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  1. What makes a Stradivarious so special?
  2. One Week Words & Music by Ed Robertson It's been one week since you looked at me cocked your head to the side and said I'm angry. Five days since you laughed at me saying get that together come back and see me. Three days since the living room I realized it's all my fault, but couldn't tell you Yesterday you'd forgiven me but it'll still be two days till I say I'm sorry Hold it now and watch the hoodwink As I make you stop, think You'll think you're looking at Aquaman I summon fish to the dish, although I like the Chalet Swiss I like the sushi 'cause it's never touched a frying pan Hot like wasabe when I bust rhymes Big like Leann Rimes Because I'm all about value Bert Kaempfert's got the mad hits You try to match wits You try to hold me but I bust through Gonna make a break and take a fake I'd like a stinkin achin shake I like vanilla, it's the finest of the flavours Gotta see the show, cause then you'll know The vertigo is gonna grow Cause it's so dangerous, you'll have to sign a waiver How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad Trying hard not to smile though I feel bad I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral Can't understand what I mean? Well, you soon will I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve I have a history of taking off my shirt It's been one week since you looked at me Threw your arms in the air and said you're crazy Five days since you tackled me I've still got the rug burns on both my knees It's been three days since the afternoon You realized it's not my fault not a moment too soon Yesterday you'd forgiven me And now I sit back and wait till you say you're sorry Chickity China the Chinese chicken You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin' Watchin X-Files with no lights on, we're dans la maison I hope the Smoking Man's in this one Like Harrison Ford I'm getting Frantic Like Sting I'm Tantric Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy Like Kurasawa I make mad films Okay I don't make films But if I did they'd have a samurai Gonna get a set of better clubs Gonna find the kind with tiny nubs just so my irons aren't always flying off the back-swing Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon Cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes that make me think the wrong thing How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad Trying hard not to smile though I feel bad I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral Can't understand what I mean? You soon will I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve I have a history of losing my shirt It's been one week since you looked at me Dropped your arms to your sides and said I'm sorry Five days since I laughed at you and said You just did just what I thought you were gonna do Three days since the living room We realized we're both to blame, but what could we do? Yesterday you just smiled at me Cause it'll still be two days till we say we're sorry It'll still be two days till we say we're sorry It'll still be two days till we say we're sorry Birchmount Stadium, home of the Robbie
  3. I am in search of a violin bow and have been trying out rather expensive bows, but since I don't know the going rate for alot of the makers I don't know if the asking price is fair. Does a 'blue book' exist for violins and bows like it does for cars?
  4. Hi....I didn't mean to spell "frequencies" wrong, and yes, those are equal temp. freqs. Easy to go to fifths with a bow.... At least A 440 was right...right? :-) Al
  5. : I am looking for gum turpentine & linseed oil. Hope someone could advise me the source. Thanks
  6. Good luck with one of the two in Atlanta, Daniel. If the computer goofed, let me know... Al
  7. A rose to Rose...Thanks, Al
  8. Hi Mimi...world's greatest bass player! Well, the iron ions liberated by heat are mixed with the varnish being cooked at a high temperature...under 300 degrees...if over 400 degrees..it goes hypothermal...like an atomic bomb...BLOOEY!!!. Anyway, the ions of iron..can't remember if ferric or ferrous...become active cations..slowly turning the nice honey brown varnish to a black varnish as time passes...when totally black, the chemical reaction is done. Just ignore the chemical stuff...believe me: varnish cooked in an iron pot eventually turns black...why didn't I say that in the first place!!?? Best Regards, Al
  9. Hi---no no, don't use the glues you mentioned. The best thing to do is moisten the gluing surfaces with hot water...no much, just lightly moistem. And...I assume you have loosened the strings...the neck will bend if you haven't!! After moistening, lay the two gluing surfaces together, and strap in place the best you can with masking tape. The old animal glue is still there...just needs moistening...leave to dry over night, then remove the masking tape...restring and tune up...watch that the bridge stays straight up as you tune...blacken the string grooves with a lead pencil so you can easily adjust the bridge upright. this should hold you until you can get to a violin shop.If the neck is bent, this won't work. Good luck, Al
  10. Hi...it is best to put strings on...one at a time...and keep them tuned to pitch. Loosening will not only wear out strings and pegs, but the poor violin will not know how to function without a continuous pressure on the belly. Yes, gut strings dry out and go false...also, if they are not up to pitch all the time, they will continue to stretch each time they are put on...a lot of tuning! Synthetics have the same stretch problem, to a lesser degree. They do not go false just in storage as do gut strings. The least time taken messing with tuning, the better off you will be...I think... And, you will get other opinions, for sure! Regards, Al
  11. Hi Jimmy....well...guess yours was silver mounted and high quality pernambuco....the higher priced ones are ok, just variable in quality since they are machine made. Please don't cry...if it plays well, you could have done a lot worse. Use it and enjoy! Regards, Al
  12. Andy...my shop does the same thing. As for the "E" string, Gold Label really out lasts the Dominant E...and better sound...and doesn't snap as often as Dominant. We have tried the other synthetics...they have a less harsh sound during the break-in period...a few days of solid playing...well, as solid as you can... Then, compared to Dominant, they sound muffled or meek, and they do not respond as quickly. We still have customers searching for something better. Oh yes, we are finding that the 27 1/2 ga. Westminster E improves some violins greatly...higher tension..speaks loudly and fairly quickly. Hope I didn't add to your questions... Regards, Al
  13. : Hello. : I have just about finished making my first violin, and now I want to make a bow to go with it. I ordered two unfinished bows and they have been sitting on my table for a month. I've got a book by H. S. Wake on rehairing, but it doesn't get into making. I've seen one book just on making but it was over $200. What I really need are just the templates, I think I could figure out the rest just from the picture. : If anyone knows where to get a book, or can explain in great detail here, I would be very, very happy. : Thanks!
