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  1. This is my understanding too. I "heard" that if you put your instruments in your living trust, the cost basis becomes the market value on the day that your heirs inherit the instruments. Do you know if this is true?
  2. Hello experts, The lining of my violin case is accumulating dirt and grease from where my neck contacts the violin. Should I clean it or leave it? If I clean it, what's the safest way? Thanks.
  3. I agree. Wonderful piece and very very beautiful playing!
  4. Philip, Do you have a recording or video of you playing the Chapuis piano trio? If you do, I would love it if you would post it. Thanks.
  5. True story... There was a lady who loved to listen to classical music. Every time she would see me she would excitedly tell me about the last concert she had heard. One day, she told me that she heard the most wonderful Italian opera singer. She said, "His name is ummm, ummm. I don't remember." I took a stab at it and asked, "Pavarotti?" "Oh yes yes. That was him.", she replied. Trying to add something to the conversation, I said, "You know, he doesn't know how to read music." She snapped at me and said, "He's BLIND!!!" "Oh", I responded, "you mean Andrea Bocelli."
  6. That makes a lot of sense since the area is so large. Thank you David! Interestingly, I've heard about chalk-fitting but never of a soundpost. Is this because the DG is such a high end violin?
  7. Around 0:43, this video shows the inside of a DG. There's a lot of wear on the back plate where the sound post goes but there's also a spot higher. What could have caused that wear?
  8. My! Them's a long pair of suspenders.
  9. I agree that she received a lot of coaching but no amount of coaching would allow her to play up and down the fingerboard with the right fingering in sync with the Tchaik VC - all the while viewing her face, arms and violin. That's really fine special effects. See if this link works for you http://www.letmewatchthis.ch/external.php?title=The+Concert&url=aHR0cDovL3ZpZHJlZWwuY29tL2h1bWFuL09UQTJORFF5Lw==&domain=dmlkcmVlbC5jb20=&loggedin=0
  10. I watched a movie entitled "The Concert". It was a good movie but not a great movie. Still I'd encourage everyone to watch it. The violin soloist was played by an actress named Melanie Laurent. I thought it was fantastic! Was she faking it or not? If you don't want to read the spoiler, don't scroll down... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . She was faking! If you watch the left hand, the fingers look just right but in an interview she said that it was special effects. The left hand motions were not hers! Wow, special effects have come a long ways.
  11. I agree with you. This is how I look at it. A great instrument will allow you to express yourself rather than fight you along the way (assuming you have the skills). As a parallel, my mother who was a professional pianist used to say that a Baldwin would cover up your weaknesses but a Steinway exposes your weaknesses. On the other hand, the Baldwin also covers up the nuances while the Steinway allows you to express the nuances. My favorite violin is a golden period strad (not owned by me). Everything is so clear that you know exactly "where you stand". This is especially helpful when the passage is fast.
  12. I don't have a high opinion of old Italian violins in the $60k range. I think Ventapane might be in that range. I've played three of them and hated every one. My friend's father, who was an associate concert master of a major symphony, has a Ventapane as a second instrument. He loves his. Go figure.
  13. Nice video indeed! Great playing and great sound. A great violin will have a lot of depth but also allow you to produce those clear sweet pianissimos (or is that pianissimi) A good player can tell immediately how well the instrument is responding to what he is trying to do. I prefer the first violin with the first bow. Was the first violin the DG? What was the second violin?
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