oldgeezer

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  1. Yes, definitely my kind of thing. Concertos are all very well but straight unaccompanied Bach shows the performer and the instrument as they ought to be heard. Absolutely sublime.
  2. I'm inclined toward Desert Rat's opinion. Firstly, I much prefer Baroque or Classical period works to anything in the Romantic period and these pieces are definitely Romantic. Secondly I don't care much for music that is aimed at demonstrating virtuoso technique to the detriment of musicality. I think the caprices cross that line. They may be a challenge and give a sense of accomplishment to play but they aren't anything I want to hear very often. I definitely don't want to hear them played badly.
  3. Here's Ken's sketch at a smaller file size. I used Paint.NET, a freebie image editor to cut it down. We still have plenty of people on a dial up connection and large files are a pain.
  4. to fellow musician... Oh, well, you play Bach your way. I'll play him his. (Wanda Landowska)
  5. The original shows the bottom two notes as half notes but the violin can't sustain them as an organist could. Repeating the bottom two notes with the eighth note in lieu of the impossible sustain doesn't seem unreasonable. The Auer edited edition is written out as two chords, a dotted quarter plus the eighth. The Werner Icking edited edition shows the original half notes but indicates an edit in smaller type of repeating the bottom notes for the sustain.
  6. I'm with FiddleDoug. In ancient days when I was young and strings were gut, the knot went on the bottom of the slot just as you do with the ball end today. I understand that before my time strings came without knots so you had to tie them yourself. A simple overhand knot on a bight gives the needed bulk and the loop isn't used.
  7. E string whistle has been discussed a lot. A search should turn up a lot of threads. Some violins are more prone to the problem than others. Bridge and sound post set up can contribute to the problem. Gold plated E strings are notorious for making it worse. A wound E will cure it and the Kaplan Solutions E is especially designed to cure it. Bowing technique can overcome it somewhat but a real cure takes attention to the set up.
  8. I have a bad spinner in a cheap case. I've worked on it but it's not really repairable because the plastic is worn. It has 90 degree detents in the plastic which is a bad design. No detents and held in place by plain friction with a screw that can be tightened is a better design. The reasonable solution is to buy replacements from a web source. Of course you could make some cool looking ones from hardwood.
  9. OK, I use Hill peg dope, lots of it, every time I change strings. No problems. I'm ready to hear other suggestions but not the chalk or soap that some people used to use.
  10. Fraunhofer holds patents on MP3 software. To use an encoder based on their patents you have to pay a reasonably small license fee. MP3 use is full of patent disputes but it doesn't affect users. My link is to a front end for the free Lame encoder which supposedly doesn't infringe on the Fraunhofer patents. Audacity also uses the Lame encoder. Open source Ogg Vorbis and Microsoft's Windows Media Audio can produce better quality audio and/or smaller files. Apple uses it's own proprietary compression format. Sony gave up on their proprietary compression format. Real Player still has a presence for streaming audio. Despite the patent problems and better competing formats, MP3 is still the most popular format for compressed audio.
  11. You should compress those wav files to MP3 or Microsoft proprietary wma files. MP3 is more of a standard but wma files can produce smaller but still acceptable files at lower bit rates. For casual use I like wma encoded at "CD quality". You can only post MP3 files here on the forums as far as I know. A link to a good free MP3 encoder is here and the link to the free Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Series is here.
  12. My profile is fairly descriptive. I've updated my personal photo and have a picture of my lair with the computer. With the private message capability on the Maestronet forums, the e-mail address seems unnecessary. I need to add a short sample MP3.
  13. One of the things Icking used is dashed line slurs when it's not in the urtext. His fingering uses second position quite a bit. There is also an unedited urtext version at the Icking site (not the manuscript) that makes it easy to see the edits.
  14. Here's the Werner Icking edited Version of the Sonatas and Partitas. He stays close to the urtext and his fingering is nice.
