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David Tseng

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  1. Many years ago, I did sell some of my violins to a teacher (who happened to be my relative). How did she sell these violins to her students was not my problem. When some of them contacted me, I did know that she had 100% mark up. Nowadays I only do commissioned work. Since this thread is about how to sell instruments, I would like to point this out: makers here should not ignore the Asian market. Parents there would spend $5K-8K for a child's violin. I know an LA based maker who almost exclusively sells his productions in Taiwan.

  2. David Tseng:

    Is that tin foil inside your lamp reflector housing?

    If it is, what advantage does it provide?

    Best regards,


    The aluminum foil is to reflect more light and heat out. The other big lamp (not shown) also has Al foil in the shade. I use this lamp to keep the wood warm while applying glue.

  3. I received the membership renewal notice today. My membership was renewed on June 11, 2010 for TWO years. It's really disturbing to receive this letter. This is a manifestation that the new administration is not doing good job. Are there any maestroneters here receiving such notice?

  4. There are 2 things we have to address here, i.e. the feel of the neck and the string length. In some old factory violins, the pegbox chin is way too long. Also the thumb stop at the neck heel is important when you play at the high positions. We try to "standardize" the neck shape and the string length to facilitate switching instruments.

  5. I did a little math: hotel $700, air ticket 700, VSA membership 160, convention fees 220, meals 250. I am thinking to stay home. I have a $2,000 new bed at home; why would I need to pay $110 per night to sleep on that grand old public bed in Cleveland. Don't worry, there are plenty of aliens who are loaded with greenbacks will attend the convention.

    I have been saying for a long time that VSA should eliminate the workmanship judging and concentrate the available resources to hire 6 distinguished violinists to be judges.

    VSA is no longer managed by voulnteers. It's a commercially managed corporation; such change is reflected in the drastic increase in membership fee. This was probably the last time I renewed my membership. I think it's time to organize another ad hoc group.

  6. I got all correct on the fiddle faddle, it wasn't that difficult.

    I got all correct also. We are so used to Strad and GDG sounds from listening in the concerts and recordings. I like Vuillaume violin very much also, partly because I listened to Kreutzer 42 Etudes recording very often which was played on a Vuillaume violin. In my opinion, the #4 is good for jazz. I remember in Anders Buen's post "hearing is believing", quite a few people picked that rickety balsa violin sound to be Cremonese!

  7. Due to wide-spread hearing loss in the high frequency range in the general population, brilliant sounding violins are preferred by the audiences as well as players. In 2004 VSA in Portland, the only gold medal winner was Fen Jiang's violin, which was by far not meeting Dunnwalds criteria. Also the brilliant sounding violins were probably more suited to that particular quartet player judges. In my experience, to produce an instrument with stronger A0, it is desirable to select spruce having RR at least 15.5 or higher. Again this is not a sufficient but necessary condition.

  8. Some one in China made an over-head flight violin case for me, but I decided to make my own by removing the accessory compartment of an old paper case. If you need this kind of case for carrying violin only (no bow). PM me and I'll pass on the contact info to you. It's a carbon fiber shaped case with suspension.post-37-1277600422_thumb.jpg

  9. I think one could completely rely on it being open Saturday, and I can't recall a time when it wasn't opened after the awards banquet on Friday night.

    The competition instruments can be taken out from 11PM Friday and Saturday morning. There is not much chance to see all the instruments on Saturday morning. The convention is on Nov. 7 to 12th.

  10. The competition instruments room will be open from Friday afternoon to mid-night. The winners lists will be available after the banquet. You can buy day-pass at the registration table which open every day during the convention. The reasons I go to the convention are: 1. to socialize with people; 2. buy some supply; 3. attend some interesting lectures; 4. enjoy concert and banquet. I don't think I could learn any thing from others work. (I am not going to listen to people say edge should be shaped like this and corner like that, varnish like... Violin is a musical instrument. The only thing that matters is the acoustics.)

  11. I would like to share a hotel room with maestroneter, not necessary the convention hotel; any near-by hotel (such as University Hotel and Suites on Euclid Ave. room with 2 beds/breakfast $60) would be OK for me. Most hotels have rooms with 2 beds. Sharing a room would reduce the hotel bill by half. (6x110=$660+tax) Violinmaking is a hobby for me. I'd rather spend money on wood. There are many cheaper hotels along Euclid Avenue and the vicinity. There is Rapid Transit Bus on Euclid Ave. Cleveland Hopkins International is about 15 miles southwest of downtown, Taxi fare ~ $30-40. There is train from airport to Public Square. I would take the train, it's safer. City streets from Public Square extending eastward are avenues; north-south are streets (most are numbered).

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