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  1. Violist Marc Sabbah

    I like Marc Sabbah's playing and the viola. The sound has an edge that I find appealing.
  2. Cleartune is worth the small fee in my view. It has lots of features with various tuning temperaments including Violin Family.
  3. endoscope for violins

    I bought one of the cheap ones just to see how it worked. All I was wanting to do was look for internal brands and other identifiers that might be hidden. However one of my violins had a troublesome wolf on G# that was tamed but still left it with an unpredictable response which made me reluctant to play it. On a whim, most likely remembering something I have read in this forum, I had another go with the endoscope, pointed it at the bass bar and found this:-
  4. Violin Maker ID?

    Well, I'm sitting in Montrose writing this and John St is less than 10 mins walk away! Nicol is still quite a common local name. Let me know if you ever want to send it home! ....like I need more fiddles :-) I will try and do some local research when I get a chance. Gordon.
  5. Raphael Vaccari

    There is a photo of a 1967 violin in Liuteria Moderna in Emilia-Romagna by Artemio Versari. Gordon
  6. Warning about UK live auctions and fake violins

    Irishfiddler, I sympathise with your problem. I too regularly scan the-Saleroom, but I'm wary, as most (not all) of the auctions that show up with violins are not specialist and the fiddles are often part of a general sale. I have seen examples of things that are obviously not what is claimed for them. I've bought at auction several times but only from the specialist auctions where bargains are much harder to come by but where you can have a bit more confidence in attributions and condition reports. (Or so you would think - there is one outfit based in Boston which will never get my business again after a quite flagrant failure to disclose a condition issue). I live near to one of the regular "the-Saleroom" auctions that occasionally has violins. I'll PM you again once you have a few more posts - it doesn't seem to work for you right now.
  7. This one never ceases to amaze me...

    Well, for me it is Johnny's right hand at 5:48 and the ensemble between the two of them from 8.00 onwards. But it is all pretty amazing. By the way, one of Johny's violins - by John Young of Aberdeen - is featured in David Rattray's great book on Scottish Violin Makers. Gordon
  8. Bromptons June Auction

    I agree the rewards can be substantial. Mark up on auction purchases are often way in excess of 2x. - as posts here have discussed. But then the dealer has to get return on his risk taking as well as the actual outlays subsequently made on the instruments. Despite what I said in my last post my primary viola was bought at auction. And on reputation alone - I didn't even play it and I certainly feel I got lucky, though I realised when the auctioneer said "there's a lot of interest in this one" that it couldn't be that bad! (It also meant I had to pay way more than I'd hoped!). Oh - that was my first venture into the auction room and after the trauma of it all I, of course, said "never again".... Gordon
  9. Bromptons June Auction

    Victor, I'm glad you enjoyed the experience. I was at the Bromptons June auction a couple of years ago and it was quite a day!. I've dabbled in auctions for a few years now and it is scary. By and large I've been successful, but it's not for the faint-hearted. I remember sitting there scared to move during the high-end lots and wondering where all the rapid fire bidding was actually coming from! My favourite violin for playing is still the one I auditioned carefully and over a period of time from a respectable dealership and I would advise any first time buyer of a serious instrument for playing to do likewise. However, once you catch the collecting bug - even when it's on a very modest scale like mine - auctions are hard to ignore. Gordon
  10. URGENT: violin varnish issue

    Hi Martin - it is none of the above. It is by Fratelli Sacchetti, - they are real enough though some of the instruments bearing their label look trade and Eric Blot doesn't rate them, based I guess on what he's seen. Oh.. and it's not the one of the same date that Bonhams sold either! It's rather garish but it's still the best playing fiddle I have and seems to project well. I did once post about the unusual break in the button and that led to an interesting discussion. p.s it did beat a "Salsedo" in my selection process! Gordon
  11. URGENT: violin varnish issue

    My 1929 Italian fiddle doesn't like one of my cases and developed a similar rash in the contact areas. It's also covered in fingerprints - not mine (I hope, I only hold it by the neck). I'd also like to get the rash polilshed out but it's hardly in pristine condition so I'm in no rush. If the varnish on this one ever dries, I'll be long gone! Gordon
  12. That darn'd fourth finger............

    "Can this function be developed?" Perhaps not - my wife just demonstrated the very same left versus right hand ability. And all she plays is bleeedin' golf (which she's just about to do despite it snowing!).
  13. That darn'd fourth finger............

    Well, I most certainly don't fit into the elite bracket but I've been playing since I was a child. What I can see is that my left hand has independent FDS whilst my right hand has FDS-common function (to use the language of the article). So can the independent function be developed?
  14. Ben, I well remember having similar encounters with some of the shop floor staff in one of the branches of said business. I was never entirely happy with the manager's attitude either to be honest. After several purchases, each one increasingly frustrating, I've not dealt with them in over 8 years now, preferring to take my business to a more local shop (for me anyway) where the inventory is certainly smaller but the service is trustworthy; you're always dealing with the owner and there's no flannel dished out. It's satisfying to be able to build a relationship which is mutually beneficial. Gordon
  15. Yehudi Menuhin

    I remember coming across this YouTube clip and wondering why the poster of the clip went to the trouble of dubbing in the older recording - it's a bit unsettling when the two don't belong together. I just dug out my copy of the Bell Telephone Hour DVD that includes this performance and certainly the first passage of harmonics doesn't quite come off and the bowing sounds rough in places (i.e the sound in the clip above is certainly not original to the video) however, it is overall acceptable as a record of a live broadcast. Menuhin spoke of those early recordings with Monteux as being a time when everything he tried seemed to come off for him. He re-recorded the 1st and 2nd Paganini concertos in the early 1960s with the RPO and Alberto Erede- perhaps he used the Soil for these latter recordings.