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  • Birthday 10/22/1962

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    Professional cellist, forever attempting to learn more about the tools we use.
    2005 David Caron called “Heavenly Voice.”

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  1. I think a book on the Roth family would indeed be interesting. I would buy a copy. however, one wonders if the story would be affected by the desires of the person telling it? Meanwhile, I have helped-for free-many a student acquire worthwhile old Scherl & Roth cellos, the most recent a beautiful thing dating from 2003. Except for very entry level instruments, & Roth instruments need make no apologies.
  2. Well you sent me eBay links that do not work, I was referring to the maestronet post to which you were referred. I do not think that I posted about my own cursive stamp bow, but I might have, although it would’ve been, gosh, 20 years ago. Regarding your fake stamp story, I’ve mentioned this before, But one of my dearest friends Worked with a local violin shop where the owner had had himself made a fake Albert Nurnberger brand So he could make all the Nürnberger bows he wanted.
  3. Can you find and share that post? I tried to locate it, but search feature on my iPhone doesn’t seem to work. I don’t think that was my post, so I’d really be interested in doing about it. I no longer have the bow that I had, but it was a really nice though and I remember it played well and was quite attractive.
  4. I hate to add to the quandary, but I owned a lovely Ernst Heinrich Roth bow Where are the stamp was cursive. The only one I’ve ever seen and that was a fantastic bow. The stamps on both of your bows Look clumsily done. The work looks nice, and they very much look like the same hand, but on a high-level bow, one would expect the stamp to be much more carefully applied. Also, it’s hard to tell from the light in the photographs but they look more “gold tone” then “gold.”
  5. Would you mind sharing with us what you do like? :-)
  6. When I read the initial post, Claudio, your astounding video is exactly what I thought of. That’s an amazing Video, and almost made me want to switch to viola so I could truly appreciate your art.
  7. There is a well-known maker in New Mexico by the name of Ann Cole. She decorates everyone of her instruments, and they are all works of art. It might be worthwhile to contact her and ask her how she would approach such a project. She is so creative that your request might stimulate her interest in doing the same thing.
  8. No. Go look up bergonzi violins ans compare F Holes, Purfling and Varnish
  9. Thank you. Also aren’t most French stamps upside down?
  10. There is a Cello being offered by Keane Auctions (Kerry Keane ?) The cello itself is interesting, but I am asking about the bow. I promise I’m not going to bid, I’m not the least bit interested in bidding, but I am interested in learning about this bow. It was listed as “unmarked” but that looks like “Frank Prell Paris”. That name is definitely wrong, but would be interested in your thoughts. Whatch’yall think? PS I see a lengthwise crack at the base of the frog, I see some inlaid wood on the stick ahead of the thumb projection(? Because of wear?) And a curious green in a couple spots which would indicate nickel, but I have never seen a Parisian eye that was not silver, especially when all the rest of the mountings are silver as well.
  11. I appreciate your reply, but you’re missing my point, which is that the factory instruments, made to a specific price point, are good enough in quality that it decreases the need for a higher priced instrument. All of my own students go to schools where they are supplied with carbon fiber bows. They are never educated about Good equipment, and most teachers find it to their benefit to continue that ignorance because it makes it much easier to upsell the student for the benefit of the teacher and not for the benefit of the student. Why spend 50 when you can get away with spending five, and no one has made any effort to educate you about why the 50 is so much better. That’s one category. Another category is the competent musician who feels that he can accomplish his goal with a 10 rather than a 50. Why bother spending the money, If the audience doesn’t appreciate the difference? A quite famous college professor has a very boring mass produced instrument made by a local shop. I went to a recital he gave recently, and was astonished at how monochromatic his cello was. He’s a world-class player, but he’s not playing a world-class instrument. I spoke to several other educated players in the audience who had the same reaction, but overall the recital was a success. Anyone would’ve noticed the difference between the mediocre instrument he was playing and an instrument that was more worthy of him, but nobody cared. If he doesn’t care, why should the parent of an aspiring conservatory student? And instruments Get more desirable with age, provided they are kept in excellent condition. How many Matsuda cellos are available? Why bother spending the new price when you can buy one used? there is a serious need for quality education of the aesthetics of instruments, and that is not happening. If it does not happen soon, the market for good quality instruments well go away.
  12. Where are all these instruments going? At what point will the demand totally collapse? The difference between a 10k and a 40k instrument is becoming less significant except to discerning players. It makes me sad.
  13. I have seen that spelling, but I’ve always wondered whether that was an acceptable alternate spelling, or it referred to a different family. Now that I know the correct way, I’m sure I will still misspell it, but I will do my best
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