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  1. I struck me that moving the linings to the outside, as in some basses, would make no overhang more manageable. Also guitars often have a lining glued on over in the overhang area. And those Russian violins.
  2. Check the scale length for the strings. As a 17" it my not be happy with 16.5" strings. Helicore makes an extra long string that works very well in my 18" viola.
  3. Chinese cooks use a Wok to avoid the foaming and overflow problem. As the foam rises it spreads a lot so it does not rise far. Just the opposite of an erlenmeyer flask. Of course this make sealing the cook impossible. A cooking hood would be nice. Or a beach!
  4. I recall a spring loaded soundpost that automatically adjusted for length. That would be the easy solution for the present problem. Not ideal, but-- better than no soundpost at all!
  5. FIT THE SOUNDPOST - that will keep it up till the weather changes. How much can the weather change! Why i've never seen the temperature change much more than 100 degrees F in a day. And the humidity usually does not go higher than 95% or lower than 10%. And of course all of your children have air conditioning at home, And in the bus that brings them to school.
  6. Looking at the list of hardness: Of common U,S, woods Hardness rank = Dogwood < Persimmon < Mesquite<Osage Orange < Live Oak. Of these live oaw at 12.9 (Ebony is 14+) is hardest and commonest. Further - it is infamous for not splitting. I suspect that it has enough tannin to blacken with a bit of iron juice. Given the normal variability of wood, I suspect that hardness 14+ is found in many samples. It is not porous in the small samples I have. It is worth a hard look. Osage Orange ai 12.3 is also a wonderful candidate.
  7. I ordered the Helicore Octave Violin set for the 5-String violin. I tuned it as a viola with a low F. The Helicore 'G' detuned to F (with a scale length of 324 mm, 12 3/4 in ) works will. It is fat but it matches well with the other strings. Now I can read every part in most choral music without octave transpositions. Should be good fun!!
  8. I have a 5 string electric violin. It needs real strings. I decided that a low F would be nice. Get the open strings onto the spaces (where they belong!). My intent is to play choir music. Bass parts rarely go below F. I ordered a set of Helicore Octave violin strings that will be tuned down a step. It will be a fun experiment! The shop I support sets up small violas. 11" - 14" for young players. We have special ordered tungsten wrapped C strings for these small violas from Super Sensitive. Tungsten is slightly lighter than the heaviest metal, platinum, and the easy working he
  9. Note that the 4 strings by fifths and the 6 strings by fourths both cover about 2 octavs, And the low pitched string starts to be rather heavy and stiff (without modern materials), Stiff strings are intrinsically out of tune. Using a variable scale length (to permit a thinner more flexible string) on a fingered string would be awkward! I think that this practical problem explains the choice.
  10. From Wikipedia: "Reghin is well known for the industry of the musical instruments, especially of violins. There are many companies that produces instruments using the famous resonance wood from Calimani and Gurghiu forests. The violins made in Reghin are used abroad. The "Hora" Company is the first to manufacture instruments. In time, other companies were set up among which "Gliga Instrumente Muzicale". Yehudi Menuhin used a violin made by "Gliga" company.[8" There is a large musical instrument factory that dates back to the comunist times. That may be the source of your VSO.
  11. If you want to try frets: Plastic electrical ties make easy frets without having to learn the magic fret knots. Get a bundle of round plastic ties that have a locking hold mechanism and string a few around the fingerboard. Pull them tight and snip the ends. Position the 'knots' away from your hand. Slide each one up or down to tune the note. A quick snip will remove them easily.
  12. There is much more to a bow than its hair ! There is much more to a rehairing than the hair. If you are happy with the cheapest fiberglass bow, then you can rehair it yourself. If you can play at all, have your bow done professionally every other year. And take your violin for a check up and new strings! And some fun conversation about everything!
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    According to Google - cordal = tailpiece !
  14. go_oa

    New Eyes

    I had my eyes done (cataracts) about 10 years age. I got single vision, not muti-focus, lenses designed to focus at about 3', computer screen distance. I use auxiliary glasses for driving and reading. After the surgery, that removed the yellow filters I had been living with, the world was much brighter, colors were more intense. I could do most things without glasses. My eyes were equal for the first time in decades! After about six years, astigmatism arose. But not bad. The only question I have is why did I wait so long!
  15. I can only say that my Leopold CF violin bow has been wonderful. I have used occasionally with my 18" viola with NO problems. A carefully made CF bow can be very good. A carefully made pernambuco bow can be very good. The maker makes a difference - NOT JUST THE MATERIAL! .