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  1. legenyes

    Downforce Experiment

    As Mike_Danielson noted, the total downward force in the plane of the string is the string tension times the cosine of the angle. The force on the bridge is apportioned between two feet. If you want to, you can further calculate the force on each bridge foot perpendicular to the surface. That too can be calculated from the bridge geometry, but there's really no need to do that. Carl1961 measured only the total force; and Don Noon showed that large changes in the string angle, and therefore in the total force, has a very minor effect. And none of this has anything to do with pitch discrimination as far as I can tell.
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    Downforce Experiment

    Right on both counts.
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    EBay special -- what do you think?

    I would be surprised. Lee's shop is well known, and that sounds like trouble if they did that. Time for another story. I had a fairly obscure shop appraise a commodity bow they sold me, for 8 times its actual, value. Now if I had had an insurance claim, I would have a fine time explaining why I was trying to establish the value with an obviously fraudulent appraisal. Would you care to guess whether I still use or recommend this shop?
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    EBay special -- what do you think?

    I'm rather astonished at some of the pronouncements on this forum. When I was a naive student, shopping for violins, I naturally inquired about appraised values of violins I was considering. These violins were from active makers, and it was explained to me that it isn't customary to issue independent appraisals. Basically, the value of such a violin is what the maker can sell it for. In this case, the maker's shop has authenticated and appraised the violin for $12,500. Some of you apparently have other idea of a much lower value, and are really denigrating a reputable maker. I don't think you ought to be doing that.
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    EBay special -- what do you think?

    I still find it suspicious. Someone dumped it on eBay for 1/6 of its appraised value, knowing well that it is worth more, suspiciously close to the time of the bankruptcy. Would you sell it for that? Dixon Stein was involved with the instrument before, and I'm suspicious that they might be involved again somehow. I don't know if Dixon Stein or the liquidators dumped it, but someone did. I could be wrong, but this whole affair smells funny. If that's what happened, dumping assets like that hurts the creditors. At least one violin on consignment (and possibly many more) has allegedly been legally stolen, and the consigner will be lucky to get pennies on the dollar. As far as I know, kjs, you're an innocent beneficiary, so I wouldn't worry. But you definitely got a bargain.
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    EBay special -- what do you think?

    What's rotten here is that legalized theft is occurring on violins left on consignment, but meanwhile, someone is dumping violins from a bankrupt shop for something like 10 to 20 cents on the dollar (maybe as part of the settlement?). The OP lucked out.
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    Violin shop bankruptcy in Chicago

    Sounds like legalized theft to me. Now we have to get a lawyer to buy or sell just about anything. Wonderful. So the creditors can just seize anything in the house unless it's "protected" by a UCC form? What about instruments left for repair? Will they seize those too? What about cars in a repair shop, for example? By the way, this kind of scandal seems to occur fairly regularly in the industry, even with large, prosperous-looking shops that one would assume would be trustworthy. It's a stain on everyone, unfortunately.
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    Equal time for non-classical

    Sad, but true. Here's a video of Tommy Jarrell playing a Paganini caprice.
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    Violin shop bankruptcy in Chicago

    Yes, that's clear. Thanks for alerting us.
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    EBay special -- what do you think?

    Interesting. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fine-Violin-by-Mietek-Rusnak-Chicago-2011-/172703515486?nma=true&si=cEdwJkCb%2FbpgG2AbuW30OX237WA%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/338540-violin-shop-bankruptcy-in-chicago/ There's something rotten going on.
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    Violin shop bankruptcy in Chicago

    There's a later reply that says the shop is Dixon-Stein. It really stinks when the lawyers and lawmakers conspire to steal from you with their secret handshakes. According to the comment made at 7:22 am, they can steal your property unless you file form UCC-1 with state at the time of consignment. I'm sure some lawyer will say I'm exaggerating, but if the reply is correct, I stand by my comment. If you consign or sell an instrument, you'd best add the price of a lawyer to the overhead.
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    Questions about a violin I plan on getting.

    I second that. This stunningly negative attitude toward a novice calls for harsh words that are outside our preferred level of decorum. Bluntly stated, Stross is all sour grapes. To add to West's list, he once argued vehemently that Dorothy DeLay (look her up), among many other famous teachers, was a charlatan who couldn't play and couldn't teach. That's understating the case, but I've said enough. Aampueda, as others have explained to you, there are many things you can do with a violin without becoming the next Heifetz. I know some people who started violin as adult, who have become fine amateur violinists. But you didn't start as an adult. With systematic practice and the right teacher, I think you have a good chance of playing well with good tone and good intonation. I do have some advice. Practice slowly and carefully. Record yourself and listen, and you will improve much faster. Choose your teacher careful. If possible, arrange to hear recitals by the students of various teachers, or lessons.
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    Yes, as a matter of fact, I was playing in a processional and walked into an open manhole cover. A violist I was playing with walked into a wall. (And the second statement is true.)
  14. Always the contrarian, and it doesn't get much more contrary than that.