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  1. I always do it during the break between the pre perfomance rehearsal and the actual performance, so about a half hour before showtime.
  2. Thanks for the advice. My panic quotient has dropped substantially. The seam that is failing is an original, as the instrument is only 24 years old. This is the first time something like this has happened, so I am like a new father hearing baby's first cough.
  3. AS I as sitting in rehearsal today waiting for the 20 measures of rest to end I glanced at my violin. When much to my dismay I notice a bulge in the rib right below the chin rest. I kept playing but right afterwards I examined the situation a little more carefully. There is definite separation between the top and the rib right below the chin rest. My question is how major a repair is this? What concerns me is since the crack is down at bottom of the violin the rib has separated from the end block and the instrument is going to have to be popped open to make the repair. I'll have the repair done whatever it takes but I'd like to know what I'm getting into before hand. Thanks
  4. I went to the Portland stop on the tour. I wasn't all that impressed. None of the violins jumped up and down yelling buy me, buy me. Which was probably for the best as I had no intention of buying. I didn't play all of the instruments though so maybe I missed the one. I did like the Luca, just not $15,000 like.
  5. Oh heck, I'm just deleting my reply. It was just throwing oil on the fire.
  6. After selling a del Gesu you should be able to afford quite a few modern violins.
  7. No its not the only way, it is just the fastest and most assured of success way. Thinking through this, at some point every new technique was self-taught by the person who came up with the technique. So it is possible to replicate all of the discoveries by oneself. The problem is the time to do this, especially the time spent exploring blind alleys. Teaching keeps you from having to re-invent the wheel.
  8. It has been quite a few years since I did the Brahm's Requiem. I do remember it being a gorgeous piece with some really nice bass solos. I had only been playing a couple of years when I did it and I don't remember it as being extremely difficult. We did rehearse the bejeebers out of the piece so that might have something to do with it.
  9. Second violins close to the audience! That is unacceptable. My contract clearly states that the 2nds will be able to hide behind the 1sts.
  10. School music program for me. Every kid had to play an instrument in 6th grade. I picked the violin because Einstein played the violin. Plus everybody else was picking band so to be contrary I picked orchestra. I've always wondered did Crystal Bernard really play the cello? I remember one episode towards the end of the series where it sure looked like she was plyaing. If not if was a good job of faking.
  11. Good job. I tried reading this movement last night and fell apart after the first two chords, so I'm impressed.
  12. When is Antonio doing his next violin signing tour because I'd like to get mine signed. Is it just my uneducated eye or is there a big crack on the top?
  13. Wouldn't a set of industrial strength hearing protectors be cheaper and easier on the cleaning bills not to mention the difficulty of practicing while Bruno is knocking on the cell door asking for a date?
  14. Thats what I was referring to linuxviolin. The second thing I did after I thought something was wrong was look at the facsimile to see what Herr Bach had written. The first thing was to turn to Flesch to make sure I wasn't confused about what constituted a g minor scale.
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