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  1. As a former Community College mathematics teacher working for the Nebraska Department of Corrections, I can assure readers that our state institutions, including the Omaha Correctional Facility, are true "prisons" -- punishing environments, not "white-collar country clubs." The few courses offered for a few inmates hardly offset the harsh reality of incarceration. My work also allowed me to sit in on institutional review board hearings, with full access to inmate records. There I could see the difference between detailed legal descriptions of an event and public speculation based on newspaper descriptions. Furthermore, the details that come out in courtroom analysis versus the imagined actions based on a news report are only part of the "Rashomon Effect," which can almost never be fully comprehended, even when you personally know all the people involved. Meanwhile, A. Cavallo Violins is now permanently closed, according to an email announcement I received. It might be good to close this discussion thread as well. ATTENTION: A. CAVALLO VIOLINS is Permanently Closed A. Cavallo Violins would like to say "Thank You" to all of our past customers. It is our desire that our customer's needs continue to be served at the highest possible level and with that in mind we would strongly recommend that you visit The Violin Shop in Lincoln. Since 1982, The Violin Shop in Lincoln has been providing high quality rentals, expert repairs, rehairs, and sales... Second to None.
  2. The GL case was untouched. I don't know anything about Louis Vuitton luggage. I just wanted a case for a modern violin by Kevin Cardiff that matched the quality of the violin. The case is a nice example of leather work, but the main latch is sort of a strange device -- overly clever, I think.
  3. I have a GL case -- since I didn't take advantage of the SHAR recall offer (evidently a carry strap can pull out) I just leave it at home with one of my better fiddles. Yesterday I got it out and found this mess on top. A mouse got into the closet, ate some acorns I'd set aside for study, and then drank the bottle of GL Leather Cleaner that comes with the case.
  4. Julian Cooke and Will L Thank you for the additional information. When a violin is named for one of its previous owners, for example, Toscha Seidel, it's easy to understand the source of the name. In this case, the "Wandering Jew" attachment still seems a mystery to me. I've been looking at Dore's illustrations, and think maybe the hair of the Wanderer could connect with the flame of the back of the instrument. My earlier guess was that the violin itself had "wandered" through many owners, as in the "Red Violin" fiction. But that alone would explain only part of the name. Well, anyway, mine is a nice fiddle. Pál Rácz, Budapest 2016. And he added a good bow as well.
  5. I recently purchased a Stradivari copy based on the 'Da Vinci - Juif Errant' violin circa 1714. I would like to find more information about the original violin, especially how it received its nicknames, and its provenance prior to ownership by Toscha Seidel. Any sources of information would be appreciated. So far, I've found the Tarisio/Cozio and the Jost-Theone Web sites, but they don't have exactly what I'm looking for. I've seen a reference to the four-volume Stradivari set, but have to finish paying off my credit card purchase on the violin before I even think about buying such a set of books. Thanks in advance, Attachment: copy (left) and original Juif Errant
  6. Two more examples. I should probably say that I'm interested in a "forgiving violin" because my own playing requires a generous amount of forgiveness ... or mercy (Erbarme dich...) 1. From a violin shop's online catalog: "Pirastro VIOLINO violin steel E string, medium gauge, with ball-end. Catalog #xx , Pirastro's darkest and most forgiving violin string set. We use Violino strings at the M_ Violin Shop when violins otherwise sound too bright or too strident." 2. From a description of a commercial violin: "This particular version is a copy of the 1740 Guarneri Del Gesu. The violin uses Italian Spruce and Bosnian maple. The fingerboard and fittings are Indian ebony (violin is shown with optional boxwood fittings). The finish is hand applied varnish that has been distressed (antiqued). This version of the STV-850 is well rounded, excelling at most styles. It is a forgiving violin that is easy to get a rich tone from." I wonder if some people mean something closer to "forth giving" in trying to find a description of their violin's sound. In any case, I appreciate the responses.
  7. The player I quoted is Ray Chen, describing his 1715 "Joachim" Stradivari. STRINGS December 2015, page 71. I should have made it more clear that he did not use the term "forgiving." I was just interested that some violins betray faulty intonation more than others, thus might seem less "forgiving." I appreciate the replies.
  8. I'm interested in different makers and players who've described a violin as "forgiving." The expression seems to relate to playability in some way, and it is used as a compliment. My best guess is expressed by a violinist in this discussion of his own instrument: "For some reason this particular instrument has an extremely low tolerance for bad intonation.... other instruments tend to have a slightly bigger footpath for intonation, but with this violin, it's like walking a tightrope." Would it be right to say his violin is "NOT very forgiving?"
  9. "In silvis viva silui, cano iam eBay." "In the forest I was silent, now on eBay I sing."
  10. Set aside the case. Take the violin to an aromatic violin repair shop with a great backlog of repair work and leave it there for a couple of years. Bring the repaired instrument home and put in a cheap new case that's been doused with Violin eau de parfum (from Sound of Cremona, Italy). Insert clothes drier anti-wrinkle sheets part way into the sound holes. After a few weeks, remove drier sheets, add a cheap carbon fiber bow and block of rosin. Then, donate the assembly to a local charity auction, and claim as tax write-off value the sum of what you've put into it. Add potting soil to the discarded case, and plant night-blooming jasmine. Stay up late and listen to Alfredo Campoli's Mozart recordings.
  11. Just finished this remarkable series of stories and highly recommend: Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust--Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour Paperback – August 12, 2014 by James A. Grymes
  12. Interesting prices in Feedback as a seller. A violin with a fake old master label might still be a decent $1,000 instrument, but $10K for a "Kittel" bow -- wonder about that.
  13. Burgess and Hargrave, master luthiers, I've heard beautiful sounds from your instruments in a non-classical (dare call it "fiddle") context. Respectively, Stephan Dudash and Jenny Scheinman, and I'm sure there are others. Deedle Dee Diddle... Are you both at Weiser? Do you have booths set up there? Wow! Maybe I'll get to Idaho some day...