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  1. HI Roland.

    I don't do swaps. Sorry.

    The Love Theme and the Main Title will cost $15 plus postage.

    Piano part is comb bound.

    I am not doing this to get rich, obviously. But I don't want to lose money, either.

    Herman (hsgersten@verizon.net)

  2. Hi there

    I'm looking for a transcription of Cinema Paradiso love theme as on Cinema Serenade Perlman CD. I can swap yo for a piano violin transcription I made of The Chairmans Waltz. Best wishes Roland

  3. I lost the instant message from a reader a few minutes ago. Could that person, a woman I think, please resend. Thanks!
  4. Merci beaucoups, Marc.
  5. Perhaps some Maestronet member has come across the luthier name, Renato Conni. His label is, in part, French, stating "fait par. . . ". A pretty thorough Google search has not turned up a single word on Conni. Tarisio has no records on him. The violin, however, is a good one, with an open and resonant tone, made in 1962. I can get it for a very reasonable price. Of course, if it sounds good, it doesn't matter who made it, but it's nice to know at least a bit about the maker, whenever possible. Apparently, the surname, Conni, is a rare one. Thanks for your help. Herman
  6. Edward, A piano version of Cinema Paradiso can be found in GREAT FILM SCORES for solo piano, published by Hal Leonard. The book sold for $16.95 around 2 years ago. Herman
  7. O.K. I'll try one more time. The music you want is not now and will never be free for reasons previously stated on this forum. If you are interested in transcriptions that are NOT free, you may write to: hsgersten@verizon.net
  8. Hi Rokovak, Perhaps "step-up" was a not the right word to describe an instrument significantly better than the one owned at present. My daughter is currently playing on a Roth Strad model (level VII) which I bought for a song 4 years ago on e-bay and put another $500 into a set-up. The instrument is terrific for what it is. It got the kid into the Juilliard Pre-College, but the sound has been described as OK and not very interesting. She was told she needs a better instrument. Well, after trying dozens of instruments from a variety of sources, I can tell you that up to about 30 grand, she didn't find anything significantly better than the Roth. There was absolutely no point in purchasing any of those fiddles. We discovered that at $30K, some (amazingly not all) violins did begin to sound much better. A 50 year-old Karl Becker, for example, was just beautiful, with a buttery high register and a refusal to produce a bad sound, no matter how much weight was applied to the strings. It was, however, $35K. No, I didn't buy it, but I am trying to figure out how to pay for it if I did buy it. A Lexus will eventually turn into a pile of metal scrap, while a fine violin will make a player happy forever. Herman
  9. Yuen, In my original post, I said that I wanted to try to save the damaged bow to use as a back-up bow. Yes, I have already undertaken a search for another bow. These days, when a "cheap" bow for an advanced student can cost more than $3000, and a step-up fiddle is in the $35,000 range, I wish I had taken my parent's advice and become a doctor instead of a professional musician and music teacher. The repairman in the blog charges $450 for the repair with silk thread and epoxy, quite a bit, I think, but a lot less than the cost of a decent bow.
  10. Yuen, We are dealing with violin bows whose weight and balance are critical to the performer. I would think that adding a metal tube and plastic wood might upset both the weight and the balance, besides looking very ugly. My purpose here is to save the playability and appearance of the bow with the understanding that its value as a collectable is virtually gone. I am not ready to call the bow junk, just yet. Here is a link to a repairman who illustrates how he uses silk thread to repair bow cracks. http://blogs.ebay.com/ollavaca/entry/Crack...0QQidZ343501014 Thanks for your sincere input. Herman
  11. As in this CN Bazin,which had a similar break. Interesting. My daughter's bow is a Bazin workshop bow.
  12. New photos uploaded.
  13. Thanks, Pebbles. I will definitely contact her.
  14. A freak accident caused a green stick type fracture behind the head of my daughter's favorite bow. I was told by a well-respected bow expert that the bow is now junk, stating that the head would always sag. Frankly, I don't get it. Even now, the bow plays as is. My kid, who is an advanced player, likes her bow on the loose side, so very little tension would be applied to the crack. Can this type of crack simply be closed with a strong glue so that the crack will not become worse? If yes, do you know a bow maker who can do the repair well enough so that the bow can at least be used as a back-up? Photos attached. Thanks for your input.
