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  1. You should be able to find a Jay Haide
  2. If the current D string is silver, I would try an aluminum D string instead
  3. You can reach him at crowson@btinternet.com
  4. I see that this list was last updated in 2011, but anyway - it is worth noting that David Oistrakh, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Lillian Fuchs also owned very fine Dodd bows (I think the ex-Fuchs Dodd bow showed up in a Tarisio auction a few years ago); Josef Gingold had at least a few Bazin family bows, and Sidney Harth apparently commissioned two Tourte copies from Henryk Kaston, which are now owned by an ex-student of his. In addition, Robert deMaine, Clive Greensmith, and Gil Shaham are all using Tourte bows these days, and Augustin Hadelich is using a Pierre Simon with a grafted head.
  5. There is definitely a lot of effect on the tone. I'm just a player (and not a maker) but my preference is for nylon tailcords. I tried the steel and Kevlar tailcords (against my luthier's recommendations) and they made my instrument slightly quicker in terms of response, but the sound lost a lot of core. I was much happier upon switching back to a nylon tailcord. I've gotten the best results with tailpieces with the widest possible hole spacing (both for the strings, and for the tailcord). Some violas with response issues might work well with a more flexible tailcord (such as kevlar or steel) but I also prefer nylon tailcords on viola. It seems to be different on cello, especially since some tailpieces, like the Thomastik or Akusticus, come with a steel tailcord by default. However, the greater majority of the Harmonie tailpieces I've seen on cellos have had their holes drilled wider to accept a nylon tailcord instead of the kevlar tailcord that Harmonie recommends.
  6. I didn't hear it directly from René (I never met him), so who knows? Maybe Jerry would know this story.
  7. Apparently René used to tell a story about this violin maker in Mirecourt who made a bet that he could build a functional (if not great) violin within 24 hours, without using any prefabricated parts (besides the obvious ones like fittings and strings). He was supervised by other violin makers who took turns watching him to make sure he didn't cheat and have any prefabricated parts hidden away - and he managed to pull it off. René would then finish up the story by saying that this guy only had one hand, and the other hand was a hook (replacing a hand he had lost in the war).
  8. Was this the same guy with the hook-hand who made a violin in 24 hours?
  9. There is a pretty cool carved head on Robert Cohen's Tecchler cello: http://blog.feinviolins.com/2016/04/david-tecchler-cello-maker.html Filippo Fasser also made a cello with a carved head, in 2018: https://filippofasser.com/dettaglio.php?imm=cello_gasparo_dasalo_2018_scroll34.jpg&lang=en
  10. I heard a rumor (from a reputable source) about a del Gesù that was apparently in fantastic condition when Vuillaume got it - but he revarnished it and labeled it (and sold it) as his own work, according to a prominent London dealer. I know several makers and dealers who have similar feelings about Sartory; you are definitely not alone.
  11. Were his initials A.B., by any chance? I might know those fiddles (and the fiddler)...
  12. In that price range, Jay Haide violas (especially the Maggini and Bajoni models) are very good, and come in a variety of sizes.
  13. The Götz fine tuners work very well and don't seem to break E strings at the loop - I know of one violin dealer who claimed they improved the sound, and would sell them to customers at $25 apiece (I think they normally retail for something like $6). I really like the titanium fine tuners from Stradpet, which cost a little more, but seem to improve the sound and response on many (though not all) violins. I particularly like this one, but it has a nasty habit of falling out of the tailpiece when changing E strings - I wouldn't use it or recommend it if it didn't improve the sound so much. Stradpet also makes Hill-style fine tuners in titanium, but I didn't think those made a big difference when compared to the Götz tuner. I also have a couple original Hill fine tuners (including one in its original packaging) but I don't use them, they look a little different from the modern reproductions made by Wittner. I really like the Wittner finetune pegs. I don't use them myself, but several of my colleagues have them, and I've found them to work very well.
  14. I've only tried a few (3) Rogeri violins, and 1 modern copy - but it is a model that is comfortable to play and works quite well. One of them was quite small (around 351 mm LOB, or something like that) but still produced an enormous sound.