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  1. I'm not in the market, but just for fun, where are you recommending a shopper fly to for the best selection of reasonable french or italian violins??? M
  2. :If you're looking for a violin that someone is actually going to learn to play on, this is not the violin for you. If you want a violin to show some little kids how to make noises by pulling the bow across the strings, or you want something hanging on the wall, these are nice. We own one, and my husband uses it whenever little nieces and nephews come over, for them to "play" on. It's great for that. but if any of these kids decided to seriously learn, I wouldn't lend them this one. Mimi
  3. I agree with you completely. So if I wanted to talk about how cool the Tarisio web site was, I could put in a link, because I'm not advertising anything, I don't even know those people and they do have a gorgeous web site!! Mimi Some photos of beautiful violins here!
  4. :will the minimum bids be obvious? Thanks mimi
  5. I, too enjoyed the web site and will spend a lot more time looking at it. My question is this; how can they dare to auction off an instrument for $10,000 that isn't even set up??!! I can't imagine buying an instrument for that price without knowing if it was a dog or not! thanks Mimi
  6. : I enjoyed your story. We have gone down the same road more than once. Most good luthiers will tell you if an instrument is worth the price of its repairs. We bought a 100 year old instrument at an Estate sale for $130, and put about $400 into it. Result: one perfect fiddle with decent tone for less than $600. Mind you, when you get that fiddle restored, you might NOT like its tone. Good luck, and have fun. Your violin has a history, which, to me, is worth something right there! Mimi
  7. a friend of mine had his bass in his van when he went to Eagle Hardware to pick up some building materials. He took the bass out so he could get everything in there securely. Well, he left the bass on the ground in the parking lot... He drove off, and about 10 minutes later, remembered THE BASS drove back to see it laying there in the parking lot.. This is in a large city. mimi
  8. I prefer the german bow. my hands are too stiff to assume the correct position for even holding the french bow. It's up to you. I did notice that while playing pizzicato, it's harder to hold on to the german bow than the french one. good luck
  9. :I sure agree with you on the A peg. I already tried getting rid of my fine tuners. Life is too short.. mimi
  10. Tuning forks are great if you are clever and coordinated at the same time. I"m not. I have tried to use one, and they're great if you're well advanced. but I'm not. I think you need a different tuner! If when you tune it "right" it's still not right (and YOU can tell, you said it yourself,) Get a different tuner and throw that one away. I use a tuner, and as the years have gone by, I find my ear is getting better. There IS hope. but get another tuner. and continue playing and growing. I know Hammond Ashley sells some for about $20, and they work great, have a bright display that even Old eyes can see just fine! (you can call them at 1-800-stringbass) or go to their web site and email them good luck to you! Hammond Ashley Bassviolins
  11. :please check out David Lynch's pages. and from there you can find lots of other links. Good luck mimi OLD TIME FIDDLE MUSIC
  12. All of the viol/violin family have the same difficulty for a wind player, there are no frets. you have to be able to hear the tone to train your fingers. Beyond that, if money is a problem, I'd say start with the violin. If money doesn't matter, play whatever instrument makes the sounds you love the most! If you want to be a soloist, stay away from the viola and the bass. There are solo pieces for them, but not near as much as for violin and 'cello m
  13. :I've personally played and listened to a lot of the newer Chinese instruments. THey are really great sounding for the price. They look nice too! Also see if you can try out a Dunov. Eastern European, ex quality, and same price range as the chinese ones.! I know a few people who have purchased chinese instruments and are very happy with them. m
  14. : that when I am ready I should look around for a used instrument instead of new and recommended a dealer/luthier her in town. That's a tough question. It really depends on how much you want to spend. You could spend 10 grand and be happy with a violin, or you could spend $200 and be just as happy with your violin. If the name is not important to you, and you don't mind buying used, there are lots of instruments out there for less than $1000. If you need a name and a pedigree, the price is going to go up. There are lots of decent german and Czech strad copies out there that are old enough to have their own secret histories that you can afford. IF you really want to buy new, there are some really nice chinese and eastern european instruments out there. You haven't said how serious you are about the music, and what your plans are. But really, they're out there, it just depends on the price YOU are comfortable with. M
  15. boy, if there is any way possible that you could get to a shop where there are many violins, it would be to your advantage. The fiddle your teacher is offering you might be a fine one, but they've got you in a corner. THe violins that you see on Ebay are mostly garbage, that's why they are cheap. Please read more Maestronet postings on this subject. there are a lot of luthiers and very experienced buyer/seller types who will echo my suggestion that you stay away from ebay. If a violin (on Ebay)has any value, there are dozens of folks that know it, and bid accordingly. therefore, there are few actually good "buys" because those that know (and plenty that don't know much) are bidding on the better ones. For good prices, also look at vintage instruments, they're on the web, and have an excellent reputation, and for new violins of all prices, you might try Shar, they're on the web too. Good luck Mimi
  16. : how tall are you? do you have long arms? do you live near a major metropolitan area? If you are an adult, you can probably play comfortably (if there is such a thing playing violas) a 16 inch one. If you live reasonably close to some violin shops, go with your brothers, and try some violas out. Most shops will give you a half dozen to try and leave you alone. If you don;t know how to play (don't feel comfortable) just play open strings. you can tell a lot by doing that. My son ended up buying a DUNOV viola, I think it's either 16 or 16 1/2 and it was reasonably priced, lovely to look at and with a great tone good luck.
