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Giorno Giovanna

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  1. In reply to: I bought a DVD player just for this Me too!! In fact, I bought the DVD first and played at my friend's computer, then I bought the DVD player.
  2. I have acquired a old German fiddle 3 months ago. It has two large cracks on the top above and below the left f-hole. Later one luthier told me the upper crack is not very well repaired (with a cloth only) and that area is very thin and you can see lights come through. 2 months ago the weather here in Hong Kong became dry and a buzz developed. I then took my violin to have a check. The first and second repairmen messed up with my violin and damaged the sound comepletely. They sanded the fingerboard, top nut, glue top and back. The outcome was it buzzed more. I had to pay a third repairman to change the top nut, bridge and soundpost to restore my violin. But still the fingerboard is so much lower now.... Yesterday the G string had a buzz again. My violin teacher said it is very possible that old violins (with repaired cracks? ) develop buzz in dry weather. My former old violin was such a dull that I might not notice it for ten years. Even with basebar crack. Can anyone tell me if that statement is true. Does it only happens to violins with repaired cracks or old violins or new violins too in dry weather? I hate the thought that I pay 300 dollars and all the works for nothing and turns out with a poorer violin after but I want the truth.
  3. Regarding which one projects better, that particular Zygmuntowicz or that particular Palm, Don't you guys get it ???!!! It is the same with the story that people praised Heifetz 's (or Kresler?) beautiful del Gesu when he is actually playing something else. It is simple as that. Mr Olivares projects better than that guy at the Emerson quartet.
  4. http://www.shirakawaviolins.co.jp/strings/index.html
  5. For straight and perpendicular bowing on open strings, how about buying a set of Supersensitive 's "Tone Shaper Bow Guide"? http://www.swstrings.com/product.php?id=382 Anyone have experience on this? I would have been able to give you some ideas on that if only Southwest strings gave me shipping quote 15 days ago. They still seems to be lost from the Earth.
  6. EMI Europe is going to release a DVD of Milstein alone so we have to wait for some time. Here is where you can order a DVD of Jacqueline du Pre: http://www.hmv.co.jp/Product/detail.asp?sku=551794 Excerpts from: Brahms' Sonata No. 2 in F, Op. 99 Offenbach's Duos for two cellos Beethoven's Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69 Schubert's Piano Quintet in A, D. 667 "The Trout" Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 5 in D, Op. 70 No. 1 "The Ghost" Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  7. Francescatti DVD (plays Beethoven concerto) in the Q Disc set of 8 CDs Damm, can I just get the DVD alone! Then I would have the Beethoven concerto DVD collection by Oistrakh, Kogan, Menuhin and Francecatti. May get Mutter later...
  8. I used to blame my bow when it bounces... because it is a cheap (but fairly decent) Chinese bow. But last weak I have the chance to play a Joseph Alfred Lamy and it bounces like hell!!! After a few days I play my teacher's french bow and it is smooth as silk, much better than my own bow. My teacher said it is the playing style that varies. The Lamy needs heavy pressure and pull. While his french bow is on the heavy side (but well balanced) and need to be play relaxedly.
  9. I wonder if there are strings which may accelerate the "breaking in" time of new instruments? Would tension be a variable?
  10. Why not make your own shoulder pad? I made two pad from foam swimming board. Sewn and Wrapped up in chaomis. You can position it anywhere till it fits and can make any shape and thickness. It is easy.
  11. I know nothing about conducting but there is one man that can't get out of my mind. Sergiu Comissiona. Anyone know him? I have attended an Asian Youth Orchestra concert with him conducting the Dvorak's Symphony No.8. That's the no.1, the most wonderful experience in my concert life. That orgasm was still there after days.
  12. Thanks everyone. In the booklet of my Heifetz CD, it says "Heifetz played his arrangement of Auer cadenza in the 1st movement." Auer's cadenza is available at Frank Music Company. But how different is it from Heifetz's "arrangement" ? If the difference is small, I will just obtain Auer's.
  13. It is the one Heifetz recorded with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch. Does anyone know if it is in print? Can't find it anywhere. Where can I find it......... Another question. Which is the favourate cadenza among soloist? Is it Auer? Thanks.
  14. http://www.shirakawaviolins.co.jp/strings/...3?instrument=VN
  15. I have this same feeling of "total lost of direction" when I am on the 4th positions upwards, particularly on the E string. So what your problem is not totally on shifting. Besides working on shifting, you may need to be more secure/sure on the 5th position. I found the Sevcik Op. 1 Bk 2 (Exercises in the 2nd to 7th Positions) to be helpful. Not only you increase the feeling of the interval frame, you are using a lot more of your brain to find awkward notes. That enhances memory a lot.
