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Carl Stross

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  1. Pinch each string hard with a DRY cloth and rub them clean of rosin deposits. You may need ear plugs. Rosin deposits UNDER the string may cause what you noticed.
  2. 1. Yes, My Lord ! Would that be all ? 2. Nothing wrong with that. It's how science works. And it's been proven to be true. You are NOT a violin engineer. 3. Precise wording is important. For engineers... It's a BIG difference between relaxed and "totally relaxed". 4. You did not "wrote here" and it does not matter. I suggest you do not threaten people here with your research or musical abilities- you'll have the surprise of your life. 5. "that basis" is for the moment confined to your mind. I have no evidence of it and it really does not matter. I value common sense over paperwork. Most here think about the same. And you are on the wrong thread. Here, we're talking violin bowing... Violin bowing vely different from cello bowing.... 6. ??? I quoted and commented to the actual quotes. Don't you think I read it first ????? Avoid this sort of "lecturing" here : < As an engineer (and cellist) I assure you that Andreas Preuss is 100% correct: "Bowing technique is the key to sound production".> Makes you sound like you're neither....
  3. Yes, I did now that you told me ! I avoid looking at contemporary orchestras as it destroys my ability to focus on what's being played. Am glad you liked it - Barenboim is Great Conductor. I always felt he's somehow underrated.
  4. 1. ( but surely not a violin engineer... ) 2. If fingers are totally relaxed you can't produce any sound. I understand your desire to contribute and "share" but but when it comes to the more fundamental violin techniques it's advisable to stick to what you REALLY know. Many people learn by themselves and often, from what they gather on the Internet. We should not confuse them more than what's strictly needed as amateurs, adult ones in particular, have a tendency to rely too much on theory.
  5. I'm trying to figure out what's "at the core" for some 45 years by now and that wouldn't be my conclusion. Of course, I could be wrong.
  6. I agree, in general. But, we should keep at the back of our minds the idea that music can elicit emotions not to be found anywhere else.
  7. Who's "we" ? Lots and lots and lots of very fine musicians are attracted to tragic.
  8. I'd say you're right. Teachers, if they want to be any good, must look at the big picture, the big average. Only so many hours in a day and only so much attention available. Bloody difficult job, being a good violin teacher.
  9. 1. Nope. Always good to look at a relevant example. Here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA0ugX-v5NU Besides the rather obvious fact that depending a bit on how one holds the violin the weight of the arm vanishes on the E string. 2. Not a chance. Difficult to play violins have many more and more serious "issues" besides "resistance". 3. Some do, some don't. 4. There are many wonderfully gifted amateur players who can and do control the voice of their instruments and play with fine musicality and LOTS of professionals who play as dull as a plank.
  10. I keep garlic in the room and never a problem with vampires. Try, it works.
  11. That's not a "problem"...
  12. Go for it. Don't mind me.
  13. That is all very true. I think I can hear valve lifters and keepers rattling or a dubious bearing, a piston slap etc. The usual. But from the other end of the car, ear next to the exhaust, I can't tell much. Maybe I can tell if it's an odd or even crank but that's about it.
  14. I'd say one needs a bit more information to figure those things out reliably. American cars have come a long way....
  15. Carl Stross


    What strings are those ?
  16. 1. 70 posts in 10 years and you are complaining of boredom ??? 2. I'm not here for the community. I am here to exchange ideas/opinions with members I enjoy to exchange ideas/opinions with. I'm pretty limited that way and doubt I could ever match your seminal contribution here. 3. Some details are indeed private but they aren't that important and nobody has an obligation to explain you his reasoning process which by the way, in this case is mathematically pretty technical. There was no nastiness intended. By the way, instead of moralizing me all you had to do was send a PM asking for an explanation.
  17. 1. That concept can be simulated in MATLAB in a couple of ways and pretty easily so. 2. You mean on MN ????
  18. That's exactly, NOT my point.
  19. That wasn't my point. What can you tell me about the ENGINE ? Bore ? Stroke ? No of valves ? Injection/carbureter ? Camshaft top / bottom ? Conrod/piston weight ? etc etc etc etc .
  20. How much can you tell about a car's engine by listening to the exhaust ? Same "system".
  21. 1. I just explained one of them and the others are too mathematically technical for MN. And private. 2. Yes, I did. WHAT IS YOUR POINT ? Are you implying something, exercising your memory or just making conversation ?
  22. I never said that EVERY study or measurement is worthless and yes, I believe I could propose something useful for makers to investigate.
  23. 1. I gave some thought to this and arrived at the conclusion that it steers efforts in the wrong direction. 2. Plate tuning was seen for a (long ) while as a recipe for making superior violins. Tune the plates to a Strad's frequencies and a better violin will result. This did not pan out. Similarly, since FFT became became cheaply available on PC's copying the frequency response of superior violins seems like the thing to do. I do not think that's going to work out . I see it as makers looking for something which can be measured. It's easy to construct identically looking FFT's which, to a human ear will sound completely different.
  24. 1. I suppose "since when" is about Savart and " a long way" would mean some previously unknown mechanism has been discovered OR a some formula has been constructed. I haven't seen either. 2. You may of course disagree but to my mind that's nothing more than putting pictures on measurables. Conceptually, less than nothing. 3. That a Strad has a different frequency response from modern violins is plain obvious and no measurement is needed to figure that out. Of course, making some measurements IS progress of some sort but I'd say it's far from Earth shattering. I noticed many times on MN a certain unhealthy interest ( IMHO ! ) with frequency response and I think it's just some form of "plate tuning" - I don't see it going anywhere.
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