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  1. Dear All, I've got a student who is a woodworker and wants to build his own electric violin. Not sure the best place to start though. Can anyone recommend books on how to build one or are there plans out there that one can get? Thanks! ALB
  2. Ahh, that makes more sense...and sounds a lot more comfortable! Happy fiddlin'! ALB
  3. Hi Steven, I've used both the regular playonair and the one mounted on the frame. I find the one on the frame allows for greater freedom of motion since there is a little "slop" in it. It can twist and slide around to allow for better placement. I usually tuck it in a little before settling my chin onto the chinrest. It also doesn't damp out the back plate as much as the pillow sitting directly on the instrument. It does feel fairly close to playing without a shoulder rest at all, I rest the mounting bracket of the chinrest/edge of the fiddle directly on the inside (medial) half of the clavicle. Where it sticks out in front of the trapezius muscle (on the supraclavicular fossa). The playonair fills the space below and to the side. I try not to rest the fiddle too much on the shoulder since I find that limits movement somewhat and can cause the player to occasionally lift their shoulder to keep the violin in place (static loading of muscles = not good). I also try to keep my head pointing forward instead of twisting my neck as I play. Keeping as close to neutral positioning as possible. A raised chinrest is also great. I have them on all my fiddles and the feel much more comfortable. As always, YMMV! I sure as hell ain't gonna tell Anne-Sophie that she's doing it "wrong!!!" Cheers, ALB
  4. Don't know Even Now but I'll get it on my list of albums-to-get. Any other albums you'd recommend? Wasn't Mackintosh at Murthly also recorded on Gow's fiddle? I haven't given that a listen for a while. There's cello on that one too. ALB
  5. There's a fair amount of Nordic Folk Cello. Here are a few: Rosenberg 7 Kirstine Sand Skaran Simon Simonssons Kvartett Garmarna The Norske Turdansar CDs also have cello on them In the Celtic world, Natalie Haas has several excellent recordings. I'm not as familiar with Celtic (or other traditions') celloing. Good luck! The cello is a *highly* underrated instrument for traditional music. If anyone has additional names, I'd love to hear them too...so I can hear them. Cheers, ALB PS--Apocalyptica is not trad folk but cool stuff nonetheless
  6. The dance company just gave me the list of 60 or so dances we'll be doing this season so I'm getting those up to speed. I've got a 4 hour solo gig next weekend and have a 100+ tunes set list I'm working through for that. One of my favorite fiddlers is coming into town in October and I'm working on picking up a few more of her tunes for her visit. I gotta go practice!!!
  7. I like the Playonair Duo with the Jumbo Deluxe cushion (not pictured). It sits on you nicely with good support and doesn't have a "locked in" feeling. It feels similar to playing without a shoulder rest. It takes a little getting used to but once you do it's quite nice. My old bar-type shoulder rests are like playing on a balance beam, I can't move the violin at all and feel very restricted. Note: put in on backwards from the way Playonair recommends. Not too much air in the cushion either or you're playing on a beach ball.
  8. I think this is the best advice.
  9. Spirocore light are nice, very quick. Jargars and Prims also have their adherents, I think I prefer the Prims to the Jargars. Of all the steel strings, I like the Helicore light gauge the best.
  10. Yes, sounds like I should give the Tonicas a go! Thanks to everyone for their time and advice. Cheers, ALB
  11. Thanks to all for the input! Sorry, I left out that I'm looking for ringy D and G strings. I like the A and E that I'm using. Tango: I'm looking for a string that will strongly resonate with the other strings. I play mostly solo, unaccompanied and having a set of strings that "chimes" and has a fairly long sustain (the sound keeps going) can be fun to work with. A bit like playing in a room with a lot of echo? La Folia: I've played a lot of steel strings and do like the sound but not across the board. My current A string of choice is a light-gauge Helicore. I like its fast response and it's got a sweet sound when you learn to work it. For the lower strings, I find that steel strings are fun but tend to bend too much in pitch when pushed. Their sound is a little boring after a while...but I do like a steel A, go figure. Richardz: I've tried a lot of strings through the years: Obligatos, Visions, Prims, Infeld PIs, Infeld Reds and Blues, Jargars, Evahs, Passiones, Olivs, Eudoxas, Dominants, Helicores...and I'm forgetting a few. Some years ago I settled on the Vision Titanium Solos for my G and D strings and love the ring/reverb they have when new. It seems to fade after a few weeks/month of playing though. They still sound nice and have good response but I miss that new-quality. Cost is not too much a factor but it's been long enough since I've "rolled" strings that I don't remember all of them distinctly. Also, my playing and taste have changed since then and I may have a different reaction to the strings today. If I can avoid blowing through a couple of hundred bucks worth of strings by tapping into the Maestronet wisdom, that would be better (more beer money!). Which Larsen were you recommending? I had a friend back in the day really loved the Tzigane but I haven't tried them out personally. Luistano: Ahh, Tonicas sound like they might be worth a try. That's kind of what I'm looking for. Several of my students' violins have Evahs and I haven't been wowed with them. My friends who use the Evah Golds are raving about them though. By sensitive, do you mean they have a fast response? Thanks! ALB
  12. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm not really after a steel sound; perhaps I should have specified the ringiest *synthetic* strings. I've read that Warchal Karneols, Evahs, Infeld Reds, etc. have a big rings. I'm tempted by the the Evah Golds but thought I'd see if anyone else had any ideas. Thanks, ALB
  13. I want to experiment with different strings on a couple of my violins. I'm looking for the ringiest violin strings out there, ones that really resonate with a long sustain. Price is not really a factor. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, ALB
  14. Do you have any Belgian ancestry? This a famous monastery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orval_Brewery
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