  15. Beauty of violin tone does not correlate with price. To repeat what the expert violin dealers keep telling us, tone is subjective and has no bearing on the price of violins. I believe the experts. I also believe a comment made by Andrew Victor referring primarily to factory violins that as the price goes up the number of violins you have to try to find an acceptable one goes down. No matter how nice a violin with no collector value may sound, it will remain inexpensive. Dud violins with collector value may very well increase in value, no matter how poor they may sound. Most violin buyers do not buy purely on the basis of utility as a musical instrument but rather on appearance and any perceived collector value with acceptable tone and playability. Click on the Library tab above and then on Maestronet Magazine for the informative articles " Inexpensive Doesn't Mean Cheap"
  16. I wouldn't say that steel strings are the loudest but they usually have an edge to them. Steel strings, particularly rope core, have the fastest response. Gut is the slowest. If you want a really loud and proud sound, go for the premium priced Evah Pirazzi or Vision Titanium strings. In gut, Olives have a lot of omph. I like Evah's but the pemium price, long break in time and short life have made me reconsider and use Zyex..
  17. I learned on gut and when I returned to playing, synthetic strings had taken over. I've since used a set of Golden Spiral gut for about six months just for nostalgia. Gut remains a very playable option but I prefer the stability and quicker response of synthetics. Dominants are still the most popular brand. The premium price strings such as Evah Pirazzi and Vision are nice but I've been using Zyex lately. The new formulation Zyex seems to offer many of the qualities of the premium priced strings without the premium price. I'm not very picky about strings but can hear differences. Most of the difference in the sound of the various popular string brands is in the under the ear sound heard by the player, not in the sound heard a few feet away. Pleasing the player is important but in terms of the sound heard by others, string choice isn't a big issue.
  18. It's more fiddle makers and fixers than players these days. I may be the last one around that showed up at that HKV meet up. Violin boards don't seem to get much traffic these days. The best thing about Maestronet has always been the diversity of the posters from professionals to students and adult beginners with both classical players and fiddlers.
  19. There's nothing quite like amplified fiddle plus amplified bagpipes backed by a power trio of screaming electric guitar, thundering electric bass and rock drum kit.
  20. To me that's just an example of bad varnish gone bad; the same stuff I've stripped from woodwork thinking mean things about people who use cheap quick drying varnish. Refinishing isn't going to be cost effective so it's a case of living with ugly varnish if the instrument is otherwise OK or find another instrument.
  21. I don't agree. Playing a fiddle style well takes study and dedication that most classical players aren't willing to do but good players can do both. There is nothing strange about being classically trained and also an all Ireland fiddle champion. Top commercial fiddle players may concentrate on a fiddle style but it isn't unusual to find some degree of classical. I've seen Mark O'Connor on TV playing Orange Blossom Special, maybe the most hackneyed fiddle tune of all time, but he managed to throw in a few bars from the Bach Chaconne in the middle of it just for fun.
  22. Máiréad Nesbitt plays great Irish fiddle but that's classical training you're hearing. She's a very talented performer and not limited to just Irish fiddle. It doesn't hurt to teach young people to play some simple fiddle tunes without dwelling on how much training it takes to be really good.
  23. oldgeezer

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    Thoughts on strings I've played gut for old times sake but don't want to go back. Dominants are OK, Infeld Red and Blue are tweaked Dominants, and Visions are a bit much on the overtones for my taste. EP has a nice loud and proud sound but they can take a week to break in and are not long life strings. New formula Zyex is powerful without the big price tag. Helicores are nice for fiddling because they have a extremely fast response, are long lasting and tolerate cross tuning (scordatura) well. The difference in sound between various good quality strings is much more apparent to a player than to a listener at a distance away from the instrument. Good violins sound good no matter which strings you throw on them. Not so good violins can't be improved much by string choice. If you're selling a violin, Dominants are a good choice because they're still the most popular string.
  24. The inexpensive versions have keyboard entry. The Finale web site has a four page detailed comparison in pdf format of what you get with each of their packages. List price for Finale is $600. PrintMusic lists at $99.95. Nobody pays list price with plenty of discounts on the web and academic discounts if you qualify. I paid less than $50 a few years ago for my version of PrintMusic. Street price today is around $60. If you aren't writing or arranging for a symphony or doing film scores and that sort of thing you probably don't need the full package. The package I have would be quite adequate for a typical high school band or choir teacher or church musician.
  25. Finale PrintMusic can fix it that way to but you'll lose anything associated with measures rather than notes because you'll be moving parts of measures rather than all full measures. My ears don't overlook mistakes as badly as my eyes so I don't add many measures before playing it back as midi to listen for mistakes. You can slow down the tempo to make it easer to find and fix the clinkers.