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  1. Anybody aware of any cd recording of Mendelsohn Violin Concerto in E minor accompanied by piano? Thanks.
  2. The oldest player a 92 year old!!! Did you ask her what is her secret? Since I think practicing the violin is more likely to shorten than prolong one's life, maybe, this reason is ruled out.
  3. Years ago, I found somewhere in the net a picture of a type of chin rest that can be adjusted not only in height but also in angle, accommodating all sorts of chin and neck length. It is quite unfortunate though that it does not say where to buy it. Someone here offered to give his rest free to me, but later told me that one is on sale at Ebay, (I believe its his), but found none.
  4. I believe that you do not see any fence around the pool is because the pool is inside a bigger enclosed area.
  5. If I am going to view that with an electron microscope, then that crack will look like a cave. The point is I wonder if such microscopic crack does really matter.
  6. That is very clever idea you did here. I have always tried to understand their differences, but never comprehend enough to visualize really what the differences are. Now, I am glad someone is clever enough to make me visualize, but the problem is that, still, I cannot really know the difference.
  7. "I've noticed this particularly with native Asians, many of whom, I think, spent their formative years listening to the very different tonality of Asian traditional instruments, evaluate the violin in terms of that sound, and find it "lacking". - Michael Darnton Theoretically, this is very logical indeed. But maybe, this could not be the explanation why I like the muted sound. Because although a native Chinese, I have not spent my formative years listening to the different tonality of Chinese instruments. Besides, I started to learn the violin because I like its sounds, at least when I hear others play it as a child. The real explanation at least for my case, needs some self-examination. But what Michael pointed out is something worth examining. If it is true, could this be the explantion why different violin-maker with different nationality will try to produce different tone for his violin, according to his concept of "good tone"? Maybe then, the fine Stradivarius we have nowadays are "good tone" of an Italian tastes. Besides different nationalities associated with their different tonal experiences in their formative years, we may also add auditory uniqueness for each individual, as a factor in "good tone" experience. It proves that tone is really a very subjective thing. But something I notice, maybe why I like this muted sound, is the fact, as mentioned by Andew Victor earlier, is the ability to play more in tune because of less overtone. Another thing is the volume. The reduced volume, I noticed is less demanding for my auditory apparatus in long practices, making me more concentrated, and more at ease to enjoy the sound. Just listen to music turned at high for hours and you will understand.
  8. I have been thinking over what you said that it dampens the overtones, and was about to post another question when I saw your new post. I have noted that using the mute makes my tone more accurate, as you have said in your post, and I think it has a lot to do with the dampening of overtones. Now, if it helps in my intonation, do you think it is a good crutch for intonation practice for new materials?
  9. I tried practicing with a mute last time, and like the sound better than without it. There are actually less extraneous noise than playing without it, making the sounds purer. Anybody with such experience?
  10. I saw a case similar to what you described. It is a rectangular case, with a adaptor included where you plug it at one end of the case. Inside the case, there is a knob where you can control the humidity. There is even an insurance of some kind (I forgot the exact amount) if it does any damage to your violin. I once ask a luthier whether such a case is necessary, especially since the humidity here in Taiwan is very high especially during the summer. He told me that for a well-made violin, with properly aged wood, you actually do not need such case. But I think there is still some use for such, especially for the maintenance of bow hairs, strings, and wooden bow. If you said that it is $89, then it is quite cheap. Because the case I saw cost around $150+
  11. Can you please tell me what is that software you are using that you can strip off the soloist from a CD? I would like to strip several soloists out of their performance and replace myself as the star! Right now, I am using Dowani, that is also a kind of play along, with 3 speeds - 1 slow, 1 intermediate, and another at concert performance speed. It is a great help, and enjoyable in practice.
  12. I will never buy CD of artists humming louder than they play.
  13. http://www.fortune.com/fortune/technology/articles/0,15114,450899,00.html
  14. I thought I saw that ex-Kubelik for sale years ago at Strad Magazines. So, Stern bought it ha? Maybe we'll also have a Strad called ex-Stern; the owner of violins also make the violin great, even if the violin itself is not that great.
  15. I got one myself 2 years ago, 32mm, pear wood; the problem I had was some fungus always growing when I do not using it for some time; It seems that my sweat seeps through the wood, being not well varnished, resulting to this problem. Initially, I feel great on using it, but after using it for some time, I started to feel that it is too high, since I am also using their shoulder rest, which I think I like better than Kun.
  16. That is not a problem. Just buy a DVD made in region 1. I am in Taiwan, and my Art of Violin is also for region 1. So instead of using my DVD, which does not play it, I used my DVD on my HP computer which plays it.
  17. I just saw someone playing Paganini at the street corner with 3 fingers. (with thumb but no pinky)
  18. Mass production surely lowers the quality of such art. But on the other hand, with standardized method of mass production, sometimes, they are better than poorly hand-made ones. Another advantage is its cost-effectiveness. This is detrimental to many makers in terms of competition and also in terms of "quality", but we can see that this is the trend in almost anything, from computer to works of arts like sculpture, and violin of course. For the masses, this is a good thing. Just think of the cost of automobiles after being mass produced. And the computers too and various electronics equipment. I hope to see the day when a Stradivarius, Guarneri can be mass produced.
  19. After doing vibrato for a long time, it seems that as soon my hand touches a note, it starts convulsing continuously without my noticing it. It seems that many times, especially in shifts from first position to positions near the bridge, vibrato offers you the chance of adjusting from out of tune to on-tune. So logically, it has to start immediately on hitting the note. On how to do it, whether you vibrate up or down, etc. etc., I just do not think of it, just play and do it in such a way that it sounds nice to you. Do not have to analyze, just keep doing it, and understands it naturally latter on. Imagine the tone that you want to produce, and keep doing it.
  20. I have a spot over my left upper neck area, just under my left mandible that changes color with weather. It had bothered me for some time to have people asking me why I got that spot. I have given up on my care of such a thing. I have tried creams, etc. etc., placed cushion while playing, etc.etc., but it will not disappear, only alleviate it. That is the price of practicing. I just wonder if there is ever anybody who practices everyday with no such spot, however slight it may be.
  21. The same question that I had always. Finally, I realized that it is all relative to the one playing. It is actually all nonsense until you are playing and comparing the same sets of instruments together.
  22. Well, I remember a topic before of wearing or not wearing a wrist watch on you left arm while playing violin. And some even prefer not to wear anything when practicing, I mean clothe and everything, even false teeth maybe.
  23. While looking at the Strad article by Friedman (from one of the thread here) which is in the website of Curtin, I tried to surf through the site, see below, and notice that the price of Curtin's violins seems to get higher with more recently made violins. Does that mean that the latter made violins are better because of more experience? web page
  24. My daughter is just 2 years old, and I am planning to buy a 1/4 size violin for her as a toy. She can play with it, and if she likes it, I will teach her. I will give her the freedom to choose. But it seems that she will like it whenever I place my violin over her left shoulder (with support of course), she will automatically raise her right hand, as if to tell me to give her the bow.
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