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  1. Solid body 5 string (Jordan). Barbera twin hybrid bridge. I use a number of stings: Helicore, PI, Rondos, varied Es. I use a Baggs Venue preamp. There are certainly more sophisticated preamps out there, but it allows plenty of control and is quick to adjust. I do use pedals. Which one's I employ depends on the music. I have a Wah pedal (handy for funk/fusion jazz, etc), an echo box (had several...don't really have a favorite), Sometimes use a phase shifter (Ponty stuff, etc) and for kicks and giggles I have a DT Whammy pedal (fun for dropping down and octave), though I use that only when I'm in the mood to cause trouble.
  2. Yes... and after 50 years of doing electric stuff I am with you!
  3. One of my favorite makers... The architecture of his (higher) arches is amazing, and I find the instruments rather beautiful.
  4. I've found that the newer and wider variety of pickup bridges available now (I started with electric before even the Barcus Berry or Baggs pickups were developed) allow more tonal transfer and appropriate damping. I use a Jordon 5 string with a multi transducer bridge (2 per string) and able to further control the eventual output using a pre-amp with equalization. Early on, there were precious few amplifiers that allowed enough tonal control for an electric fiddle (the best I found back then was a Polytone... which was popular with jazz guitarists like Pat Metheny and George Benson at the time), but now there are a number of good choices out there (and with equalization of the output, going through the PA alone is usually fine). I rarely "cut back" the treble much... the trick is (and continues to be) balancing the midrange ("body" of the tone). I honestly don't try to mimic an acoustic instrument... it's not the point for me.
  5. I don't know how much experience you have with electric violins (I've played on them since the '70s in clubs; while and after studying classical violin... my first one was made by fashioning a Pickering phonograph cartridge as a pickup... Norman Pickering loved it!) and I disagree with the premise above. You may prefer the sound of an acoustic (not surprising and no one is telling you you should not), but that's really not the point. Electrifying guitars OR a violins essentially made them into an instrument with different applications.... much like a pipe organ compared to a B3, or a stand-up bass compared to an electric one. In other words, comparison other than acknowledging the instrument's family relation is a not fruitful. Dynamics are accomplished in very different ways.
  6. Weird discussion. Concerning acoustic vs electric: I see them as very different instruments, but I suppose (concerning electric) technology might bring them closer to acoustic ones... but presently for quartets I'd grab a a nice traditional violin and for Hendrix, or playing with a horn section, an electric (I have a rather nice one I use in clubs). Comparison between the two based on meeting the same goals seems fruitless at this point in time.
  7. Many older Italian violins are slightly asymmetric, though this is probably due to making procedures, wear of forms or templates, and deformation over time. If you wish to see symmetry or shape design ideas start with 19th century French experiments by Savart, Vuillaume (few surviving), and Chanot.
  8. Same experiences with Spirocore Cs. Can't think of a viola client who still uses them. Some players, especially those that tend to mix strings, use Eva gold in their mix. Others use PI strings, sometimes with a Jargar or Larsen A. Heard a cello with Rondos last week. Wasn't terribly impressed, but it may be specific cello centric. Have a few using Magnacore sets, Others with Spirocore Tungsten lowers and Larsen or Jargar (the old guard) uppers. I have not tried Dynamo strings on either violin or viola yet, but one of my clients recently gave them a try on a Lupot violin I care for and said she liked them. I like generally like Rondos on fiddles and have a number of clients who use them. PI for others. I generally don't use Thomastik E strings myself, but have some clients who like them. Some players use Evas, but I don't set up shop instruments with them (they can "eat" bridges and seem to be more sensitive to high humidity for some reason) and fewer players seem to use them lately. For some players Visions seem to be the way to go, but they are a ways down the list these days it seems. Hope this helps Nathan!!
  9. Rather ya'll use PMs for this stuff.
  10. Ha! Yup. Thank you. Had to turn my computer upside down when I first looked.
  11. Not unusual. Many do not leave the manufacturer's brand on the bridge when fitting it no matter which side it's on. Proper cutting and fitting often leaves literally no surface of the blank untouched.
  12. ^Agreed^ (what he said)... and David said it well.
  13. Electric toothbrush is just a gateway tool...
  14. I don't think it was a well kept secret....
  15. A teacher I knew well used to ask me to put a drop under the chinrest when I had his violin in the shop. He said it made his fiddle smell like a violin shop, but may it was just the pheromones!
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