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  • Birthday 10/22/1962

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    Cellos?<br />I play a magnificent 2005 David Caron. I have a Paul Martin Siefried/A C Schuster/Hubert Chanon/H R Knopf bow, all of which I love, though I play the Chanon and Knopf most.<br /><br />I like instruments, music, old cars, firearms(especially lever actions)<br />and cats... I like cats a lot...

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  1. Question about wood moisture content?

    David thank you very much.
  2. I live in North Texas, and I play on a 2005 David Caron cello. Over the years I have noticed that the cello sounds noticeably better and the weather is cool and wet. Yesterday during a very rainy rehearsal I mentioned that my cello sounded really incredible. My pianists husband is a retired engineer and he said my cello sounded better on wet days because the wood is too dry, and the moisture in the air on wet days makes the wood expand and the cello sound better. my question for the experts is whether this is true, and if so why? it's possibly a related issue that my wolf note is mobile, moving between G, F sharp or F natural. Very odd.
  3. I have a copy of "Notturno Sull'Acqua" written in 1936 and published by Ricordi. nothing of Castelnuovo-Tedesco is in the current catalogue and I'd love to get a fresh copy. the piece is glorious and so rare there's only two audio performances on YouTube. does anyone know where I could locate the music? thanks!
  4. Cello ID

    Ask him if it's Chinese or German. He should say so. A colleague imports good German bodies to Texas, extensively reworks and varnishes them and sells them-with Pirastro strings!- for about 2,000 dollars and says he makes a good profit at that price. sounds like your price is several hundred percent too high.
  5. old German violin

    Regardless of what this turns out to be, it's definitely a fascinating discussion. I'm completely ignorant about everything and I just wish I could find someway to learn some of the knowledge you guys bandy about so cheerfully. One thing, usually true, is that where there is a good violin there is also a good bow. What kind of bow was with the fiddle?
  6. Yesterday I functioned as a courier between two colleagues, and returned from one to the other a quite nice bow made by Maline. The owner told me, "it was sold to me as a Peccatte, but turned out to be a Maline." and then he shrugged, because they're both great bows. Anyway, I noticed that his bow was a self-rehairing bow, and a friend asked me how that feature worked. I said I didn't know, because I don't know of any that still exist in their original form. How DID they work? And do any still exist that have not been converted? I'm sharing a picture of the Maline just for the hell of it.
  7. Bow with Tortoiseshell frog ID

    The frog is hollow, and inside is very tiny photograph that is visible through the eye, which is a lens instead of the standard mother of pearl. I owned a German picture bow long ago, and it was a very nice stick. I think it was made by Prell, and inside was the photograph of an unidentified man, possibly the person who had ordered the bow originally.
  8. Bow with Tortoiseshell frog ID

    The eye on that frog looks very large, is it possibly a picture bow? Ironically, I came here specifically to ask about picture bows.
  9. Verifying this Dieudonne Cello

    I owned a Dieudonne from 1958 that I like very much and when I wanted to sell it, I took it to Rene Morel, Who had worked with Dieudonne. Morel looked over my cello very closely, but he said he could not specifically say who had made it. I will always remember that visit, he was a wonderful wonderful person. Apparently, Dieudonne was injured in World War I and when he returned to work, his injury, whatever it was, made it difficult for him to do a lot of the grunt work of making cellos. They were made in his shop, and he contributed to them, although I don't know what or how much. Your cello looks exactly like mine, and it also looks exactly like one from 1938 owned by a colleague. The violins don't seem to sell for very much, but the cellos are very nice. Yours is very nice.
  10. Carcassi-ish cello

    I am not the slightest bit interested in this cello that is being auctioned by Dikins auctioneers in England, but it's a very odd pattern and I wanted to share to see if you guys had any idea what it might really be. The pictures on the auction site are very bad, by the way, and these are the best available.
  11. Recommendations for replacement frog

    The original is worn at the thumb point, and I hate to have wood added. The original frog should remain original and if it remains with the bow there's no reason why the value of the whole would be damaged. And I'm not seeking an exact copy. I'd prefer a thumb extension( not sure what the official term is for the upper tongue of the frog where the thumb touches) that is square rather than round. so I'm not looking for an exact copy, rather a replacement. 1200, even for a great bow, does seem high, but I haven't asked anyone so have no frame of reference. Perhaps that's just what it costs.
  12. Recommendations for replacement frog

    That's a very good suggestion! I have a lot of respect for Paul and he worked with Ole.
  13. So I have this wonderful Dupuy bow made by we know not whom. The frog is worn enough that I'd like to have a replacement frog made. My first target would be Siefried because I know his work well, but he seems to be out of pocket these days. So who would you recommend? thanks!!
  14. Book Recommendations

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned "British violin makers" by the Reverend Morris. that book is so beautifully written and such a window into the soul and spirit of the author that I have read it cover to cover multiple times just for the joy of the writing style. it also contains a fascinating chapter about string-making. sadly, my copy is the 1921 edition and the spine is broken so I can no longer read it, but I'm sure it has been reprinted somewhere.
  15. HR phretschner Bow when and by whom

    Martin, yes it is a cello bow, and I did not think to get a photograph of the head while my friend was at my studio, I am inclined to agree with you. It's a very nice bow and it is in perfect condition and thank you very much for your information