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  1. Announcing a new National String Teacher Directory at All teachers are invited. You can submit your free listing here: This is a free listing for all string teachers. You can upload your bio, photo, contact information, a description of what you do and just about anything else you want in your listing. It's free to get noticed.
  2. Hello and thank you in advance for any information that you can provide. I am doing an insurance appraisal on a cello made by Celia Bridges, Cremona 1980. I see that she has also made instruments in Ann Arbor. Does anyone know if she/he is still an active maker? I'd like to contact her to confirm the value of this instrument and/or find out what her/his work is currently selling for. Thanks again for any help that I can get.
  3. It was another great VSA Competition! As a dealer it was such a treat to see all the work of the amazing violin and bow makers who entered. I was disappointed that no violins received gold medals. That was rather a surprise, especially since the standard of making keeps going to a higher level. Was it just me or was the food at the hotel horrendous? Great show over all... Looking forward to Cleveland in 2010!
  4. I contacted Wittner about the new pegs and peg shaper. I inquired about the weight of a 4/4 peg. Here is the reply: With pleasure we learned that you'reinterested in our pegs and the peg shapers. The weight of our Peg ULTRA for violin 4/4 and 3/4 isapprox. 4,9 g (= 0,0108 lb). It's unfortunately not possible to buy pegand peg shaper directly from us, since we supply wholesalers only and have already set up ourdistribution system in your country. Therefore we kindly ask you to contact oneof our customers for delivery. Below plea
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    Robert Bein

    I heard, just yesterday that Robert Bein of Bein & Fushi had passed away. Does anyone know anything about his death? He will surely be missed.
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    Glasser Bows

    I noticed that nobody mentioned using powdered rosin first. That is usually the first step in gettng any bow with new hair to take rosin. I could be wrong about this but I believe Glasser has discontinued synthetic hair.
  7. I have two Bobelock viola cases both over 20 years old. I have replaced the covers on both of them but structurally they are holding up great. Both cases received quite heavy use their first 15 years.
  8. Here is just an opinion. Unless you are capable of doing all of the repairs yourself the instrument doesn't look like it is worth it. In one photo you can see that the rib has come off of the lower block. It could just be that the rib has come loose or it could be that the lower block is cracked. If you take it to a good violin shop for repairs I suspect that the repairs would greatly exceed the value of the instrument.
  9. George Gemunder, Sr. is my favorite non living American maker. I have played many Gemunder violins and think they are great. Several professional orchestra players play Gemunder violins. I have heard them called the "Poor man's Vuillaume".
  10. Try checking with Notecracker Studios in Minneapolis. They are the sole distributors of Masnik (from Sofia, Bulgaria) Violins for the Americas. The e-mail address is: I have seen white violins in both Stad and Guarneri patterns.
  11. If you decide you want to try viola strings Thomastik Dominant makes a C string for 14" violas. You can use 4/4 violin strings for the upper three strings.
  12. Jonathan, We are out of thin Gold Label E Strings. We are waiting for our order to come in. I'll let you know. Thanks again!
  13. Hello Musicmom, Welcome to Maestronet. I believe it is standard practice for dealers to let you take the instrument on approval for a week. I have worked in several reputable shops and that seems to be the norm. I suspect that no dealer would give you an opinion on the violin without seeing it first. If it were me I'd keep searching for another violin that I felt comfortable purchasing.
  14. Jonathan, Thank you for that suggestion. We haven't tried the thin Gold Label E. On this particular violin we have the Vision Titanium E. I will try the thin Gold Label as soon as possible. Thanks again!
  15. The fingerboard has the proper scoop and the tuners in the Wittner tailpiece are not rattling. Good suggestions though. Thanks. I should also mention that the notches in the nut are correct - not too wide or too deep and the same with the notches in the bridge. There is a parchement securely glued on the bridge under the E string.
  16. Barcus Berry makes a pickup that clamps to the side of the bridge. It is easy to change from one instrument to another and doesn't do any harm to the bridge. The 1/4" jack mounts on the instrument with chinrest hardware which is supplied with it. I think it retails for around $150.
  17. Just another piece of information. We have a large rental program so I would guess we have more than 150 1/4 size violins. I have never heard a wolf on a Suzuki violin - perhaps because they are pressed rather than carved? We do frequently see it on the better 1/4 (carved) instruments such as Scott Cao, Eastman, Avalon, and Rudoulf Doetsh to name a few. We don't carry the commercial German instruments like Roth, Glaesel, Knilling, etc. so I can't say if they are also plagued with the E wolf problem.
  18. Thanks for asking. All of the E's wolf on this violin, but the open E wolf is extremely bad. It really makes for a hideous rendition of the Twinkle Variations. Unfortunately most who play on a 1/4 violin aren't using 4th finger and aren't skilled enough to come up with creative ways of playing "around" a wolf. We frequently see this problem with 1/4 size violins. I believe it is the physics of the instrument that create this problem.
  19. There are some interesting ideas here. Thanks for the help. So far, here is what has been tried: 1. Adjust bridge/soundpost; 2. Adjust length of tailgut; 3. Try New Harmony 1 gram and then 2 gram wolf eliminator; 4. Install a Suzuki type tuner on the E string - the violin is set up with a Wittner tailpiece with built in tuners so the Suzuki tuner isn't needed for tuning.; 5. Try different E strings including Kaplan Solutions which made the wolf worse.; 6. Put a small rubber shim under the tailpiece. So far this has been the best solution but does slightly mute the violin. Any
  20. A wolf is a warbling - too much resonance at one particular frequency.
  21. Does anyone have a tried and true method to get rid of the nasty wolfs on the open E string on 1/4 violins? If you deal in small instruments then you will know that this is a common problem with 1/4 violins. I have even spoken to D'Addario about a possible string solution for this 1/4 violin problem. Do any of you have a standard fix for this problem? Thank you in advance.
  22. Has anyone ever encountered a P. R. LeBlanc bow? If so can you give me any information on P. R. LeBlanc or his/her bows? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  23. O. M. Robinson is listed in Thomas Wenberg's book " text-decoration: underline;">Violin and Bow Makers of Minnesota .Here is what it says: Robinson, O.M.; St. Paul, MN. Born in 1838 in Vermont. Violin maker. Wenberg didn't have much to say but he is listed as a maker.
  24. Personally, I think it's a good policy not to say that someone "sucks" when they have had a long and successful career. My hat's off to Menuhin for helping so many young up and coming players.
  25. Thank you for that eloquent reply Jeffrey. In our shop you would have paid a little more for those strings than you were charged at you local Luthier's shop. When we put strings on we take the time to check over the instrument - seams, cracks, neck joint, fingerboard,etc., lube pegs, tuner(s) and notches in the nut and bridge. We also will reposition the bridge if needed and make sure that it's standing up straight. We will also replace any strings (at our own expense) if your fine tuner or something else on your violin causes the string to break or if the string is defective. Yes, we