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    Preparing for Winter

    Il Giardino Armonico/Enrico Onofri
  2. --because they are dance suites?
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    Bach - Richter

    I grew up with Karl Richter's Brandenburgs and have since acquired most (all?) of his great Archiv recordings, one of the finest of which is the Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) with Janowitz, Ludwig, Wunderlich. Old school. As for steel strings, Kogan used them. I am very fond of his sound and his playing.
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    cello repair story

    There are some very touching stories in this article, about trying to say goodbye to old partners: "Toward the end of his life, Greenhouse asked his nurses to lay the instrument next to him in bed."
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    Rafael Carrabba question

    I have been going to that shop for about 40 years (back when David Saunders owned it), and Rafael Carrabba has worked wonders on many of our instruments. His set ups, in particular, are tremendous (--though I am under the impression he is delegating more of the work these days). You seem to be in the market for an instrument, and Rafael is very helpful in that regard. When my daughter was embarking on auditions for professional orchestras and needed a good violin, he spent about 6 months searching for the right instrument, including reaching out to other dealers. The one she picked ultimately came via Kenneth Warren's shop in Chicago, and with it she won a seat in one of the big orchestras. He will ship instruments for approval (or has in the past, anyway). My one caveat involves a recent rehair of three bows, one of which came back to us with a poorly secured slide and another with the tip plate visibly separated from the stick (which may or may not have been a consequence of the rehair, but which surely should not have left the shop in such a condition). I ended up getting it fixed locally. I was not pleased with the customer service--not at all. I do not think Rafael himself was involved in any of that, but I would not recommend that service to anyone, which is unfortunate since my past rehair experiences with that shop have been very positive.
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    C Mennégand violin (?)

    crazy jane from Yeats--
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    C Mennégand violin (?)

    The etymology is pretty colorful: Word Origin and History for toady n. "servile parasite," 1826, apparently shortened from toad-eater "fawning flatterer" (1742), originally referring to the assistant of a charlatan, who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison (1620s). The verb is recorded from 1827. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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    Davidov Poster Wanted

    Or contact Roger Hargrave (or obtain one of these copies through interlibrary loan).
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    Luthier genealogy/research 18th-21st century

    There is, unfortunately, no information about auction house, papers, etc. It is listed on this page (search page with control+f for "Fort"). Perhaps if you contact Amati, they might have more information for you. I have no idea if this was one of their sales. Also, if you post pictures here, someone may venture an opinion regarding the bow's possible identity as a Louis Morizot. Edit-- Brompton's might be the house: Sign in to see if pics are available.
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    Luthier genealogy/research 18th-21st century

    Amati price history at auction for bows by Louis Morizot lists this sale in 2009: A Violin Bow by Louis Morizot S/E 52.5 g. without hair branded "J.A. Fort" £1,414
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    Homemade cases?

    Just noticed this thread. These Bobelock cases don't accommodate a bow, rosin, etc., except in the outer pocket, but are sturdy and cheap.
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    Violin bridge setup questions

    Old thread, I know...but I consulted this when I had a question regarding bridge placement, and was surprised by the result. I recently acquired a nice viola, twenty years in storage, with two bridges--the better of which was not in use. This bridge lacks both a manufacturer's and a luthier's stamp, but has vivid grain and is unwarped. The bridge is also very symmetrical and finely cut, making it (to me) impossible to determine the bass side from the treble. I made a guess based on perceived widths, but later doubted my judgment and consulted my daughter (a professional, and much shrewder than I) when she visited, who suggested that mute marks and other details suggested the bridge should be reversed--which I duly did. (I based the placement of the bridge on the old footprints.) I was very surprised (and pleased) by the result--a much greater evenness on all strings.
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    Ears ringing in pit orchestra

    I am not saying mutes change pitches so much as they change (dull) our discernment of pitches. Many views are offered here.
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    Ears ringing in pit orchestra

    Hi paws, It's great that you have returned to violin. Keep at it! I've been practicing my finger agility exercises (Schradiek) with a mute on recently, but always wonder whether I am fully perceiving intonation. I read this interesting comment on "I've found that practicing with a mute lets me be a bit sloppier with the bow. You will sound more in tune with a mute because the bow interferes less. You cannot practice for a good sound if you always use a mute." I am inclined to agree with this. So I remove the mute after I've finished these "calisthenics" and try to pay careful attention to intonation on the rest of my session.