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  1. Mel Bay has plenty of fiddling books, of all types. They have a good web site, from which you can order books. I'm learning many of my fiddle tunes from these books, but learning the best from my teacher. What I like about them is many of their books are also accompanied by cd's, cassettes, or videos. Just remember this--from my experience, these books do not represent the only, or even best way to play these fiddle tunes. They give you a good basis for the music, but you will still have to put your own feeling into it to make it what you want, but I'm sure that's true for any type of mus
  2. When I first decided to learn to play, I had inherited along with my violin an old bow which had not been played since my great-great grandfather had last used it in the 1920's. Of course, it needed rehairing. I took it to a luthier, who advised me that I would be better off buying a whole new bow because it was so old, and with a plastic frog, probably wasn't great quality. So, he convinced me that one of his moderately-priced brazilwood shop bows would be a better bargain, and I took his advice. However, later I wanted a "secondary" bow, so had an ebony frog put on the old one and rehaired
  3. I know that the "Virzi Tone Enhancer" was placed in violins to be distributed by Gibson of Kalamazoo, MI, like the V-25 model. I have gathered this information from the old board, regarding Gibson violins. You may want to search for that topic. I don't think that the Virzi tone enhancer lasted long, or was not on all the Gibson violins made in the thirties and forties (maybe twenties?), as my Gibson V-27 does not have one. To quote Doug G., it is a "little extension attached to the bass bar (it looks like a didney shaped piece of wood with little f-holes cut in it). I've also heard from "
  4. Yes. It does have an integrated bass bar. Sounds like an experienced observation. So what is the mechannical advantage of a glued on bass bar as opposed to an integrated one?
  5. I play what is obviously a factory-made violin stamped Hopf and made in Germany. It has a lot of sentimental value, though, as it has been in my family for about 110 years. Unfortunately, it doesn't have corner blocks. However, I have been thinking about having corner blocks installed. My question is this-would putting in corner blocks significantly improve the tone of the instrument enough to go through the trouble of doing this, or would it just be wasted money and time? Any information is appreciated.
  6. I have inherited a Gibson V-27 Violin in very good condition that more or less surprises professional violin services people when I tell them the brand. I've talked to several teachers and violin shop owners who acknowledge that it is a very nice, well-constructed old instrument with good, strong tone, but they have never heard that Gibson ever made violins. I've written the Gibson Co. for information about their violin history, but their information is limited and they say most of their violin purchase records are lost. Can anyone comment on the respectability and value of this old instrum