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  • Birthday 06/06/1945

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  1. Hi, Skiingfiddler. I am 65 years old, and I have a hand that is, no exaggeration, the size of an 8-year-old child's hand. I am playing a 3/4 violin because that is the largest size I can possibly manage. I used to play a 4/4, a very nice Juzek Master Art, left to me by my father, but I really couldn't get my little finger down to the right position on it most of the time, and I was constantly just a hair flat, which drove me crazy. I have found a very short 3/4-- it is only 21 1/2" long--with very chubby bouts. The 3/4 I used to play was 22 1/2" long, and had a lovely sound, but this shorter violin is much easier for me to play. It is obvious to me that the shortest violin I can find is the best choice, and I was very lucky to find one with such a wonderful sound that fits my tiny hand. I am 4'9" tall, and my extremities are much smaller than those of other adults I have met who are around my height. I had completely gotten over my rage at the universe for my being so tiny until I began playing the violin, and then I got angry all over again. It has taken me several years to get past this cosmic injustice a second time. I should have chosen my parents a lot more carefully. Or I should have fallen in love with the clarinet.
  2. Which gauge G string do I need? I discovered that they come in different gauges, and I don't know which one is compatible with the Obligatos that are on my violin now. Thanks.
  3. I didn't know any of this. Thanks. I guess I'll try someone else before I get the Evah string.
  4. Thanks. I'll ask my luthier to check the soundpost.
  5. Hello, all of you experienced luthiers and players. I need some advice. I just bought a gorgeous 3/4 violin for myself. The D, A, and E strings are all terrific, and produce the same volume, but I am not totally happy with the G string, which sounds just a little weak to me. I have Pirastro Obligatos on the violin now, and I would like a different G, but I don't know what to buy. Any suggestions? Thank you. Bonnie
  6. When a seller has blocked your bid, you get a message immediately after you have tried to place the bid. There is no explanation -- just the message that your bid was blocked. I have been blocked by two sellers (they told me so) for whom I left negative feedback which they richly deserved. I tried to place a bid on one of their items just to see what would happen, and I got a message that my bid had been blocked. If you didn't receive such a message, there was probably a delay in eBay's processing of your bid. Ebay has had a lot of technical problems in the last few weeks. I am very active on eBay and I can tell you that they have been extremely slow lately. I buy a lot of stuff for my house, and slot cars and CD's for my brother, and I have not been able to get my bids in on time while I was "sniping" because eBay was too slow.
  7. I got a violin from a Chinese seller, and it arrieved packed only in its own soft case and the thinnest possible cardboard box, a really cheap ,flimsy one, with no packing material at all inside the box. Both the case and the violin were fine.
  8. Thanks to both of you for the info. I recently bought a wonderful 3/4 from Corilon and it is French, from circa 1860. This might be one of the best 3/4's in the world. You would not believe the quality of the sound and the volume that come from this 21 1/2" violin. No label or stamp inside, but it is the work of some master luthier.
  9. I got curious today and I googled 3/4 violins to see if any famous makers made them. There was NO info at all about very old and expensive 3/4 violins. Did Stradivari and Guarneri and Amati et al not make any violins in this size? What do the best 3/4 violins fetch at auction? Does anyone know?
  10. In April, 2009, I bought a Klotz copy made in Mittenwald on Ebay. The seller was diceman1956, and the price I paid for it was a mere $355 plus shipping. The total came to around $382. This violin is a gem. It is probably around 80-100 years old, with a mature, resonant sound and excellent projectiona and volume. The sound is on the dark side, with a deep, velvety bass and a beautiful, singing sweet treble. If I were only tall enough to play it! Some day, this violin will be sold to a very lucky customer for not much more than I paid for it. It has been my most outstanding buy on eBay, and it is an absolutely wonderful instrument. My teacher is extremely impressed with it. I do not believe it is possible to find a better buy in a violin in any venue. It is certainly possible, in my experience, to get very lucky on eBay and find an inexpensive but gorgeous sounding violin. This one is anonymous, so it isn't worth much on the market, but the sound is the important thing, not the price, in my opinion.
  11. There is no copy of Henley available here in Ocean Springs, MS or any of the surrounding libraries. It may not be an obscure reference work, but it is not here in Mississippi. As I said earlier, I will find these references when I can visit my family in the Boston area, where there are wonderful libraries. I got considerably less than $1405 for the violin. Nobody here will pay in the vicinity of $1000 for a violin. The ticket inside looked exactly like the first one you included in your post, except with a different date. Thank you for your assistance.
  12. Thank you all for the good advice. I'll give this one a pass. I figured people who were more knowledgeable than I were not bidding on it for a good reason, and now I know why.
  13. I'm looking at a 1/2 size that is for sale on eBay by Violinbuff. The number is 230383327135. He says it is from circa 1880. You can see that the blackened areas on the front and back look deliberate. They appear to be patterned, not random. Is this violin a piece of junk?
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