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  1. The Angel violins are quite good and received a favorable review in a recent Strings issue. Their sound is focused and even. George Behary who posts here sells the Angels and has great deals on them. In fact his shop violins are Angels. You might want to enquire of him. The Caos are also good instruments.
  2. Bingo!! I forgot about Boosey. Many thanks for the assistance.
  3. Can someone tell me where I might find the sheet music (violin/piano) for the above piece. Nowhere seems to have a proper violin version. Thanks...
  4. I might as well jump in since the admin is allowing this nonsense. Seems Steve Redrobe is the only spark of interest (ironically) in a Board that is now essentially dead. May the fun continue.
  5. What's the movie like?
  6. I'm not sure but I think he is a Chinese violin specialist.
  7. Actually, I like 3 'f' holes and occasionally a heavy rubber mute.
  8. Anyone who works with his wood all day coudn't possibly be a good lover at night.
  9. Thanks. I ordered the Kogan and the Oistrach
  10. Is that the complete link?? I can't seem to access it.
  11. Is there any source that sells these things on DVD. I refuse to waste money on VHS tapes.
  12. Perhaps one view might be that the audience pays to see a polished performance. Just a thought but it's like a contract and part of the contract for the exchange of the ticket fee paid must not only include playing well but looking good too. If it weren't like that, then we can have solists in shorts and slippers on stage (or in Steve's case, just a thimble)although they play like Heifetz.
  13. I wonder if opera singers would look good reading the music instead of singing from memory. I think for a soloist performance it's distracting to have the performer with music on stage.
  14. When the music is memorized then it frees up the creative spirit more to internalise and interpret. What I don't like is the mindless memorization that I see in the Suzuki method with the corresponding drop in sight reading ability.
  15. "I never eat a dead meat yet" by Sparrow
  16. I believe Hilary is one of Maestro Redrobe's favorites.
  17. I believe a G string can be tightened by gritting one's teeth and turning the peg. If the peg is hard to move then a few drops of lubricant will help or you can use peg drops to prevent slippage.
  18. The F major is routinely given as a Grade 8 piece in the Royal Schools music examinations there in the UK. I would think that is about the right level for both. Not too difficult but the rhythm and interpretation have to be watched.
  19. Please ensure you demonstrate multiple and double stopping as well.
  20. I thought half the earth would be in sunlight? It looks like the Alps are alight too.
  21. Not related to the issue but I see you are mentioned as a master maker of fine soloist instruments in the January issue of Strad. Well done! Is humidity a big problem in Puerto Rico and does it cause more seam openings as a result?
  22. I have found that one has to pull/coax the tone from the Dominants to make a better sound. I tried Violinos recently and was quite surprised with their warmth and response. Generally I use a wound Tonica E because this blends in well with other strings for my style of playing.
  23. George Behary put me on to the software "Transkriber". Never looked back since. It works very well and is not expensive.
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