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  1. SOme possibilities might be: Getting a sitter, practicing during naps, wait until they are going to (pre)school.
  2. Looks like a good, simple setup. The possible advantage that the Edirol-type recorder has is portability. Including microphones it is only about 3.5" x 5" x 1" and it runs on two AA batteries. If you want to make bootleg concert recordings it's great It is totally silent in operation and so unobtrusive that students will have no microphone-induced stage fright.
  3. Thanks very much for the link. I tried Google but all I got were references to libraries and publishers' back lists, nothing actually for sale.
  4. I've been looking for sheet music for the 19th century tune "Down the Vale" by Frank L. Moir. There's a version for violin and piano. Anybody know if it is commercially available and how to find it? Thanks.
  5. I've only used the built-in mics and they've worked very well for me. I think the owner's manual has some info on other types of mics. Using the Edirol I've recorded myself playing my violin and viola in an empty room and I've recorded my professional pianist wife at practice and in concert. COnsidering how expensive DAT recording devices are this WAV/MP3 recorded is an incredible bargain. With it and external mics you could do professional recording.
  6. The web site http://www.AllPosters.com has many posters of violinists, reproductions of famous artists' pictures, etc. Just put "violinist" in the search field.
  7. What sort of prints? Pictures of famous violinists? This site has lots of pictures: http://www2.osk.3web.ne.jp/~wistaria/violinists.htm
  8. My violin sounds so different depending on the space it is played in. I imagine that's true for most instruments. It seems to like larger, more open spaces. It doesn't sound bad in a small room, just cramped sort of. As for recordings I really like my Edirol R-09 WAV and MP3 recorder. It is very small, only about 50% larger than a deck of cards, has its own good microphones, runs on batteries or plugs into the wall socket, and makes CD-quality recordings. The recording can be transferred to CD easily, too, and the recordings can be editted using software. I've heard good things about t
  9. There is a large range of acceptable sizes for violas, as others have pointed out. There aren't many below about 15.5 inches because of the difficulty of getting a good C-string sound.
  10. Are there any del Gesu violins that haven't been changed in this way? If neck, arching, graduation and outline have been changed what makes it a Guarneri violin? I would hate to think that Guarneri got his reputation as a luthier because he made violins that were modified to become great rather than because he made great violins.
  11. I know someone who got good results by hanging his new violin in front of a good stereo speaker and playing recorded orchestral music through the speaker at high volume for several hours.
  12. If this is a reply to my last post I was, somewhat facetiously, referring to Manfio's post about all the things that could be and have been done to del Gesu violins and yet they are still regarded as del Gesus. If one has been regraduated, had the ribs lowered, had the neck replaced, and had numerous other parts replaced and repairs done, what makes it still a del Gesu? The outline and the arching are still the same and, of course the wood is 300 years old and was selected by Guarneri.
  13. Of course the whole size thing is a guideline, not a hard rule. The Kochanski del Gesu has a body length of 351cm and the Countess Polignac Strad has a body length of 363cm. I think both are considered full size but the ratio of the lengths is 0.97 Of course it seems that del Gesu made violins on the small side and the Countess Polignac Strad is a long pattern violin so the comparison is perhaps exaggerated. As for distinguishing violins and violas, only beginning student violas would be likely to be close to violin size. A violin strung with viola strings has a most unsatisfactory C-str
  14. I lived in a townhouse in a famous University town in 1976 and I think your price is off by a factor of three or four i.e. such a residence cost $15K to $20K. We are talking 1976 not 1956 after all.
  15. I guess the minimum needed for an instrument to be a DG is the outline and the arching?
  16. The Stradivari Society in the USA lends top level (Strads, Del Gesus, Amatis, etc.) instruments to young performers. Maybe they'd tell you how they do things. Here's a link to their web site: http://www.stradivarisociety.com/
  17. It's not too late, but you have to be realistic about your goals. To be a top level orchestra, chamber music or solo player it seems to be necessary to start when you are still young enough that your brain has some physical development left to do. Your starting at age 4 might be enough to have laid the neurological groundwork and maybe age 14 is young enough to continue with that development. One thing is clear to me, you have to be deeply passionate about it. If you can get into a conservatory you probably have what it takes to have a career as some sort of musician. So that might be you
  18. A violin that's being broken in is "learning" how to vibrate properly. If it is played in tune, at all pitches it will learn the proper resonances. Maybe that's why violins play in better with good players.
  19. Charles Beare descrubes this as a"great violin" yet it was made in 1690, well before Stradivari's golden period. So what makes it great? What is it's sound like? Is it celebrated more for the craftsmanship and its condition?
  20. gowan

    Lignum Vitae

    By the way, would ironwood work for fingerboards? No idea myself from experience, just thinking of hardness and the shortage of ebony.
  21. gowan

    Lignum Vitae

    And poplar and willow are also used for instrument (viola and cello) backs.
  22. The Maestronet Price history data base has one entry for Lorenzo Ventapane, an auction sale from 1995 at Sotheby's for more than $43000. That suggests to me that either it isn't genuine or the author of the 1976 papers didn't know what he was doing. So I'd recommend going to a reputable appraiser other than whoever did the 1976 papers.
  23. If the top and the scroll are not by Stradivari, why is it called a Strad instrument? Or, to put it another way, how much of a so-called Strad instrument has to be original to justify calling it a Strad?
  24. Congratulations on your decision. I hope it will work out well for your daughter. Other violinmakers have studied the problem of making small size violas. Here's a link to a 15"(!) viola which supposedly has a full rich viola sound, even on the C string: http://www.coxviolins.com/html/instruments/violas.html