  17. I love getting a freshly haired bow back. It's such a kick to pull the unrosined bow across the strings to hear almost NOTHING! and then a delight to rosin it up. Suggestion: crack up some rosin into powder and apply that to your bow for the first time through. Mimi
  18. Hello. I just got my new coda bow. I got the "colours" model, being a sucker for color in general. It is actually a very beautiful bow. Unlike my Glasser, which looks like a low grade student stick, the Coda has lovely lines and fittings. And, to my delight, it makes my violin sound better. Another interesting observation, it handles better too. You know, I'll probably never be able to afford the kind of bows which people like to talk about, in the thousands, you know, but I think these carbon- composite type bows are just the way to go for a lot of people like myself. Mimi
  19. one of the band/orchestra instructors at my sons' school was hard of hearing. (I wonder why) Mimi
  20. : I am very sorry, but the link was from a newspaper. They only keep articles on the website for one day. For those that were able to read the story in time will be happy to know that the two thiefs have been charged, and if you could have seen their mug shots you would have laughed your head off. They were two brothers and they had very interesting hair styles and body piercings. The store owner made many phone calls and searched the net(possibly this site) until he found a listing for the violin. It was the violin of a medical student at Vanderbilt. There was a very nice follow up story about the meeting of the store owner and the violinist in today's paper. Everything turned out great, thanks to the internet.
  21. :I thought I would enjoy reading your story but you can't get there from here! try again!
  22. : Something that should be pointed out is that everyone who has critisized my violins in the other postings have never seen one of my violins in person. I can say without a doubt in my mind that they have never been within 100 feet of one of my violins. These people only know of me from my website and postings on this website. Some people don't like me because I build in my own style instead of copying old violins. Some don't like me because I pay more attention to the acoustics of the violin instead of the appearence. Some dont like me because I have never been another violin maker's apprentice. Some makers don't like me because of my prices. I know of one builder that tells people through e-mails that my violins are awful. The reason he thinks that my violins are bad is because he doesn't like the color of my varnish! I found out about this guy because someone forwarded one of his e-mails to me. What can I say, you can't please everyone. : I have one slight correction, building the best sounding violin isn't my biggest goal. I rank tone as second. My number one goal is to build the most responsive violin possible and this is much more difficult than building a good sounding violin. What I mean by responsive is that the violin is free from strong wolf notes, the strings don't squeek if you don't bow them just right, the violin will play as softly as possible while still being able to play loudly. I think that you could say that my goal is to build violins that are so responsive that they almost play themselves. In my opinion responsiveness is the most important part of a violin because it's no fun to fight with a violin to make it sound good and to keep the wolf notes from sounding bad. I build violins that you can play easily the first time you pick it up without learning what the problem notes are. Of course you'll be able to play them even better once you're used to them. Luckily easy response and good tone are pretty much caused by the same parts of the violin's construction so a very responsive violin will have pleasant tone but this doesn't mean that all good sounding violins will be responsive because responsiveness is harder to control than tone. : A couple of weeks ago I was planning on entering one of my violins in the Arizona Violin Makers Association's violin making competition but I got the rules in the mail a few days ago and you have to show up with your violin in person, you can't just mail it to them and have it judged. I don't have the time or reliable transportation to make it to Arizona so I can't enter the competition this year. Next year I'm planning to enter at least a cello in the VSA violin builder's competition and hopefully an entire quartet. If you want to play one of my violins without buying one you can look for them there. I don't know if I'll make it to the competition in person. : William Johnston : www.angelfire.com/tx2/johnston/index.html
  23. :We recently purchased one of these violins at the estate sale of a wealthy woman in our city. It was in great condition, except that it had been refinished! We had it appraised for $800.00. It had a nice tone too. (We donated it to our highschool) And someone else on the board told me that B & J Importers are in Toronto and still exist. hope that helps. I think they are what you'd consider a better student grade. Ours was very well made with "real" purfling and ebony fittings. Mimi
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