Ron MacDonald

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  1. Ron MacDonald

    Violin ID - W.H. Spence Bulawayo 1962

    Hi Kallie, good to see you back. I checked both Henley and Dilworth. Unfortunately, there is no mention of him. Seems a decent instrument.
  2. Ron MacDonald

    Violin directionality

    That's true at the professional level but not at that of the amateur.
  3. Ron MacDonald

    Violin directionality

    Perhaps your sister-in-law might find Lionel Tertis proposal for orchestral seating interesting. In his autobiography, "My Viola and I", he suggests that the strings should be seated in the centre with first violins in front, followed by seconds, violas, cellos and basses. The winds would be on the right (from the audience's perspective) and the brass on the left--far back.
  4. Ron MacDonald

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Best wishes to all! I can't claim to have a viola farm though I do have three of them all by contemporary makers.
  5. Ron MacDonald

    Fox's Bench

  6. Ron MacDonald

    Happy Birthday Ida Haendel!

    Heard her in 2005--she was as good as ever!
  7. Bach did write a viola concerto. It was lost but has now been reconstructed and is published by Barenreiter.
  8. Ron MacDonald

    But it's my favorite maker.......

    I knew Szigeti well during his last two decades. I don't know when he might have owned or played a Seraphin, but when I knew him he had only two instruments, a Peter Guarneri of Venice and a Peter Guarneri of Mantua. These were the only two instruments he used during most of his career. Isaac Stern once opined that one of these (not sure which) was the finest violin in existence. The Tarisio description is at best misleading. Dwight, which of the Guarneris does your friend play?
  9. Ron MacDonald

    Cello id

    Perhaps you're just noticing a Romberg fingerboard--normal in cellos.
  10. Ron MacDonald

    Violin Mystery - Instructional Attachment?

    Yes, many years ago as a young student I worked in a photo lab.
  11. Ron MacDonald

    Violin Mystery - Instructional Attachment?

    The white lines are just a poor job of photo retouching to make it apparent that she is not playing on air.
  12. Ron MacDonald

    Apparently violins can't play middle C

    The errors in this are so obvious that it does not deserve a correction.
  13. Ron MacDonald

    1759 Gagliano Pawned for $50

    I assume the trophies had some resale value--they were silver but I would guess plated. They also took his TV set.
  14. Ron MacDonald

    1759 Gagliano Pawned for $50

    My dear old friend and teacher, Alfredo Campoli, had his home in north London burgled one night. The thieves took all the tennis trophies he'd won as a young man and the bridge trophies he'd won when older but walked by the Dragonetti Strad sitting on a chair in his lounge.
  15. Ron MacDonald

    Gordge case identification

    I suspect that few are aware that after Mr. Gordge died, the firm was purchased by a Canadian, Henry Janzen. He renamed the firm "Farnham Caseworks" and began making them in Toronto. To the best of my knowledge, he made only two cases before folding, one for violin and one for viola. The viola case is mine and while it is a typical Gordge, the workmanship is not as good, particularly the cover. However, the case is so heavy, I rarely use it.