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  1. I don't know this app but I do know something about another app called Jamkazam. The most important thing in minimizing latency is to have as much as possible with hard wired connections. Have your computer directly connected to your modem/router via ethernet cable, no wifi or blue tooth. Same for microphone and headphones; bluetooth headphones introduce latency. You need a good microphone to eliminate background noise or feedback. Your headphones should be either earbuds or over the ear phones, that don't allow much sound to get out and reach the microphone. You might need a sound modul
  2. Unless you are buying very highly priced instruments, possibly collectible or attractive to big buck investors, you can't count on making money when you sell it. Also, violins are not very liquid investments, i.e. you might have to wait for years before it sells, or you sell it at auction and often get a lower price than you paid. My attitude, unless you are a dealer, is don't buy an instrument unless you love it.
  3. If you look carefully you'll see that the cello da spalla is held up by a strap, somewhat how a guitar is, so that makes it more comfortable to play than a viola played under the chin and held up by the arm. Also, the position of the right arm and hand is clearly more effective and comfortable than on either the cello or the viola.Another point: a modern viola ( and also the violin ) have a body that is too small to support the core pitch of the open C (G) string. The body of a viola that is large enough to support fully the open C string would have to be too big to play held under the chin.
  4. My impression is that Gould wasn't playing the music well. He's banging, for example. I suppose he had decided he didn't like the music so he played it badly to support his decision, then attributed his own poor playing to Mozart. Well, it is true that Mozart's concerti were written quickly for performance by himself, with improvised cadenzas so his talents don't show so much. His sonatas for piano and violin were written for his violin students to to play. Mozart's heart is seen best in the great operas. His later string quartets and especially his string quintets also show his true abi
  5. Seems like a violoncello da spalla held wrong?
  6. I think you meant "Luis and Clark". As for "professional quality", wouldn't that just be an instrument usable by a professional? If that's so then practically anything could be used by a professional player. It is really a subjective thing. I understand the idea that an instrument made by hand by a skilled luthier could embody some sort of mystical character. However, the most important point is having an instrument that you really enjoy playing regardless of its origin. There are people who have posted on this forum speaking negatively about Hilary Hahn's Vuillaume instrument. Clearly
  7. There is an interesting cultural problem related to artists who demonstrate despicable or criminal behavior. Wagner was a hateful anti-semite, Caravaggio was a murderer. Both were great artists. So the question is does immoral character or behavior make their artistic creations unacceptable works of art? In the context of this thread must Bernstein's conducting and composing and Levine's opera and symphony conducting be tainted because of immoral behavior? Must we refuse to listen to Wagner's music and reject enjoying looking at Caravaggio's paintings? The philosophical issue is whethe
  8. When a musician plays a piece differently from what I expected to hear, rather than rejecting the performance out of hand I try to understand what the musician was doing and why. Maybe a rhythm is a bit off by my taste but by doing this the musician points to some other aspect of the piece that I hadn't paid enough attention to. I notice this often when Patricia Kopachinskaja plays, but with other performers I also get this experience. I always appreciate hearing something new in a piece I thought I knew. How you feel about this depends on what you want to get from hearing a piece. I some
  9. In this vein, I am strongly right handed but I have learned to play violin and viola with the normal set-up. If I tried to play fingering with my right hand I think it would be as awkward and clumsy as when I try to write with my left hand. I learned how to be dexterous with my left hand. Of course, the Latin root of dexterous means the right side, so in theory one could not be dexterous with the left (levo) side.
  10. Many people paint all production of good from the East with the same brush. Consider Japanese cars produced in the 1950's with those produced now. A lot of mass produced things used to be made in China but standards of living in China have increased Now quality of instruments in China varies from mass produced using milling machines, etc., to totally hand made instruments that can be comparable to those made by good luthiers in the West. Too often all Chinese instruments are lumped together and the lower quality ones are described as applying to the entire group. As an example, I might m
  11. gowan