  14. Hello: Those with dark stuff around the bridge, looking burnt, are modeled after the Del Gesu Cannone violin...quite ugly! The cheaper the violin, the more ugly the "antiquing" looks...over done!! Now, the totally black violins were honey brown when first made. The makers didn't know it, but cooking varnish in an iron pot seemed to make a lovey color varnish....little did they know...that in a hundred years, or less, the color would turn, gradually, to black. The reason is that the ferrous cations cooked into the varnish are unstable and light sensitive...the more light, the darker the color. Hope this helps, Regards. Al
  15. Jane...seems no one will answer you. Hummmm? Well, the Monier violins are French factory made. Each one will sound different from its "twin." So, you need to try several and have your peers and teacher help you determine sound. Personally, I'd try another brand or two...or maybe an older violin (Jeffery...don't hit me!) so you have better comparisons. Regards, Al
  16. Jimmy....we sell these bows for from $28 to $60 to people who can't afford better ones...they really do have hair!! Good luck, Al
  17. Hi Jeremy...people are pulling your leg...the maker who is on the label was a real live man...a maker who died in 1770, age 29!! Had great promise...but, alas...didn't get to fufill it! The other label is, I guess, a repair label...can't dechiper it. Values for this type of violin are not too high...most have little volume or carrying power, and most are black...due to the varnish having been cooked in an iron pot. The iron cations are unstable...darkening with time to black!! Regards, Al
  18. Yes...thank you for giving me the correct year...that was 12 years ago...can hardly remember what happened yesterday!! The Oscar's that I inadvertainly bought were not cracked...I suspect there were many of them there, since they were so ugly, no one tried to sell them. But, beauty is only skin deep! The sound, and the name, sold them!! See you later, Al
  19. : Sounds like a good idea. Any idea where I could buy some? Hi again...no, I haven't seen any in catalogs. They could be made easily by a woodworker...after he gets the glass lens (flat) and fastens it in the hollow end pin. I think the diameter of the glass was about 1/4 in. I have one left, but it is not here where the computer is. Keep in mind, these end pins were made in the 1920's. Regards, Al
  20. Hello James: Yes, it was the remainder of August's shop....as taken over by Fredrick and John Markert. Both of the Markert's died in 1969-1970, and their estate was in limbo until 1979...I think...can't remember the year. Anyway, the building...a loft in New York City, was sooty and grimy...poorly lit...and tons of violins, parts, tools, fine display cabinets from the Gemunder shop, etc. One huge box of stuff looked like mostly boxes of bridges, pegs and other parts stacked on top of each other. When the things I purchased were delivered to my shop...guess what? Under the junky parts boxes were five violins....four by Oscar Gemunder...the last of the Gemunder clan...and one Vocalin...a cornerless violin, by L.C. Smith. I still have the Vocalin as a conversation piece. The Oscar Gemunder "Art Violins" were actually "Artless" violins...poor and crude craftsmanship...made of excellent wood, and, after new bass bars, sounded quite good...they sold fast at $3,000 each. What I bought was a box of parts, and what I got were violins!! A big surprise. All were covered with soot....the furnace of the loft was coal fired!! Oh yes...Oscar Gemunder labels were thin veneer maple, actually printed on the thin wood, and the wood glued in the normal label place. Long enough story... Bye for now, Al
  21. Hi Kenneth: The tail piece you have is fine...wooden with four tuners installed. The Whittner is an all metal tail piece, four built-in tuners...lighter than the heavy metal tuners you have, The Hill style tuner is for the E string only...a small hook in the tuner is adjusted with a screw. Al
  22. Hi...I bought boxes of stuff when the final dregs of the Gemunder shop was auctioned. There were dozens of hollow end buttons, with a glass face on the outside. Wonderful for adjusting the post without taking the pin out!!...and, no air leaks... Al
  23. Hi Daniel: Well, I always replace them with wooden end buttons...some have to be bushed, since the hole is rather large. I don't like the idea of an air leak which doesn't go through ff holes...also, they add a little bit of weight, and as Shiela said, they are cold and clammy against the neck....the time period you know...even lower grade Roth violins had them...as well as Gaspari pegs...what a disaster those pegs were!! Regards, Al
  24. Hi....I'm not sure I can answer all your questions. Ball end is for a fork or Whittner tuner or tailpiece...the loop end is for a Hill style tuner...but loop will also work on fork or Whittner talpiece...ball end will not work on Hill style tuner. I alsway suggest folks use the Gold Label E by Pirastro. The Dominant E strings break really fast, and go false faster than most other. Dominant A, D and G are ok. I think the gold or silver plated E's are more expensive than plain steel...also, the wound E string is steel wrapped with aluminum...also more expensive than plain steel. I'm sure you will get some other ideas from the group... Good luck, Al
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