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  1. Greetings all. I'm not too active here anymore as I have been pleased with my latest instruments, especially one restored by Alberto Garcia. I also have one of his new violas which is a pleasure to play. My current question is this: Is there anyone on this forum who can lend me a violin when we visit Tucson in December? I could bring an instrument but we're travelling 3 days by train, crossing an international border, and arriving in a much drier climate than our Ontario home. I could maybe have borrowed Michael Darnton's Rogeri from a few years back as we are transferring in Chicago
  2. Let me speak as an income tax return preparer, and yes there could be a relationship to the question. I may from time to time exchange some knowledge or pose a question on a related forum, but I have never attended a symposium on tax preparation techniques, sat in another tax preparer's office comparing notes, or exchanged general ideas about taxation in person with another tax professional. I "know" I am the best and I have "known" this since I started in the business over 40 years ago. It would not be in my best interest to elevate another tax preparer to my skill level to be direct compe
  3. Not a violin clip, but there is some relevance to humming along. Victor Borge fans already know this.
  4. I have a promise by a friend to make me a viola. I would like to contribute the wood. Would any of these pieces be suitable for a 17" viola? Matching ribs and neck would be ideal. Location is Canada.
  5. Ha, I knew it. Read my first line again very carefully and let it sink in. Eventually you'll have a good laugh. Ok, sorry Mr. Holmes, for cluttering up the pegbox like this. Won't happen again. Cheers and happy return to happy tax return season.
  6. Interesting replies. For starting it, do I have to go into hiding now like that danish cartoonist?
  7. Yes there are other experts on this forum but there is only one David Burgess. (Let's see how many can legitimately disagree with that statement.) ps: time to retire that viola swinging Hulk again. pps: yes I think you could take HIM. ppps: we have lots of sheep near our summer cottage. pppps: this tribute would have been better if you had offered lunch or at least a beer when we came to visit. ppppps: when do maestronetters ever find time to actually make instruments?
  8. I've watched this forum only sparsely the last couple of years and on reading through a few posts about setup was surprised to see a less than favourable comments about M.D. Actually I have been overjoyed on recently discovering that he is indeed posting to this forum again after an absence on reaching a milestone # of posts (was it 10,000?) and at the time calling it quits "forever". I rerouted a trip through the U.S. a few years ago, spent $32 in downtown Chicago parking fees just to meet with him and plead for his return. I found him to be exactly as unassuming and generous as his numer
  9. That is one delicious looking violin regardless of make. I love the scroll. Seems to have come from someone at one point who did a lot of gig work or orchestral, hence the 2 fine tuners. Quality pegs. I would travel to try one out like that, but I'm in Ontario. Get it into the hands of some professional symphony players and get their reaction. If it is less than brilliant, it would probably just need a new setup and regular playing. Congratulations on rescuing it from the closet. Treasure it.
  10. I've become rather attached to this violin. Any idea what it might be?
  11. I owned a violin for 40 years which was sold for me as a Caussin by Heinls (Toronto). They even brought it to Chicago for a second opinion. For many years we had believed it was a B.S.Fendt (english) until it was realized the timeline didn't match up. It was very well constructed and convincingly antiqued and labelled as a Rocca. It was a fine instrument but always a bit hard for me to play and I have obtained several more satisfying violins for considerably less money since. The realized price to the buyer was $23,000.00 4 years ago.
  12. Thanks for all the responses. The cleats are the ugliest I have ever seen. No attempt to shape them or trim down to size. Surprising because the violin itself is very pleasing to the eye. I am trying to determine approximate age. It belonged to an aged acquaintance who had this as her first violin until she bought a "better" one 15 years ago. It was not new at the time. The luthier thinks late 19th century which would surprise me based on exceptional condition. But of course it played like a dog before he graduated the belly to proper dimensions, so maybe it is not surprising. I can f
  13. If I could add a couple of words about labels. I have a great sounding violin with what appeared to be a very authentic ancient label. I took a closeup photo of it to get some id. I then zoomed in on the closeup and what did I find? Half tone printing. Background was all dots. Someone in the printing industry pointed out to me that this style of printing was only introduced in the 1880s.
  14. Hi, all, haven't checked in for awhile. I recently acquired a violin which caught my eye as being very cute with a lovely finish. After major work (not by me) it now plays as well as it looks. This instrument has some crude seam cleats in the back which appear to have been there from the beginning and I vaguely remember a previous thread where some makers were discussing cleating new instruments. So I was wondering how widespread this is, and when did cleating a new instrument first start? There are no cracks whatsoever in the violin and the maple back seems to be a standard joinery of n
  15. No question, just an admission that new instruments can also grow on me. Long time members might remember that I am prone to treasure old instruments best. But...........I have become quite fond of the latest creations of the newly Kingston based maker Alberto Garcia. He lent me a violin which is very delightful to play, and his 2009 viola in particular is a remarkably sonorous instrument and wonderful for unaccompanied performance work. I'm rather selfishly hoping that it might end up in my hands again (I played it in for him). Only cash stands in my way.
  16. Hello everyone. Just checking in before starting tax return season in earnest. Maybe I should just enjoy my instrument: it got my wife and I a week long gig on a small excursion boat off the coast of Maine last summer, and continues to amaze with its sound. But a violin without provenance is a bit like an orphan, I think, so I keep researching on and off. Peter Radcliffe kindly did a dendrochronology test on the belly and based on that plus a double neck graft, general overall worn condition, repairs showing great age and a brittle red-brown varnish, my path at the moment is knocking at
  17. I have been given one of these strings, but told they are not in production anymore. Does anyone know of this string maker? It is exceptionally smooth for classical playing, but with good projection.
  18. I have a 16 1/2" viola made by an amateur in 1991 with very skinny F-holes. This instrument makes all other violas I am acquainted with sound like they have a damp cloth draped over them. It also emulates a violin very well in the upper registers.
  19. The violin which I purchased a little over a year ago has this very fast response which is what attracted me to it. It is almost like a snap which happens at both ends of a note ie when I first place my finger, but also when I lift it. The note is just there, right away, much sooner than expected, especially noticable in slurred passages. The harmonics are also very easy on this violin, and playing in very high positions much better than any other instrument I've owned. This has changed my playing style so I stay in high positions much more. For purposes of testing, I think the phenomenon
  20. It originally came from Kenneth Warren according to the dealer. I haven't travelled to see and test drive the instrument yet.
  21. Happy New Year. Been away from the desk for awhile. What price range would be fair for a Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin from the 1910s in good undamaged condition? Are his instruments primarily traded based on reputation or playability? Maybe I should consider both, since stocks are so volatile now. Would be nice to own a properly accredited instrument for a change.
  22. As a small business owner for 37 years and counting, I read with interest this thread. Most of the essential advice required for establishing a business has been given, and so has a lot of wishful thinking and romanticized notions and wish lists. The big problem is sorting through and determining what is valid and profitable advice for your own situation. What would concern me most of all is whether you have the required confidence and clear-cut game plan needed before you even think about giving up a regular pay-cheque. Those of my clients who actually succeed in business most often ha
  23. My vote goes to the former tailpiece. Seems to me to match the violin shape better. But the final criteria should be, which one sounds better?