    Old strings

    I clearly experience changes over time in the strings I use. I dislike the sound of brand new strings immediately after I put them on my instruments and it takes some time for them to settle in, more for some brands than others but all of them have to "break in". So I'm surprised when I read about concert performers putting new strings on just before a concert. This break in effect might be local in the sense that it is audible to the player but listeners might not hear it. Certainly new strings require more frequent tuning, presumably because the strings have to stretch out. I do experie
  12. We visited Haydn's house in Vienna, where he lived after leaving the employ of Esterhazy. Very impressive. Indeed he must have been wealthy just to own a house in central Vienna.
  13. Availability of modern recordings does tend to homogenize performance. We all have the sound of almost all classical concerti in our heads thanks to recordings. Recordings tend to be of middle of the road interpretations because the recording companies don't want to make anything that might not appeal to the largest number of people. When recordings were scarce people had to go to concerts to hear the music and they wouldn't hear the same thing over and over.
  14. gowan

    Bow hair

    Were you thinking of Magic rosin? I think it is still available, shows up easily on a Google search.
  15. The Amateur Chamber Music Players has been there all along. It changed its name to Associated Chamber Music Players partly because it was felt that the word amateur in the title might indicate that professional players weren't welcome, despite the fact that there were always members who were professional level players. They don't distribute the membership list with playing skill levels on paper but it is available online to members on their web site https://acmp.net/
  16. If that residue of cork (?) is embedded in the varnish then wouldn't removing it imply removing some varnish? If it is not cork and is on top of, not in, the varnish maybe it could be removed without damaging the varnish. Take it to a luthier who can examine the situation in person.
  17. WIth all the musicological research into HIPP and instruments why haven't any composers developed who write good, inspiring music in the style of Mozart or Beethoven? Certainly enough is known about the music these kinds of composers wrote but no one seems to be able to write that kind of music. Any attempts I've heard fall short. Baroque and classical music are a kind of language, dare I say a dead language. Think of Latin or ancient Greek. Great literature was written in dead languages, empires were created and ruled using dead languages. In the present time we read and appreciate
  18. Very interesting. Was this technique of setting the neck used for smaller instruments, e.g. violins or violas?
  19. How much theory you need depends on what you are trying to do with your music playing. Most amateur classical players don't think much about how to work out an interpretation, possibly even imitating what they have heard in concerts or from records. If you are a very advanced player you will want to get deeply into the musical language of the composers you like to play. This means you need to understand the way the harmonic structure changes, in what ways the composer stretched the prevailing musical structures, and how the composer fit into the history of the music forms.
  20. Seventy years ago it was common for elementary schools to insist (force?) that left handed children learn to write right handed. This happened to my brother. As I recall he had no serious trouble learning from the start that way. It does happen that adults have to relearn how to write with the other hand after injuries or strokes and they do it, perhaps without the fluency they had with the original hand, but they do it. I was impressed by the wrong handed violinist in the video above. I think she must have had training as a child because there were very few flapping fingers.
  21. There have certainly been people posting who apparently have a lot of credibility though they post anonymously. For example Curious1 and Not Telling. Some of these seem to be known to the "in group" but are anonymous to most of the people who frequent the board. I wonder why it wouldn't be possible to evaluate the content of a post without knowing who posted it. I don't know very many names of highly regarded luthiers and it would be easy to have someone giving a real name I didn't recognize post a response to a question I asked. If that happened I would have to get confirmation somehow
  22. I've noticed that "live" photographs of instruments seem to show the ground color more strongly than would be seen in person. That might be why Stephen's Becker instrument looks less "orange" colored.
  23. A friend of mine is a professional classical concert pianist, the sort of pianist who plays Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto and the Beethoven "Hammerklavier" sonata in concert. I, an amateur violinist, had the courage to ask him one day if he would play a relatively easy Mozart sonata with me. He said he would but warned me that he didn't know that piece and that, because of his dyslexia, he can't sight read well at all. Starting a new piece he can decode the score note by note but can't read well even at slow practice speed. Once he learns a piece by memory he is fine.
  24. I suppose that some "repair" labels refer to regraduation.