  16. Wow, The Pegbox is so different and alive when you are here, Mr. Michael Darnton. So glad you are back. With nothing to contribute, I just want to say that Mr. Darnton has been very generous on helping already. He is certainly not in a position to explain and defend why he is keeping SECRETS. If anyone really believe some modern makers really have that secret, then why don't you buy their instruments? The price should be much lower than the 18th century Italians. {passage deleted)
  17. I love the Oistrakh and Kogan DVD, nothing to complain, nothing. The Menuhin one, 3 complete concertos !! But the camera angle isn't good. Why can't they just focus on the violin itself only....
  18. By "Student" instruments, what qualities are you refering to? ABRSM grade 8 under? Or conservatory student? There are two "major" string shops in Hong Kong. 1. Hong Kong Strings http://www.hongkongstrings.com/violin1.htm 2. Violmaster http://www.violmaster.com/ Hong Kong Strings is more of a dealer while Violmaster has its own series of production. From the outlook and workmenship, they are really really really neat and nice. I am no professional so can't comment on the sound. I believe they are made in China, you can email them. The price listed on their website is more of less the local purchase price here, no discount. I believe the real deal lies in the hands of the Hong Kong teachers who KNOW some decent makers from China. Their students then bought from these makers through their teachers. For example, my teacher knows a maker in China very well and purchases many instruments from him. One model only in the style of Strad, for around US 600 each. My teacher says he has decent workmenship. How exactly does your HK students get their instruments?
  19. That's an absolute beauty. For only $1000 dollars!!! I think it should at least worth 3 times THAT! Such a steal! Thanks, man. I am going to bid on that too. Hmmmm...
  20. My teacher said one can make a decision on whether not to buy a violin based on the G string. The G of many cheap violins (~US1000)I have played sound inferior to the other strings. I would describe it boxy, not focused, weaker in power. I have to exert more bow pressure to make the string sing. Unfortunately, the two violins I have just acquired both have this problem. I have several questions. 1. Is is normal for G to be inferior than the other three? 2. (a) Is the bow pressure needed to produce equal volume/tone on all four strings different? G>D>A>E? ( From the listener's point of view, is the above true? Do we have to consciously vary the pressure to make us heard? [According to the book "The Violin Explained", the lower frequency notes are significantly less easy to hear than high pitch notes on same intensity.] 3. What is a good G? Please define. 4. From where onwards do violins have a decent G? ( 2000, 3000,10000 dollars? ) Thanks.
  21. Congratulations! Buying a new instrument is one of the nicest thing that happen to we string players. I have acquired two new violins in these 2 weeks and I am so so happy. Though it could be sad if the instrument you want so much is beyond your budget. From my "extensive" experience of playing the low end instruments (~US1200), I have something particularly to look for in an instrument. These are the essential qualities I would put before tone. Because tone is very subjective. 1.Magnifying your intonation faults. When you play, you realise how crappy your intonation is. The more crappy and more easiler/sharper to hear, the better the instrument. Another test is when you move your finger very very very very slightly, the loudness of the note changes significantly. The right intonation sound louder. 2. Complexity. A strong lower pitch overtone. Some violins just sound plain. 3. Can tolerate digging. For weak viiolins, you can hear the sound break when you apply a low bow pressure. My last advice, don't indulge in "how beautiful/sweet this violin sounds!!!" situation. That's not so important for a student.
  22. As Richter said to Oleg Kagan, 'The sound comes from leg and stomach."
  23. Well, Sandra's shop is closed. My small cousin from Taiwan bought a violin and bow from her several years ago. I have visited several shops(not strings specialists) in Shenzhen. The violins aren't cheap. In China, you really have to know "the way" that you can get something in big bargain. My teacher knows a luthier in Guangzhou very well. "Of the hundreds of violin makers in Guangzhou, this man has the most decent handcraft." And he sell his violins at around US$450. One model, one price. Pretty powerful and complex sounding. Many teachers in Hong Kong buy from him. I don't like new instruments though.
  24. Yesterday I went to the luthier to pick up my Medio fino violin. I only have the bridge, pegs and soundpost changed. And a new set of Dominants. The fingerboard thinned a bit at the G and E. The luthier told me that the violin has a box sound. Nose sound and not complex. I could hear what he meant. He sad the lethal problem is the small distance between the fingerboard and the top(at the neck). Poor design(thin fingerboard and thin neck), he said. So the bridge has to be adjusted a bit .....This caused too much pressure. Is low tension strings better suited for my violin? I am thinking Pisastro's Violino. Thanks.
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