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  1. Everyone there was very nice - no reflection on the folks who brought the instruments at all. I have no doubt they would have told me prices had I asked. But, I'd never been at anything like that, and wasn't in the market, so reigned in my curiosity, for better or worse. When I have my checkbook with me, I'll be sure to ask.
  2. Several of the instruments were for sale, but they didn't have price tags on them, obviously. Since I was already well outside my normal "envelope," I didn't want to focus the "outsider" light too brightly by asking prices. You know, "If you have to ask ...."
  3. It was in a private home, but one that is often used for recitals and musical "get-togethers," apparently. It was large and open, and fairly bright, with tile/marble floors and a lot of windows. The sound carried everywhere. I was not privvy to the invite list, being a bit of a crasher (using son as passkey ). We got there and left early because our day was already booked, and couldn't stay to really hear many others, and before at least one more Strad was to arrive. Besides Eugene Fodor and the brother (LA Phil violinist) of the homeowner, I was told there would be Houston Symphony members, among others, and, indeed, one I recognized arrived before we left.
  4. Guess I should have mentioned - it was in Houston.
  5. Our son had the fortune of attending a master class given by Eugene Fodor this past Friday, and yesterday there was a small gathering featuring some high-end instruments. Among them a Strad, Pietro Guarneri of Venice, Rogeri (said to have been Mozart's violin), Balestrieri, Platner, Jacobs, and, last (but not least) a couple by Gregg Alf. The high point was that these were all just laying out on a table for playing. So, that's what people were doing, and our son got to play each of these instruments. I think he's ruined! But, he certainly has a better idea on what he wants to look for when/if he ever gets in the market for a better instrument. It was great to meet Gregg Alf. His instruments are beautiful, and I know they are at the top of the list of ones to try again. He also did an on-the-spot adjustment of the Scott Cao our son is currently using.
  6. I would try the light gauge. (concordmusic.com carries gauges of Evah & Dominant both, or, at least, that's where I get light Doms)
  7. Body oil will stain maple, so it's likely to not look great after a while, but it depends on your tastes, I suppose. That's why Fender lacquers the maple fretboards on their electric guitars. Look at an old one where the lacquer has worn off, and they're pretty brown in high usage areas. You'd definitely want to try and seal it with something to slow down that process.
  8. A long time ago I was with someone who was trying tung oil as a guitar finish (don't ask). He stuffed the rags inside the guitar and we went out to lunch. Returned and there was smoke *pouring* out of the soundhole. 5 more minutes and the whole place would have been in flames.
  9. Slightly older thread, but I used Violino strings on the kids' fractionals with good results, though my preference is to get those strings, and others that try to span sizes, e.g., 1/2-3/4, only for the larger of the 2 sizes. We use Dominants elsewhere; they work. Does anyone else use Concord Music for strings? I got their name from Pirastro some years back when I was looking for a source for fractional Violino strings, and still use them on occasion. I just ordered light Dominants (one of the few places that lets you pick them online) with a Larsen E on Wednesday, and they arrived today. I knew they were closing for 2 weeks so assumed I *might* have them mid-August. $1.50 s/h, too.
  10. I hadn't looked at Tarisio in some time. There are definitely an overwhelming number of mediocre looking instruments here, which is, I guess, what it's supposed to be. I agree, a lot of the prices look high compared to eBay - certainly you could regret your purchase without venturing too far over the opening bid, let alone reserve on some, I think. But, at least you'll get something for your money - not always a guarantee on eBay. Don't forget buyer's premium and shipping when deciding to plunge. And the photos, gosh, no time wasted there. Glare, off angle, not what I'm used to, but I guess given the prices, they were saving electricity or something.
  11. My son's 3/4 (ca 1900 Mittenwald, I guess) "developed" a completely crushed top. The kids "have no idea" how this happened... I've never seen anything like it, though I'm sure some of you have. The top is fractured in 2, with multiple cracks, bassbar broken/split, and the soundpost punched completely through the top - a nice round hole that begins the pair of splits that go south from there. It *was* a pretty nice fiddle, but it looks like scrap now. I'm going to have to to rent something, but thought I'd try to glue the pieces back together, if for nothing else, just to see if it can be done. I almost hope it works, so he has to play it for a while as pennance, but wondered if anyone thought it was simply a waste of time. His teacher's going back to Europe to visit family for a month, and he just finished orchestra camp last week, so I've got a week or two to decide whether to just go rent something or make him suffer. (Well, he's going to suffer listening to me regardless.)
  12. I just saw this - not brand new news, but didn't see any other threads. Anyone care to comment? Quartet members are losing their instruments due to a suit brought by an ousted, former member. Yikes. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12...arts/music/15audu.html (You'll need a NY Times login account - there might be another summary somewhere else - I didn't look.)
  13. Contact Fred Carpenter (/http://www.violinshopnashville.com), if you haven't already. You might ask him about Jonathan Cooper violins (http://jcooperviolinmaker.com) - don't know if they are still in that price range.
  14. If you stick with reputable dealers, in the price range you are considering, student violins are a commodity, and you generally get what you pay for. Ifshin Jay Haide instruments are fine. Lots of folks are happy with Scott Cao (in Campbell, not that far http://www.scottcaoviolins.com). I'm sure the shops in your area that others have listed are worth a visit. Take your time. The world isn't going to run out of $1000 violins.
  15. Besides looking at the address in the status bar when doing the mouseover, Microsoft has an anti-phishing filter they are developing for the next release of Internet Explorer. It can also be installed on IE 6 if you install the MSN search toolbar. http://www.microsoft.com/athom.../phishing_filter.mspx Or, you can install the IE7 beta. I've "seen the demo," as well as used it on some test systems, and it looks good, though I'm sure there will be some kinks to work out. If you're feeling adventurous, you might want to give it a look
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