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  2. Make sure your right arm is relaxed and your elbow is not too high. The bouncing you describe can be a sign of excessive tension in the right arm.
  3. I will so appreciate if anybody can tell me the market price of this violin. This violin label read: Karl Hofner Master Violin Bubenreuth 1991 19-1412 Made in Western Germany 318 4/4
  4. Hi Al, Thank you for your fast reply of your information and supported. Counld you please informe me the market price of this violin ?
  5. Label Read: Wilhelm Duerer fecit Eisleben anno 1899 Back of the scroll mark: Imperial Violin Amati I would like to know some information of this violin. Thank !
  6. : Joe, since you said that when you use perlon strings, as most people are using, the setup, specifically the fingerboard string distance, would vary depending on the type of music you play, does it also mean that professional violinists usually use different violin for different pieces of music? I posted such question last year, and the consensus I think was that violinists uses different violins for different pieces not for its differences in playability but on the tone suited for that particular music. Even though I am not a professional violinist, my personal experience though is that some violin setup which is very suitable for playing Mozart, for example, is not suitable for playing modern 21st century concerto. Do you have any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.
  7. I've recently bought a older violin. No label, but inside writen in pencil YYE Clark Fdb 1885. There is also m with an underline and something like 11. Can anyone help? It has a very narrow neck. Thanks, John
  8. Thanks again for the help. I will take it to someone to see what they think. You mentioned that even obscure ones garner some interest, is this maker well known? Would it be easy to tell if it was made by that person since I can barely make out the label? And lastly the shop that worked on it in Mass. did the work a long time ago. Are they still around? Would they have records of what it is? A friend suggesetd that violin shops keep records of better instruments. Thank You
  9. I appreciate you time in responding, and I see from your link that you are in a position to handle instruments of value, so I guess I'm curious as to what you are suggesting? Is this possibly something of value only as a curio, or are you saying it could be worth a lot if deemed to be authentic?
  10. Thank you both for the information. I can't say that it really looks like the posted photo-it does not have that violin shape. It it more teardrop, or rectagular I suppose. It is (body)12" long with a small violin neck. There is decorative herringbone in a strip around the outer edge on the body, and instead of having the normal violin soundholes, it has simple curved ones on each side. Through the holes you can see a label but the writing is very hard to read. It could say what the receipt says, but I'm not sure. I was thinking that it must be something for decorative use, or for a child, but the dancing idea intrigues me. Thanks
  11. I am very interested in learning to play the violin and would like to buy one...the only problems are: 1 I have no clue of how to read music 2 I have no clue of how to play a violin 3 I dont know much of anything about violins except what they look like and how they sound. The good thing is I am very patient, have LOTS of time, and am willing to learn, and usually catch on to things quickly.I did see what I thouhgt looked like good deals on violins at ebay and amazon auctions and a few other store websites.If anyone can help me in any way, it would be greatly appreciated.
  12. I am in possesion of a rather unusual violin-type instrument that came from a relative. It looks like a teardrop shaped violin with four tuners, but no other hardware to attach strings to it. We are also curious about any value the instrument might hold. With it came a receipt from J.Edler &son, Boston 1928. The receipt states that it is a "viol" family instrument (maybe viola?) made by Santo Seraphim if I am reading the handwriting correctly. No value was placed on the instrument, but a repair of $30 for some kind of work is listed. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
  13. : I saw that you don't like seeing my posts. Here's an idea; don't read them. Certainly a reasonable solution, especially if you have more important things to do. Guaranteed to be a good compromise. : Your friend, : Snakey Rattler You missed the point, Rattler. No one knows the content of a post before it is read, that is, until a pattern of irrelevant replies is noticed from one individual. Then, your suggestion is acceptable. But what about the next 'rattler-like' poster? And the next? And so on. Just save us the time...include the words 'irrelevant reply' in the heading. John (Who, of course, chose to read your reply to my post for obvious reasons)
  14. : : if anyone needs any piano music from choirgirl hotel, : email me and i will be happy to send it. also, : if you know of any sites where i can get some : contemporary piano music, (i.e. fiona apple, smashing : pumpkins, etc.) let me know.
