to tie and position their own gut frets on the neck and fingerboard of their gamba? Isn't this a lot of hassle?
  14. The fret thread reminds me, how do viola da gamba people deal with frets? Don't they have to tie and position their own gut frets on the neck and fingerboard of their gamba? Isn't this a lot of hassle?
  15. Please take your instrument to a violin shop and have someone check over your instrument and install a new set of strings (steel strings, like D'Addario Helicore, might be best considering your country/bluegrass interest) and show you how they are tuned. I would recommend a Glasser composite bow (NOT the Glasser fiberglass bow). Just enough rosin should rubbed on the hair of the bow to grip the strings. The staff of a violin shop should show you how much to use. For self study, I believe that some books are available from such places as the Lark in the Morning catalog (see http://www.larkinam.com/). I'll leave it to others to address some of your other questions and to mention that it is better to study from a teacher, if only irregularly.
  16. Welcome to THE FINGERBOARD! Do the rosins containing metallic particles shorten the useful life of bow hair? Which rosins would you recommend as best for quality bow hair?
  17. : I recently got a set of Gold Label Gut strings. : They sounded a little different, especially since I : had been using Dominants before, but I must now say : that I do like them better. I like moderate dark sound, but at the : higher positions on the D the tone is muffled and maybe : too dark. I need a dark tone yet a clear one. Would : Tonica fit that description or would Aricore? Are Eudoxa : or Olive strings like that, too? Volume is important, : too. I need projective strings for solos, etc. : Joey : P.S. Thanks for the replies I got in regards to the : E-loop protector. Your help is much appreciated.
  18. Last night's PBS Mostly Mozart concert prompts me to ask, has anyone who posts here actually attended these in the flesh at Avery Fischer Hall? How are the acoustics? Last night, the broadcast sound seemed a little better than it has been in the past. The hall where I attend local concerts was designed by the same man as Avery Fisher Hall (before all the redos). A local critic has said this hall should be blown up! (And why did FVS take off the stripes?)
  19. I agree that cleaning and re-applying the peg gunk helps. Also, I find that you need to make sure to put the paste on BOTH SIDES of the peg, not just on the side that one grabs to turn the peg (I'm not sure that this is always obvious).
  20. Welcome to THE FINGERBOARD! Do the rosins containing metallic particles shorten the life of bow hair?
  21. How do Pegheds and Schaller pegs differ from "Posture Pegs," p. 51 Shar Catalog? The geared peg idea seems good for those who do not use a shoulder rest--aren't you in that camp, Victor? I have always used the Hill peg paste. Lava soap and chalk have their advocates. Has anyone heard of using wax or Chapstick on pegs?
  22. : Just found a great net resource at: : frankmusiccompany.com : huge listings of published works including some stuff : I had been able to locate elsewhere despite many inquiries. : I'm impressed (perhaps others know of this service and : other online catalogues?) : I'm not sure how competitive the prices are though? : Any comments? : impressed
  23. : Spend your Sundays reading a good book about violin or music performance. Think about the ideas you get from the book, and think about how you can apply them to your playing. Don't play on Sunday; let the thoughts and the ideas sink in. Then on Monday, all refreshed, you can try out the ideas on your violin. You'll be glad you did! : Victor
  24. Well, yes, some "serious" players look down on the use of tuners for strings beyond the E. But, they should be enlightened enough to realize that some find an A tuner to make practical sense. Then again, most violins DO sound better with only an E fine tuner (the afterlegth of the string from bridge to tailpiece re-enforces certain overtones and contributes to after-ring).
  25. The ends justify the means! If it didn't work for you, why knock others?
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