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  1. i found ep too metallic and harsh for my taste, but my teacher loved it. i guess what i hear from my own ears and what people from a distance hear are not the same. since i am not performing for other people, i opted for obligato which my ears like.
  2. I like Kleiber's recroding from the 70's(?)-the one from DG. Nobody has mentioned this, but I think Abbado's relatively recent recording is very good. It doesn't quite have the thoroughly luxurious, modern sound like Karajan's 60's recording, but not really period style recording either. Then, there's Pletnev's recording. Truely odd recording.
  3. Did any people NY get to try this strad? If I am not mistaken, the auction houses allow people to view/try the instrument.
  4. I have tried uploading my person icon, but it doesn't seem to work.
  5. Good job. Everybody makes mistakes and I make even more mistakes. Thanks for the midi file information. I will try that soon. I like Grumiaux's recording. I like most of Menuhin's recordings, but I wasn't too impressed by the recording included in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century series.
  6. I think there have been good advices, but without seeing the problem, the advices we can give is limited. Unless it's obvious or really severe, I can guess what your physician might prescribe if he or she does. It will most likely go away without a treatment, but it's always a good idea to get a second opinion from someone who can examine your problem. Here are some "minor" to "urgent" reasons why you have to see your doctor for your problem. If any one of these applies to you, I suggest that you make an appointment now. See your doctor soon. 1. You are diabetic or taking medications that suppress your immune system. 2. You have had the problem for more than 2 weeks and it doesn't seem to be getting better. 3. It's getting bigger or more servere (pain, swelling, etc.) 4. Coloured exudation (oozing). 5. Develop moderate to high fever.
  7. This is a more reasonable starting price. 1722 Strad
  8. Sell it to that expert at the half the starting price. It would be a great deal for both of them.
  9. Ysaye was much younger than Joachim or Sarasate when he made the recordings. I believe Joachim and Sarasate made recordings when they were into the 70's and 80's. Most violinists in that age group (54) would not be considered "old." For example, Perlman is 60 and recordings he made a few years ago show no technical problem. Even at the age of 70, Milstein was in a good shape. Shumsky was 65 when he made his Ysaye sonata recording. However, Ysaye had developed technical problems probably due to his health condition. At age 54, he had passed the prime of his career as a concert violinist.
  10. Done that already. I don't suspect that speedy-88 is behind this. I wonder how that crook got his user ID and password.
  11. I got an email from the "seller" through eBay's mail forwarding system. The "seller" was offering me a second chance even though my bid was less than half of the final price and far below the reserve price. What's odd about this is that the User ID of the person who offered me the second chance doesn't match. Speedy-88 appears to be a fairly reputable eBay buyer/seller based in Germany, but the forwarded email came though eBay Malaysia!
  12. Doesn't the bow hair get oily and slippery if you put oil on your string?
  13. I had a Maestro model for awhile. The wood used for the back was very beautiful. My violin was based on the Strad pattern. I don't think it is particularly well made. Everything about the original set up was wrong. Be prepared to spend some money and time to have it adjusted. After the adjustment, it became slightly more playable, but the sound has not change in any meaningful way. I didn't realize just how bad the sound was until I played other instruments.
  14. Yes, it's possible to buy a violin entirely made by Zheng, but I think you might have to wait a few years to get one. Don't think that his violins are cheap because he is a Chinese violin maker. I was told that he charges over $10,000 for his violin. One of my friends is a violin dealer who goes to China a few times a year to buy violins in several grades. He played two violins by Zheng. The first one was an exceptional violin, but the second one was not good. He suspects that it could not have been made by Zheng and it might have been a violin made by his student and finished by Zheng. I am not sure whether or not this is a common practice, but if you were to buy a violin from him, I suggest that you tell him that you want to violin entirely made by Zheng.
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