Alex l. Reza

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About Alex l. Reza

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  • Birthday 11/18/1966

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    Nebraska, USA
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    Perpetual learning and discovery, just when you think you got it right, you realize you still have a lot to learn : )

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  1. Hey all. Here is the winners: Congrats to this years winners!! Bob Wallace memorial award best tone: Alex L. Reza Violin gut string tone: Gold Alex L. Reza Silver Pablo Alfaro Certificate 3rd Edd Byler Violin steel string tone: Gold Tom Carlson Silver Hristo Tchechmedjiev Certificate 3rd Tom Carlson Viola tone: Gold John Hoskins Silver Alex L. Reza 3rd Hristo Tchechmedjiev Bill Barnitz award workmanship/varnish/set/tone: Edd Byler Violin gut string workmanship/varnish/set up: Gold Edd Byler Silver Jose Antonio Tavira Certificate 3rd Edd Byler Violin gut string overall Gold Edd Byler Silver Edd Byler Certificate 3rd Jose Antonio Tavira Violin steel string workmanship/varnish/set up and overall Gold Hristo Tchechmedjiev Silver Hristo Tchechmedjiev Evan Smith certificate Viola workmanship/varnish/set up Gold Patrick Higgins Silver Hristo Tchechmedjiev Certificate 3rd Don Lenker Viola overall workmanship/varnish/set up/tone Gold Patrick Higgins Silver Hristo Tchechmedjiev Certificate 3rd Alex L. Reza
  2. WTFrench?!???!?!??! Excuse my "French" that is crazy......
  3. Well for what is is worth, most of my bass bars are on the not as wide and are a longer that standard numbers. Got ideas from the acoustic workshops, added my twists and ran with it, but do not think I have done below 4.5. I do the lengths from 275 to 280 depending on several things.
  4. I can not remember where I got this from on removing or cleaning stain or dirt from cracks, so please feel free to correct or give input. But string soaked in pineapple juice laid in crack has been used.
  5. We are a little over a month away and for those who do not know yet who the judges will be I will be updating. For workmanship and varnish I think you guys may have heard of him That alone is worth getting there!!! Jerry Pasewicz began his career making his first violin and bow in 1978. After spending time in violin making school, working in violin shops and owning his own shop, he was hired to direct the workshop at Shar Products in 1988. At Shar he worked alongside multiple award-winning violinmaker and former Weisshaar foreman David Burgess, gaining crucial experience in the restoration of violin and bows. In 1992, armed with this experience, he was hired as an instrument restorer at the famed Jacques Français Rare Violins in New York, under the direction of renowned restorer René Morel. In the Français workshop Mr. Pasewicz not only had the opportunity to work on the finest instruments and bows in existence, but also to work for some of the world’s finest musicians. He continued working under the direction of Maestro Morel for two and a half years, and continued doing work for Jacques Français until leaving Manhattan in 1998. During his time in New York, Jerry Pasewicz also had the honor of serving a bow making apprenticeship with multiple gold medal-winning maker David Samuels. Mr. Pasewicz has been a participant in the Oberlin workshops since 1997. He has been a director and instructor in the bow making and restoration workshop at Oberlin since 2000, and has been on the faculty of the instrument set up workshop from 2004-2006. Mr. Pasewicz has been a presenter and lecturer at The Violin Society of America conventions, has served as Vice President of the VSA from 2008-2014, and served as chairman of the VSA International Violin and Bow Makers Competition from 2006-2014. Mr. Pasewicz has been a member of the The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers since 1997, served on the Board of Governors from 2007- 2016, as Vice President 2009-2010, and as President of this organization from 2011- 2012. Mr. Pasewicz Is a full member of the Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers (International Association of Violin and Bow Makers).
  6. As always, the violin is beautiful. Love the entire look. I can keep dreaming... #goals
  7. Criminals are opportunistic and seldom if ever change.
  8. Was a great time and we hit the mother lode!!! Learned lots and lots of hard work but well worth it. If anyone is able to attend should he host again would be a great thing. I am looking forward and hoping for another one next year!!
  9. Yes, always happy with what I order and great service!
  10. Hi, You can submit via this link. I will update any other info also. Sign up VMAAI
  11. Ahhh, thank you Julian. I like pics of your shop, looks lots different than when I last visited. I have met so many good people like you and Don, and many others. It is very enjoyable along with making instruments, I feel fortunate to do what I do for a living now.
  12. Hope to see you there. I am trying to finish a viola and hope to start a violin soon to have there There will also be some great items for the auction, thanks to several sponsors!!!
  13. Hey all. Hope OK to post this here, but this is coming up fast and anyone interested in entering, if you haven't already take a look. Pablo Alfaro, Evan Smith and others have been hard at work. There have been some exciting changes and additions. Workmanship judge this year will be Jerry Pasewicz! The violin tone judges will be familiar to some of those who have attended the Oberlin workshops. Cristian Fatu and William "Bill" Wolcott add to the competition. There will also be a Viola and Cello judge to be announced soon. Here is a link to the bios and hope to see many Maestronet peeps there. Judge Bios