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  1. What color are these bows? Black, like the carbon jobs put out by some other companies? Or that wacky fake wood color, like Glasser's fiberglass models?
  2. Can inlaid purfling be added later to an instrument that wasn't built with it in? Is that more trouble than it's worth?
  3. I've been interested in picking up one of the Glasser composite bows, so I went to my local music shop and tried several different types of bows out just to see how different ones performed. One thing I did--accidentally--was try a fiberglass viola bow on my violin. I liked the heft and control of it, and found it easier going than using my violin bows. (I'm a fiddler, not a classical violinist). Does anybody else have any experience or advice on the weight of a bow? Is it too outre (or possibly damaging) to use a viola bow on a violin? How does the weight of the Glasser composite viola bow compare with the range of weights to be found in violin bows?
  4. Ashley McIsaac is a famous Celtic fiddler who plays lefty. He's the only one I know of.
  5. I say this because I came from a home like Sheila described--my dad is a professional church musician and my mom sang and played piano and organ. It was 100% classical music all the way--I didn't know there was any other kind of music until the age of about eight, when I turned the radio dial and heard a Motown song for the first time. All of a sudden it was like a light got turned on inside me--"Wow, this stuff is ME!"--and I have never been the same since. I had a classical training on violin, piano, and voice, and I endured it, but I have never cared much for classical music. I'm sure Mom and Dad didn't wish their child would end up playing the violin along with Teena Marie CDs and concentrating on Celtic and traditional American tunes, but that's the taste I was born with and my classical training didn't change it, it just delayed it (as well as giving me the foundation to be able to play this music). So I think exposing kids to a variety of music is healthy, and in the end they'll choose what they love. They don't control their interests any more than you can. The best you can do is to guide them and give them a foundation to enable them to pursue their own tack in life.
  6. I don't know what dose is lethal to the worms, but as a registered x-ray tech I want to point out that having an x-ray does not make an object radioactive or dangerous. The rays pass right through it...nothing stays in there. Just for the heck of it here's some free advice: Diamonds don't attenuate x-rays, cubic zirconium does. So if in doubt, take the "diamond" to your local hospital on an off-shift and see if you can get the techs to fluoro it for you. You'll know instantly whether you were sold a bill of goods.
  7. When the pendulum finally swings away from this minimalistic, robotic interpretation, maybe people will enjoy classical music more, because it will move them. As long as it's presented in a dry and lifeless way, it won't have life. Just my opinion--a hopeless Romantic
  8. From your messages it sounds like you're using a lot of rosin. You don't need much--I find two or three swipes before playing will do it. To get a good even tone you should be exerting some downward force on the bow. The rosin is only an aid to this and can't do the whole job by itself, in my experience.
  9. At our local junk emporium, I came across an ancient violin case containing a few old bridges, an e string, and the remains of two old bows (hair missing). To judge from the rest of the stuff, they probably date to the 20s or 30s. How can I tell (a) what wood they're made of, ( whether they'll be good--for playing, not collecting, and © how much I should pay for them?
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