  15. Thanks, Andrew. It all makes perfect sense now. Not to mention, I feel pretty stupid for not figuring that out on my own. I have a nasty habit of turning the simplest tasks into rocket science....LOL Anyway, thanks again :-)
  16. I am a fiddler who is trying to learn to read music. Anyway, I just purchased a book entitled, "Progressive Scale Studies For Violin" by John Bauer. Currently, I am working on the "3-Octave Scale" portion of the book. There are instances when the following appears above certain notes of the staff: 8va - - - - - - - - - - What the heck does this mean? Please help!!!!! LOL Thanks, John
  17. SNIP... : The Gavotte (by J.B. Lully) in book 2 is giving me a heck of a hard time, and I don't know what the problem is. : Laura Hi Laura, I too have trouble with that piece. You didn't say, but is it at measure 22 where the problem begins? You know...the fast, up the scale, so to speak, part from the A string to the E string ? If so, try this...at the second 4 notes of measure 23 (starting with the A on the E string) shift to third position. I did this on my own (when I was in between teachers...I moved) because at my age, 54, the fourth finger reach just wasn't developed enough. I still can't play the piece at speed correctly (that one part!!!), but I haven't been back to it in a while. Now that my fourth finger reach has improved, I shall revisit the piece. Make sure you can play from memory, and keep increasing your speed little by little. Good luck and don't get too frustrated! Sometimes we let a piece overcome us and our ability on that piece suffers, probably from trying too hard and perhaps tensing up. Sincerely, John PS: My new teacher approved of my shifting approach
  18. : at 60 i now have a strong desire to learn to play the : violin am i too old I started when I was 52, am almost 55 now, and have no regrets other than not starting when I was 4...but who knew then? Go for it! Best wishes, John
  19. : : Has anyone any information on the disappearance from the web of the company that makes the NoteStation computer found in many music stores? : : For those not familiar with it, the jukebox sized machine allows for the selection of various genres of music and selection of a piece that can be transposed to any key, and then printed out for your purchase. : : Recent attempts at accessing their site, www.musicwriter.com, has resulted in a 'cannot find' message. : : Thank you, : : John : Dear John, : As the owner of a sheet music store and a violinist I can fill you in - they went bankrupt in a very short period of time in early January - the machines are now worthless junks of outdated parts. Nothing else is available as a replacement so far. If the actual publishing companies particularly Hal leonard (G. Schirmer) presented the same technology I'm sure they could do it sucessfully instead of the third party that was Musicwriter. Sincerely, Ray Ray, Thank you for confirming what I had suspected. I do hope someone else follows in their footsteps (not the bankruptcy part, LOL) and this excellent method of obtaining sheet music in one's desired key becomes available again. John
  20. Has anyone any information on the disappearance from the web of the company that makes the NoteStation computer found in many music stores? For those not familiar with it, the jukebox sized machine allows for the selection of various genres of music and selection of a piece that can be transposed to any key, and then printed out for your purchase. Recent attempts at accessing their site, www.musicwriter.com, has resulted in a 'cannot find' message. Thank you, John
  21. Some makers such as Postiglione made instruments that varied in quality. Some of these makers would number their instruments on the label but do so only with instruments that were considered their top grade. Does anyone know if this was the case with Postiglione? Are there any inferences that can be drawn from a "numbered" Postiglione label, assuming the instrument and label are original and authentic?
  22. I have recently taken up Rodes caprice no.18. Iam very confused with its rythm and its speed. Any advice?
  23. I just purchased a Stainer with octogon bow, and wood case for $100. It has the same label as yours, but a second label inside reads :"Repaired and Regraduated by V.C.SQUIER Battle Creek, Michigan" with 1905 written in ink. I am looking for information on restoring the finish, is it similar to standard furniture refinishing or different? john
  24. No, its not being shown in NY - its coming from someone overseas. I can give you a rundown of Forster prices that I've come across in the states over the last year: a William Forster Sr. at Johnson Strings, Boston, for 70,000 a William Forster Jr. at Carl Beckers, Chicago, for 85,000 a William Forster Sr. at Bein and Fushi priced at 110,000. This sold last fall - does anyone know what it went for?
  25. Thanks to all for your help. This is an undated cello. I cannot find any signature on the outside, although there appears to be a small handwritten "Forster" in the corner of the label. There is also a curious label on the inside of the treble C bout - a small printed label that simply reads "William Forster" The varnish is golden orange, the cello is based on an Amati pattern. Its in very nice condition and has a compelling lovely sound. However, the person showing it is vague on whether the maker was Old Forster or his son. It seems to me that it would make a significant difference in price and appreciation over time.
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