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  1. Its an interesting topic.  Thx Woodland to bring it up


    I sold a violin to my friend's niece few months ago.  She

    returned it to me after 2 days coz her teacher was very rude to her

    after she bought the violin from me instead of buying one from the

    shop which her teacher recommend.  Later I know that shop

    offer 30% commission to teachers and teach those so called teachers

    told their students that their violins are made in Italy which in

    fact those are just Scott Cao violins which made in China.

     Its almost can't eliminate the under table transaction in

    most of the industries.  I just hope the consumers use their

    mind and use some time to do some research on how to pick a

    suitable violin instead of just totally listen to those so

    called teachers advice.

  2. yea, I know International Violin provide much better service.

     But I have to order different kinds of products include

    strings in large amount not only tools, so HC was my

    first priority. Now I gotta look for other companies

    which can provide me all kinds of things in competitive price and

    they are not rude to overseas buyers.

    Honestly, I dun understand why its so hard for them to reply

    customers' email....And I can't even find their contact tel number

    on their webpage..

    hmmm....very interesting company

  3. I did talk to Kim by making an international call.  But

    unfortunately I still can't get her email reply which she promised

    to do so.  Now I know that this company or Kim herself doesn't

    like to deal with international order.  Its nonsense for

    overseas buyer to keep calling them in order to make and receive

    the order.

    Extremely disappointed with this company

  4. quote:

    Originally posted by:
    Hi Alix,

    Now most

    of my violins have buzzing problems due to the climate change. I've

    tried to change strings, change accessories, move bridges....

    Unfortunately more I do, more buzzing sound comes out.


    experimented with moving the bridge about, and moving the strings

    on top of the bridge to different positions. The relationship of

    the bass bar and the foot of the bridge is very important for the

    balance of the strings. When you move the bridge left or right the

    downward pressure changes and the balance of the strings change.

    Also when you move the bridge, the strings might pull towards one

    side or the other, depending which way you moved the


    yes, that's what I'm thinking.  My luthier did told me the

    bass bar is not in a correct position.  But I've tried to move

    the bridge many times, I still can't get the original sound.

     The only thing I can do is diminish the buzzing but can't

    eliminate it.  But I will keep testing.  

  5. Thx for all your advice.  I have checked and removed and

    changed everything, still have no improvement.  My local

    luthier already told me the violin is fine so its impossible to

    have cracks on the violin.  The label is also fine.  As I

    said, the change due to the bridge has been tiny moved.  I

    still think its the problem of the bridge position.  But guess

    what, I will meet the luthier soon so hopefully he can explain

    what's going on with that buzzing G strings.

  6. Is there any improvement of Howard Call's email order system?

     Do you guys still need to wait for above 1 month to get your


    My friend told me Kim is responsible for ordering in Howard Core

    but she seems not very reliable,  Is it true? I do want to buy

    some tools from them coz I can't find other online shop provide

    what I need.  But if I have to keep email and call them in

    order to get the order, I would rather choose to order from

    European companies even tho the price is much more higher.

  7. Hi Manfio,

    Thx for your advice. THe buzzing is mainly from G

    string. I've tried to change the strings, remove

    chinrest, remove finer tuner, change tailpiece, move bridge, remove

    A and E strings, clean the dust on bass bar.  But the sound

    still haven't improved.  But when I tiny move the bridge, the

    buzzing is diminish a bit but still obvious.  I really dunno

    what's going on.  And if initially I know moving the bridge

    will destroy the sound greatly of that violin, I will never touch

    the bridge.

    crying now.....

  8. Now most of my violins have buzzing problems due to the climate

    change.  I've tried to change strings, change accessories,

    move bridges....  Unfortunately more I do, more buzzing

    sound comes out.

    One of my lovely antique French violin keeps buzzing seriously

    these few weeks.  Its not due to the climate change, its coz

    of I moved the bridge a bit.  Now the sound is completely lose

    the original beauty.  I've asked my local luthier to fix the

    problem, but he said it maybe the fingerboard's problem, bass bar

    problem, pegs problem, strings problem, etc.  But for me its

    no point to do all those big "operation" coz the violin is good

    until I move the bridge towards bassbar a bit.  

    Its impossible for me to go to Paris and ask the luthier to re

    setup everything for me (I'm sure he knows the secret of where to

    put  the bridge on the best place of that violin, otherwise it


    be that big change after I just tiny move the bridge).

     What should I do now?



  9. thx all.  But if there is no difference between loop end and

    ball end, why there are two products in the market?  There

    must be sth different between two, otherwise I'm sure after

    breaking several gold E loop strings, nobody willing to use loop

    end strings anymore.

    btw, Allan, thx for your advice on improving my antique violin's G,

    D strings sound.  Now G is louder but always have

    siiiiiiiiiiiisiiiiiiiiiiiisiiiiiiiiiiii sound when I play the G

    string, and the D still weak.  I'm wondering what happened and

    very worry whether there are cracks on the top which create that

    sound.  I still dunno how to distinguish the real cracks and

    just scratch, can anybody teach me how to distinguish between two?

     Recently I'm too poor to go to luthiers to fix my violins

    problem so I gotta solve all those  problem by myself.

     And its a good excuse to push myself learning some basic

    repairing technique now.

    many thx

  10. I've put the beautiful hill type golden fine tuner for my e loop

    end string this morning.  When I was trying to put

    the new Evah pirazzi gold  E string on it, it broke.

     Its really heartbreaking.  How can I install the loop E

    string in safety way?  Is it coz of the design problem of

    the hill type fine tuner so the E loop strings easily broke?

    And I really want to know what's the difference of sound between

    ball end and loop end strings.  



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