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  1. Good morning, all. The VSA magazine, "The Scroll", is delayed by Covid sweeping through the small town where our printer lives and works. But a couple of weeks will be worth the wait. I am no longer President of the VSA, but the new President Bill Scott, has asked me to stay involved. I will be collecting articles and reaching out to folks in the trade to keep our magazine educational, and pleasant to read. I am the Shepardess, or more technically, the publisher. Things you might wish to publish should be sent to the VSA at: scrolleditor@vsaweb.org. That is also where comments and requests can be sent. Marilyn Wallin
  2. David, Jeffrey worked for me for minimum wage. He also taught me how to make a cello, since at that time I was not allowed to learn it in class. So, I am forever grateful. Buy me a cuppa joe, and I'll tell you all you want to know. M
  3. Hello Tom, and welcome. To my colleagues here, I remember two portions of Tom's research trips, about two years apart. The first in Chicago, where he was very thorough collecting names, and following through with phone calls. Does anyone remember the days of the early answering machines? He called and set up visits with everyone he could. Later, when I had moved to Massachusetts to teach at North Bennet Street School, he came through again. That time he "home-based" from my place in Lexington, and took in a lot of New England that way. It was a labor of love for him. Endless hours of tracking people and leads down in the years before homes mostly had computers. It was hard work!!! I have annotated my copy of The Wenberg Book over the years, and it is willed to Jeffrey Holmes upon my departure from this planet. He may use the information for his own amusement, profit, or hush money. Marilyn Wallin Lincoln, Nebraska
  4. Hendrick, My sister drove an '87 IROQ. It was the only one in town with a baby seat in back. The 'cuda has no Bondo. It is pristeen. He also has a Dodge Charger with original paint in Richard Petty Blue. I wonder what Brandmeir and Echard would find in a chip of that spectacular color?
  5. For several seasons, I sat next to a violist who played a Voller Bros. "Mori Costa". I believe it was valued higher as a Voller Bros. viola. It was sold to him as such, no forgery in the purchase. I see a lot of shop lines sporting cool labels. I appreciate when it is obvious from which shop it came. It seems to me that objects turn out to be up-graded to the best member of a family, or of a school/town, more often than straight up forgeries. Marilyn Wallin
  6. And if you are going to use bondo, use on something like this: Barracuda, numbers matching, 5 years ago on the front of a magazine, my nephew's. Went 125mph with him before it was put back in cotton balls for the winter.
  7. Hello Thomas, The panel you may be referring to was in 2007 or so. I ran a panel on viola making. With me were Bill Scott as you mentioned. Also Guy Rabut, Christopher Germain, Mark Womack, and ??. (Forgive me- it's been a long week.) Eric Chapman was in the first row, and was a valuable contributor as well. We discussed many things. In no particular order, I remember discussing: the ridiculously out of date MENC standards for viola necks which were too thick and wide for most people's comfort, bridges too heavy, neck not set at a high enough projection, types of strings The amazing success of contemporary viola masterpieces to meet the needs of professionals at a fraction of the cost of an old viola, if you can even find one suitable. we discussed many things about ergonomics in design for ease of playability, mostly outline and set-up design bridge width; fingerboard thickness and radius; many other minutia. The take away seemed to be that there was more room right now to make a world class viola, than violin or cello. That modern healthy, strong violas were a better investment than antiques at a given price point because the antique likely has problems or it would be much more expensive, given the small amount of antique violas on the market. Do you have questions, Thomas? I love to talk about violas. Marilyn Wallin
  8. Hi Jim Prejudiced though I may be, I love the new VSA magazine. It is pleasant to read and also clearly thought provoking. It is a membership magazine with news and many articles. It has what you need to know about membership and attending the convention. Many articles are scholarly works from past conventions written by consummate professionals. Some are written as members sharing with other members, so approaches, opinions and expertise vary. There is certainly something for every person who plays, makes, collects, or studies instruments and bows of the violin family. I am presenting a paper at the next VSA. I am now citing some research done as reported in The Scroll, opus 1, number 1, in some of my conclusions. It was a lot of work to get the first one done and ready to send into mailboxes all over the world. Letters to the editor are welcomed. I am certain the next one will be EVEN better because of helpful critiques. Marilyn Wallin Lincoln, Nebraska
  9. What a wonderful collection for people to see now, and for the future. David never let up on his search to have the best American violins in his collection. Congratulations David.
  10. There were thirty-some researchers, who listened to lectures together on Saturday. On Sunday. they formed smaller study groups to look at the instruments out of the cases (the curator, Arian Sheets, called this an expensive petting zoo). Also there were guided tours by Philip Kass. It is among the first of many regional VSA meetings under Lori Kirr's presidency. It is an exciting time to be a violin lover. Marilyn Wallin Lincoln NE
  11. An invitation went out via email in February to all VSA members in good standing. It was from President Lori Kirr announcing a weekend at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, May 16 and 17. It is completely booked, and in fact filled with a waiting list in 5 hours. Many notable scholars (scheduled as of this writing: Andrew Dipper, Claire Givens, Philip Kass, Christopher Reuning, James Warren and Matt Zeller) will be addressing the VSA members at this first Great Plains Regional VSA Meeting. There was a tuition of $295 charged for the weekend. We will have several hours to visit the rooms, several hours of lectures of a somewhat less formal nature, and a few instruments will be taken out of the cases for us to view in small groups as well. We may consider doing this again another year. I think Lori's regional meeting initiative is a great part of her plan for her tenure as VSA President. I followed up on that suggestion and put together the upcoming event. Looking forward, Marilyn Wallin Lincoln, Nebraska
  12. I am finishing the wood work on an original pattern, somewhat Goffriller like, 16"viola. It is part of a study of several viola patterns, all about the same size. I also just finished the graduations on the back of my copy of a Guiseppe filius Andrea Guarneri cello. Marilyn Wallin Lincoln, NE
  13. Roger, I hear you loud and clear. And it is getting worse over time, not better. After 30 years of my shop being outside of the house, it is part of my home again. The scroll blocks, ribs and backs for the next few instruments are all over the kitchen table. And I can again wander in to my shop for a bit of carving, or sharpening, or my recent favorite: studying for my current long-term project. And the stuff is there at any time of day or night. Marilyn Wallin Lincoln Nebraska
  14. I look forward to this week each year. I was an artist in residence there for many years. A couple of weeks ago, I gave a speech in Omaha on violin expertise for Sarah Gray's Master Class Talks (a 501c3). The talk was aimed at musicians to give them a general overview to help them understand what goes into an expert's decision making process. One large element is, of course, varnish. i will be presenting that material and more on the subject in a lecture at Practical and Aesthetic Violin Varnishing. I will schedule that to happen the evening before one of our esteemed guests, you know the people who carry those quad cases full of visual delights... Marilyn Wallin Lincoln Nebraska
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