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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. go_oa

    Cordals

    According to Google - cordal = tailpiece !
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    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!
  6. 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! .
  7. Ooooo. Long ago I bought a violin. The final two were a Poggi and a Palliver. The Poggi had a weird sound one one double stop. Otherwise the same. So I picked the Palliver. Which has only appreciated 10X since then!!
  8. It had been brought to him by a colleague who owns a shop in Spain who had asked him to cut it into bow blanks, thinking that it would probably be a fine bow wood. It is famous as an archery bow wood. Not as dense as Pernambuco. Beautiful wood. Worth experimenting with!!
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    Small Viiolins

    I can only say that after a couple of decades playing a half size alto (18"), It is a satisfying instrument! And I have played some really nice 1/4 and 1/2 size fiddles that have a lot of the sound of a 4/4 violin, although there is less volume. A good sound is possible for 1/4 size (11") violins.
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    Small Viiolins

    I keep the computers running for a Houston luthier. And demonstrate violins as needed. 1) If you accept Hutchins scaling, then the ideal viola is 21 inches. And the standard one inch difference between fractional sizes becomes one and a half inches. So my 18" Viola is half size. And the "normal" 16.5" viola is quarter size. So you cannot make a 1/4 size violin sound good! Hmm.. My luthier can make 1/4 size violins sound good. 2) As a practical matter - we sell student level violins on a three year rental purchase program $15 a month - $50 to upsize. If you are talented, a really good sounding fiddle at 3 times the price. And we have good sounding instruments from 1/4 size up. This is a strategy that has worked for decades.
  11. New Materials: My favorite new wood product is made be the company Ecovative. It is not ready for prime time yet. Starting with straw. Let mushrooms grow in the straw for a while. Then take the partially 'eaten' straw, squash it to the shape and density you want and bake it to make a final material. The current process creates insulation and packing materials that are compostable. With careful interventions at the every stage of production I can see useful molded violin parts as a possibility.
  12. Carbon fiber Cellos have been successful. Carbon fiber Violins, not so much. The fact that wood is a foam, means that it can be thicker/stiffer for the same weight. That seems to be important, at least for the violin pitch range. Squeezing the air out may work for cellos and basses, not for violins.
  13. The body length of violins is 14 inches, 35.5 mm. If the body is 15" it is a viola, no question. One suspects that 14" came from the strength of Italian sheep gut. No one could make an e string strong enough to work with a 15" body. Now we have much stronger materials for strings. Has anyone tried a 15" violin with modern string materials. Did it work?...
  14. As theoretical person who plays and thinks about violins, the question of what wood is led to this peculiar formulation. It appears to me that damping is a very important part of the wood properties. And included porosity in wood is only discussed implicitly as density. Thinking of wood as a foam has helped me when thinking about violin graduations. So: Wood is a lignin foam with cellulose fiber reinfocement, and hemicellulose filler. And the fact that it is a foam containing a lot of air is important to understanding how it works in violins. The nothing is as important as the something!
  15. Each violin is an individual.. If a violin has a sibling, It may be different! Given two violins I can choose the one I like better, or declaire them the same. To choose a violin - pick two violins - play duets to select one. Discard one, try another. Play duets -- soon you come to an end - either buy the winner or take it to compare at another shop. Do not look at the label. Stop when the price gets too high. Talk to the luthier as you do this. It might help! After a year or two, you might do it again!