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  1. Quote: okay thanks. I'll see what the local guy has to say. I did think that the strings were hard to press down in upper positions even back when I first received the instrument, but thought that the stiff strings were due to them being new. Also, since I was only trying to get back my skills, I was only playing hymns in low positions. Now that I'm working on some Mozart Concerto #3, there are high positions to hit, and this has become a problema. Nothing major, I expect that the tone and comfort will be increased and I can enjoy my Virtuoso a while longer. Of course next week, the Cremona exhibit opens in San Jose, but one can only look and dream. Bringing it down to 3mm and 5mm (E and G respectively) will make your playing of the instrument much easier. I'm sure it is due to the climatic change, as November in Wisconsin is quite dry, versus the almost always humid climate of California (coastal California, that is). 1mm doesn't seem like much, but to a player, is quite a lot. Conversely, I wouldn't go for a very low height (2.5 or lower on the E, for example) as that does reduce the tone to some degree, making it a bit 'flat', and increases the chances that you will buzz on the fingerboard, particularly with pizzicato.
  2. Quote: Just for my knowledge, what does scoop the fingerboard mean? I'll let everyone know what the luthier thinks. I'm going over there in about an hour. Scoop in the fingerboard is a dip in the middle area of the board, so it is essentially not entirely flat. It is used most commonly on cellos, where it is very necessary due to the extreme vibration path of the strings, so they do not rattle on the fingerboard. It gives some play between the stopped string and the rest of the string to the bridge. If you were to lay a straight edge on a fingerboard from just up to the nut to the end, you might see that there is a small gap toward the center - on cellos, it is quite extreme and very noticeable, even to the naked eye sometimes.
  3. Quote: In general, we have to take a factory made violin to a luthier in order to do some adjustments, such as bridge, soundpost, etc. Just for clarification, all our instruments are setup locally by our qualified luthiers. We do not accept 'factory setups' either, as they rarely, if ever, are acceptable for true optimal playing characteristics. We shape the nut, cut the string guides, plane the fingerboard, fit the bridge (we use standard string heights as those mentioned here, specifically 3mm E to 5mm G, so I would guess the 1mm increase is due to climatic change from Wisconsin to California), fit the soundpost exactly to the top and back, and play test each instrument to be sure the setup is optimal. We do this for each line from the Crescendo to the Kallo Bartok, as a proper setup is key in any instrument's end performance. We do not scoop the fingerboards to any degree on violin - only on cello, where it is necessary. A local luthier should only charge a very small amount for reshaping the bridge top - $30 - $50 on average.
  4. Quote: Like you, they have had to winnow down the accessories and other items they carry because it is hard (if not impossible) to compete with online drop-ship type companies like Connie's, Music123, StringWorks and the like. Just a clarification - StringWorks has never and will never drop ship any instruments, cases or bows (we do not sell accessories of any kind). Each instrument is in our hands and setup by one of our fully qualified luthiers, then play tested at least twice each by one of our staff, which is almost entirely made up of string players. You also should remember that all our instruments are just that - our own instruments of our own brand, and in drop-shipping, you must have the wholesaler or distributor ship for you, and since we have no wholesaler or distributor as they are made directly for us by our workshops around the world, we must set them up to send them to customers. Our standards are as stringent as most recognized violin shops, as again we have a staff full of string players, and our two main luthiers are both graduates of violin making schools in this country (not just technicians), just as most small violin shops are. Just because we have a significant online presence and customer base does not mean that we should be lumped in with drop ship companies that simply market instruments at retail price for their distributors or wholesalers. We take great and immense pride in our instruments and their setup, as the whole reason StringWorks started was because of this very subject - poorly made instruments setup 'at the factory' that were making their way throughout the string world, getting in the hands of students much to the chagrin of teachers.
