David Pope

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  1. Mike, I’ve always been lucky removing the CA and wood from the slide. I sand the wood away and when it starts to get thin the glue just releases - the same as it does when I’m removing a dowel rod I’ve used to shape a pearl eye.
  2. As it happens I had a bow come in today for it’s first repair with a slide that would not come out using the more common approaches so I CA glued a piece of scrap maple to the slide. Two hits with the mallet and it slide right out. It’s great when things work as they should.
  3. Thanks Bruce, unfortunately I’m not close enough to be able to make another trip but it was good to see the violin again anyway. It was nice to concentrate on just one del Gesu instead of the twenty five in New York in ‘94.
  4. For those of you planning to see The Cannon you can leave your flashlights at home. I had the chance to visit Sunday and after being told to turn off my light a discussion with the museum staff said their agreement was to not allow light of any kind. But perhaps as the week goes on they can be persuaded otherwise.
  5. Jp, This is the description of your viola from the 1975 brochure. They have it as the top of their student line before advancing to the Ernst Heinrich Roth violas. The C denotes Caspari pegs.
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    The Strad

    When I've had an issue, like a missing issue, I always contact them at customerservices@thestrad.com Provide them what information you have about the subscription and someone will respond in a business day or two.
  7. Horacio is in the diamond pattern shirt. I think Gael is behind Rene.
  8. Mike, I make up glue brushes using thin walled 1/4" aluminum tubing from the hardware store and leftover bow hair. I fold the hair, insert it in the end, and then compress the end in a vise or with a hammer. Then I trim the hair even to the length I want. If you don't have access to hair PM me.
  9. I've been having an ongoing exchange of emails with them since the beginning of the year. Last week I received a hand addressed replacement copy of the February issue and two days later received the print addressed March issue. This morning's email from them said "There has been a new mailing system put into place so all future delivery problems will be resolved". They're now sending out an April issue replacement.
  10. Hello Mike, The instrument after the Ole Bull is the 1695 Strad viola with the coronet on the top under the fingerboard known now as the Herbert Axelrod.
  11. Jim, no mention has been made of transportation and I'd not expect it to happen. Last time the VSA was in DC and there were instrument viewings at the Library of Congress people were on their own to get downtown. The Metro is the easiest option.
  12. I received an email today saying I'm on the wait list. I believe the original notice said if you win the lottery you will be notified.
  13. deans, thats the orchestra I retired from 5 years ago. I still know many of those people and I imagine they were asked to have some sort of uniformity for the PR shot. Except for Yuri, far right, he was allows a rebel.
  14. Will, Dan's obituary just about says it all. Being raised in the Chicago area, as his wife was, he spent a lot of time trading with the owners of the major shops in Chicago, and New York, up until he was no longer able to travel. I began doing repairs for him in the late 1970s and continued to do so until his death. He'd be down to my shop, about 30 minutes south from Dewitt, it seemed almost very week to show me his newest find or to have some adjustment made. He was a great guy and very down to earth. The stories over those many decades are too numerous to recount - some humorous, some mundane, and some too confidential for a forum setting.
  15. Woodland, In the 1990s I helped Dan Draley, in a small way, when the last of Frank Sindelar's things were being sold off because Frank's son was moving out of the house. At that time I was told because Frank was a few years older, and already at Hornsteiner's when Carl Becker came, he was in charge of instructing Carl at the beginning until Carl reached a point that Hornsteiner took over. This might give some evidence to the notion that Frank taught Carl, even though it may have been very little. I was able at this time to acquire a very nice Sindelar viola from what was left of Frank's instruments.