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  1. On 4/24/2023 at 9:30 PM, Marty Kasprzyk said:

    I read some where that some teachers have their students play on mistuned instruments to force them to learn how to play in tune by adjusting their fingering. 

    I saw Josef Gingold do that. He detuned his violin randomly and then demonstrated playing it in tune. This was when he was being videotaped some years ago at Indiana. That part of it did not survive the editing. You can find some of the recordings of that session on YouTube. 

  2. 32 minutes ago, martin swan said:

    Then I would take it to a specialist in such bows and ask them to do the work. Personally I can't see any issue with a permanent repair - the more permanent the better - but when it comes to the conservation of historic bows it's up to the person taking on the job to decide what methods are appropriate.

    This is my feeling. The repair in itself is not difficult. I have done it before on lesser bows with a little CA for security. It seems like it is a matter of opinion.

  3. I have a bow that the screw has come out of the button (screw end). I know that it is customary to put burrs on the tang. Does anybody use some type of glue in addition to burrs when doing this repair? If so what type? I am wary of making it too permanent.

  4. I have started using an ear plug in my left ear. The problem is that in an ensemble I feel that I should be hearing more from my left ear. The good thing other than perhaps preserving my hearing is hearing less direct sound. Keep in mind that according to the inverse square law, it can be shown that for each doubling of distance from a point source, the sound pressure level decreases by approximately 6 dB.

    I would add to the above comments to avoid sitting next to a piccolo. It is like having a knitting needle stuck in your ear drum.

  5. 4 hours ago, Michael Darnton said:

    Rare Violins of NY. But why just NYC---the business is international now and there are many fine shops.

    Of course it is international. But walk in customers creates a local (ish) context. What percentage of your bow sales are international vs when someone is in town? I’m sure that depends on the value of the item. The bigger the price tag the smaller number of people that can purchase it. Therefore travel and or shipping is probably necessary once you have worked your way through local clients. That is not to say Stefan and Julian don’t visit other localities if the circumstances dictate. Another factor is I like the ability to physically transport when possible.

  6. 27 minutes ago, Rue said:

    Wonder if he roughs up the edges of the paperand soaks them in tea (or coffee or onion skin) begore he applies that lovely dense ink?

    However...the couple of authentic old labels I've seen in situ...looked remarkably "new".

    So..."over-aging' a label isn't very authentic. :wacko:


    Yeah. The art of label making is a matter of personal taste. Like the art of antiquing an instrument. Could be some photo contrast manipulation. Care to display your labels?

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