  15. I am truly amazed that ebay buyers are so willing to part with thousands of dollars for an instrument that they have never heard, played, or personally examined. In many cases these buyers have little or no chance of getting their money back. In the case of the violin under discussion, the seller says the buyer can get a full refund if the violin is not as portrayed. Well, the seller's cute evaluation of tone is at best, only his opinion, after all. Tone evaluation is not a science but a matter of personal taste. So if a buyer, after trying the violin, doesn't like it, how can he/she prove that the instrument was not as portrayed? I, for one, would never bid on an instrument which was not returnable for any reason. Any seller who will not take back merchandise if it doesn't please the buyer, will never see a penny of my money. And, as an occasional seller, I practice what I preach. I will never get rich this way, but I will never hurt anybody, either.
  16. Ms Baily, you ask, "Is it fair to call a musician unqualified if someone is willing to pay for your services?" Yes, it is. You are free to hire a plastic surgeon who has been sued in the past for malpractice. If you are disfigured by that doctor, was he unqualified? The right to ply any craft does not, by itself, make one qualified. Those professional musicians who have seriously studied their subject at recognized schools in a rigorous curriculum, under capable teachers, and received degrees and or honors recognizing their skills in their chosen field, are infinitely more qualified than those who just decide that they are qualified. As in most things, consumers get what they pay for. If you really believe that you are qualified, then re-record all those clips in a professional way and give your potential customers a chance to hear what you really sound like. Be proud of what you have on display, or wait until you can be. There can't be much point to letting your clients hear anything but your best effort. I'm sure you wouldn't want any more listeners to think your clips are humorous. I know you didn't mean them to be.
  17. Interesting modulation in the Air. The other clips sound like violin parts from an orchestral arrangement. None of this has any redeeming qualities. She may not be one, but she sounds like an average middle school kid.
  18. Thank you, Jeffrey. Would you know about when modifications like this began to be used? Herman
  19. I've been looking at a late 18th century English violin. I noticed a rectangular insert under the neck just in front of where the neck is attached to the body. I can't tell if the insert goes completely under the neck from one side to the other, but the edges I can see do not have the same measurements. Does anyone recognize this type of construction or repair? Photos attached.
  20. Thanks for this advice, skiingfiddler. Trouble is we'll be on the move during the day.
  21. Thank you everyone. We're not nervous anymore. If things really get hairy, we'll use the rubber practice mute AND the TV in the background idea! Or maybe I'll just leave the kid at home.
  22. Yuen, I don't think a young girl should be practicing near a basement or in stairways in hotels without an adult being nearby, even if she is playing Vieuxtemps No. 5. Aside from being able to create obnoxious sounds, the violin is not much of a self-defense weapon. On the other hand, Orpheus did OK with his flute, so maybe. . .
  23. Thanks skiingfiddler, I will spring for a practice mute.
  24. My kid wants to stay in good violin shape for forthcoming auditions during a week-long trip out of town. I'd like to hear about how to practice in hotel rooms without getting evicted. I'm pretty sure practicing on airplanes is not a great idea.
  25. Dear outside, My experience in this area has led me to the conclusion that the teacher should be the teacher, and I should be daddy. I would think that any good teacher will explain to the student what is required to make progress. A lot of time spent practicing doesn't mean that the work being done is correct. Either audio or video recordings of lessons can be very beneficial, as the student can refer to them over and over again. If the kid is enjoying playing, the practicing will eventually happen without your participation. Be supportive without being intrusive. When dealing with our children, there cannot always be a quid pro quo. We don't always think that we are getting our money's worth, but exposing our kids to music is worth more than the price of lessons. If they enjoy the experience, music will enrich their lives forever. Relax! Herman