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Bernie R

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  1. Pronunciation is determined by speakers of the language, not by dictionaries.
  2. Just generally. >> (If you offer your endorsement to D'Addario they might send you a free set...........) I'm not sure my endorsement is that valuable. Bernie
  3. I have gradually come to believe that Mr Omobono is a sound judge, so I thought I'd try a Zyex A, D and G. I put them on yesterday. I am impressed: they immediately made a bigger positive difference than any other strings I have tried. Perhaps the impact of the change is amplified by the fact that the strings seem to need very little playing in: I put them on, left them to stretch for ten minutes and then they sounded excellent. Highly responsive, rich, complex sound.
  4. I never said anything about their morals, I don't give a toss about their morals. The music was awful. They would be pretty poor jazz musicians if they couldn't pick up a tune that simple. They didn't make anything of it though. Do you think this piece would be a revelation for people who might not appreciate either of the genres involved?
  5. It's a mess because it is two different styles of music bolted clumsily together. It's tedious because the jazz element lacks the excitement and other positive characteristics of jazz, and the "old time" element lacks the positive characteristics of "old time" music. James Kelly is the son of a well-known fiddler in the Clare style of playing, the father moved with the family from County Clare to Dublin, his house in Capel Street was a gathering place for traditional musicians where James would have been exposed to influences from all over Ireland and beyond. His playing reflects all these influences, with an added dash of individuality.
  6. I've been playing and listening to traditional Irish fiddle music for around 40 years, on and off. This is the sort of thing I like: I really did find the video you linked to tedious and a mess. As graceful as a goat in stilettos.
  7. What a tedious performance! What a mess!
  8. Then I suppose you could initiate the disputes procedure.
  9. "Building on the success of the Amber E and Russian A strings Warchal have now released the Avantgarde A string. This is a remarkable metal A string which combines the innovations of the Russian A and Amber E strings. Gives unrivalled quality of sound and fast response. It is wavy along the whole length of string and that is why the feeling under the finger may require time to get used to."
  10. I have had a fair bit of trouble with this, and I was thinking about it last night as I am expecting some new strings to arrive in the post today. I am wondering if a short piece of tubing slid onto the post might be the solution. I found the protectors extremely difficult to fit. I'm thinking of trying different diameters of electrical wire insulation. I'll do it now.
  11. Because I am happy with where I am at I enjoy my playing much more and want to do it more, and because of that I find I am improving without striving.
  12. http://www.arteliutaria.it/quartquint_utili_viola_1.shtml Horrible.
  13. I've been far happier with my playing since I stopped thinking in terms of "arriving". We will all spend our entire musical lives at whatever standard we are currently at. So the thing to do is to get as much pleasure and satisfaction out of that as you can, right now, and simply stop worrying about whether you have "arrived" or whether you will "arrive".
  14. The remaining varnish and the net effect add up to a stunning instrument...one of my all time favorites.on we go, Joe If this was a piece of antique furniture people would say the patina has been ruined by the misguided overpolishing. I can't see why that doesn't apply to violins. Do people at your workshops overpolish their instruments to complete the antiquing?
  15. Is that the effect the workshop participants would generally be aiming for, all shiny like that?
  16. I have recently acquired a Stainer copy. I have been fiddling around with the soundpost and the bridge, trying to make it sound good (for traditional Irish music). I took it to a session and had some other fiddlers play it, and one said it it has a nice sweet sound, but not powerful. I have heard several times that Stainer pattern fiddles can be sweet but not powerful. Is that true? Do you find Stainer pattern violins are generally sweet but quiet? Should I give up on the fiddling around with bridges and soundposts, and accept that this fiddle is for playing in quiet settings? That's not a bad thing: my wife seems to tolerate the Stainer better than my louder, more assertive fiddle. Do any major orchestral players or soloists use Stainer pattern or similar violins? To respond directly to the OP: I find I am attracted to the look of violins other than Strad and DG copies. That's partly why I wanted a Stainer pattern fiddle. To my eye violins like that have an austere, archaic look about them, where the Strad looks smooth and sophisticated. But if you can't get a Stainer violin to sound loud enough to satisfy yourself or other players, it may not be such a good idea to make one.
  17. One of the cellos in the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms had carvings on the front. What is that about?
  18. The built-in mics are fine, but I want to be able to experiment with placement. Surely if these built-in mics are ok I can get some reasonable separate ones that don't cost more than the recorder itself??
  19. The recorder is a Sony PCM M10, the microphones are dirt cheap. Sounds like I should get some new mics. The recordings are only for my own amusement, solo fiddle. What kind of inexpensive mics should I go for?
  20. Thanks Mike. Will a fluorescent light or other mains equipment affect a battery operated recorder? There's no hum or hiss from the recorder's built-in mics by the way.
  21. I'm having this problem with the current "English violin" thread. I'd like to see the discussion! Have there been any replies? If not, could somebody reply, to see if that makes the thread accessible.
  22. I have a couple of battery operated microphones connected to a battery operated digital recorder, the recordings have some electrical hum and hissing, the hissing is not constant but seems to build up and then discharge itself. I'd welcome any suggestions about how to prevent this. Bernie
  23. I pulled up in the car at a road tunnel toll booth with a John Coltrane CD playing. The guy in the toll booth said "is that snake charming music Sir?".
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