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  1. Hi! there are two threads on this, so i am posting it both places! Shar lists Basics and Practice both...i got my copy of Basics from them, got it in a few days! unfortunately, Practice is out of stock right now, but when it is available, you should be able to get it with much less drama than from those other places!
  2. Hi! there are two threads on this, so i am posting it both places! Shar lists Basics and Practice both...i got my copy of Basics from them, got it in a few days! unfortunately, Practice is out of stock right now, but when it is available, you should be able to get it with much less drama than from those other places!
  3. so what are these 'transients'? (i assume they are not people with no visible means of support who drift from town to town?) thanks!
  4. Argon, maybe you used quickreply? (the U-turn arrow thingy) no matter how nicely you format things, all that disappears when you send it! to keep formatting, use the "Reply" link at the bottom of any post! hope this helps! cassi
  5. Allen, i've read posts from you before (some over on violinist.com) concerning the problems with this instrument, and the thing that really amazes me is that a brand-new $5000 instrument would have such problems! i feel for you, i personally would be going insane! have you talked to SW Strings about this? i have heard in passing that they 'drop ship'...i'm not sure exactly what that means, but in the context i heard it, i took it to mean that they get stuff from the supplier and ship it straight out without checking things out or making any adjustments...maybe you got a bad instrument? or something weird happened to it during shipping? i know it sounds unhelpful, but i would have to agree with the other folks, i think you need to get it into the hands of a good luthier and see if they can tell what's up... good luck! cassi
  6. quote: Originally posted by: David Burgess quote: Originally posted by: Cassi thank god there was only one Stradivarius! Uhm......... i *thought* that might get some dissension! (i know he had two sons, but i don't think they made any instruments on their own?...and i know some people might wish for more makers like Antonio...) cassi
  7. quote: Originally posted by: dfowler1685 I've also found the D'Addario helicores to be an excellent string. They respond well to changes in bow placement, pressure and speed, meaning you can adjust timbre through your technique. The helicores also feel nice under the fingers, are very stable in temperature and humidity change, and they last a long time. one caveat: i think that you will need fine tuners on all four string if you use Helicores? so if your violin doesn't already have these, you will have to have your tailpiece changed, which requires a luthier! FWIW, cassi
  8. quote: Originally posted by: Jacob cassi, I think the "Filius Andreae" bit was to distinguish Joseph (son of Andrea) from Joseph (son of Joseph, aka del Gesu). That family didn't seem to have a very lively imagination when it came to names - there were also two called Peter. One was the son of Andrea and brother of Big Joe, the other was the son of Big Joe and the brother of Little Joe. They are distiguished by the cities in which they worked: Peter of Mantua, and Peter of Venice. Jacob, i am a permanent resident of the state of Confusion, so i get who's who all mixed up! thank god there was only one Stradivarius! at least they weren't all named 'George'! cassi
  9. quote: Originally posted by: gabi Cassi, it would be interesting for you to go to a shop and find a violin thats realy easy to play and compare with one thats harder to play,but with slightly lower strings(same string brand).Then you could see if the effort you're puting into playing is related to pressing the string down,or just making the violin "work". Gabriel Gabriel, That might be an interesting experiment, except for a couple of things: first, finding a shop to indulge me in such a thing (the shops here all think i'm crazy enough as it is!); and second, i'm not really too interested in pursuing this as a general principle, i just was trying to find some explanation for why my left wrist hurt more and my arms got more tired when playing the violin i was trying out (which had the higher string heights)... maybe the string height was not all the reason, but the maker lowered the string height, i traded violins, and i have not really had the pain and tiredness since; who knows, maybe i just got used to the new violin, and lowering the strings didn't really make it more playable, although my teacher felt the same way (and who knows, maybe that was a placebo effect also, as i told the strings were lower and it was easier to play!) to me, the more exciting thing is that, to me, and to my teacher, the violin is sounding sweeter and richer all the time (i won't argue one way or the other for the 'playing in' effect, that's just how i feel, it's very subjective!), and the more i play it, the better i love it, which is the opposite of the violins i've had before! thanks for the advice! cassi
  10. Jeffery and Michael, "'Horse' Bergonzi" and "'Little Joe' Guarneri"...you guys are too funny! cassi
  11. quote: Originally posted by: Michael Darnton ...As for the various ways to solve the problem. Usually one tends to look to the least invasive method. It might be a "complete" solution to reset a neck, but it's invasive. The other available ways all have advantages and disadvantages, and MAY solve the problem entirely, or not. That's part of the art of figuring out what to do. Michael, yes, that's what makes this all so interesting, is so many ways to approach something, all of which affect each other, and all must be kept in mind and balanced! the more i learn about violins, the more amazed i am by them and the people who build them! cassi
  12. quote: Originally posted by: Jeffrey Holmes Yup... Josephfilius Andrea... as in Andrea's son and Guarneri del Gesu's father. Ignorant still doesn't come to mind... maybe insatiably curious, but not ignorant.
  13. quote: Originally posted by: matzstudio @ cassi: filius means son, not grandfather. oops! what i actually have is a 'grampa' Guarneri, the one who worked for Amati! cassi
  14. wow, what a great thread! Michael: thanks for the info on high versus low bridges! Jeffery: i didn't mean i am stupid, but i really *am* ignorant (as in being unaware!) thanks, though! i learned quite a bit about the way the overstand, nut height, saddle height, arching height, and bridge height interact to make the correct string heights and string angle in a recent thread, and how (if i understood correctly) that the neck angle is really somewhat independent of the all the other stuff, which is why i was surprised at suggestions to alter the neck rather than move it! by-the-by, it's funny that you should mention Andrea Guaneri (does filius mean grandfather?), because i recently bought an Andrea Guarneri copy, and i love it! i don't know anything about Roccas, though, do they have flatter arching? gabi: thanks for the input! i agree that many, many things relate to playability, and that my little experiment doesn't begin to be a comprehensive measure...however, would you agree that even with the bow reducing string heights, that higher strings of the same type would tend to make the instrument harder to play? i wasn't looking for absolute, quantitative data, and definitely not some general index based on a very simple and crude measurement, it's just that my wrist hurt and my arm was tired, and knowing a little physics, i thought that forcing the higher strings into a more extreme angle than the lower strings required would take more work! saintjohnbarleycorn: i'm not one of the builders, but yes, i think you do get it! thanks to all for your explanations! cassi edited for typo
  15. Magnus, yes, i measured them to the bottom...also, both instruments had new Dominants on them (installed for 3-4days), so the comparison would be valid... Michael, how does a high (tall?) bridge sound compared to a low (short?) one, all else being equal? cassi
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