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  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Shallock once, he's a very nice man and so are his bows. I would also agree that the Shallock I played on was one of the best in the price range I have ever tried. He's living near Seattle these days. I don't have specific contact info for him, but if you contact David Stone's violin shop they should be able to help you. (206) 526-5542 [This message has been edited by jake (edited 11-17-2001).]
  2. You can pick up shaham's cd with both the concertos and the sonata. It's a pretty good recording as well. The sonata is a great piece of music.
  3. Heifetz plays the first movement of #2 too darn fast. It loses much, if not all, of the color and emotion that Prokofiev put into this wonderful piece. Yes it sounds good, and yes its impressive. But its also just too "Heifetz" and not enough "prokofiev." I prefer recordings from Shaham and Vengerov. In contrast, Vengerov takes the first movement on the slow side, but it works much better for me. Shaham's is pretty good, although it doesn't sound as "Russian" to me as Vengerov's. I'm not familiar enough with Oistrakh's version to comment, but I'm sure its excellent.
  4. To know how good a violin "really" sounds, I played the violins I was looking at in a variety of settings and both recorded myself and asked for people to listen to me. I usually had the listeners comment without knowing which instrument I was playing. But since "I" knew which one I was playing, I may have affected the results by trying more on the instruments I liked. Doubleblind would really be ideal =) My stipulation was that I HAD to like it under the ear, but once it passed that test, I wanted the one that sounded best to listeners. A bit of warning, almost all instruments sound good in a large hall, there is a lot to be said for echos and projection. Actually liking the sound of an instrument is a very subjective thing anyway. Purity, volume, warmth, are all important. Not all are perceptible in any given environment. So try a variety of places. I completely agree with Michael, the more I play my instrument and bow, the more I understand how valuable it is to have a good set of instruments. That being said, the importantance is almost greater for practicing, once I learn how to play well with good instruments, that ability seems to migrate to poorer quality instruments as well. Its like my violin and bow are teaching me.
  5. I got a zeta about 7 years ago before they started putting midi in most of 'em. can't vouch for more recent models, but it is certainly a fine and well-made instrument. I'd say its worth the $950 or so I paid for it (plus the list was $1,800 at the time!)
  6. well, I've heard it said that some of the new violins being made today may be as good as any that have ever been made. Time will only tell if the instruments age well and develop a rich tone while maintaining power. While I've certainly heard some wonderful sounding new instruments, without being played in and just aging naturally, its hard to really compete with a quality old instrument. I would argue that you can get a better deal per dollar on a new instrument, but that will only get you so far.
  7. Although I do like to play things that are challenging to bolster my ego, I often refuse to play pieces that are merely difficult and not musical.
  8. K545, I think you will find many musicologists would disagree with your assertion that "there is no way an instrumental transcription can express "the story" of a song". While I might add that a "perfect" depicition is always a subjective term, that doesn't prevent a piece of music from very aptly presenting the same content. See this exerpt from the New Grove Dictionary on programmatic music as a reference. http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/g_programme_music.html [This message has been edited by jake (edited 10-19-2001).]
  9. yeah, but I'll be in california when they have the showing !
  10. wish I could make the showing, that pajeot bow is calling to me.. I'm so picky I could never bid on something like that without trying it first =(
  11. I would recommend a recording by the Borodin string quartet. I've heard that this piece was actually composed as a suicide note, but fortunately for the world of music he continued to write for many years after. The knocks on the door were in his case a reality. He often slept outside so that if the secret police came in the middle of the night they wouldn't find him inside. It is not difficult to imagine that the final few bars of the piece represent the end of life. This will always be a special piece for me, and I'm glad I had an opportunity to play it with a wonderful group of people.
  12. I only have three recordings of the work, but I enjoy each one at different times. I think my favorite is a Naxos historic recording played by Kreisler. I think the elegance and playfullness that he brings to the piece is both very appropriate and enjoyable. I also enjoy the Vengerov recording, but it is a little on the fierce side. Still he is my favorite living violinist for a reason.. =)
  13. jake

    Maker info

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  14. jake

    Maker info

    I very much disagree on the "not looking its age." Have you ever seen a strad? They look pretty new, its because they are kept in very good condition. My own violin is from 1844 (yes that makes it around 80 years younger) and it looks nearly brand-new (yes, its very well certified, and original varnish). I expect when it is 80 years older it will still look as good... That being said, all bets are off. [This message has been edited by jake (edited 10-11-2001).]
  15. I found it here: https://www.ipns.com/smssl/c.f.p.vandp.meyer.schub.html I haven't verified that you CAN actually buy it yet because its $55.. I decided to get a copy of beethoven and brahms double instead. Maybe I'll buy it on my next birthday. =)
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