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  1. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    I tried a violin by Jason Viseltear with a willow back and ribs (modeled on the "Kemp" Guarneri) that was very dark
  2. Conservatory Instrument Collections

    Eastman has a Stradivari (the 1714 "May-Jacquet, Vormbaum"), an Andrea Guarneri, a Vuillaume, a Guadagnini, a Lupot, and an Oddone. They are not maintained well ... students need to go through an application process in order to sign them out (with faculty approval), but the instruments are nonetheless quite badly abused. Here's a recording of the Stradivari violin in use by a (now-former) Eastman student ... it is rather amateurishly set up. One of the local Rochester luthiers took it upon himself to increase the rib height of the Andrea Guarneri ... The Guadagnini is quite badly caved in; it is probably in danger of imminent collapse. The Oddone was a very fine example, in nearly mint condition, donated to the school by John Celentano (a former professor of violin and chamber music at Eastman) along with his gold mounted Tubbs and William Salchow bows ... after the least 4-5 years of use by careless students, it is nearly unrecognizable, and much of the varnish is now gone.
  3. WIttner Fine Tuners

    I don't think Wittner finetune pegs need any glue .. I know a few violists who've had them on their instruments for several months now with no issue (and no glue involved in the installation)
  4. Indiana University violin shop - future uncertain

    I do hope the program is able to continue! I'm actually applying to IU right now (I have my audition on Friday) and the violin making class was a major draw for me.
  5. What is it about E strings?

    One of my former teachers (who was a student of Oistrakh's) told me that Oistrakh used the Prim E and A strings with Eudoxa G and D, but switched to the Spirocore A and E strings later in his career. On my two violins, I am currently using the Jargar Forte E string and the Westminster heavy gauge E string; I also like Goldbrokat (both medium and heavy gauge), Prim Lisa, and the Warchal Amber E strings very much. I think the Warchal Amber E string is a great solution for anybody whose instrument has a whistling E string problem; I've tried very hard to force it to whistle, but I think it is impossible.
  6. Hamberger Adjustable Soundpost for Violin

    There's the story about René Morel and the pencil soundpost ...
  7. I don't like kevlar or metal tailcords on violins or violas, I always prefer nylon ... I feel like the kevlar or metal tailcords can give an instrument more clarity, but the sound loses some "body". If you wish to brighten the sound, the cheapest experiment might be to try a set of Prim strings, they are quite inexpensive and work very well and are on the brighter side; they are difficult to tune with pegs but since you currently have a Wittner tailpiece this shouldn't be a problem. Everybody in the Borodin Quartet used full sets of Prim strings on their instruments from its inception in the 1940s until the 1990s; everybody in the Quartetto Italiano also used full sets of Prim strings until they all eventually switched to sets of Spirocore strings. Spirocore strings are also great, but more expensive ... I usually recommend for my friends to use the tungsten C, silver G, and chrome or aluminum D string, with a Jargar forte A string. I would try Prim strings first and then go from there. Dominants are also a good suggestion (I would recommend the lower tension aluminum D string over the silver D string), they would also work well with a Jargar forte A string.
  8. good fine tuners for wooden tail pieces?

    I've always used titanium chinrest clamps, not for sound purposes but because of a nickel allergy. I'm not sure if it had any effect on the sound. Changing to a titanium fine tuner had a definite impact on the sound and response of my instruments, however - I'm currently using this one from Stradpet, which noticeably improved the response of my E string. I'm not altogether sure why that is, but it seems to make it so that the string afterlengths are more evenly spaced out, whereas with a conventional "Hill style" fine tuner, the string would pull to the left, so that the distance in between the E and A string afterlengths was narrower than the distance between the G and D afterlengths. I don't know if that's a factor. I was previously using this one (also from Stradpet), but I didn't notice much (if any) difference in the sound or response when I switched from the Götz fine tuner I was using previously.
  9. Bow porn

    Looks good, Ben! Here's a couple more bows I liked very much, and happen to have pictures of - a Tourte with a replacement frog and button from the Hill workshop, and a copy made by Christophe Landon
  10. good fine tuners for wooden tail pieces?

    I like the titanium Stradpet tuners - I have them on all three of my violins, and I've purchased a couple as gifts for my violin teachers. Here is the cello version, it sounds like this is what you are looking for:
  11. Bow porn

    Gilles did it on one other bow that was pictured on his (old) website, I asked him to do the same thing on the bow he was making for me.
  12. Bow porn

    Here is a bow I commissioned from Gilles Nehr last year; as far as I know, it is an original model - I asked him to make something unique that would look good with the piece of wood he had selected. I've never weighed it, so I don't know what the mass is.
  13. Any functioning self-rehairing bows left?

    I have a Nehr as well ... but when he gave me the choice between a Tete-Beche and a conventional model bow, I asked him to make me a regular bow. I've tried several of his Tete-Beche bows as well, ranging from his earlier models to some of the later ones, and I found that they played just like his normal bows. I think their main advantage is the stationary frog, which are helpful when having to play in rooms with drastically different humidity - mostly for the comfort of the right thumb. I am not sure how relevant this is to the thread, but my favorite Dominique Peccatte I've ever tried (out of about 20) was a converted self-rehairing one, with the "notch" in the head filled up with what looked like ebony; it also had a handle graft, and an extremely ugly frog that looked almost like it was made out of plastic. It was not an attractive bow visually by any means, but it played incredibly well!
  14. Stonger G string required

    If you like the Kaplans and don't want to change, you could try the Peter Infeld G string or the Vision Titanium Solo G string, they are both strong-sounding G strings, and are lower in tension than the Kaplan Vivo (which are not low tension strings, if you take a look at the D'Addario website for the tension measurements). You could also try the low-tension Evah Pirazzi G string if that is the kind of sound you like; it is only slightly higher in tension than the Kaplan Vivo G string (Kaplan Vivo G string is 10.5 lbs and Evah Pirazzi Weich G string is 10.58 lbs; the Pi and Vision Ti. Solo G strings I mentioned earlier are both 10.3 lbs).
  15. Bam Cases

    Carole Boutry Bam France USA (Hackensack, NJ) 1 (201) 342 7700