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  1. Please don't tell me they are all crap and I should be using a $5000 bow. I can't afford it, and unless I hit the lottery, I likely never will. I need a good, inexpensive bow. I hear there are alot of good quality violins and bows coming out of China. When I look on ebay, I see so many different makers, there is no way to know who is producing quality work and who is not. Anyone have firsthand experience with this?
  2. I stumbled across a group called Childsplay on the internet. I am a fiddler. After looking around on that website, I found some information about the maker, Robert Childs in Cambridge, MA. I did a search on here and did not turn up anything. I am wondering if anyone has had any experience with this maker?
  3. Yes, that is my violin in the Elderly listing. I purchased it about 3 years ago. The pictures of it on my computer are very orangey-red. But the violin is not at all like that. It's really a medium brown to dark brown, but not the least bit orange or red. The picture does not do the violin justice; it really is quite an attractive violin, even if it doesn't have the greatest sound. The birdseye maple back is also very pretty. As far as sound, I don't know what sounds good or what sounds bad. I wish I could figure that out. I think it sounds good. I'm going to see if I can have Michael Weller set it up for an even better sound. Once I can identify the violin sound that I'm looking for, I'll try to find a violin like that. Thank you for all your help.
  4. Hi guys. I asked this question about three years ago when I acquired this fiddle. At that time, I got no info about it. I have since tried to do more research on this maker, but I have found nothing. I am hoping that someone can shed some more light on my fiddle. I purchased it for $1100.00. I was told that it looks like an English copy of a Guarneri. The label says Ferdinando Leoni, Parma, 18??. I can't read it. I know that this maker is listed in the list of violin makers, but what I can't find is any other violins. I have asked many violin shops, and researched auction sheets, etc, and cannot find this maker listed. I take it that Mr. Leoni did not make very many violins. Of course, if mine is a copy, then it could have been made by anyone correct? My violin is a medium to dark brown, not high gloss at all. It has a birdseye back. It looks quite aged and has seen alot of playing time. I just wish I could know more about it. I'd appreciate any help if anyone has any other resources that they could check. Merry Christmas.
  5. Mike: I belong to several celtic groups and I rarely see viola. It can be done, because Bonnie Rideout alternates between her violin and viola. Violas make a gorgeous beefy sound. We had one violist that tried very hard to play in our celtic group, but she ended up switching to fiddle. The problem is that most little fiddle tunes are written just perfectly for the fiddle, but are off the scale for a violist. She tried to rewrite all of our fiddle tunes in her staff, (what is it, alto clef??), but it was just too hard to do that for so many tunes. I guess if you can transpose on the fly, you'd be fine. But site reading will be your biggest obstacle.
  6. Sunnybear: Definitely. Any bow that I consider I will trial first to see how it plays.
  7. I have been looking strongly at these bows called Water Violet bows. There are a few places you can get them, but if you'd like to look at what I'm talking about, you can have a look at this website: www.franksviolins.com If anyone has any info or experience about these bows, which come from Brazil, I'd like to hear about them. They look lovely to me. Second, there is a seller on ebay that has bows by W.E. Dorfler. These are new bows. There are also some by Otto Duhrschmidt ( I don't know if I'm spelling this correctly). They both look like really nice bows. Can anyone tell me about these two makers? These are handmade in Bavaria.
  8. I know that Infeld Reds have a reputation of being on the darker side. I want to bring out the darker side of my fiddle and I'm going to start experimenting with some strings. Are there others that have a dark "reputation"? Scott Cao strings his fiddles up with Zyex strings, and they have been described as dark sounding. But I've never used these strings. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  9. Hello. I am having a bow specially made for me. This maker uses ebony frogs typically, but I'd really like to have a snakewood frog. He said that he would make it, if I could supply the frog. I have no idea where to find parts like this. Any help?
  10. Thanks everyone for these great suggestions. Yes, I'd love to have Bonnie Rideout's fiddle. I still couldn't play like her, but I'd love to have her fiddle!!!! I'd love a tone like that. RichF, who is Michael Weller? Are you talking about someone maybe at Brobst?
  11. Hello. I own a fiddle that I paid $1100.00 for. It is an English Guarneri copy and the label says Ferdinando Leoni, Parma, and I can't read the date of 18??. I am looking at making a move up in the very near future in the range of $6000 to $10,000 maximum price. I am a celtic fiddler, mostly of the Scots variety. I want a dark, rich, fiddle tone. I understand that many new fiddles have a great tone right out of the gate, and that you don't necessarily have to buy an old instrument to get a great tone. I'd greatly appreciate some ideas of makers to consider. Thank you.
  12. I am working on putting this great scottish set together. I've recently come across two tunes that pair beautifully together, both in the key of A. The first tune is "Had the Lass Till I Win At Her", and the 2nd is called "Blue Britches". Both are wonderful scottish reels that have that slightly "different" sound than it seems alot of reels do. It seems that so often so many reels, like Temperance Reel or Maid Behind the Bar, are just eighth note runs that do the same thing over and over, and seem to not really go anywhere or do anything exciting. I like the reels that do something like cross several strings or have that certain twist. You fiddlers out there will know what I'm talking about. Anyways, I'm looking for a great 3rd reel to put with these two so I can have a set. We usually play tunes as sets, and I usually try to put three together on the page. Any suggestions for that different reel with slight twist, rather than just common everyday reels, would be greatly appreciated.
  13. I have used the ABC2win program for a couple of years, but I haven't been able to get it to work right for about a year on my computer. I'm looking for recommendations for a new software program, that allows me to input chords over the bars, allow grace notes, slurs, etc., and that is easy to work with. I found the ABC program very easy to work with, but unfortunately it's just not working on my computer. I have no idea where to begin looking for notation programs.
  14. Can anyone tell me where I can view the survey? I dont' understand. Never mind. I see it now. Thank you.
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