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  1. Recommendations for replacement frog

    Mark Drehmann makes great frog copies (and also bows); he has pictures of replacement frogs he's made on his website:
  2. Recommendations for bow rehairing in Chicago

    I've never been to Chicago, but I've heard very nice things about Eric Swanson
  3. Anima Nova

    Here's a video that (briefly) shows one being adjusted with the two wrenches that David Burgess mentioned earlier ..
  4. It's for a friend! We might try and head out there on Wednesday.
  5. If you could give lot 163 a try, I would greatly appreciate it. I actually live in New York myself, but I am simply too lazy to head over there, especially with insufficient funds to purchase anything at the moment ...
  6. Nathaniel Rowen

    Last I heard, he moved to Albany a few years ago. You should be able to reach him at ... I've seen recent violins of his in shops in NY (David Segal and Julie Reed-Yeboah) so you should be able to get his most up-to-date contact information from one of them if that email does not work.
  7. Pegheads

    I like Wittner finetune pegs. Much more precise tuning (8:1 gear ratio instead of 4:1), and they are installed the same way as traditional pegs - no glue necessary! The violist in my quartet had them installed on both her instruments.
  8. Kavakos' new 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Strad

    This video comes to mind ...
  9. Kavakos' new 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Strad

    Some of Josef Gingold's students do that as well - it is known as "roulé bowing", which is described in Lucien Capet's Superior Bowing Technique, a book which Gingold strongly encouraged his students to read.
  10. Cheap fittings just as good?

    I know of a prominent violin maker and expert in NYC who sells his own instruments for well over $30,000 - and he puts pernambuco fittings from China on not only his own instruments, but also more "expensive" instruments - I've seen the same fittings on a del Gesu at his shop. I'm not sure who his supplier is, but they look nice and the pegs work well; he says that the pernambuco tailpieces are good for sound. Of course they don't look as nice as original Hill fittings or top notch handmade fittings (Eric Meyer, Roger Hansell, Harald Lorenz, etc.) but the quality for the price is shocking.
  11. Cello tailpieces and wolves

    Do you have any lead tape (like for changing the balance of golf clubs)? You could stick some of that on your tailpiece, a gram at a time, and see if it makes any difference - and if it works well, you can hide it all on the back of your tailpiece (the side facing the top of the instrument).
  12. Bel Canto Rosin

    It's great stuff! My friend Daeil Yang (a cellist in NYC) makes it. He decided to start making his own rosin after he got frustrated with the wait time for Baker's rosin. I've used both but I like Bel Canto better! Baker's was my favorite rosin for a few years, but I found that they only lasted 2-3 months for me before they dried up (and became visibly shriveled in appearance) and stopped working well - I was living in a very dry climate (Rochester NY) at the time, so that may have contributed to the short lifespan of that rosin.
  13. Warchal Brilliant vs. Visoin Titanium Solo

    I like the newer Vision Solo strings (with aluminum D) much better than the Vision Titanium Solo - I feel that with Vision Titanium Solo, you hear the string more than you hear the actual instrument. I've heard great things about Warchal Brilliant but I've never tried them! That being said (and I hope I don't derail the thread by saying this), I am currently using the new Jargar Superior strings for violin (with a "regular" Jargar forte E string) - I think they're by far the punchiest and most soloistic strings I've tried, as well as being the longest lasting synthetic strings I've tried - for reference, I usually wear out a set of Dominants in 3-4 weeks and a set of Pi's in 5-7 weeks, and I've had the same set of Jargar Superior on since January and they're only just starting to wear out.
  14. My $15.68 violin bow

    I've got one just like that! Only problem with mine was the lapping was installed a little too far from the frog - I had a new (slightly longer) thumb leather installed and that fixed the problem (although the thumb leather installation was double the price of the bow itself). I purchased a similar viola bow that came with the same issue, but I haven't had it fixed yet. The violin bow plays very well - it would be difficult to find anything that beats this for under $500. It's perfectly fine for most gigs or for teaching, or even for section playing.
  15. is a great (free) resource with music theory tutorials - I wouldn't have survived undergraduate theory without it. As for a good textbook, I would recommend Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter's Harmony and Voice Leading, or Steven Laitz's Graduate Review of Tonal Theory. Schachter is currently a professor of music theory at Juilliard; Steven Laitz was a professor of theory at Eastman up until his recent appointment at Juilliard.