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  1. I'm having similar luck with a restoration. Seems like every step of the job results in creating two others. Some of my troubles are caused by my inexperience but a good part of them were created before I was even born. The rest of the heartaches I attribute to the "Why Me God?" syndrome.
  2. My case has a huge music pouch so everything I'm playing now is kept there in fairly good order. The rest is scattered helter skelter on shelves, in binders, and in boxes all over my music room. It makes life interesting.
  3. A while back Andy posted a method that involved putting the rosin in a small sealed container with alcohol. The rosin can't be touching the alcohol; it would have to be sitting on something to keep it above the liquid. The the whole thing was put aside for a period of time, if I remember correctly overnight. The alcohol fumes rejuvinate the rosin. If you do a search you should be able to find the old thread.
  4. A thorough job with alcohol will remove all of the rosin but then you'll have to add quite a bit of new rosin to get the bow to grip again. My learning curve on applying rosin was fairly long and I tended to over rosin frequently. I discovered that a vacumme cleaner hose attachmet will suck the excess rosin out of the bow Crank up the hoover (or whatever model you use) loosen the hair on the bow so it's a little floppy and just put the hose end against it, pull hose away, move the hose end down the hair an inch or so, put the hose against it, ...........keep doing this until you've cleaned the entire lenght of hair. I don't rub it on the hair; just push, pull away, move down and push, pull away, move down. This really works. I guess if the rosin was fused into the hair you'd need to go the solvent route but I'd be very surprised if that was the case. If you go over the bow several times with the vacumme it actually cleans it so well that you could wind up having to give the hair a swipe of two of rosin to get the right grip back. No messy solvents and you can clean a bow in about two minutes Oh, as the end of the vacumme tube will be touching your bow hair all over it's a good idea to wipe the end off before you use it; just in case somebody was sucking up cat litter with it
  5. Thanks, I'm putting a 3/4 back together this weekend and I'm going to try it.
  6. I used them a few times with no problems but I've also seen other companies that initially were good go to blazes. I won't mention their names because when I complained they promply helped me and even compensated by givng me upgraded merchandise for the same cost or by discounting my order and sending it out overnight express. The problem is that some of these companies are mom and pop family orginazations and they are not prepared to handle the exponential growth that succesful internet marketing can produce. They are failing due to success I must say that I have always been able to contact them by phone. If I get an answering machine (after business hours) I ask them to call me next day at an approximate specified time and I make a point of being available for that call. Naturally you have to work it out in their time zone. Ask for a manager. With the small companies it's normally the owner or a member of the family. Owners usually take care of you when a sale goes this foul. I try to be polite but firm. If all of that fails I'd cancel the order, and payment, and take my business elsewhere.
  7. Do you use your heat treatment on both or is that only for the factory untreaed?
  8. From a practical point of view the word noble has the following connotations: above average, having excellence, of high rank, of the highest quality, illustrious, worthy, magnificent, grand, stately..................... I'm assuming that the same characteristics are implied when it is used to describe a violin or player.
  9. They have the most beautiful tone of any string I tried, but there are many such as Larsen and Infield that I haven't tested yet. My only negative comment concerning Olives (aside from being a little pricey) is that they are a bit harder to bow and thus I'd say they make a violin not as easy to play, at least for a two year student like myself. I doubt that someone with your higher level of experience even notices it. I know that my teacher doesn't and she looks at me like I'm crazy when I point it out to her.
  10. No, but terms like high or low are relative, and we need a common comparitor. To me the tension of Olives feels similar to an Obligato, perhaps a tiny bit higher. They are no where near as high, at least to me, as an Eva; but they are considerably higher than Helicores or Violinos.
  11. In reply to: "Mama Don't Allow", If you decide on a bit of humor go with your own great idea. There's even a little moral to the story. I'm not sure what you'd do with that organ, maybe it can lay the beat down. I play this song, you can really make it sound like it was made for fiddle.
  12. Thanks. Sometimes we Pvians need help seeing the obvious.
  13. Good for Maya! Any progress on that gremlin problem?
  14. In reply to: This place hasn't turned all classical has it Naw! Wanting to play old time fiddle, blues fiddle, Irish fiddle, and blue grass are what got me hooked. What's a WVian?
  15. In reply to: I'm having trouble deciding what to do because some of the suggestions are contradictory Yes, quite often that is the way it is! Often there is more than one way to do a job and individuals will have preferences. Why not try both methods - carving and sanding - and see which works best for you. When you get the knack of it you can use the higher priced blanks. The Aubert 3 star bridges are pretty cheap for experimenting with. After fitting the feet and shaping a bridge I'll ususally test it when it's still a little on the thick side. I'm talking about the bridge body, not the feet. The feet should be pretty much reduced to final size before testing. Then I trim the body until I get the sound I'm looking for. A bridge jack is essential for this type of work. All of your other questions have already been answered so I'll just add one thing. If you sand the feet to fit the arch you can put a piece of plain paper between the violin top and the sandpaper to prevent scuffing the violin. Most pros carve the feet to fit but it does require a good deal more skill than sanding them in. If you don't have that skill a sanded bridge that fits will play better than a carved one that has gaps. Fitting bridges is fun, get a couple and experiment
  16. Yes, it is the Sarsate on my Powell cd. I wasn't condemning at all, Nadien is a very fine player. I was just commenting on the difference. I actually prefer the Nadien recording of that piece.
  17. I only have one Maude Powell CD, and like your's the song is not on it. I'm practically a total illiterate on such things but I agree with you. It's in the style of Powell but at least on my cd she is much smoother yet way more powerful. If it is her she wasn't playing nearly as well as on the recordings I have. An interesting discovery - on my cd she plays Mignon's Gavotte. I was studying that last month. What a difference from the Nadien Suzuki version!
  18. Naw, the ale didn't ruin me at all. Now that whiskey is another story
  19. In reply to: It is beautiful wood though Can I ask what grade you ordered?
  20. In reply to: my host fed me Gennessee ale Living in PA I've sloshed down rivers of the stuff. It wasn't to get drunk, I was just supporting the economy of my home state
  21. In reply to: copy a page from Galamian/Neumann section B1-4 for variations. Thanks for the tip. Where would I find that? I did a bunch of internet searches with no luck.
  22. And I thought you were really on vacation
  23. I'm doing something similar to what TD suggested. I have used bowing exercise books but lately I prefer to incorporate bowing exercise into scale and arpeggio practice. I also use familiar songs as TD recommended. Just use whatever music you have for left hand and intonation practice and play it with differnet bow techniques. I got the idea from Flesch's "The Art of Violin Playing."
  24. Very smooth arching, can't tell about the fiddle though
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