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  1. I have a 1957 Roth pernambuco bow and a CodaBow Diamond GX carbon fiber bow. When I purchased my Roth bow, I went through several bows and the Roth just felt like a warm knife slicing through butter. It's very smooth and as easy to play at the frog as it is at the tip. I was genuinely shocked when I was told the Roth weighed 61 grams as I'd always figured I'd gravitate towards a lighter bow. I've even had a local string shop employee weigh my bow in disbelief when I told him the weight. To me this is what balanced is. My Codabow feels very similar to my wooden bow in terms of smoothness and ease of play. In fact after playing with it I had the luthier weigh the bow and sure enough, 61 grams (go figure). To be honest I've had my luthier compliment my carbon fiber bow more than my wooden bow. (This irks me a bit but what can ya do, at least he really likes one of my bows!) From what I read my GX will probably end up outclassing my permanbuco bow the better I get, as it's not a "fine" wooden bow (minus the warmth/color factor anyway). Fingers crossed, because honestly I don't know if I'll ever venture into $1500+ bow territory as a non professional.
  2. Haha maybe that was an exaggeration, but it's for sure every 3 weeks.... I think. I applied some today so I'll time it.
  3. I play a lovely 2004 Snow PV900 (pictured in my avatar) that has stolen my musical heart. IF I ever decide to upgrade, I'll look at benchmade instruments only. It would be nice to commission one someday and be able to be part of the creation of my violin. But we'll see what my budget allows if that day ever comes.
  4. MaestroMe, Like you I'm an adult with previous musical experience under my belt (I played the alto sax through school) who deep down ALWAYS wanted to learn the violin. I'm also learning Sad Romance, small world! I love the emotion in that piece. I just wanted to give my two cents that while I am familiar with many online teaching resources like the ViolinLab, I really feel that teachers are a real necessity, especially to help teach good technique. There is so much more to learning how to play than just hitting the right notes. Maybe you could see about 45 or 30 minute lessons as opposed to an hour, or maybe even if someone would be willing to work with you every other week to help with your budget restraints? Also if you get an Ultra practice mute I'm sure you're neighbors won't mind your playing at all
  5. I'm a huge Salchow rosin fan, but the only other rosin I'd tried before it was Hill rosin so my horizon is very limited. I'm similar to GlennYorkPA where I play for about an hour a day and apply rosin every month or so. At the rate I'm going my rosin had BETTER last for more than a year!
  6. Wow, I usually just search and read topics for kicks but this topic inspired me to add 2 cents of my own. Look, anewminicooper/MrMcDario/futurenameofyourchoosing I'm sure business is doing fine for you since many people don't have the foresite to research before making a purchase..so why do you have to come on here to try to trick and flame people? Esp knowing that 90% of people here (not counting me lol) KNOW the instrument inside and out. Just confused a bit.
  7. I just recently moved to Kaiserslautern and as soon as I get my violin shipped here I'm going to be wanting some lessons, does anyone know where I can start looking? It would be for a beginner adult. Thanks!
  8. I just bought one of the discounted cases too. Mine is a Hill Model 2310, unique number 2A7 and I can't wait to get it. My old case is a Pro Tec. It's a pretty good case and has good suspension, but I need a humidity system for when I move to Europe later this year. So I'm giving the pro tec to one of my friends.
  9. I'm interested in learing classical, but I could see how some folk could be fun. I'm not advanced so that's not an issue. I know some basics but for awhile I had to stop lessons and now I'm going to restart. Also I'll be moving to germany to study abroad in August, hopefully I'll find a teacher there who will take me. *crosses fingers* (I wonder if bows are less expensive in Europe, once the import costs are no longer an issue?) As far as humidity was concerned (I live in texas) I was thinking I would just buy a Musafia case, I heard their humidity system was good. Or is that a bad idea?
  10. Hi, I'm about to go on a violin teacher hunt and I was wondering if you guys could think of any important questions I should ask to make sure that we are a good match. I'm also wondering if a teacher that knows one style is as good as a teacher that knows of a few styles (i.e. jazz, classical, folk, etc) I'm a little overwhelmed and it's hard to choose off of my list of names. Thanks in advance!
  11. So a Gliga is still making instruments under the name Gliga? The lady at the store made it sound like he changed all of his instruments names. Also what would compel a maker to change the name of his line? Thanks
  12. I went into a violin shop the other day and I told the sales woman I noticed that they don't sell Gligas anymore. (I bought one from them last year)I asked her if there was a problem that came up with them and she said no....that he changed the name of the violins. I was like why? And she was like that's how the violin world works.....that all makers eventually change the name of their instrument(Like I'm a child....she was such a witch) That seems strange to me though....wouldn't you want to keep the name the same so you could build a reputation? Or am I right in thinking that so many complaints were around that he decided to start over? (I personally like my Gliga but I know alot of you are split on his instruments) I'm not an expert...so I thought I'd run this with you guys.