  5. bowfinger - thank you for posting your comments on the Obligato strings on your StringWorks Maestro violin. We had been hearing so much of these strings, but to date, we hadn't heard from anyone who had tried them specifically on the Maestro and preferred them over the Pro-Arte. Perhaps we should change to Obligato strings for our Maestro violins, knowing that Chromcor and Permanent will work for cello, and Obligato and Permanent for viola - what would any of you suggest for a substitute for the Pro-Arte that is a high quality synthetic string to compliment the violins priced less than our Maestro? Aricore? Tonica? What has your experience been with other synthetic strings by Pirastro...? Essentially, we would like to take a poll to see what string players at large prefer on their instruments to see if there is somewhat of a general consensus. Because we are considering Pirastro as our exclusive brand of strings due to their consistent high quality and broad range of strings, we would like to focus on opinions regarding their strings only, if possible. StringWorks
  6. We are currently looking for a new customer service/sales position to be filled as we continue to expand. This position requires a high level of playing capability on either violin, viola, or cello (or all three!!). The position is for our new facility in Wisconsin, which is scheduled for its Grand Opening in September or October. Pay is excellent and the work atmosphere is outstanding. Any interested parties in the Northeast Wisconsin area please contact us via email at with your resume and a letter of intent. We will give you more information at that time.
  7. We at StringWorks endorse and recommend D'Addario Pro Arte strings very highly! We have found that they are not only a high quality string with excellent response and fullness of tone, they are incredibly consistent in quality. Of the hundreds and hundreds of Pro-Arte strings we use each year, barely a string or two is false in the whole lot. We had considered Dominants as our string of choice for violins, but settled on the Pro-Artes because of the aforementioned reasons and that they are a fine company always looking to improve their product. We use Pro-Arte strings on all our violins, from Crescendo outfits to our top-of-the-line Michael Todd because we feel them easily the equal to Dominants. If an individual instrument has a particularly strong or weak string, we may change brands for that one string but in general we have found the D'Addarios to fit the bill nicely. We're with you, fiddledog! StringWorks
  8. Hello Starlight Sweetie - We wanted to inquire as to your information that your grandpa works for StringWorks. At this time, the only "Grandpa" we have working for StringWorks has only one 1-year old grandson, so I'm not sure to whom you are referencing. Also, our Virtuoso violin outfit with CodaBow Classic violin bow and oblong case is priced at $1,347.00, not $1,700.00 - complete pricing information can be found at StringWorks
  9. We have some photos of the Aspire bow that CodaBow was kind enough to submit to us early so we could finish our CD-ROM showroom on time. Here is a photograph - - it's a fairly large sized image. Should be a fine addition to the CodaBow line and put all the inexpensive pernambuco bows up to the test!! StringWorks
  10. Just to clear up our link that Andrew Victor posted: Also, our rental program, as well as probably several others available out there, offers free size upgrade within the rental period, and we also offer a generous buyers incentive where your rental fees will apply toward the purchase price of any instrument we sell. StringWorks
  11. Thanks for the compliment David! Just in case "mlemt" wants to see the instruments, here's our website: StringWorks
  12. Not necessarily - within the particular line of instrument that we offer (Crescendo and Artist), there is no difference in quality based on size. The same specifications for wood, graduation, setup, varnish, fittings, purfling, etc are utilized and followed for our 1/16 violin up to the full size violin. Often times, beginners (or their parents) are looking for the most inexpensive instrument just to give their children a start on the instrument and for that reason, many companies have had good success in making a very basic, no frills small instrument that can be sold cheaply. They might make a full size version as well, but most don't look to seriously at the bargain basement variety of instruments once they are ready for full size because there is so much quality out there available for relatively little. Our fractional-sized instruments are the same instrument as their larger sized brethren, just in small scale :-) StringWorks
  13. <<As for price, many companies have strict pricing and discounting policies. Therefore, I seriously doubt Stringworks has the lowest prices on Coda bows, since Coda is one of those companies. >> CAR, Indeed CodaBow has price requirements and a maximum discount allowed for all its merchants, and because we offer the maximum discount allowed (legally) by CodaBow, we do have the lowest price. Some others may also offer it at that same price, but none can sell it lower with permission from the company. StringWorks, Inc.
  14. We have finally done some extensive testing on the CodaBow bows and found them to be really fantastic! Several members of the Los Angeles Opera tried them out and all were really impressed, in fact, two actually purchased CodaBows for themselves. In a blind test with a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, using a CodaBow Classic, CodaBow Colours, a fine Emile Ouchard and a fine Louis Bazin bow, the results were as follows: 1)CodaBow Classic 2)Emile Ouchard 3) (tie) Louis Bazin, CodaBow Colours. These amazing results convinced us to carry the bows ourselves, and we are very excited at the opportunity. We invite all of you to give them a try - order them from our website for a trial period at a discounted price or from any other CodaBow dealer. You may be pleasantly surprised as we were! StringWorks, Inc.
  15. Ours is stringworkschat - it's on most of the day and part of the night. StringWorks, Inc.