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  1. The "no purfling" was refering to Fiddledoug violin (the inlet picture).
  2. It almost looks like a copper violin! But I like the color. True the way the top and back have been shaped looks surprising, as if the wood fibers were going in different directions. The purfling is surprising too. But not being a violin maker or a specialist I don't know if this is something usual for some violin makers. Near the saddle it looks like the two parts of the top were glued at an "angle" since the middle line is on the right of the saddle. Is it a large repair patch? Also the lining of the wood seem pretty wide and I was in the impression that the narrower the fibers were the better. Is it a worm hole near the C rib in the back? At least the shape of this violin is clearly different from the usual Stradivarius or Guarnerius copies! Especially the corners are very short. The F holes are very round and the volutes of the scroll very flat. But I would like indeed to play a little bit myself with it to hear better than through internet.
  3. Indeed it looks beautiful and if it sounds as nice as it looks, the owner will be delighted. Is it common practice to finish the scroll with sandpaper or should scrapers be the last objects to touch this part of the viola/violin?
  4. I came across this website that talks about a "test" where a concert level violinist played a Stadivarius and an almost brand new violin. You can listen to the 4 extracts from each violin. Most of the audience actually showed a preference for the new violin in this blind test. test
  5. I just came across a website where a musical instruments maker shows how to easily make finger planes finger planes
  6. I would be curious to know if the ones amongst you who build violins remember how the first one sounded like? Also, is there a very good book that a complete beginner would use to make a playable violin from scratch.
  7. Funny but I long wondered why Heifetz was doing this because it was not written on the Chaconne scores I could see. But the answer is easy.: It sounds wonderful in Heifetz hands!
  8. The conclusion of this is that I should not worry about my bird-eye Maggini copy then!
  9. There are several videos like tis on youtube. You can even find this video where Midori (about 10 at the time) breaking her E string and changing the violin with the concertmaster. Then very soon after breaking it again and changing once more.
  10. I think most players I heard use a broken chord for the opening of Bach Chaconne. However you can find I. Stern interpretation on youtube and he plays the three notes together (maybe the bridge of his violin allows it, or maybe gut strings more supple that allows easier playing on three strings together). On the contraray Perlman insist quite a lot on the first two DF before crossing to FA.
  11. I would say the chance for a string leader in a very god orchestra (professional one) to own 2 violins worth each several thousand pounds is pretty slim. So... As for passing infection, wouaw! That's a pretty optimistic thought!
  12. I really paid attention to bow as usual and did compare with another similar bow with my usual rosin. But the difference was so obvious that I could hardly be mistaken. But again is it worth the price (afterall a block could last 1 or 2 years which means few pennies a day) ? As for the rosin I usually rosin my bow once a week (sometimes even forget) and practice about 1h-1h30, 6 days a week. I am not a heavy user...
  13. Being only a beginner (4 years practice) I still however believe that testing different strings, different bows or different rosins is part of the learning. So I did try yesterday this Andrea rosin. I know some will disagree but even for a beginner the difference with my Hindersine rosin was really clear. With 1 or 2 bow passages on the block or rosin the amount of sound I could get from my violin was really much higher. It's too early to say more but there is a clear difference. Whether the difference in price justifies the difference in volume is another matter!
  14. We agree about industrial violins, but many new violins are still hand made I believe. I heard about (I am not advertising.. and I think I will buy one myself soon) that violins made by the Gliga team are very good. The Maggini copy I own now is really good and new, but given the fine details (especially in the purfling) I am quite certain that it was made by a man or a woman, not by a machine.
  15. It seems to me that too often people want to buy old violins thinking that they MUST be better than newly made one. But it's a little strange. At one point Stradivari and Guarneri were new!
  16. You don't need to win the lottery to get a Stradivarius. All you have to do is to practice long and well enough to play like Oistrakh, Milstein, Heifetz or one of today's masters, and someone will give you one for free!
  17. Who was silly enough to sell a $2000 bow for $31? Maybe he has some real stradivari that I would be glad to buy for few $100!
  18. I believe chinese copies have dramatically improved over the last few years. So you might be surprised and get some really good instruments for a somewhat low price. In fact I believe the Maggini bird eye copy I have could be chinese (but no way to know but the neck slightly thinner than normal could be an indication. Not that it matter to me, on the contrary because that makes playing easier for me). The violin was new when I purchased on e-bay for £250. But the size of the main body was 14inche 3/8 like you would expect it for a copy, the violin seems lighter than normal 4/4, purflings are really finely inlaid (usually bad copies don't pay attention to these details) the fingerboard is absolutely fine even though I was distracted for some time by the mother of pearl inlaid flowers all along (Right curve, real ebony etc...I brought it to a luthier to get a better bridge) and most importantly I was very happy of the sound, especially with obligato strings. My teacher was really impressed (not that it compared with his own one of course) by the ratio Quality/price. I am really happy of it when I compare it with for example the german violin I had before. And I also heard that Jay Haide violin are made in China and however are of the best quality.
  19. I don't think indeed that Perlman, Mutter or Vengerof are using glasser fiber bows in concerts. However they are quite above the rest of the players. Now, for example my first teacher, who did play in professional orchestras for most of his life (that is about 50 years playing) and who'd agree that Pernambucco bows are still unmatched, is not afraid to use synthetic bows. No doubt he is not the only one. And these synthetic bows won't stop improving like synthetic strings did. And Perlman still probably uses dominant ....
  20. They have resumed fabrication of this rosin, so no need to go crazy anymore....
  21. I know that the distributor for Gliga is Liz Ward in UK (check with ELIDA as keyword on your search engine) and I heard that the USA distributor is one of Gliga's sons in Passadena.
  22. robertdo


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