  13. I went into a violin shop the other day and I told the sales woman I noticed that they don't sell Gligas anymore. (I bought one from them last year)I asked her if there was a problem that came up with them and she said no....that he changed the name of the violins. I was like why? And she was like that's how the violin world works.....(Like I'm a child....she was such a witch) That seems strange to me though....wouldn't you want to keep the name the same so you could build a reputation? Or am I right in thinking that so many complaints were around that he decided to start over? (I personally like my Gliga but I know alot of you are split on his instruments) I'm not an expert...so I thought I'd run this with you guys.
  14. Ok, for all the people that say that Rick might have come around if all of this was left in the dark. If that were true don't you think he would have come around a long time ago??? Also if he was really such a good person he wouldn't be acting like a child, he would try to fix the problem with the buyer directly. In my OPINION he is a scam artist that tries to throw you off track with a few big words. This story has taught me though to avoid Ebay while I'm still ahead and buy my violin stuff (I bought a bow from there-great deal btw) in person.
  15. I'm so glad that you found a good bow on ebay. It is possible to find a good deal there. I myself bought an antique bow there for $30 and it's worth about $400. ^-^ I will admit though, that most of the stuff on there is most likely crap.
  16. I'm a ENTJ. I feel special because the test says that only 2% of the population is that.
  17. I just want to say that Ebay CAN be a life saver if you get the older cheaper items. I bought a old Franken bow from them for $30 and just found out it needs $150 in repairs. But it turns out that the bow is a very good pernambuco bow worth at least $400. (Because of the quality of the stick-the bow guy has no idea who Franken is either) And that's only because it's not a "pretty" bow. Melinda P.S. I would never buy a major purchase like this unless the guy has a LOT of raving reviews.
  18. I have always loved to listen to the violin and piano since I was little and have always wanted to learn both. I decided to take on the violin first since it will actually fit in my house. I researched various violins so I could see which was the best for my money and ended up getting a Gliga at my local store. (Which I affectionately call "reject") It was a badly flammed Masterart that got downgraded. (I think it's beautiful- plus the sound is awesome) Now I am taking lessons and will be going to a summer camp so I can get better faster. After I learn to play by ear I will tackle the piano. Although I do think it would be pretty sweet if I was able to become good enough to play professionally. melinda
  19. Sun sign: Aquarius Moon sign:Gemini Ascendant:Aries Sex:Female Age:18
  20. UPDATE: Mine is a masterart. You can see where they were going to do the inlay but with the apperance of the flames, decided not to. I'm now looking into lessons because I'm a complete beginner and REALLY want to learn how to play now. I've always wanted to learn but never had the resources where I grew up. I did try to play a few notes on my own and the violin sounds gorgeous.
  21. I'll check the back button today and tell you if it is a Masterart. Whether or not it is, I love my violin. Melinda
  22. I have that ability but only with instuments I've played in the past. just some FYI
  23. Today I went to the violin store we have here to go check up on my bow. Well it turns out that they barely picked it up yesterday but I was looking around the store and stopped by the Gliga Gamas. ($795) I looked at two and then saw a third violin. I checked the tag and it too was a Gama, but I had already looked at two so I put the tag back and began to turn away when i heard the violin make a noise (I must have touched the strings). So I picked it up and looked at it and to my surprise the violin had a one piece back instead of a two piece! I questioned the owner about it and he said the violin just arrived yesterday and that he does a lot of business with Gliga and that every once in a while he'll throw something like that in there. See what happened to my violin was that it was to be a top of the line but the flames came out poorly so they finished it and put it with the gamas. I told him that I wanted it and now it's mine! Personally I'll take saving $1000 then a perfectly flammed back. I'm so happy with my new violin! ^-^ Had to share with you guys b/c everyone else thinks I'm nuts! Melinda
  24. I recently bought a violin bow on Ebay and the description said that: "VERY EARLY VIOLIN BOW SIGNED F. FRANKEN. HAS AN X11 ON BOW ON UNDERSIDE. EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR IT’S AGE. BOW IS 29 IN.AND IS COMPLETE. NOT SURE OF THE WOOD. INLAID MOTHER OF PEARL ON BOW." The age was never revealed to me. I just got the bow today and It's very nice looking though you can see some wear, and I also took it to a violin shop and the man who looked it over said it looked like a high quality bow and is getting it appraised for me as well as the minimal damage on it. Just so you all know the reason I bought it is because I read on here that in the beginning it's better to buy a cheap bow and case and get the best violin you can. (I'm going to get a gliga)My question is, who is/was F. Franken? Does anyone know because I cannot find any information on this person to get an idea on where my bow came from. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks very much
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