Mat Roop

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    Wyoming, Ontario, Canada

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  1. I have never bought violins or bows on line... but... I do visit antique shops... and never pay the asking...amazingly every now and then there is a deal. Travelling in PEI I bargained a $10 bow down to $7... I did not have my spectacles with me it was dark in the shop and when I got outside.... A nice Tourte copy with silver fittings... sold it for $700 after a cleanup and rehair. In Florida I picked up a John Juzek viola for $75 ....well used and abused... Restored it and 3 years later sold it for $1100. It's like panning for gold... only more comfortable
  2. Just feel bad my posting info about Optima is in the thread celebrating Dominant's 50th b'day
  3. Hey Diddle Diddle.... love that Fiddle book! The H-A was my first book about fiddles and loved the read. Sure, it is way outdated, but I did not know that then, and it did inspire me to keep digging deeper.... Been a lot of fun over the years!
  4. so for the Optima Lenzner e-strings, I posed the question of why steel vs premium steel vs brassed vs gold directly to Optima..their answer... For good to excellent players the best option is the 24K Gold strings since the strings are a bit heavier, but the sound is warm and clear at the same time. Gold coated strings don’t rust and dirt doesn’t stick to them which make them very durable. The Steel option carries the most traditional sound and its been produced the same way for over 100 years, so if a player wants a traditional sounding string then Steel is the option.
  5. Thanks Rue... got quite the chuckle out of your choice of words...your conclusion is spot on! had to be made prior to when you got it... otherwise you could not have gotten it! ... tee hee!
  6. I have an old gramaphone from the '40s ... no electrical, just physical...the speaker cone is a hard mounted pyramidal inflexible wood box. The bottom of about 12"x12" is fully open in vertical plane at the cabinet front. The only volume control is the opening & closing of the cabinet doors... works amazingly well!
  7. Gerard.... keep in mind that capabilities is just a part of making a violin. Knowledge of what to do with the capabilities is equally important. When you watch great videos like those of Davide Sora, you see his exquisite capability, but you do not necessarily see the knowledge behind his master strokes. Every minute aspect of the violin has its secrets .... secrets that are revealed only when you study, ask and learn from the experts. Although some of the detail may seem unimportant, but I can assure you it is important. So, when you set out to make your next violin, take your time and study
  8. yes, and its also possible to split the top in the fridge
  9. David is right... all depends on where & how data is collected... We use the # of known active cases compared to total population by county. Our area has 151 active cases per 123,000. pop. or ... 1.2%... higher than we would like. we were at 50 cases just a week ago. I applaud our gov't for the " Draconian" lockdown... If it saves just one life... it is worth it. .....Cheers everyone!
  10. No offense here... I understand exactly what you are saying. I would love to get my life back by opening my shop to the public again... but I will not, until I get the vaccine. My adult children all work, and my bride (of 49 yrs) and I look after the grand kids while they are committed to work. If we catch the bug, the entire family will be legally mandated to isolate and that would be a major disaster including financially. Masks, sanitization and distancing is a religion for us. My shop is still busy, .. just all delivery & pickup is via curbside. Its a hassle , but it works.
  11. this isthe concept of how to safely "un-stuck" pegs... no tapping , undue pressure or force. ... shameless self promotion...
  12. I don't see a lot of broken bows... but with the crackline dramatically cross grain, are we sure it is a crack... maybe a wear mark of sorts from movement in a case against something? ... or maybe just a flaw in the wood?
  13. Well then.... Time to get trained!
  14. Always wise to try to deal Local or at least in range... in case follow up quick service is needed. Cheers! ... Mat
  15. I don't know of any teacher that receives "back door" commissions. ... Maybe I am blind. What I don't understand is why would a teacher accept a commission as that would drive up the cost of the instrument for the student, making the cost of lessons( for the student) even higher and possibly triggering the student to quit.... they should assist the student to get the very best price. I've had teachers call me saying their student is not well off and what can I do... and I always do something. In any case, the Student is already paying the teacher to teach and selecting and using the